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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 £1.6 million.

Decisions

09/10/2019 - An Update on the Lancashire Central - Cuerden Strategic Site

An update on the proposals for the Lancashire Central - Cuerden Strategic site.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: Moss Side & Farington;

Lead officer: Chris Dyson

Notice of decision: 09/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will contain commercially confidential and legal related matters reference to the site and as such is deemed to be Part II. The report also provides an update following on from the April 2019 Cabinet report.


09/10/2019 - The Future of Queen Street Mill Museum and Helmshore Textile Mills Museum

The report will consider the outcome of the options appraisal for the museums carried out by the National Trust.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: Burnley Rural; Rossendale West;

Lead officer: Ian Watson

Notice of decision: 09/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The options appraisal will include financial information that might be subject to further negotiations between the council and the National Trust.


09/10/2019 - Maximising Occupancy in Supported Housing Consultation Document

This policy sets out the council's approach to reviewing supported housing and the procedure that will guide decisions about non-viable supported housing schemes.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kieran Curran

Notice of decision: 04/09/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


09/10/2019 - Procurement Report - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises

In line with the county council's procurement rules approval will be requested to start the following procurement exercises:
(i) M55 project and Earthworks
(ii) Gully Emptying
(iii) Spray Injection Patching
(iv) Reactive, and planned improvement works
(v) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
(vi) Security and Alarm servicing and maintenance
(vii) Minor Adaptation Service
(viii) Direct Payment Support Service
(ix) Provision of Community Transport Services
(x) Provision of Commercial Agency Services for SAEZ

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner

Notice of decision: 09/10/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


08/10/2019 - Lead Member Appointment ref: 17511    Recommendations Approved

This report relates to the replacement of County Councillor Charlie Edwards by County Councillor Cosima Towneley as Lead Member for Health and Adult Services.

 

Reasons for Urgency

 

This decision is urgent and cannot await the next meeting of Cabinet on 7 November 2019. The reason for this is to enable the Lead Member change to be made effective from 1 October 2019.  This decision is therefore being taken on behalf of Cabinet by the Leader of the Council in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 34(1).

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision published: 08/10/2019

Effective from: 08/10/2019

Decision:

The Leader of the County Council approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Craig Alker


03/10/2019 - Digital First Strategy ref: 17499    Recommendations Approved

A Digital First Strategy for Lancashire County Council has been developed to enable the organisation to deliver its digital first vision and ambitions. The strategy, set out at Appendix 'A', now requires approval in order for it to be officially launched to staff and published externally for our service users.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/10/2019

Effective from: 09/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Gabby Nelson


03/10/2019 - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 17501    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)  Provision of a Crisis Service in North Lancashire

(ii)  Operated and non-operated vehicles and plant hire - Dynamic Purchasing System.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/10/2019

Effective from: 09/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


03/10/2019 - Cross-Border Placements - Implementation of the Care Act 2014 (Approval of Revised Adult Social Care Policies and Procedures ) ref: 17498    Recommendations Approved

Following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, the county council has undertaken to review all adult social care policies, practice and guidance to ensure compliance. The following new policy, procedures and guidance document is now presented to Cabinet for approval:

 

  • Cross-Border Placements

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/10/2019

Effective from: 09/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kieran Curran


03/10/2019 - Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund and Local Pinch Point Fund ref: 17500    Recommendations Approved

On 24 July 2019, the Department for Transport announced two competitive bidding processes; Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund and Local Pinch Point Fund. This report requests approval of the proposed bid and expression of interest to the Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund and local contributions that would be required should the submissions be successful.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/10/2019

Effective from: 09/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Janet Wilson


03/10/2019 - City Deal Review ref: 17503    Recommendations Approved

Report will provide an update for Cabinet following the independent review of the City Deal.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 03/10/2019

Effective from: 09/10/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as amended.

