Decisions

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Key Decision definition: A key decision means an executive decision which is likely:

(a) to result in the council incurring expenditure which is, or the making of savings which are significant having regard to the council's budget for the service or function which the decision relates; or

(b) to be significant in terms of its effects on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards or electoral divisions in the area of the council.

For the purposes of (a) above, the threshold for "significant" is £1.5 million.

Decisions

03/12/2018 - St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Langho ref: 15949    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for additional funding for the construction works required  to expand St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Langho.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Great Harwood, Rishton & Clayton-le-Moors;

Lead officer: Sarah Welch


03/12/2018 - Adult Social Care Fee Uplifts - 2019/20 ref: 15945    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire County Council supports approximately 30,000 carers and adults in community and residential based settings, at an annual net cost of approximately £331 million per year.

 

This report sets out the county council's proposed fee uplifts for adult social care providers for 2019/20. However, it should be noted that the county council is currently using structural reserve funding and faces continued financial pressures.  Notwithstanding these pressures, the county council continues to increase fees to support Lancashire providers.

 

The uplifts proposed in this report are a weighted average of national living wage, pension auto-enrolment and other inflationary factors, and are subtly different across services and fee levels due to their differing cost bases.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: John Sleightholme


03/12/2018 - Schools Condition Led Capital Programme ref: 15947    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval to increase the existing capital allocation, to complete extensive structural repairs. Additional funding would be provided from the Schools Condition allocation 2018/19.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Lead officer: Simon Smith


03/12/2018 - Awarding of Small Grants to Third Sector Groups which are Registered with the Children and Family Wellbeing Service, including Grants to Individual Young People ref: 15944    Recommendations Approved

The report outlines the work of the District Youth Councils in their role in recommending grant monies to third sector organisations which are registered with the Children and Family Wellbeing Service.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ruth Gibson


03/12/2018 - Money Matters 2018/19 Position - Quarter 2 ref: 15935    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update to Cabinet on the county council's 2018/19 revenue financial position as at the end of September 2018 and an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy covering the period 2019/20 to 2022/23. The Medium Term Financial Strategy includes £77.171m of savings proposals and management actions, identified through the service challenge process and aimed at delivering better and sustainable services at a lower cost. 

 

The reduction in the forecast funding gap represents a significant improvement, however a structural funding gap remains and work continues on phase two of the service challenge process to identify further proposals to enable the council to achieve a financially sustainable position over the strategy period.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Neil Kissock, Kate Lee


03/12/2018 - Corporate Parenting Strategy 2018 - 2022 ref: 15942    Recommendations Approved

When a child comes into care, the county council becomes their corporate parent. Put simply, the term ‘corporate parent’ means the collective responsibility of the council, elected members, employees, and partner agencies, for providing the best possible care and protection that would be expected of a good parent. In fulfilling this role, the critical question that should be asked, is: "would this be good enough for my child?"

 

The draft Corporate Parenting Strategy 2018 - 2022, attached at Appendix 'A', sets out how we intend to fulfil our corporate parenting responsibilities to all children in our care and care leavers, putting them at the centre of improvements in the planning, delivery and evaluation of our services. The strategy has been developed in partnership with the Corporate Parenting Board. Lancashire's Promises to Children in Care and Care Leavers, attached at Appendix B, informs the core principles of this Corporate Parenting Strategy.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Amanda Hatton, Josephine Lee, John Readman


03/12/2018 - Establishment of an Urban Development Fund for Lancashire ref: 15964    Recommendations Approved

The report proposes the establishment of an Urban Development Fund (UDF) for Lancashire using £15m of European funding to leverage £10m of co-investment.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision. Compliance with Standing Order C19(5), where a summary of the relevant Part II report in respect of the decision should have been published at least five clear working days before the decision is taken, was impracticable due to the complexity of the proposals which meant that the report has only just been finalised to allow the proposals to be brought forward for decision. The provisions of Standing Order C21 have therefore been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Lead officer: Kathryn Molloy


03/12/2018 - Better for Children: Lancashire's Children's Services Development Plan ref: 15941    Recommendations Approved

The Ofsted re-inspection of Children's Services in June 2018 noted significant improvements, with an overall effectiveness judgement of 'requires improvement' to be good, and 'good' for our adoption service. However, there is still more to do to ensure that all children receive a consistently good service. The Better for Children: Lancashire's Children's Services Development Plan sets out the actions required to address the 11 recommendations in the report, further improving the quality of practice and outcomes for children.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sally Allen


03/12/2018 - The Future of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School ref: 15943    Recommendations Approved

At a meeting of the governing body on 4 July 2018, the governing body of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School resolved to ask the Local Authority to consult on the future of the school and this decision was supported by the Blackburn Church of England Diocese.

