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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

11/07/2019 - Proposed Closure of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School ref: 17153    Recommendations Approved

On 11 April 2019, Cabinet agreed to a statutory notice being published to begin a representation period on the proposed closure of Bleasdale Church of England Primary School, Preston. A statutory proposal document was published in relation to the proposed closure of the school, which would take effect from 31 August 2019. The representation period took place from 24 April to 24 May 2019.

 

As part of the statutory process, a decision must now be taken about the proposal  by Lancashire County Council, which is the decision maker. If the authority does not make a decision within two months of the representation period ending, the proposal and any representations about the proposal must be passed to the schools adjudicator for a decision.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Wyre Rural East;

Lead officer: Paul Duckworth


11/07/2019 - Proposed Amendments to the Highways Capital Programme ref: 17152    Recommendations Approved

As part of the normal process of service delivery, the approved highways capital programme now requires certain amendments in order to meet emerging priorities and to respond to some unanticipated service demands. Cabinet is asked to approve the proposed amendments set out at Appendix 'A'.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Janet Wilson


11/07/2019 - Update on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone ref: 17158    Recommendations Approved

This report updates Cabinet on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as amended.

 

Divisions affected: South Ribble East;

Lead officer: Chris Dyson


11/07/2019 - Capital Strategy for Schools - Condition Led Programme 2019/20 ref: 17157    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval to funding for additional works at a school.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Accrington West & Oswaldtwistle Central;

Lead officer: Simon Smith


11/07/2019 - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 17150    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 local and school bus services in Lancashire.

(ii)  Lancashire Urban Development Fund Manager.

(iii)  Supply of asphalt materials.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 17/07/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


13/06/2019 - Works to Operational Premises ref: 17094    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines the capital works required at operational premises, in order to deliver remedial and repair works as well as suitability investment for operational delivery and health and safety.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Lead officer: Sue Haworth, Emma Pearse


13/06/2019 - Moss Road Strategy ref: 17090    Recommendations Approved

Moss roads provide specific maintenance difficulties due to the nature of the land on which they are constructed. The moss roads perform a variety of functions to the communities they serve. The Moss Roads Strategy aims to classify each of the roads by virtue of the function it provides and support the prioritisation for schemes for the Capital Maintenance Programme.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Binks


13/06/2019 - Delivering sleep-in services consultation outcome ref: 17084    Recommendations Approved

On 3 December, Cabinet made a decision in response to a successful legal challenge by Mencap in relation to payments for sleep-in services for adults with learning disabilities. Following this decision, the county council was asked by different providers if it would formally consult with all affected providers in relation to the proposed changes to sleep-in fees. Whilst ordinarily this is not a decision which the county council would consult on, Cabinet welcomed the opportunity to hear from providers on what this change would mean for people affected and undertook a formal consultation.

 

This report summarises the outcome of consultation and the county council's revised proposals in response to key issues raised. 

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as amended to replace the word 'assumption' with 'condition' where it appears in recommendation two.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: John Sleightholme


13/06/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, Wyre and West Lancashire) (Revocations and Various Parking Restrictions (February/April No1)) Order 201* ref: 17087    Recommendations Approved

Following investigations and formal public consultation it is proposed to make a Traffic Regulation Order to address anomalies in parking restrictions and to clarify, simplify and tidy up a number of discrepancies that have been identified in the Preston and Rossendale districts. In addition, new restrictions are proposed in the districts of Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, West Lancashire and Wyre. These restrictions will help to improve highway safety for all users and provide some amenity parking.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Brierfield & Nelson West; Burnley Central East; Burnley North East; Burnley South West; Mid Rossendale; Oswaldtwistle; Pendle Hill; Pendle Rural; Preston Central East; Preston North; Rossendale East; Rossendale South; Rossendale West; West Lancashire East; West Lancashire West; Whitworth & Bacup; Wyre Rural Central;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


13/06/2019 - Lancashire Wellbeing Service - Consultation Outcome ref: 17089    Recommendations Approved

At its meeting on 14 February 2019, Full Council approved a proposal to cease the Lancashire Wellbeing Service (SC610) which would save £2.010m by 2020/21, subject to full public consultation, with a final decision to be made by Cabinet taking into account the responses.

 

This paper outlines the results from public consultation, in the context of wider policy developments and equality analysis, ensuring Cabinet is provided with appropriate information when considering the proposal to cease the Lancashire Wellbeing Service.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report and recorded its thanks to all the officers who assisted in producing the report, in particular the Equality Analysis report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Clare Platt


13/06/2019 - A6 Corridor Works, Broughton, Restricted Parking Zone ref: 17082    Recommendations Approved

A Restricted Parking Zone is proposed within the centre of Broughton village. The zone would allow for waiting restrictions to be indicated by traffic signs alone, without the need for double yellow lines to be marked on the carriageway, which would otherwise have a negative impact on the improved public realm that is currently being implemented within the village.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Preston Rural;

Lead officer: David Davies


13/06/2019 - Ceasing to Maintain a Specialist Provision for Special Educational Needs ref: 17099    Recommendations Approved

To consider ceasing to maintain a specialist provision for special educational needs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Helen Makinson


13/06/2019 - Provision for Special Educational Needs ref: 17092    Recommendations Approved

To consider the development of a provision for special educational needs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as amended.

 

Lead officer: Stephen Belbin


13/06/2019 - Proposed Changes to the Transport Capital Programme ref: 17091    Recommendations Approved

This report requests approval to re-purpose previously approved funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund programme to support a number of priorities aimed at reducing congestion.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Burnley Central East; Burnley North East; Pendle Central; Preston City; Preston Rural;

Lead officer: Janet Wilson


13/06/2019 - Health Improvement Services - Consultation Outcome ref: 17085    Recommendations Approved

At the meeting of Full Council on 14 February 2019, a proposal to remodel health improvement services (drug/alcohol, tobacco and healthy weight services) was approved, subject to a full public consultation, and with the final decision to be made by Cabinet based on the responses. The proposal was to:

 

  • Healthy weight services – cease the current Active Lives Healthy Weight (ALHW) contracts on 31 March 2020, reduce the value of the associated budget by £1.5m and to pursue a different offer which maximises the use of open spaces and digital opportunities.
  • Substance misuse rehabilitation – remodel services and reduce the value of the associated budget by £675,000.
  • Stop smoking services – remodel services.

 

Overall, the consultation responses highlight the important role played by health improvement services in achieving key public health outcomes across the county. In spite of the fact that the public health grant is reducing year on year, most of the respondents did not agree with the reduction in budgets for these services.