 

Divisions affected: Leyland Central; Leyland South; Lostock Hall & Bamber Bridge; Moss Side & Farington; Penwortham East & Walton-le-Dale; Penwortham West; Preston Central East; Preston Central West; Preston City; Preston East; Preston North; Preston Rural; Preston South East; Preston South West; Preston West; South Ribble East; South Ribble West;

Lead officer: Phil Green, Sarah Parry


24/09/2019 - Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System - Update on the five year strategy ref: 17468    Recommendations Approved

High-level overview of the partnership in Lancashire and South Cumbria which is working as an Integrated Care System (ICS) and the progress towards developing a five year strategy for the system in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 02/10/2019

Effective from: 24/09/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed the following officers from the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS): Andrew Bennett, Executive Director for Commissioning, Peter Tinson, Chief Operating Officer for Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Neil Greaves, Head of Communication and Engagement.

 

Andrew Bennett presented a report proving a high-level overview of the partnerships in the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System and the progress toward developing a five year strategy in response to the NHS Long Term Plan.

 

Jenny Hurley, representing Protect Chorley and South Ribble Hospital from Cuts and Privatisation campaign group made deputations to the committee in response to the report. The deputations raised concerns expressed by the campaign group regarding the potential merger of eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to one and requested that detailed plans and the result of a public consultation be presented to a future meeting of the committee.

 

Mary Whitby, representing Save Ormskirk and Southport Hospital campaign group also made deputations to the committee in response to the report. The deputation requested that the committee rejected the five year plan and merger of the eight CCGs in favour of a public consultation.

 

Members requested clarification on a number of issues as detailed below:

 

·  Concerns were expressed regarding the wide ranging implications of the plan and lack of specific detail regarding the direction of the strategy and its local impact.

 

In response NHS colleagues stated that a series of NHS reforms from 2012, had highlighted the requirement for NHS bodies to work closer together. In addition ongoing feedback from patients had described that they received fragmented care. The strategy aimed to form partnerships and working relationships to improve the patient experience. It was emphasised that the strategy was not designed to centralise services, but to support the planning of healthcare at a neighbourhood level and high level expenditure at a strategic level. It was emphasised that 41 primary care networks had been successfully established and were engaging with the strategy.

 

·  With regard to the proposed merger of eight Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) into one, members raised the issue of the practicality of addressing constituents' concerns to one single commissioning body for 1.7 million people in the ICS and asked how local accountability could be assured. It was maintained that this was already difficult with the current arrangement. Members also suggested that NHS reforms had frequently changed direction and it would be beneficial for the residents of Lancashire if decision making remained closer to home to allow for the specific priorities for individual areas to be developed.

 

NHS officers stated that there would be a plan to develop a case for change that was likely to recommend a single CCG, which would support work in the neighbourhoods/primary care networks to engage local people and address individual needs. This process included the submission of a formal request and a consultation to identify and address risks. The case for change had yet to be set out and local voice and representations would have to be answered at this stage. The consultation around CCGs would address at what level specific decisions would be taken and this would depend on the level of impact, i.e. if it was at local level or ICS wide.

 

·  In response to queries raised regarding the democratic deficiency of the NHS decision making process, it was confirmed that there were strong opportunities for councillors to work closely with the neighbourhoods. GPs were already working closely with councillors in some areas and there was an expectation that nationally appointed GPs would lead the board of local partnerships and involve councillors. This collaboration would be designed in to the model.

 

·  In response to comments it was clarified that the ICS was sensitive to the nuanced relationships in the partnerships with voluntary community, faith and social enterprise sector networks and was working on building these collaborations. A leadership group had been developed to include representatives from this sector in partnership meetings to ensure their involvement and so that they can contribute to decisions.

 

·  Members highlighted the recurring problem of a shortage of suitable staff being trained and how this would be addressed to ensure deficits in service provision were diminished, rather than relying on volunteers who provided additional support and should not be a replacement for NHS services.

 

·  In response to a question, Andrew Bennett stated that there were a number inaccuracies in the deputations and clarity regarding these could be provided.

 

·  Members commented that it was clear that the public needed better and more sustainable healthcare and acknowledged that the plans were currently at the strategic level.

 

It was moved by County Councillor Eddie Pope and seconded by County Councillor Alan Schofield that the published five year strategy be presented to the Health Scrutiny Committee at its next scheduled meeting on 5 November 2019.

 

The following amendment was proposed by County Councillor John Fillis and seconded by County Councillor David Whipp:

 

Due to lack of clarity regarding public accountability and the questions/concerns that have not been addressed, the committee was unable to support the five year strategy at the present time until further detail and more information was included. The committee would be prepared to consider future proposals and additions to the plans at its meeting on 5 November 2019.