 

The purpose of this report is to seek approval to undertake a formal consultation on the future of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School. The report proposes stage 1 consultation on the possible closure of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School, due to a fall in the numbers on roll at the school making the school educationally and financially unviable. The report identifies the reasons for the proposal, and sets out the process to be followed in undertaking potential closure of a maintained school.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Wyre Rural East;

Lead officer: Paul Duckworth


03/12/2018 - Request for Waiver of Procurement Rules ref: 15946    Recommendations Approved

Given the limited number of organisations capable of undertaking this work, with only one located in the UK, it is considered that a direct award of the contract should be made to the provider identified as it would not be practicable in the circumstances to conduct a competitive exercise.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Tracey Jardine


03/12/2018 - Procurement Report - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 15936    Recommendations Approved

In line with the county council's procurement rules, this report sets out a recommendation to approve the commencement of the following procurement exercises:

 

(i)  Supported Accommodation for Young People

(ii)  Outcome based commissioning of Edge of Care Services

(iii)  Cleaning and Facilities Services Framework Agreement

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


03/12/2018 - Whalley Church of England School - Additional Funding Requirement for Proposed Capital Project to Facilitate School Expansion ref: 15948    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for additional funding for the construction works required  to expand Whalley Church of England Primary School.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Ribble Valley North East;

Lead officer: Simon Smith, Sarah Welch


03/12/2018 - Amendment to Friends of Lancashire Libraries Constitution ref: 15940    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines a proposal to amend the Friends of Lancashire Libraries Constitution and Terms of Reference which were agreed by Cabinet on 18 January 2018. Feedback from friends groups within the county has identified a concern about the prescriptive nature of the membership fee and a wish for the groups themselves to exercise some control over such charges.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Shelley Verran


03/12/2018 - Proposed Zebra Crossing, Lancaster Road, Knott End-on-Sea ref: 15938    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out a proposal to provide a zebra crossing and associated works on B5270 Lancaster Road, Knott End-on-Sea, to which objections have been received.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Wyre Rural Central;

Lead officer: Kieran Holliday


03/12/2018 - Proposed Parking Controls for Various Roads, Fulwood, Preston - Objections ref: 15937    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out proposals to introduce parking controls on nine streets in the Fulwood area of Preston. There is significant daytime parking on these roads due to staff, patients and visitors to the Royal Preston Hospital using the surrounding residential roads for parking as the parking facilities within the hospital are generally oversubscribed.

 

The proposals, which comprise no waiting and limited waiting restrictions as set out in Appendix 'B', have been advertised in the local press and on site and a number of objections have been received, although there is a high level of local demand to address the present situation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendation as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Preston North;

Lead officer: Eric Melling


03/12/2018 - A601(M) Carnforth Link Revocation of Special Road Scheme ref: 15939    Recommendations Approved

Lancaster City Council's Planning Committee has approved an application to develop land adjacent to the A601(M) south of Junction 35 near Carnforth for a car showroom, with vehicular access taken from the A601(M). The A601(M) is designated a special road and covered by motorway regulations.  The county council considers that this short section of special road no longer needs to be a special road, and proposes to seek an agreement with the developer to meet the costs of a Scheme to revoke this special road designation along with the removal of motorway regulations, and reclassify the road as an all-purpose 'B' road.  The developer has indicated his willingness to cover the costs.

 

To expedite this change and to enable the development to progress at the earliest opportunity, it is proposed that the special road designation of only part of the A601(M), between the B6254 Kellet Road and the M6 Junction 35 roundabout, and the Junction 35 roundabout itself, be revoked.  This is the length the developer requires access to.  In order to maintain a safe environment on the affected highways and to deter vehicles from stopping on the carriageway, existing prohibitions will be retained using Traffic Regulation Orders.  Appendix 'B' includes a schematic of the overall approach proposed.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

Cabinet approved the recommendations as set out in the report.

Divisions affected: Lancaster Rural North;

Lead officer: Dave Colbert


14/09/2018 - Date of Next Meeting ref: 15728    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 14/09/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 20/11/2018

Effective from: 14/09/2018

Decision:

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting of the Committee would be held at 10.30am (preceded by a 30 minute private briefing) on the 30th November 2018 in Committee Room 'C' – The Duke of Lancaster Room at County Hall, Preston.

 


14/09/2018 - Minutes of the Meeting held on the 5th July 2018 ref: 15721    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 14/09/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 20/11/2018

Effective from: 14/09/2018

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 5th July 2018 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.


14/09/2018 - Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests ref: 15720    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 14/09/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 20/11/2018

Effective from: 14/09/2018

Decision:

No declarations of interest were made in relation to items on the agenda.

 


14/09/2018 - Apologies ref: 15719    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 14/09/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 20/11/2018

Effective from: 14/09/2018

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor M Smith, Councillor D Borrow and Mr E Lambert – Independent Adviser.

 


24/11/2015 - Health and Wellbeing Board Update ref: 15419    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/11/2015 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 16/11/2018

Effective from: 24/11/2015

Decision:

The report was introduced by County Councillor Jennifer Mein, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board and Leader of the County Council, and was presented by Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health. It provided an update on the progress made by the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB).

 

Sakthi used a PowerPoint presentation which briefly explained the role of the HWBB; it referred to a review of the Board which had been undertaken in April 2015, and set out some recent developments and future priorities.

 

He emphasised that the Board was working in an environment in which resources were diminishing and demand was rising, which could lead to a serious gap in funding.