 

Details of individual service consultations are attached in Appendices A - H.

 

The nature of the services make it difficult to accurately identify the full implications for service users. However, discussions with various stakeholders have also highlighted some opportunities to mitigate some of these impacts by investing the remaining public health resources in partnership with the NHS, district councils and educational institutions.

 

In particular, implementation of the NHS long term plan (https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/) and the development of neighbourhood-based primary care networks provides an important opportunity to co-design the future place based public health services and enable the achievement of county council's vision to support long and healthy lives in Lancashire.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report and recorded its thanks to all the officers who assisted in producing the report, in particular the Equality Analysis report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Clare Platt


13/06/2019 - Integrated Home Improvement Services - Consultation Outcome ref: 17086    Recommendations Approved

At its meeting on 14 February 2019, Full Council approved a proposal to cease the Integrated Home Improvement Service, subject to a full public consultation, with the final determination to be made by Cabinet taking into account the responses.

 

This report outlines the results from public consultation, in the context of wider policy developments and equality analysis, and provides appropriate information for Cabinet to consider the proposal to cease Integrated Home Improvement Service, resulting in an annual budget saving of £880,000. The Integrated Home Improvement Service also provides for delivery of Lancashire County Council's statutory obligation to provide 'minor adaptations', and therefore this element of the service will require procurement should the proposal go ahead.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report and recorded its thanks to all the officers who assisted in producing the report, in particular the Equality Analysis report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Clare Platt


13/06/2019 - Lancashire County Council and the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme ref: 17088    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire County Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in November 2013 and has since implemented a number of policies in order to live up to the commitment it made more than five years ago.

 

It is proposed to strengthen the county council's role as an employer of members of the Armed Forces community through the preparation of a formal expression of interest for a 2020 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. Where appropriate, this process may involve the adoption of new procedures to promote the interests of the Armed Forces community in Lancashire.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kieran Curran


13/06/2019 - Choice of Accommodation, First and Third Party Top Ups and Discharge of Hospital Patients with Care and Support Needs - Implementation of the Care Act 2014 (Approval of Revised Adult Social Care Policies and Procedures) ref: 17083    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 three new policy, procedures and guidance documents are now presented to Cabinet for approval:

 

  • Choice of Accommodation
  • First and Third Party Top Ups
  • Discharge of Hospital Patients with Care and Support Needs (excluding patients being discharged from mental health hospitals)

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kieran Curran


13/06/2019 - The County Council's Financial Position - 2018/19 Outturn ref: 17093    Recommendations Approved

This report provides details for Cabinet on the county council's 2018/19 revenue and capital outturn position.

 

The 2018/19 revenue position at the end of the year is net expenditure of £745.375m, which represents an in year underspend of £19.265m which is 2.52% of the revenue budget.

 

The revenue position includes significant levels of support from reserves that have previously been agreed. In some cases this is specific expenditure taking place because reserve/grant funding has been provided, however some funding is structural and recurrently required to support the revenue budget. In 2018/19 the structural reserve funding totalled £44.767m, primarily covering the funding gap, and if this support had not been available then expenditure would have exceeded income by £25.502m.

 

The capital delivery programme for 2018/19 totalled £124.170m with the programme delivering an outturn position of £120.514m, a variance to budget of £3.656m.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 13/06/2019

Effective from: 19/06/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kate Lee


12/06/2019 - Community Asset Transfer Policy

A review of the county council's Community Asset Transfer Policy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 07/11/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Pauline Burke, Mel Ormesher, Emma Pearse

Notice of decision: 12/06/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/06/2019 - Proposed New Tendered Bus Service 280 Preston – Clitheroe - Skipton ref: 17081    Recommendations Approved

This report recommends that Lancashire County Council funds a partnership agreement to provide a full replacement bus service following the withdrawal by Rotala Preston Bus of local bus Service 280. This is to ensure the maintenance of a number of public transport links between Preston, Clitheroe and Skipton across a wide area of Ribble Valley and Pendle districts.

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision published: 07/06/2019

Effective from: 07/06/2019

Decision:

The Leader of the County Council and the Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: Clitheroe; Pendle Rural; Preston South East; Ribble Valley North East; Ribble Valley South West; South Ribble East;

Lead officer: Ashley Weir


03/07/2018 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 24th April 2018 ref: 17077    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 03/07/2018 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 03/07/2018

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 24th April 2018 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.


30/04/2019 - Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference of the Board ref: 17075    Recommendations Approved

The Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference of the Lancashire Local Pension Board.

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

Mr Neville presented a report on the current constitution, membership and Terms of Reference of the Lancashire Local Pension Board and reminded members of the Board that they had been asked to review information in the Register of Interests and inform him of any amendments.

 

The Chair reported that Mr R Harvey had informed him that he wished to resign as a Scheme Member representative and on behalf of the Board the Chair thanked Mr Harvey for his contribution to the work of the Board since its inception in 2015.

 

The Board noted it was intended to review the Terms of Reference later in the year and it was suggested that consideration be given to making all appointments to the Board subject to an initial 4 years with an option for an extension of a further 4 years.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the decision of the full county council on the 28th February, 2019, to appoint Mr W Bourne as the independent Chair of the Lancashire Local Pension Board with effect from the 1st April, 2019, for an initial 2 years with an option for an extension for a further 2 years, is noted.

 

2.  That the resignation of Mr R Harvey, with effect from the 1st May, 2019, is noted and the Board place on record their thanks for his contribution to the work of the Board since its inception in 2015.

 

3.  That Officers undertake a recruitment and selection process to identify a suitable candidate to fill the vacancy for a Scheme Member representative on the Board as a result of the resignation referred to at 2 above.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Chairs report on the Lancashire Local Pension Board Appraisal. ref: 17073    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented his report on the findings of the series of one to one meetings with members of the Board, Officers and the Chair of the Pension Fund Committee to discuss the operation of the Board over the last 12 months.

 

During consideration of the report clarification was sought regarding difficulties which some Board members had experienced when accessing the online secure Pensions Library. The Board also noted that the resignation of Mr R Harvey would leave a single Board member with responsibility for taking a lead on 'Investment Policy documents' and 'service providers governance'.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the trial of allocating particular areas of Board activity to selected Board members (as set out in the table below) be continued and individual members asked to take formal responsibility for leading discussions at future meetings.