 

On being put to the vote the amendment was LOST. Whereupon it was;

Resolved: That

 

The published five year strategy be presented to the Health Scrutiny Committee at its next scheduled meeting on 5 November 2019.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Gary Halsall


24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Work Programme 2019/20 ref: 17471    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 02/10/2019

Effective from: 24/09/2019

Decision:

The Work Programmes for both the Health Scrutiny Committee and its Steering Group were presented to the Committee.

 

Resolved that the report be noted.

 


24/09/2019 - Report of the Health Scrutiny Steering Group ref: 17470    Recommendations Approved

Overview of matters presented and considered by the Health Scrutiny Steering Group at its meetings held on 14 May 2019, 17 July 2019 and 11 September 2019.

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 02/10/2019

Effective from: 24/09/2019

Decision:

The report presented provided an overview of matters presented and considered by the Health Scrutiny Steering Group at its meetings held on 14 May 2019, 11 July 2019 and 11 September 2019.

 

Resolved: That the report of the Steering Group be received.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Debra Jones


24/09/2019 - Our Health Our Care Programme - Update on the future of acute services in central Lancashire ref: 17469    Recommendations Approved

Update on the Our Care Our Health Programme

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 02/10/2019

Effective from: 24/09/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed Karen Partington, Chief Executive, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals; Dr Gerry Skailes, Medical Director, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals; Denis Gizzi, Chief Officer, Greater Preston and Chorley and South Ribble CCGs; Helen Curtis, Director of Nursing and Quality for the CCGs, Jayne Mellor, Director of Transformation for the CCGs, Dr. Sumantra Mukerji, Chair of Greater Preston CCG and Jason Pawluk, Our Health Our Care Programme Director, NHS Transformation Unit.

 

Jason Pawluk presented a report which provided an update from the Our Health Our Care programme on the future of acute services in Central Lancashire. This update described the progress made relating to the formal assurance process required by NHS England with regard to proposals for significant service change (stage 2).

 

The 13 options for service change for emergency care services for the residents of Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs being considered were distributed and are attached to these minutes.

 

Jenny Hurley, representing Protect Chorley and South Ribble Hospital from Cuts and Privatisation campaign group made deputations to the committee in response to the report. Jenny stated that the report didn't address downgraded services in other areas of Lancashire and didn’t take into account growing populations in the area. A question was also raised as to why other Hospital Trusts (Blackburn and Wigan) were getting new staff for their A&E departments and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals was not. The deputation requested a full analysis of the impact that a reduction of services would have and full public engagement at all stages of the process.

 

Members requested clarification on the areas detailed below:

 

·  In response to a question it was confirmed that the first 'do nothing option' would leave services as they were now; the second option would leave services as they were in conjunction with a transformation of the acute services to improve efficiencies and the third option would increase accident and emergency provision at Chorley and South Ribble hospital to the requirements of a type 1 facility.

 

·  Members requested assurance that the Our Health Our Care Programme would assimilate with the Integrated Care System (ICS) five year strategy. It was confirmed that the strategy was a set of proposals coming from the Integrated Care System and not a decision from it. However, the Committee was informed that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were GP membership organisations and any constitutional proposals or request for change (including proposals to merge CGGs) would have to be endorsed by members. It was noted that a proposal to merge the two CCGs (Greater Preston and Chorley and South Ribble) in the central Lancashire area had been recently rejected by the respective CCG boards.

 

·  Members asked what work was underway to engage with neighbouring health care services and hospitals, outside the central Lancashire area. It was confirmed that the Our Health Our Care Programme maintained a close working relationship with neighbouring CCGs and hospitals and were keen to work closely with them as with all the statutory consultees. NHS colleagues were aware of the concerns expressed by the chief executive of Wrightington, Wigan and LeighNHS Hospital Trust regarding the proposals. The proposed engagement timeline would align with the reduction of the range of the 13 options, when it would be easier to describe and understand what the impact on neighbouring services would be.

 

·  In response to a question, Jenny Hurley stated that NHS digital applications had positive points, however she had examples where patients had been advised that a digital application was the only option. Jenny also maintained that GPs use applications that follow an algorithm to give the most inexpensive treatment pathway which didn't necessarily provide the best and most cost effective outcome for the patient.

