Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 27 February 2024 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


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Neil Fawcett and Andrew Gant.


Declarations of Interest

- guidance note below


There were none.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 619 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 23rd and 30th January 2024 (CA3) and to receive information arising from them.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2024 were amended as follows:


“13/24 Freehold Disposal Chilterns End Former Care Home, Henley on Thames


Councillor Levy moved and Councillor Fawcett seconded the recommendations, and they were approved


and approved and signed as a correct record.


The minutes of the meeting held on 30 January were approved and signed as a correct record.



Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 342 KB

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.


The number of questions which may be asked by any councillor at any one meeting is limited to two (or one question with notice and a supplementary question at the meeting) and the time for questions will be limited to 30 minutes in total. As with questions at Council, any questions which remain unanswered at the end of this item will receive a written response.


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.


Petitions and Public Address

Members of the public who wish to speak at this meeting can attend the meeting in person or ‘virtually’ through an online connection. 


To facilitate ‘hybrid’ meetings we are asking that requests to speak or present a petition are submitted by no later than 9am four working days before the meeting i.e., 9am on Wednesday 21st February 2024.  Requests to speak should be sent to


If you are speaking ‘virtually’, you may submit a written statement of your presentation to ensure that your views are taken into account. A written copy of your statement can be provided no later than 9am 2 working days before the meeting. Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.



There were no requests received.


Reports from Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 280 KB

Cabinet will receive the following Scrutiny reports:-


Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Support for People Leaving Hospital; the Oxfordshire Way


Performance and Corporate Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Draft Customer Experience Strategy



Additional documents:


Cabinet received the Scrutiny reports and will respond in due course.


Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Functions: Transition Arrangements pdf icon PDF 333 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader of the Council

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/346

Contact: Chloe Taylor, Head of Economy


Report by Corporate Director: Environment & Place (CA7)


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)    Note the government announcement on the transfer of Local Enterprise Partnership core functions;


b)    Approve the creation of a County Council controlling interest in the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP Ltd), subject to agreement by OxLEP Ltd’s board


c)    Consent to a change to OxLEPLtd’s governance to amend the Articles of Association and By-Laws to enable the County Council to take a controlling interest, if agreed by the OxLEP board;


d)    Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Environment and Place in consultation with the Executive Director of Resources the Leader of the Council and the Executive Member for Infrastructure and Development Strategy to take such operational decisions as are required to conclude the integration process, including concluding the Articles of Association.





Recommendations approved.


Workforce Report and Staffing Data - Q3 October - December 2023 pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Cabinet Member: Community & Corporate Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2024/005

Contact: Michael Fletcher, Head of HR Business Partnering


Report by the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer (CA8)


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the report.




Additional documents:


Recommendations approved.


Capital Programme Approvals - February 2024 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/266

Contact: Natalie Crawford, Capital Programme Manager,


Report by the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer (CA9)


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)    approve the inclusion of a 3 Form Entry Primary School, located in Didcot, into the Capital Programme with capital budget of £2.19m, to be fully funded from secured S106 contributions.






Recommendations approved.


Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh, Committee Officer Tel: 07393 001096


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 CA10.  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 123 KB

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