 

Area

Includes

Members

Compliance with regulations and statutory guidance

TPR, LGPS, regulations

KH, CG

Communications

Engagement, Comms policy

CW, KW

Administration

KPIs, ABSs, admin breaches

YM, ST

IT

Fraud control, data protection, cyber

CW, Vacancy

Investment policy documents

ISS, Actuarial report, RI

ST, Vacancy

Service providers governance

LPP, custodian, audit

TP, Vacancy

Risk

Risk Register

CG, Vacancy

 

2.  That the Head of Fund be requested to notify members of the Board of any opportunities to either give presentations or write short articles in newsletters in order to publicise the role of the Pension Board.

 

3.  That arrangements be made for briefing sessions to be held at 1.30pm ahead of the Board meetings specified below

9th July, 2019 - record-keeping and reporting breaches of law.

21st April, 2020 - the legal and regulatory structure of the Fund.

 

4.  That arrangements be made for a social lunch at 1.00pm on the 15th October 2019 ahead of the scheduled meeting of the Board.

 

5.  That Mr Neville contact all members of the Board to ensure that they are able to access the information/guidance held in the secure Pensions Library.

 

6.  That at least one Employer representative and one Scheme Member representative from the Board be included among the interviewees when the Balanced Scorecard Report to evaluate the Local Pension Partnership’s activities is conducted.

 

7.  That Officers be asked to include a review of the administration KPIs provided by the Local Pension Partnership in the 2019 Workplan for the Board.

 


30/04/2019 - Annual Report 2018/19 ref: 17074    Recommendations Approved

The Pension Board's draft Annual Report for 2018/19

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented a report on the draft 2018/19 Annual Report which highlighted key activity undertaken by the Board over the last 12 months and included information regarding the attendance of Board members at meetings between July 2018 and April 2019, internal/external and online training received and the cost associated with the operation of the Board.

 

The Board discussed attendance and how the Fund had benefitted from activity over the year and it was suggested that the Chair consider making minor amendments to the wording of the report to clarify attendance and to emphasise how the Board's activities result in better outcomes for stakeholders.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That, the draft 2018/19 Annual Report of the Lancashire Local Pension Board, as set out in Appendix 'A' to the report, is approved, subject to any minor amendments to be agreed with the Chair regarding clarification of attendance by members of the Board and how the Board's work leads to better outcomes.

 

2.  That once finalised the Annual Report referred to at 1 above be recommended to the Pension Fund Committee on the 21st June, 2019, for approval and inclusion in the Lancashire County Pension Fund Annual Report.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 29th January 2019 ref: 17076    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 29th January, 2019, are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 


30/04/2019 - Date of Next Meeting ref: 17067    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

It was noted that in accordance with a decision earlier in the meeting the next Board would be preceded by a 30 minute briefing on record keeping and reporting breaches of the law.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the next scheduled meeting of the Board to be held at 2.00pm on the 9th July, 2019, in Room CHG: 04 preceded by a 30 minute briefing on record keeping and reporting breaches of the law.

 

2.  That the Scheme Actuary be invited to attend the next meeting and give the Board a presentation on plans for the valuation.

 


30/04/2019 - Report of the Advisory Group on implementation of the Service Improvement Plan ref: 17068    Recommendations Approved

A report from the Advisory Group established by the board at the meeting on the 29th January 2019

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the outcome of the Advisory Group (established by the Board at the previous meeting) which had met the Deputy Director of Member Operations from the Local Pensions Partnership on the 6th March 2019 to discuss the implementation of the Service Improvement Plan.

 

In considering the report, the Board noted the constructive discussion which had taken place at the Advisory Group and the ongoing work being undertaken to improve and stabilise the pension administration service. However, the Board continues to be concerned about the content and accuracy of the data which it is shown, and its resulting inability to assure itself that the pension administration is continuing to provide value for money since it was transferred to LPP. The Board understands that LPP needs more time to complete the stabilisation of its operations but believes that there should, at an agreed point in the future, be an independent assessment of the control environment and overall value for money of this service. It was agreed that the Chair would discuss the Board's concern informally with the Chair of the Pension Fund Committee.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the comments of the Advisory Group, as set out in the report presented, be noted and taken into account by the Deputy Director of Member Operations at the Local Pensions Partnership when implementing the Service Improvement Plan.

 

2.  That the Board recognised there was still work to be done and continue to seek assurances regarding the quality of service provided by the pension administration service and, if appropriate, consider recommending in 6 to 12 months that an internal audit be undertaken to provide further assurance on the pension administration service.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Feedback from members of the Board on pension related training, conferences and events. ref: 17069    Recommendations Approved

A report on training that members of the Board have received since the last meeting and gives individuals an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.


Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on internal/external pension related training events attended by members of the Board since the last meeting. Individual Board members gave feedback on their experiences at the events which were all considered to have been informative and useful. It was also noted that some members of the Board had completed online training modules from The Pension Regulators Public Service toolkit.

 

Resolved: That the feedback on conferences and events attended by members of the Board since the last meeting is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Update on Part I presented to the Pension Fund Committee ref: 17070    Recommendations Approved

A report on the Part I items that were presented to the most recent Pension Fund Committee. The Head of Fund will update members of the Board on decisions taken in respect of the reports at the meeting

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented a report on matters considered by the Pension Fund Committee on the 29th March 2019 under Part I of the agenda.

 

The Board discussed the Lancashire County Pension Fund 2019/20 budget, Responsible Investment and the Discretions Policy Statement and noted that earlier in the meeting it had been agreed that a report on Data Quality be presented to the Board in January 2020.

 

Resolved: That the reports considered by the Pension Fund Committee on the 29th March 2019 under Part I of the agenda are noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board Workplan ref: 17072    Recommendations Approved

Update to the workplan

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the 2019/20 work plan which had been amended in accordance with the decision at the last meeting and approved by the Pension Fund Committee on the 29th March 2019.

 

It was noted that three documents had been due to be reviewed at the meeting and Mr Dobson confirmed that the Termination Policy had been reviewed in April 2018 and would be looked at again as part of the Funding Strategy Statement and no amendments were considered necessary to the current Governance Policy and Pensions Administration Strategy Statement.

 

The Board discussed data quality and agreed that in future an update should be presented to the meeting in January each year. It was also agreed that the update on the monitoring of KPIs scheduled for the meeting on the 14th January 2020 should also include the review of the administration KPIs provided by the Local Pensions Partnership, identified during the appraisal and agreed by the Board under the preceding item.

 

It was noted that the 2019 appraisal of the Board would be undertaken around the Board scheduled for the 14th January 2020 (as discussed at the previous meeting) and the Chair's draft report presented to the subsequent meeting.

 

Resolved: That subject to the following amendments the 2019/20 work plan for the Board is approved.