 

·  Members asked why the options didn't include plans to increase recruitment and training of staff, enhance service levels and improve patient access to GPs to reduce demand on accident and emergency services. Members emphasised that the options to close accident and emergency at Chorley and South Ribble hospital would see increased pressure on this service at other hospitals in West Lancashire, Blackburn, Wigan and Preston. A reduction or cessation of accident and emergency services in West Lancashire would create a gap in provision from Liverpool to north Preston. Concern was also expressed regarding the widely publicised lack of support for patients with mental health issues and how they are often reliant on acute services.

 

NHS colleagues confirmed that there were significant issues regarding staffing and there was not the resources to safely support the current level of provision. The service always strived to recruit to provide the correct workforce level. The aim was to try and work together to provide the optimum number of staff in the right places to ensure the correct pathways for patients. The objective was to provide safe quality care which couldn't be delivered with the current arrangements. It was stressed that this case for change was addressing accident and emergency services, however transformation was taking place across the whole remit of acute provision.

 

Members asked if the case for change was being considered due to lack of resources and investment in the NHS. It was clarified that difficulties in recruitment and retaining staff required the service to think differently about the continuum of care and how it can be provided using the resources more innovatively.

 

·  Members commented that the option of building a new super hospital which had been mooted previously should still be an option. It was explained that the option of a super hospital was being explored but was not included in the 13 options as this couldn't be publically consulted on.

 

·  Members highlighted that the traffic issues in and around the Royal Preston hospital site would need careful consideration, if the Chorley and South Ribble hospital accident and emergency service closed.

 

Resolved: That

 

The Health Scrutiny Committee at its meeting scheduled on 3 December 2019, receive analysis on:

 

1.  Staffing requirements for all options;

2.  Impact on neighbouring Trusts as well as the Royal Preston Hospital site;

3.  Mental Health service provision for all options;

4.  Financial information on all the options.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Gary Halsall


24/09/2019 - Constitution: Chair and Deputy Chair; Membership; Terms of Reference of the Health Scrutiny Committee and its Steering Group ref: 17467    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 02/10/2019

Effective from: 24/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That:

 

  1. The appointment of County Councillors Peter Britcliffe and Stuart Morris as Chair and Deputy Chair of the committee for the remainder of the 2019/20 municipal year be noted;

 

  1. The new membership of the committee following the County Council’s Annual Meeting on 23 May 2019 be noted; and

 

  1. The terms of reference of the committee be noted.

 


20/09/2019 - Local Pensions Partnership Update to 30 June 2019 ref: 17483    Recommendations Approved

An update of the activities of Local Pensions Partnership

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


20/09/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Performance Overview - June 2019 ref: 17485    Recommendations Approved

Update on the investment performance up to June 2019

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


20/09/2019 - Investment Panel Report ref: 17484    Recommendations Approved

Toprovide committee with an update of the work of the Investment Panel

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


20/09/2019 - Date of Next Meeting ref: 17480    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting would be held at 10.30am (preceded by a 30 minute briefing session) on the 29th November 2019 in Committee Room 'C' – The Duke of Lancaster Room at County Hall, Preston.

 


20/09/2019 - Feedback from members of the Committee on pension related training. ref: 17479    Recommendations Approved

An update on pension related training activity which members of the Committee have been involved in since the last meeting.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented a report on the workshop on the risk framework of the Fund which had been held on the 11th September 2019 and attended by County Councillors K Ellard, T Martin, J Mein and A Schofield together with co-opted members Mr P Crewe, Councillor R Whittle and Councillor D Borrow.

 

It was reported that the workshop had included a lot of detail on the subject which had been crystalised by the pre Committee briefing given by Mr Lambert, one of the Independent Advisers.

 

Resolved: That the attendance by members of the Committee at the workshop on the 11th September 2019 is noted and that such attendance be recorded in the Training Record for the Committee.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


20/09/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Annual Report ref: 17475    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund presented a report on the final version of the Lancashire County Pension Fund Annual Report for the year ended 31st March 2019 and highlighted a number of additional amendments which had been made since the draft report was presented at the previous meeting.