 

Members were invited to comment and raise questions and a summary of the main points arising from the discussion is set out below:

 

·  There was concern about proposals related to the transformation of care for people with learning disabilities and in particular transport provision for disabled adults and the consequent effect on carers. It was recognised that the proposals were well-intentioned but it was felt that they were not practical. In response CC Mein explained that some very difficult decisions would have to be taken in light of the financial pressures facing the county council. She assured the Committee that all budget proposals to be considered had an associated equality impact assessment; no decisions would be taken lightly and mitigation would be put in place wherever possible.

·  The Chair pointed out that this Committee was to receive a report on services for adults with learning disabilities at its January meeting.

·  The Chair noted that services for people with mental health problems were under strain and expressed concern about the cost and appropriateness of moving people to facilities many miles away from their home; he asked that this Committee be involved in any review of these services. Sakthi emphasised that mental health and emotional wellbeing were a priority for the HWBB.

·  It was explained that it was the role of the HWBB to ensure that appropriate plans were in place to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Lancashire and that reports to the HWBB were part of the assurance process. Agenda and minutes could be read on line and members of the public were able to attend meetings to observe. Members were advised that if they required more detail on a particular topic they would be directed to the most appropriate officer/partner.

·  In response to a specific question about Occupational Therapy and what service users could expect in the current financial climate, the Chair reported that the Steering Group was hoping to receive a presentation about this service; he added that any member with a particular interest in any matter coming before the Steering Group could ask to attend the relevant meeting.

·  It was explained that 'Healthier Lancashire' was a programme currently being scoped and would be considered by the HWBB; significant changes would be needed to meet rising demand and solutions were not yet designed. There would need to be substantial engagement and Scrutiny would be part of that process. The Committee was informed that 'Healthier Lancashire' was undertaking an alignment of some 53 different plans that needed to be brought together to produce a strategy to achieve better spending for the good of the people of Lancashire. It was reported that there was to be a bite size briefing for members about 'Healthier Lancashire' on 2 December.

·  It was suggested that the HWBB should raise its profile as a leadership body. In response it was explained that the HWBB had its own website, logo and newsletter, and the Leader of the Council was its Chair which also reflected how important its work is. It was acknowledged that to some extent it was media responses that determined how much publicity the Board received. It was noted that there were some district councillors among the HWBB membership which provided a helpful conduit to the districts.

·  Sakthi said that notwithstanding financial pressures going forward there would need to be a different approach to the public health agenda and how services are delivered.

 

Resolved: That,

 

  i.  The content of the report, the areas of progress and the future focus of the Health and Wellbeing Board be noted;

  ii.  It be agreed that the Health Scrutiny Committee develop better working and links with the Health and Wellbeing Board.

  iii.  The Committee would consider the areas for future focus of the Health and Wellbeing Board and how this aligns with its future work programme.

 


13/06/2014 - Scrutiny Committee: Chair and Deputy Chair, Membership, and Terms of Reference ref: 15166    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Internal Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 13/06/2014 - Internal Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 14/11/2018

Effective from: 13/06/2014

Decision:

A report was presented informing the Committee that at the County Council's annual meeting on 15 May 2014 it was agreed that the Scrutiny Committee should comprise 13 County Councillors (on the basis of 6 Labour members, 1 Liberal Democrat member, 5 Conservative members, and 1 Independent member). Nominations of County Councillors to serve on the Committee had been submitted to the County Secretary and Solicitor by the respective political groups.

 

The County Councillors appointed to serve on the Scrutiny Committee for the following year were:

 

  Alyson Barnes  Carl Crompton 

  Richard Newman-Thompson  Liz Oades

   David O'Toole  Miles Parkinson

  Clare Pritchard  John Shedwick

  Vivien Taylor  Christian Wakeford

  David Watts  George Wilkins

  Bill Winlow

 

The Full Council also appointed County Councillor B Winlow and County Councillor A Barnes as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee for the remainder of the 2014/15 municipal year

 

 

Resolved: That the Committee note:

 

1.  The appointment of County Councillor B Winlow and County Councillor A Barnes as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee for the remainder of the municipal year;

 

2.  The membership of the Committee following the County Council's annual meeting; and

 

3.  The Terms of Reference of the Committee.

 


08/11/2018 - Transport Asset Management Plan ref: 15150    Recommendations Approved

The Transport Asset Management Plan was approved by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport on 10 June 2014 and sets out the county council's investment strategy in respect of the maintenance of certain transport assets for the period 2015 - 2030.

 

The draft Transport Asset Management Plan 2018 data refresh document, which can be viewed here provides an update in relation to changes in service standards, performance and progress in a number of key areas in highway asset management over the past 12 months.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 08/11/2018 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2018

Effective from: 08/11/2018

Decision:

Cabinet received a report providing an update on progress on the Transport Asset Management Plan 2018 data refresh document, which would provide an update in relation to changes in service standards, performance and progress in a number of key areas in highway asset management over the past 12 months.

 

Resolved: That

i)  the update on progress on the draft Transport Asset Management Plan 2018 data refresh be noted.

ii)  the Director of Property Services be authorised to approve, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, the final version of the draft Transport Asset Management Plan 2018 data refresh document.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Keith Postlethwaite