 

a)  A report on the data quality of the Fund to be presented to the Board on 14th January 2020.

b)  A report on the review of the administration KPIs for the Fund provided by the Local Pensions Partnership be presented to the Board on 14th January 2020.

c)  That the appraisal of the operation/effectiveness of the Board be carried out in January 2020 with a report on the findings to be presented to the subsequent meeting of the Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


30/04/2019 - Regulatory Update ref: 17071    Recommendations Approved

Regular item regarding regulatory updates for Board members

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Decision:

Mr Smith, Technical Adviser Pensions for the LCPF, presented a report which updated the Board on the following pension regulatory matters.

 

·  Scheme Advisory Board cost management consultation.

·  Employee Contribution Bands 2019/20.

·  Fair Deal – Strengthening pension protection consultation.

·  Consultation on implementation of late retirement factors.

·  Exit credits

·  Exit payment reforms consultation.

 

Resolved: That the regulatory updates set out in the report and given at the meeting are noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Colin Smith


30/04/2019 - Monitoring of KPIs for administration, complaints, governance and investments ref: 17064    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019


30/04/2019 - Update on Part II reports presented to the Pension Fund Committee ref: 17065    Recommendations Approved

A report on the Part II items which were presented to the Pension Fund Committee in February and March 2019. The Head of Fund will update members of the Board on the decisions taken in respect of the reports at the meeting.


Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


30/04/2019 - Update on LPP Transformation Plan ref: 17063    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019


30/04/2019 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 17066    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019

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 paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972, as indicated on 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.

 


30/04/2019 - Breaches reported to Pension Fund Committee since the last meeting ref: 17062    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Local Pension Board

Made at meeting: 30/04/2019 - Lancashire Local Pension Board

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/04/2019


05/07/2018 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 8th June 2018 ref: 17061    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 05/07/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 05/07/2018

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8th June 2018 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the chair.


30/11/2018 - Programme of meetings 2019/20 ref: 17052    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 30/11/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

Resolved: That the decision of the full Council on the 18th October 2018 to approve the following 2019/20 programme of meetings for the Pension Fund Committee is noted.

 

Friday 21st June 2019

Friday 20th September 2019

Friday 29th November 2019

Friday 6th March 2020

 

All meetings to start at 10.30am (preceded by a 30 minute briefing session) and be held in Committee Room 'C' - The Duke of Lancaster Room, at County Hall, Preston.

 


30/11/2018 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 17055    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 30/11/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/11/2018

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 paragraphs 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.


30/11/2018 - Date of Next Meetings (February 2019 and March 2019) ref: 17054    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 30/11/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

The Chair informed the Committee that the Chair and the Chief Executive of the Local Pensions Partnership had been invited to attend the additional meeting which would be held at 10.00am on the 1st February 2019 in Committee Room 'C' – The Duke of Lancaster Room at County Hall, Preston, to consider the Local Pension Partnership budget for 2019/2020.

 

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


30/11/2018 - Minutes of the Meeting held on the 14th September 2018 ref: 17047    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 30/11/2018 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 14th September 2018 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.


29/03/2019 - Local Pensions Partnership Update ref: 17042    Recommendations Approved

A report from LPP on the activity of the partnership in the past quarter

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Abigail Leech


29/03/2019 - Investment Panel Report ref: 17043    Recommendations Approved

An update of the work of the Investment Panel

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Employer Risk Report ref: 17045    Recommendations Approved

A presentation of the LCPF Risk Report written by LPP

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mukhtar Master


29/03/2019 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 17041    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

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.

 


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Performance Overview - December 2018 ref: 17044    Recommendations Approved

A summary of the investments at 31.12.18

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


29/03/2019 - Data Quality Report (Mercers) ref: 17036    Recommendations Approved

The Fund has recently commissioned the Scheme Actuary to prepare a report in relation to the quality of the membership data for the Fund. A summary of the report's finding is provided for the Committee to note.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund informed the Committee that the Scheme Actuary had been commissioned to undertake a review of the quality of the membership data for the Fund.

 

The Committee considered a summary of the findings of the review and noted that at a whole fund level the liability impact had been estimated as slightly reduced from the previous year, reflecting the positive impact of the Fund's data work over the year. With regard to common data the Committee discussed the figures relating to missing postcodes/age queries and noted that the Local Pensions Partnership was to undertake a project to address to slight increase in 2018.

 

It was also noted that the full report had been shared with the Local Pensions Partnership with a view to addressing the areas of main concern in conjunction with the normal scheduled processes due as part of the 2019 valuation.

 

Resolved: That the findings of the Scheme Actuary in relation to the quality of the membership data of the Fund, as set out in the report presented, is noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Colin Smith


29/03/2019 - 2019/20 Workplan of the Lancashire Local Pension Board ref: 17037    Recommendations Approved

To provide details of the planned work of the LPB in the next financial year.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

Mr Bourne, the Chair of the Lancashire Local Pension Board, presented a report on the 2019/20 Workplan for the Board and informed the Committee that the intention was to focus on communication/engagement activity ahead of the valuation.

 

Resolved: That the 2019/20 Workplan for the Lancashire Local Pension Board, as set out in the Appendix to the report presented, is noted and approved.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Training Plan 2019 ref: 17035    Recommendations Approved

Training Plan 2019

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund presented a report on the 2019 Training Plan which set out the various options available during the year to meet the training needs of members of the Committee, including workshops, briefings, conferences and online training modules.

 

It was reported that the next scheduled workshop would be held at 2.30pm on the 2nd April 2019.

 

Resolved: That the 2019 Training Plan for the Pension Fund Committee, as set out in Appendix 'A' to the report presented, is approved.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mukhtar Master


29/03/2019 - Feedback from members of the Committee on pension related training, conferences and events. ref: 17038    Recommendations Approved

An update on pension related training, conferences and events attended by individual members of the Committee since the last meeting.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the attendance by members of the Committee at various internal/external pension related training events which had taken place since the last meeting.

 

Feedback from the Chair and members of the Committee on individual events was presented with the LAPFF Annual Conference, the Strategic Investment Forum and the Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Conference all recommended for future attendance.

 

Resolved: That the report and feedback given at the meeting is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund Discretions Policy Statement ref: 17031    Recommendations Approved

To note and approve an updated version of the Fund's Policy Statement,which has been prepared in accordance with the regulations and has been updated to reflect current practices and regulatory updates.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

The Head of Fund informed the meeting that the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations required the Administering Authority to prepare and keep under review its statements of policy concerning the discretionary areas of the Local Government Pension Scheme regulations.