 

In considering the report members of the Committee highlighted some additional minor amendments and it was suggested that key messages from the Annual Report should be relayed to scheme members via a newsletter. It was also reported that the external auditor had concluded that the information in the annual report was consistent with the audited financial statements included within the statement of accounts.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the updates to the Annual Report for the year ended 31st March 2019, as set out in the report presented, are noted.

 

2.  That the following additional changes be made to the Annual Report.

a)  amend the text in the foreword to clarify the relationship between the County Council, Preston City Council and the Fund in relation to the Park Hotel development.

b)  amend the wording on page 6 to clarify those co-opted members of the Committee who are elected representatives.

 

3.  That, subject to any further minor amendments, the Annual Report for the year ended 31st March is approved for publication on or before the 1st December 2019.

 


20/09/2019 - Responsible Investment Report ref: 17476    Recommendations Approved

RI Update Q2 2019

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund presented a report which updated the Committee on activity which supported the Fund in fulfilling its commitment to long term responsible asset ownership in line with the Investment Strategy Statement and the Responsible Investment Strategy.

 

With regard to the two items raised at the previous meeting the Committee was informed that it was not possible to calculate how much companies spent on lobbying against climate change mitigation as the detailed costs on individual topics/themes were not reported. However, as the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum was already exploring this subject it was suggested that a representative be asked to address the Committee to provide some reassurance that action was being taken on behalf of Local Government Pension Schemes in this area. 

 

Mr C Rule, Interim Chief Executive, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director (Investments) confirmed that the Local Pensions Partnership managed investments in accordance with its own RI policy and that of the Fund. He referred to existing investments in green energy/social housing and low exposures in relation to fossil fuels and reminded the Committee that current investments complied with the targets set out in those policies.

 

The joint Responsible Investment Working Group proposed by the London Pensions Fund Authority was also discussed and it was reported that whilst the Committee had an agreed Responsible Investment policy in place the Authority had not yet agreed its own policy and so were not in a position to move forward with a joint Working Group.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That a representative of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum be invited to attend a briefing for members of the Committee at 10.00am on the 29th November 2019 ahead of the next scheduled meeting.

 

2.  That Mr R Branagh, the Managing Director of the London Pensions Fund Authority, be invited to attend the next meeting of the Committee to discuss the joint Working Group on Responsible Investment.

 

3.  That the update on responsible investment activity, as set out in the Appendix to the report presented, is noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mukhtar Master


20/09/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund - External Audit Findings Report ref: 17474    Recommendations Approved

To present the final audit findings report for the year ended 31 March 2019

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

Angela Pieri, Senior Manager from Grant Thornton presented her report on the findings of the external audit of the Lancashire County Pension Fund Accounts for 2018/19. She reported that the accounts had been considered by the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee on the 29th July 2019 which had noted the presentational adjustments to the financial statements and other issues raised by the auditor, none of which had an impact on the net asset statement or the Fund account.

 

In considering the report the Committee noted that the outstanding items highlighted in the audit findings report had now been finalised and a final unqualified audit opinion issued.

 

Resolved: That the findings of the external audit of the Lancashire County Pension Fund Accounts for 2018/19, as set out in the report presented together with the final unqualified audit opinion issued, are noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


20/09/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Q1 Budget Monitoring 2019/20 ref: 17477    Recommendations Approved

Review of financial results of the Fund for the period 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019 and comparison to budget for the same period.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Committee considered a report on the financial performance of the Fund during the 3 months to 30th June 2019 together with a comparison of the results with the approved budget for the same period.

 

Resolved: That the financial performance of the Fund up to the 30th June 2018, as set out in the report presented, is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


20/09/2019 - Local Pensions Partnership 2018/19 Annual Report and Accounts ref: 17478    Recommendations Approved

To present the Annual Report and Accounts of the Local Pensions Partnership for the year ended 31 March 2019

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Local Pensions Partnership Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019, as approved by the Partnership Board on the 31st July 2019, was presented to the Committee.

 

Resolved: That the content of the Local Pensions Partnership Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2019, as set out at Appendix 'A' to the report presented, is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


20/09/2019 - Internal audit assurance over the Local Pensions Partnership ref: 17481    Recommendations Approved

All seven of the audits for 2018/19 have now been reported by LPP's internal auditor and this report presents their outcomes.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund presented a report which updated the Committee on the findings of the review of all seven of the internal audits of the Local Pensions Partnership for 2018/19 as requested at the previous meeting. It was noted that substantial assurance had been given by the County Councils internal audit service with regard to the Authority's oversight of the Fund and the Partnership.

