Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 14 May 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


There were none received.


Declarations of Interest

- guidance note below


There were none.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 328 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23 April 2024 (CA3) and to receive information arising from them.


The minutes of the meeting held on 23 April 2024 were approved as a correct record.


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.


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.


There were none received.


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 8th May 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.




There were none to report.


Reports from Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Cabinet will receive the following Scrutiny reports:-


Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee reports on


s.106 and Infrastructure Funding Update;

Circular Economy Strategy




Additional documents:


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


Cost of Living programme for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 689 KB

Cabinet Member: Public Health, Inequalities & Community Safety

Forward Plan Ref: 2024/069

Contact: Paul Wilding, Programme Manager (Cost of Living),


Report by Executive Director of People (CA8)


This item is not subject to Call-in.  The Chair of the Council has agreed that in all the circumstances the decision should be treated as a matter of urgency. A decision will be urgent if any delay likely to be caused by the call in process would seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests. (Part 6.2 Overview & Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rules, paragraph 20(a)).


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to

a)           Note the cost-of-living support measures delivered during 2023/24, as summarised in table 1;

b)           Agree to the support package for 2024/25, as summarised in table 3;


c)           Delegate authority to the Programme Director (Partnerships & Delivery) in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Health, Inequalities and Community Safety, to amend the programme during the year in response to changing and emerging need, within the overall programme budget.


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Recommendations approved.


Customer Experience Strategy pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Cabinet Member: Cabinet Member for Community and Corporate Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2024/029

Contact: Mark Haynes, Director of Customer and Cultural Services (, Susmita Dave, National Management Trainee (


Report by Executive Director: People  (CA9)


Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to:


a)    approve the council’s new Customer Experience Strategy.


b)   endorse that the annual update of the strategy and the action plan should be overseen by the Performance and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.



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Recommendations approved.


Oxfordshire Councils Charter pdf icon PDF 232 KB

Cabinet Member: Leader

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/351

Contact: Tannah Collier, Policy Officer,


Report by Chief Executive (CA10)


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)           Endorse the Oxfordshire Councils Charter attached at Annex 1 to the report


b)           Agree to be a signatory to the Oxfordshire Councils Charter.



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Recommendations approved.


Financial Monitoring Report (updates on funding and any other budget changes for 2024/25 since February 2024) pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Cabinet Member: Finance

Forward Plan Ref: 2024/060

Contact: Kathy Wilcox, Head of Financial Strategy



Report by Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer (CA11).


The Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to


a)    agree the virements in Annex 1a and note the virements in Annex 1b.

b)   note the anticipated reduction in business rates funding of £0.7m in 2024/25 compared to the assumptions in the budget, and the proposed use of additional business rates income notified in late 2023/24 to replace this.




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Recommendations approved.


Workforce Report and Staffing Data - Quarter 4 2023-24 pdf icon PDF 300 KB

Cabinet Member: Corporate Services

Forward Plan Ref: 2023/279

Contact: Cherie Cuthbertson, Director of Workforce & Organisational Development,


Report by Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer (CA12)


Cabinet is RECOMMENDED to note the report.

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Recommendations approved.


Forward Plan and Future Business pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Cabinet Member: All

Contact Officer: Chris Reynolds, Senior Democratic Services ,


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 CA13.  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.

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For information only: Cabinet response to Scrutiny item

Infrastructure Funding Statement


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