 

It was reported that following a review a number of amendments were proposed to the current Discretions Policy Statement (as set out in Appendix 'A' to the report) in order to reflect current practices and regulatory updates.

 

Resolved: That the updated version of the Discretions Policy Statement for the Lancashire County Pension Fund, as set out at Appendix 'A' to the report presented, is approved.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Colin Smith


29/03/2019 - Responsible Investment Report ref: 17032    Recommendations Approved

Update on Responsible Investment Q4

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on how the Fund was supported to fulfil its commitment to long term responsible asset ownership in line with the approach set out in the Investment Strategy Statement and the Responsible Investment Policy approved by the Committee in March 2018.

 

The Committee discussed how impact assessments could be used to assess the economic, social, and environmental effects of the investment policy. It was also noted that the Global Equities Fund had significantly lower emissions than the benchmark as a result of investment decisions by active portfolio managers who incorporated material environmental, social and governance considerations (including climate change) into their evaluation of risk adjusted returns.

 

Resolved: 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


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund - External Audit Plan 2018/19 ref: 17030    Recommendations Approved

The audit plan sets out the key risks that the external audit by Grant Thornton will focus on, together with the timetable for the audit and the fee.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

Ms A Pieri, Senior Manager Engagement Manager from Grant Thornton, presented a report on the nature and scope of work to be covered by the 2018/19 Audit Plan and informed the Committee that meetings had already taken place with County Council Officers so that the auditors could familiarise themselves with the Fund.

 

It was noted that the planned audit fee was less than that for the previous year and Ms Pieri confirmed that the fee was in line with the scale of fees published by Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd and did not represent a significant change in the scope of the audit.

 

Resolved: That the Audit Plan for 2018/19, as set out in the Appendix to the report presented, is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund - Q3 2018/19 Budget Monitoring ref: 17034    Recommendations Approved

Monitoring report to highlight the variances between actual and budgeted financial results of LCPF for the 9 months ended 31 December 2018 and to update the financial forecast for Fund for the 2018/19 financial year.

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

The Committee considered a report on the financial results for the Fund during the period 1st April 2018 to 31st December 2018 and a comparison of those results with the budget for the same period, together with an updated forecast for the year to 31st March 2019.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the analysis of the variances between actual and budgeted results and the budgeted income/expenditure for the period 1st April 2018 to 31st December 2018, as set out in the report presented, is noted.

 

2.  That the forecast financial results for the year ending 31st March 2019, as set out in the report presented, is noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


29/03/2019 - Lancashire County Pension Fund 2019/20 Budget ref: 17033    Recommendations Approved

One year Fund budget for the year ending 31 March 2020

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

A report was presented on the one year budget for the Lancashire County Pension Fund for the year ending 31st March, 2020, which forecast that the net income available for investment (before accounting for changes in the market value of investments during the year) would be £13.3m.

 

In considering the report the Committee noted that following a review the level of recharges to the County Council had been increased in recognition of the increased use of Legal Services. The forecast reduction in contribution income from employers as a result of the accounting treatment of amounts paid in advance was also discussed and the reduction in property expenses set out in the budget was welcomed.

 

Resolved: That the Lancashire County Pension Fund budget for the year ending 31st March 2020, as set out in Appendix 'A' to the report presented, is approved.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Helen Gallacher


29/03/2019 - Minutes of the Meeting held on the 1st February 2019 ref: 17029    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Pension Fund Committee

Made at meeting: 29/03/2019 - Pension Fund Committee

Decision published: 05/06/2019

Effective from: 29/03/2019

Decision:

The Chair referred to the third part of the decision on the Local Pensions Partnership 2019/20 Strategic Plan and Budget and reminded members of the Committee that a response from the Partnership had recently been circulated for information.

 

Resolved:

 

1.  That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 1st February, 2019, be signed by the Chair.

 

2.  That any questions or comments from members of the Committee regarding the response from the Local Pensions Partnership in relation to the third part of the decision on the 2019/20 Strategic Plan and Budget be sent to the Head of Fund who will discuss the points raised with Mr G Smith, the Director of Strategic Programmes and Group Company Secretary.

 



14/05/2019 - Social Prescribing ref: 16977    Recommendations Approved

Report from Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System on social prescribing.

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 14/05/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 24/05/2019

Effective from: 14/05/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed Linda Vernon, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS); Kathryn Kavanagh, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Christine Blythe, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).

 

The report presented provided an overview for developing the digital infrastructure to support local social prescribing programmes across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS).

 

The Committee provided feedback regarding the report and sought further clarification as follows:

 

·  It was explained that the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS viewed social prescribing as a way of enabling people to access the wider community. NHS England described the process as a patient being referred to a link worker to guide them to resources in their area, such as social groups, in order to treat and prevent health issues. Digital social prescribing referred to the technology that could support the process, such as a robust and accurate directory of trusted services and platforms to assist healthcare professionals to make appropriate referrals.

 

·  The GP determined which services best serve patients in terms of health and the digital model explored how this can be achieved without the face to face interaction, when this is the preferred option for the individual. This would help to develop effective pathways that work well for local communities. The NHS long term plan had pledged to fund more link workers within primary care networks across England and their remit would include tackling motivational issues. GP time was still important to explore the problems presented, the best way to address them and how best to signpost the person. It was confirmed that currently in East Lancashire, the CVS link worker connected with the patient and agreed an appropriate personalised pathway. It was noted that not everyone wanted the GP face to face interaction and the digital platform would enable everyone to access social prescribing. Additional funding from East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group had enabled the CVS to promote community services.

 

·  Some members expressed concern that the model built expectations to prescribe to voluntary and community organisations that were not sustainable in the longer term due to lack of funding. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) had warned in a recent report on inequalities of the impact of social determinants on public mental and physical health. Such issues in society would benefit significantly from social prescribing. It was clarified that the NHS funding focus was on providing link workers, however there had to be community services to connect with to enable the initiative to work. Only 20% of health outcomes were related to health care and the rest were influenced by socio economic factors.  The CVS were also concerned regarding the impact on organisations as referrals increased. Grants had been made available to such services from CCGs and from other local businesses for social prescribing and further investment would be required, particularly for voluntary organisations. It was confirmed that the West Lancashire CCG also worked with the local CVS to enable a connection with the third sector and this was critical to the success of the initiative. The CCG were able to directly commission services with organisations that were able to provide a contract.