 

Mr T Richardson, Chief Risk Officer from the Partnership informed the Committee that four of the seven audits had resulted in an assessment of 'ineffective' and the Partnership's Senior Management Team was taking action across the group to address the matters arising from the audits and would submit regular reports to the Board.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the assurance from the Local Pensions Partnership's internal auditor, as set out in the report presented, and the action taken to date by the Senior Management Board in response to the issues raised are noted.

 

2.  That the County Councils Head of internal Audit liaise with the Chief Risk Officer from the Local Pensions Partnerships to produce a report for the next meeting to update the Committee on progress made in relation implementation of the Senior Management Board Action Plans.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ruth Lowry


20/09/2019 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 17482    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that there would be a likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the appropriate paragraph of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972, as indicated against the heading of each item. It is considered that in all the circumstances the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 


20/09/2019 - Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests ref: 17472    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

No declarations of interest were made under this item.

 


20/09/2019 - Minutes of the Meeting held on the 21st June 2019 ref: 17473    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 20/09/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 27/09/2019

Effective from: 20/09/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 21st June 2019 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 


26/06/2019 - Highways Act 1980 - Section 119A Rail Crossing Diversion Order<br/>Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 - Section 53A<br/>Diversion of Public Footpath over Railway between Holts Lane and<br/>Footpath Poulton-le-Fylde 4<br/> ref: 17457    Recommendations Approved

Ref; 211-717

Decision Maker: Regulatory Committee

Made at meeting: 26/06/2019 - Regulatory Committee

Decision published: 19/09/2019

Effective from: 26/06/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the proposed diversion of a public footpath over the Railway between Holts Lane and Footpath Poulton-le-Fylde 4 in Wyre Borough. The length of the existing path proposed to be diverted was shown by a bold continuous line marked as A-B on the Committee plan attached to the agenda papers, and the proposed alternative route shown by a bold dashed line and marked A-C-D-E.

 

An application had been received from Network Rail to divert part of the above mentioned public footpath, in connection with their proposal to replace the Holts Lane level crossing with a stepped footbridge. As a result of electrification works, minimum sighting distances could no longer be achieved looking up and down the line, due to the stanchions and other infrastructure supporting the overhead power lines. It was also highly likely that a train could straddle the level crossing whilst stopped at a signal.

 

For these reasons, together with the increase in frequency of services and longer trains, some method of mitigation was required to reduce the risk to users of the level crossing.

 

The Committee noted that Network Rail had explored all alternative options for a permanent means of reducing the risk that the railway crossing presented, and that their preferred option was to close the level crossing and provide a new stepped footbridge. This would ensure that the public could cross the railway safely.

 

There had been various 'near miss' incidents recorded at the Holts Lane level crossing since 2004, the details of which were provided to the Committee. It was suggested that it was not reasonably practicable to make the crossing safe by any other means, and that there was a justifiable case for constructing a stepped footbridge, and closing and removing the level crossing.

 

Consultation with the statutory undertakers had been carried out and no objections or adverse comments on the proposal had been received.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)  That subject to no unsatisfactory responses to the consultations, an Order be made under Section 119A of the Highways Act 1980, to divert part of the public footpath, from the route shown by a bold continuous line and marked A-B on the attached map, to the route shown by a bold dashed line and marked A-C-D-E. That the Order makes provision requiring the operator of the railway to maintain the footpath including both surface and bridge structure pursuant to section 119A(6) of the Highways Act 1980.

 

(ii)  That in the event of no objections being received, the Order be confirmed and in the event of objections being received and not withdrawn, the Order be sent to the Secretary of State and the Authority take a neutral stance with respect to its confirmation.

 

(iii)  That provision be included in the Order such that it is also made under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to amend the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way in consequence of the coming into operation of the diversion.

