Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 21 November 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Room 2&3 - County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND. View directions

Contact: Chris Reynolds  Tel: 07542 029441; E-Mail:

Link: video link

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


None received.


Declarations of Interest

- guidance note below


There were none.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 350 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2023 (CA3) and to receive information arising from them.


The minutes were approved and signed as a correct record by the Chair.


Questions from County Councillors

Any county councillor may, by giving notice to the Proper Officer by 9 am two working days before the meeting, ask a question on any matter in respect of the Cabinet’s delegated powers.


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Questions submitted prior to the agenda being despatched are shown below and will be the subject of a response from the appropriate Cabinet Member or such other councillor or officer as is determined by the Cabinet Member, and shall not be the subject of further debate at this meeting. Questions received after the despatch of the agenda, but before the deadline, will be shown on the Schedule of Addenda circulated at the meeting, together with any written response which is available at that time.


See annex.


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12 Business Management and Monitoring Report

Cllr Eddie Reeves


13 Capital Programme Approvals

Robin Tucker





Cabinet noted the following appointments:-


Future Oxfordshire Partnership Infrastructure Advisory Group:

Councillor Judy Roberts as OCC representative.

Councillor Andrew Gant as substitute.


Schools Organisation Stakeholder Group

Councillor Andy Graham to fill a vacancy



Reports from Scrutiny Committees


There were no reports from Scrutiny Committees at this meeting.


Care Homes Purchasing Framework pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Cabinet Member: Adult Social Care

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/213

Contact: Ian Bottomley, Lead Commissioner – Age Well,


Report by Corporate Director: Adult Social Care (CA8).


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)    Approve the new care home banding model and note the engagement of the market and partners in its development.


b)    Approve the implementation of an integrated purchasing framework with the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West Integrated Care Boad and to implement the new Care Home Banding model.


c)     Approve the revision of the s75 NHS 2006 agreement with the ICB to support implementation of the model and to delegate authority to agree further amendments to this agreement to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care in consultation with the Director of Law and Governance


Recommendations approved.


Business Services Transformation Programme Business Refocus pdf icon PDF 320 KB

Cabinet Members: Corporate Services and Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/168

Contact: Tim Spiers, Director of IT, Innovation, Digital and Transformation,


Report by Director of Finance (CA9).


Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)    Approve the refocusing of the programme on the delivery of improvements to existing human resources, finance, payroll and procurement functions and processes.


b)    Approve that the programme does not progress the development of detailed requirements and a full business case to review delivery options for corporate support services and underpinning technology.


c)    Approve the repurposing £1.23m of the existing approved £1.57m programme funding to deliver the refocused programme and return the remaining £345k to the Transformation Reserve


Recommendations approved.


Treasury Management Mid Term Review 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 648 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/140

Contact: Tim Chapple, Treasury Manager,


Report by Director of Finance (CA10).


Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the council’s treasury management activity in the first half of 2023/24 and recommend Council to note council’s treasury management activity in the first half of 2023/24.



Recommendations approved.


Budget & Business Planning Report - 2024/25 - November 2023 pdf icon PDF 516 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/316

Contact: Kathy Wilcox,


Report by  Director of Finance


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)  endorse the report and note the directorate pressures that will need to be considered as part of the Budget & Business Planning Process.

b)  endorse the approach to savings that will be developed further through the Budget & Business Planning Process.


Additional documents:


Recommendations approved.


Business Management & Monitoring Report - August/September 2023 pdf icon PDF 978 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/141

Contact: Louise Tustian, Head of Insight and Corporate Programmes, / Kathy Wilcox, Head of Financial Strategy,


Report by Chief Executive / Director of Finance (CA12 ).


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)    note the report and annexes.

b)    approve the virements in Annex 2a.

c)    approve the write off of five Adult Social Care contribution debts totaling £0.142m.

d)    approve the Supplementary Estimate request of £0.2m to fund the deficit balance for a school converting to academy status during 2023/24.




Additional documents:


Recommendations approved.


Capital Programme Approvals - November 2023 pdf icon PDF 353 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/139

Contact: Natalie Crawford, Capital Programme Manager,


Report by Director of Finance (CA13).


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)    approve £2.1m as a development budget to progress the design phase for the ‘Didcot Northern Perimeter Road Scheme 3’, a scheme already in the capital programme.

b)    approve the submission of a bid to Active Travel England for an indicative funding amount of £2.38m for several defined active travel schemes.



Recommendations approved.


Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 336 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Chris Reynolds, Committee Officer


The Cabinet Procedure Rules provide that the business of each meeting at the Cabinet is to include “updating of the Forward Plan and proposals for business to be conducted at the following meeting”.   Items from the Forward Plan for the immediately forthcoming meetings of the Cabinet appear in the Schedule at CA14.  This includes any updated information relating to the business for those meetings that has already been identified for inclusion in the next Forward Plan update.


The Schedule is for noting, but Cabinet Members may also wish to take this opportunity to identify any further changes they would wish to be incorporated in the next Forward Plan update.


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the items currently identified for forthcoming meetings.




For information only: Cabinet responses to Scrutiny items pdf icon PDF 12 KB

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