 

·  Some members expressed concern regarding the description as a sickness model rather than a wellness model, and suggested this initiative was duplicating work already in place at district council level. It was explained that the work had been commissioned as a result of people presenting at the GP with no medical issues and the initiative aimed to find an interface to address issues that couldn't be resolved in a short visit with the GP. The work built on collaboration and aimed to prevent duplication by sharing information, including the good work already in place and presenting this to the public. It was suggested that the information from the report be shared with district councils to enhance collaboration and prevent duplication of work.

 

 

In response to further questions it was confirmed that:

 

·  The list of social prescribing initiatives in the report provided an example of what was available but was not exhaustive.

 

·  Social isolation in rural communities and the importance of link workers having a good working knowledge of the community they work in had been considered to ensure effective social prescribing to the smallest groups and services. The model was co-produced with GP's and community groups to support a dual health programme.

 

·  Kendal Town Council had teamed up with Lancaster University to create a mobile device application called the 'Mobile Age App' which mapped the directory of services in the area against bus routes to determine the feasibility of accessing social prescribed services. It was anticipated this would identify any gaps in services and the transport infrastructure currently in place.

 

·  The digital work had been undertaken to empower those who preferred this, however it was clear this was not a viable solution for everyone. The digital platform would free up capacity for link workers and healthcare professionals for those who required face to face interaction. The initiative aimed to provide a spectrum of resources. The platform had been co-designed in conjunction with a consultation with service users representing groups such as Age UK to ensure individual needs were taken into consideration.

 

·  Members recommended building links with other local universities as well as Lancaster, such as the University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill University.

 

Resolved: That

 

  1. The report giving an overview of key programmes of work for developing the digital infrastructure to support local social prescribing programmes across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System be noted.

 

  1. The Health Scrutiny Committee receive an update on progress with the programme of work in 12 months.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Gary Halsall


14/05/2019 - The issue of Period Poverty and how it can best be addressed ref: 16978    Recommendations Approved

This report as requested by Full Council provides an outline of the issue of period poverty.

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 14/05/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 24/05/2019

Effective from: 14/05/2019

Decision:

Andrea Smith, Public Health Specialist presented a report, providing an outline of the issue of period poverty and how engagement with the national government taskforce would further support a collaborative approach across Lancashire.

 

It was explained that the council were currently awaiting the outcome of the government taskforce recommendations before formulating its response.

 

In response to questions it was confirmed that:

 

  • It was not clear if the Council's Corporate Communications Group had been requested to carry out a campaign regarding period poverty or if Lancashire Youth Zone had been asked to assist in any campaigns or education programmes. However it was likely that both service areas would be involved in taking forward the outcome of the government's taskforce recommendations and a further update would be provided.

 

  • It would be beneficial to have a collaborative approach with district councils and other partners such as the providers of school nursing to the task force recommendations.

 

Members made the following observations:

 

  • The link between period poverty and pupils in receipt of free school meals was highlighted and a member shared their experience in a school working with students on formulating a plan on how best to address the issue. It was suggested that as central government had pledged funding for both primary and secondary schools an action plan could be presented to the Schools Forum.
  • With regard to addressing the stigma of period poverty, this should be with regard to people of all ages and gender.

 

  • Members requested more specific detail and information to enable measurement of success. It was confirmed that there was a link within the report for UK data and that the council would link with other counties to understand the issues around stigma and lack of knowledge. The positive work done in local business and groups to raise awareness was also referenced. 

 

Resolved: That

 

  1. The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Members for 'Health and Wellbeing' and 'Children, Young People and Skills' give consideration to implement an education programme and campaign to address the issue of period poverty across all schools in Lancashire in partnership with Lancashire YouthZone, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust and VirginCare.

 

2.  CC Hennessy be appointed as rapporteur to report to the Health Scrutiny Committee on the activities of the Government's joint taskforce on period poverty in the UK.

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Andrea Smith


02/04/2019 - Housing with Care and Support Strategy 2018 - 2025 ref: 16994    Recommendations Approved

To provide the Health Scrutiny Committee with an update on the implementation of the Housing with Care and Support Strategy

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 02/04/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 24/05/2019

Effective from: 02/04/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed Lancashire County Council officers: Joanne Reed, Head of Service for Policy, Information & Commissioning (Live Well), Craig Frost, Policy, Information and Commissioning Manager (Age Well) and Julie Dockerty, Policy, Information and Commissioning Senior Manager.

 

The report presented provided an update on the implementation of the county council's Housing with Care and Support Strategy for 2018 – 2025.

The Committee provided feedback regarding the draft Strategy, as presented and sought further clarification as follows:

 

·  Members commented that the key investigations from the consultation centred on working with developers and service providers, rather than meaningful engagement with families. The consultation responses showed that only 21% of feedback on the draft strategy was from family members, members of the public or unspecified, meaning that the most vulnerable had not been reached for their comments. Officers countered that although the exact number of family members who had responded could not be confirmed, a significant number had been family members. Regular local meetings with stakeholders and family members had taken place to share information and establish common concerns and a number of mechanisms had been put in place such as a Transfer and Challenge group to engage those who would be affected. It was also confirmed that the initial work had been at a strategic level and this would be followed by more detailed work by Social Care officers regarding gathering information about individuals' circumstances for the next stage.

 

·  Concerns were expressed regarding the risk assessment of housing providers' finances which had been raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Regulator of Social Housing. It was clarified that the district council partners would need to comment on this and that the county council were awaiting further guidance from central government regarding equity-linked supported housing.

 

·  The vision and strategic aims of the previous strategy had also committed to having at least one extra care scheme per district. Members asked why only a third of districts had implemented this.  Officers clarified that many of the issues causing a lack of confidence in the market from developers and registered providers, arising from welfare reforms had now been resolved. Districts were committed to developing extra care schemes and there was an enthusiasm to move forward and make investments.

The schemes relied on funding from Homes England and other partners. However Lancashire County Council may make a financial contribution for high priority areas, where there was a strategic need for a service which could not proceed without such a capital contribution.

 

·  Members stated that the focus of provision of extra care units for older adults should be prioritised according to need rather than aiming for an additional one per district. The report indicated that some districts already had some units in existence or were being developed, when others had none. Officers clarified that the county council was undertaking a needs analysis at both district and neighbourhood level to determine the number of care schemes required, in terms of risk and need according to health and social care data. The county council also needed to consider what land opportunities were available in the districts. The aim of one unit per district was a starting point and the additional needs analysis would highlight where more were needed.

 

·  Members requested that data detailing estimated numbers of units needed compared to the number already in existence or under development, be provided for the supported places for young adults with disabilities.