Divisions affected: Poulton le Fylde;

Lead officer: Joanne Lawson


26/06/2019 - Highways Act 1980 - Section 119<br/>Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 - Section 53A<br/>Proposed Diversion of Part of Footpath Over Kellet 1 at Former Chicken Sheds, Cockle Hill, Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Over Kellet<br/> ref: 17458    Recommendations Approved

File reference 211-708

Decision Maker: Regulatory Committee

Made at meeting: 26/06/2019 - Regulatory Committee

Decision published: 19/09/2019

Effective from: 26/06/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on an application from the owner of land known as the Former Chicken Sheds, Kirkby Lonsdale Road, Over Kellet, Carnforth to divert part of Footpath Over Kellet 1, in connection with their proposal to build residential properties on the land.

 

A revised Committee plan was circulated at the meeting which showed the current route marked by a bold continuous line, A-B-C and the diversion marked by a bold broken line, A-D-B-E-C. The Committee noted that the applicants had agreed the amended Committee plan.

 

It was reported that the applicants owned the land crossed by the existing route, and also part of the alternative route. Part of the alternative route A-D was in the ownership of a neighbouring landowner, who was also in agreement with the proposed diversion.

 

The Committee noted that the legal line of the public footpath currently ran through land that would be a paddock adjacent to the property and the diversion, if successful, would enable the landowner to secure the paddock, increasing the privacy and security for the residents, whilst providing a route that was safe and convenient for public use. The diversion would also divert that part of the footpath that was recorded as running adjacent to the driveway of the properties (A-B) and would place it on a path that was segregated from the vehicular access (A-D).

 

It was reported that the effect of the Order was compatible with the material provisions of the county council's Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

 

The Committee noted that consultation with the statutory undertakers had been carried out and that no objections or adverse comments on the proposal had been received.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)  That subject to no unsatisfactory responses to the consultations, an Order be made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980, to divert part of Footpath Over Kellet 1, from the route shown by a bold continuous line and marked A-B-C, to the route shown by a bold broken line and marked A-D-B-E-C on the revised Committee plan circulated at the meeting.

 

(ii)  That in the event of no objections being received, the Order be confirmed and in the event of objections being received and not withdrawn, the Order be sent to the Secretary of State and the Authority take a neutral stance with respect to its confirmation.

 

(iii)  That provision be included in the Order such that it is also made under Section 53A of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to amend the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way in consequence of the coming into operation of the diversion.

Divisions affected: Lancaster Central;

Lead officer: Joanne Lawson


26/06/2019 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981<br/>Definitive Map Modification Order Investigation<br/>Addition of Bridleway at Commerce Street, Haslingden<br/>File No. 804-604<br/> ref: 17456    Recommendations Approved

DMMO Addition of a Bridleway at Commerce Street, Haslingden 804-604/888.1647

Decision Maker: Regulatory Committee

Made at meeting: 26/06/2019 - Regulatory Committee

Decision published: 19/09/2019

Effective from: 26/06/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the addition to the Definitive Map and Statement of a Bridleway from the western end of Commerce Street (U7305) past Vine Grove Works and Vine Mill to the boundary of the A56, as shown between points A-B on the Committee Plan attached to the agenda papers.

 

It was reported that the route had no recorded public status and that an investigation had been carried out in relation to the East Lancashire Cycleway project, being implemented by the county council, to determine whether the route – which formed part of the proposed cycleway – should be recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way.

 

A site inspection had been carried out in January 2019.

 

The Committee noted that there was no requirement for an application to be made for a definitive map and statement modification order as, once the county council had evidenced that the Definitive Map and Statement required modification, it had a duty to examine the evidence and make a decision accordingly.

 

The map and documentary evidence, together with more recent site evidence, all suggested that the route had, since that time when it no longer formed part of the original route known as Commerce Street, continued to be available for use on foot, horseback and bicycle, although the nature of its actual use was unknown.

 

The Committee were informed that, on balance, the map and other documentary evidence was considered sufficient to conclude that the route was a historical public highway, and it was therefore suggested to Committee that inferred dedication could, on balance, be satisfied.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)  That an Order be made pursuant to Section 53 (2)(b) and Section 53 (3)(c)(i) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for the addition of a bridleway from the western end of Commerce Street (U7305) to the boundary of the A56, Haslingden on the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way as shown on the Committee plan between points A and B.

 

(ii)  That being satisfied that the higher test for confirmation can be met, the Order be promoted to confirmation.