 

·  Members expressed concern that the data indicated that currently only 16.5% of need for older adult care units had been met and suggested that county council work with planning authorities (district councils) to ensure housing developers were required to provide a percentage of supported housing. In response to a question it was clarified that the flat scheme for younger adults with disabilities largely consisted of renovating existing buildings. Members commented that district councils need to be more involved at the planning stage and suggested including district council members on the Transfer and Challenge group.

 

·  Members asked how supporting services peripheral to the strategy, e.g. public transport, would be considered as part of the strategy. It was confirmed that access to facilities, either on site or close by would be built into the specifications to mitigate the risk of isolation.

 

In response to further questions it was confirmed that:

 

·  Work was being undertaken to identify the population profile per district. The county council had secured consultants from the Local Government Association to look at the approach to development and this included taking into account an environmentally sound methodology for provision.

 

·  Assistive technology would include a range of devices to assist with falls management and included mobile technology to support interaction in the community. There was an increased focus on introducing assistive technology and it was necessary that this was kept up to date. This gave an opportunity to support respite for family members by giving them peace of mind.

 

·  The county council had worked with L'Arche (a charity that offered support for adults with learning disabilities) on a flat scheme in Preston. It was acknowledged that housing schemes away from communities could be isolated, but conversely a scheme within a community had the potential for residents to be taken advantage of. Some would be integrated depending on the needs of the residents. The county council would act on the advice of providers and developers with the necessary expertise when planning sites and facilities.

 

The establishment of a task and finish group to review the strategy in more detail was suggested. In considering the suggestion it was felt that the Committee's Steering Group be asked to consider the request in the first instance.

 

Resolved: That the Health Scrutiny Committee;

 

1.  The intention to promote the development of more extra care schemes for older adults and flat schemes for younger adults with disabilities be supported.

 

2.  The request for a task and finish group to the Health Scrutiny Steering group to review the Housing with Care and Support Strategy in more detail be considered by the Health Scrutiny Steering Group at its earliest convenience.

 

3.  Noted with concern the discrepancies between planned development compared with the estimated units needed.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Craig Frost


02/04/2019 - Whyndyke Garden Village Healthy New Town ref: 16995    Recommendations Approved

Report on the progress of Whyndyke Garden Village

Decision Maker: Health Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 02/04/2019 - Health Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 24/05/2019

Effective from: 02/04/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed Allan Oldfield, Chair of Healthy New Town Board and Chief Executive of Fylde Council and Lancashire County Council Officer Andrea Smith, Public Health Specialist.

 

The report presented provided an update on the NHS Healthy New Towns Programme, its inception and up to date position, as well as an overview on the proposed Whyndyke Garden Village Healthy New Town in the Fylde district and the development of Homes for Life Long Living.

 

In response to questions it was confirmed that:

 

·  Currently there were no elected members or health representatives from NHS Foundation Trusts on the Board, however this could be considered at the annual review of membership.  The board did link in with NHS providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups and representatives were involved and attended meetings depending on the relevance of the discussion to their expertise.

 

 

 

·  Five expressions of interest had been received from developers and all were aware of the inclusion of the ten healthy living principles in the Section 106 agreement and the additional implications of the project as outlined in the report.

 

·  Members stated that initiatives such as community park runs and working to increase physical activity in schools were already in place across the county and questioned whether this would be encouraged within the project. This was an NHS initiative and the Board would work with developers to design the area and use the environment to support healthy and sustainable methods of travel. Health initiatives would be piloted to engage the community.

 

·  With regards to timings, the design and infrastructure would be finalised with the developer once this was announced. Additional grants for an early community facility would also be discussed at this stage to promote community cohesion from the beginning.

 

·  The current plan was for 1450 properties to home in the region of 3,500-3,700 people. However this could increase as there was some adjacent commercial land that may not be required for its original intended purpose.

 

·  During initial planning, the Board had looked at best practice and learning points from other similar successful and unsuccessful preceding projects. The key learning point was influencing behaviour change in terms of self-care of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The programme aimed to improve attitudes, behaviours and lifestyle in terms of health, including the use of digital resources.

 

·  Environmentally sound innovations were also included in the principals of the Section 106 agreement for both the properties and the public infrastructure. Homes for Life Long Living included adaptations such as digital 'plumbing' to ensure homes were enabled for digital assistance as and when needed. National funding would be accessed for change management, for example ensuring families and practitioners were upskilled to use assistive technology.

 

·  The position of the site meant that it would easily integrate into the wider network of other local cycle routes. It was requested that the paths were made multi-use to incorporate the needs of all non–motorised users, not just walkers and cyclists. Currently the Board was debating how the site could be linked to neighbouring communities as it was currently isolated by a motorway and dual carriageway.

 

It was noted that the Home for Life Long Living standard had not been embedded into all Lancashire district councils' Local Plans. Additionally, it was reported that not all district councils across Lancashire had been asked to embed the ten Healthy Living Principles into future Section 106 Agreements.

 

 

Resolved: That

 

1.  The achievements made by collaborative working with partners be acknowledged.

 

  1. In order to support Health in All Policies, the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing give consideration to writing to all Lancashire's district councils, except Fylde requesting them to consider:

 

a)  Embedding the principles of Home for Life Long Living (adaptable homes standards) into their Local Plans.

 

b)  Embedding the ten Healthy Living Principles into future Section 106 Agreements.

 

c)  Ensuring that multi-user paths proposed in future developments cover all non-motorised users and also extend to the wider network.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrea Smith


23/05/2019 - Cabinet, Lead Member and Champion Appointments ref: 16988    Recommendations Approved

A number of changes to Cabinet, Lead Member and Champion posts are proposed.

 

This decision is urgent and cannot await the next meeting of Cabinet on 13 June 2019. The reason for this is to ensure the new appointments are in place for the start of the 2019/20 municipal year.

 

This decision is therefore being taken on behalf of Cabinet by the Leader of the County Council in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order C28(1).

 

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision published: 23/05/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Josh Mynott


16/05/2019 - Establishment of an Urban Development Fund for Lancashire ref: 16958    Recommendations Approved

The report updates Cabinet on the progress in developing an Urban Development Loan Fund for Lancashire.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sean McGrath


16/05/2019 - Outcome of the public consultation on changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres ref: 16959    Recommendations Approved

In December 2018 Cabinet agreed to consult on proposals to change opening hours and days at Household Waste Recycling Centres across Lancashire.

 

The outcome of the consultation and responses to issues raised are contained in this report. Following consideration of the consultation responses, it is recommended that the changes proposed are implemented with the exception that Skelmersdale recycling centre remains open seven days a week.

 

In addition, all recycling centres should open on Bank Holidays even if a facility's normal closure day is Monday.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Steve Scott


16/05/2019 - Revised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plans for Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty ref: 16960    Recommendations Approved

The Council, along with other relevant local authorities, has a duty as set out in Section 89 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to jointly prepare and review Management Plans for Areas of Outstanding Beauty that are located within Lancashire.  This work is delivered on the council’s behalf by the relevant Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnerships and associated staff units. 

 

The Management Plans for both the Forest of Bowland and Arnside & Silverdale have recently been reviewed and revised to guide the management of these designated landscapes for the period 2019 – 2024. The council needs to formally adopt Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plans to continue to meet its statutory duties.

 

This report summarises the scope and content of the Management Plans, the public consultations carried out and the 'strategic fit' between the Plans' objectives and the Council's Corporate Strategy.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Lancaster Rural East; Lancaster Rural North; Longridge with Bowland; Pendle Hill; Pendle Rural; Preston Rural; Ribble Valley North East; Ribble Valley South West; Wyre Rural East;

Lead officer: Elliott Lorimer


16/05/2019 - Revision of Foster Care Allowances ref: 16966    Recommendations Approved

Proposals for the increase of Foster Care Allowance rates for 2019/20, in line with National Minimum Standards.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Barbara Bath


16/05/2019 - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 16957    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 fresh meat products (Non-Halal)

(ii)  Provision of Extra Care Services in Lighthouse View, Fleetwood and Oakbrook Gardens, Dovedale, Preston.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


16/05/2019 - Overnight Short Breaks Unit East Lancashire ref: 16968    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval to fund the construction of a new building and external play facilities to provide overnight short breaks for children with disabilities in East Lancashire.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

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

Lead officer: Rachael Hamilton


16/05/2019 - Skelmersdale Rail Link - Strategic Outline Business Case ref: 16961    Recommendations Approved

In March 2017, having assessed the technical feasibility of constructing a rail link between the Wigan to Kirkby line and Skelmersdale, Network Rail was commissioned to undertake Governance for Railway Investment Projects Stage 2 (GRIP2) refresh and GRIP3A feasibility study by Lancashire County Council and Merseytravel.

 

To enable a better understanding of overall project cost Network Rail, as part of GRIP 3A process, are to provide an Anticipated Financial Cost Estimate. There is also a requirement to undertake some further high level highways design and impact assessment work to compliment the rail study.

 

The next stage of the project development would be to complete a strategic outline business case to Department for Transport requirements and submit to Transport for the North for consideration in future statutory advice to the Secretary of State with regard to the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline. 

 

The strategic outline business case will confirm whether or not the project is affordable, including consideration of whole-life cost issues, whether it can be delivered in a reasonable timescale, whether it will provide value for money and, on this basis, whether to proceed to detailed design and implementation.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Skelmersdale Central; Skelmersdale East; Skelmersdale West;

Lead officer: Andrew Varley


16/05/2019 - Hud Hey Road, Haslingden - Shared Use Cycle Track and Waiting Restrictions ref: 16962    Recommendations Approved

It is proposed to provide a cycle track with right of way on foot along a length of Hud Hey Road and Rising Bridge Road, Haslingden, forming part of National Cycle Route 6. Proposals for waiting restrictions required in conjunction with the cycle track are also described and decision sought regarding implementation.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Rossendale West;

Lead officer: Warren Thackeray


16/05/2019 - The Provision of Additional Primary School Places in North Burnley ref: 16969    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire County Council has a statutory duty to ensure that a primary or secondary school place is available for every child of statutory school age living in Lancashire who requests one.

 

This report outlines the current and projected position in the North Burnley planning area and recommends that additional places be made available at Briercliffe Primary School for 2020, initially through temporary expansion.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Burnley Central East; Burnley Central West; Burnley North East; Burnley Rural; Burnley South West;

Lead officer: Kaarina McCooey, Steph Rhodes


16/05/2019 - Transport Information Centres - Expressions of Interest Progress Report ref: 16963    Recommendations Approved

At its meeting on 8 February 2018, Full Council approved the closing of transport information centres at Preston Bus Station, Nelson and Clitheroe Interchanges and Carnforth Railway Station, subject to consultation, with the outcome to the consultation to be presented to Cabinet for final approval. On 9 August 2018, Cabinet noted that during the consultation, a number of expressions of interest were received from interested parties to take over the management of some or all of the transport information centres and resolved that officers investigate these and to provide a further update to Cabinet. 

 

This report presents an update on the progress of the assessment undertaken and recommendation to proceed further. An equality analysis is attached at Appendix 'A'.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Clitheroe; Lancaster Rural North; Nelson East; Preston City;

Lead officer: Liz McClarty


16/05/2019 - Proposed A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool Improvement - Local Impact Report ref: 16964    Recommendations Approved

Highways England has made an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order for the improvement of the A585 between Skippool and Windy Harbour near Poulton le Fylde. The improvement scheme would comprise of a 4.8km bypass to the south of the existing A585 along Mains Lane. Under section 60 of the Planning Act 2008, the county council as Local Planning Authority, is invited to prepare a written Local Impact Report giving details of the likely impact of the proposed development on the local area. In determining the application for a Development Consent Order, the Secretary of State has to have regard to the Local Impact Report and it is therefore an important document to aid in the consideration of the project.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Fylde West;

Lead officer: Jonathan Haine


16/05/2019 - Delegation of Library Function to Preston City Council at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library ref: 16965    Recommendations Approved

The Re-Imagining the Harris project is a partnership between Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council which started in 2015 with the aim of repositioning the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library. Since the project’s inception one of the main priorities has been to develop a shared service in the building to ensure customers receive highest quality and joined up services, delivered in the most efficient manner. To achieve this shared service, this report recommends that the library function at the Harris building is delegated to Preston City Council under a section 101 Local Government Act 1972, delegation of function agreement.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report and recorded it's thanks to all the officers who assisted in producing this report.

 

Divisions affected: Preston City;

Lead officer: Steve Lloyd


16/05/2019 - 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: 16967    Recommendations Approved

This 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: 16/05/2019

Effective from: 22/05/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sue Parkinson


General Overview of the existing Museum Service - LMCR    Recommendations Approved


Notices of Motion    Recommendations Approved


Constitution and Standing Orders    Recommendations Approved


Business Review - April 2019    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lancashire Renewables Limited


Statutory Accounts & Annual Tax Return    Recommendations Approved