Divisions affected: Rossendale West;

Lead officer: Joanne Lawson


26/06/2019 - Determination of Town and Village Green Application No. VG107 relating to land at 'Waterbarn Recreation Ground', Waterbarn Lane, Stacksteads, Bacup ref: 17459    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Regulatory Committee

Made at meeting: 26/06/2019 - Regulatory Committee

Decision published: 19/09/2019

Effective from: 26/06/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the establishment of a Special Sub-Committee with power to act in respect of Application No. VG107, relating to land at Waterbarn Recreation Ground, Waterbarn Lane, Stacksteads, Bacup.

 

The Committee were advised that Application VG107 required that oral evidence be heard and tested through cross examination, and that this would require arranging a hearing at which members of the Special Sub-Committee would listen to the evidence and then determine the application.

 

Whilst it was advised that the preferred way of proceeding was not of concern in this matter, the Committee were informed that should they consider the primary procedure as agreed by the Commons and Town Greens Sub-Committee on 24 October 2008 and detailed in the report, to be unsuitable at the present time, and that an alternative way of dealing with the determination would be appropriate, then Committee were advised they could authorise that the Registration Authority hold a public enquiry, as prescribed under the Commons Registration (England) Regulations 2014, appointing an Inspector to hold the Inquiry, and to provide a report and recommendation to the Special Sub-Committee.

 

Resolved: The Committee:

 

(i)  Approved the establishment of a Special Sub-Committee to determine Application No. VG107 relating to land at Waterbarn Recreation Ground, Waterbarn Lane, Stacksteads, Bacup.

 

(ii)  Agreed that, subject to the above, the membership of the Special Sub-Committee for VG 107 be drawn from 3 members of the Regulatory Committee, on the basis of 2 members of the Conservative Group and 1 member of the Labour Group.

 

(iii)  Agreed that nominations to serve on the Special Sub-Committee be submitted by the respective political group secretaries.

 

(iv)  Agreed that the quorum for the Special Sub-Committee be 2 members.

Divisions affected: Rossendale East;

Lead officer: Lindsay Campy


04/09/2019 - Operational Premises

This report outlines the capital works required at operational premises, delivering suitability investment for operational delivery and also remedial, repair and health and safety works.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Emma Pearse

Notice of decision: 04/09/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons


07/08/2019 - A582/B5253 South Ribble Western Distributor and Realignment of Footpath Network - Approval for use of Powers and Preparation of Various Orders and Schemes including Compulsory Purchase Order

Design work and the progression of the planning application is ongoing for widening the A582/B5253 South Ribble Western Distributor. To maintain programme milestones and to ensure the scheme can be delivered, it is essential that the County Council has possession of all the necessary land. Early contact has been made with the landowners however, agreement may not be achievable in time or at all in addition it is likely that there will be a few small areas where the land ownership is unknown. Consequently, it may be necessary to use Compulsory Purchase powers available to the County Council, in particular under the Highways Act 1980, to acquire the land.

Additionally a Side Roads Order under the Highways Act 1980 will also be required to enable alterations to be made to the existing highways and private means of access. Other Schemes and Orders under the Highways Act may also be required.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Marcus Hudson

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


LPP Capital Structure - Proposal to LCPF for Equity Investment.    Recommendations Approved


The structure and implications of restructuring HEYLO housing    Recommendations Approved


Draft Terms of Reference for the appointment of a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS)    Recommendations Approved


??? - 11am    Recommendations Approved


??? - 10am    Recommendations Approved


Statutory Accounts and Annual Tax Return    Recommendations Approved


Waste Processing Strategy Performance Review - Thornton Waste Treatment Facility    Recommendations Approved


Waste Processing Strategy Performance Review - Material Recovery Facility    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Renewables Limited


Business Review - July 2019    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Renewables Limited


Review of Reports presented to the Pension Fund Committee.    Recommendations Approved


Review of Assets (including any rebalancing or cash flow considerations).    Recommendations Approved


Risk Framework and Monitoring    Recommendations Approved


Funding and Performance Reports.    Recommendations Approved


Review of Asset Allocation Target and cash Flow Projections.    Recommendations Approved


Macro Backdrop and Industry Update.    Recommendations Approved


Minutes and Matters Arising    Recommendations Approved