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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

29/07/2019 - External Audit - Lancashire County Pension Fund Audit Findings Report 2018/19 ref: 17224    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Robin Baker, Director and Engagement Lead and Angela Pieri, Engagement Manager, representing Grant Thornton, the county council's external auditors, presented the audit findings for Lancashire County pension fund.

 

The following key messages were highlighted:

 

·  The report presented a summary of the findings and conclusions of the pension fund audit for 2018/19. There was a classification adjustment of the primary statements of £10.8 million which did not impact the bottom line figures.

 

·  All the required verifications of the various investments within the fund had been obtained.

 

·  As a result of the previously explained McCloud legal judgement, a £64 million increase had been made to the promised benefits note to reflect the most likely impact.

 

·  As with the Council's audit there had been good cooperation between the officers and the audit team.

 

·  Subject to the committee's approval, the auditor's intention was to issue an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of the pension fund for 2018/19. It was confirmed that an unmodified opinion would also be issued for the annual report and the annual governance statement.

 

Resolved: That the adjustments to the financial statements and the other issues raised by the auditor as set out in the report be noted.

 


29/07/2019 - External Audit - Lancashire County Council Audit Findings Report 2018/19 ref: 17223    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Robin Baker, Director and Engagement Lead and Angela Pieri, Engagement Manager, representing Grant Thornton, the county council's external auditors, presented the audit findings for Lancashire County Council. The report at appendix A explained the overall findings of the external auditor in relation to the audit of the annual accounts of Lancashire County Council, the external auditor's proposed opinion on the accounts; and the value for money conclusion.

 

The following points were highlighted:

 

·  This was the standard annual report that was brought to the committee prior to the approval of the accounts and included the key findings and conclusions arising from the statutory audit of Lancashire County Council and the preparation of the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019.

 

·  All outstanding items were now completed and subject to the committee's approval, the auditor's intention was to issue an unqualified opinion confirming that the accounts presented a true and fair view of the Council's financial position.

 

·  With regard to the net pension fund liability of £1.2 billion, the auditors challenged and evaluated the work of the actuaries who assess this figure. The auditors had reviewed with officers the potential impact of a national legal case regarding age discrimination for judges and firefighters pension schemes (the McCloud judgement). This resulted in a £17.7 million increase in the pension liability. There was no impact to the useable reserves of the Council as a result of this.

 

·  The audit also looked at the external process of valuing land and buildings assets, which currently stood at just over £2 billion. Around 40% of assets had been revalued during the year. It was highlighted that there was a £3.5 million unadjusted error from 2017/18. There was no impact to the usable reserves of the Council as a result of this and there were no material errors that would impact on the auditor's unqualified opinion of the accounts.

 

·  The auditor's also reviewed the narrative report that set out the picture of the Council's financial position and the annual governance statement. This review confirmed that they were both reflective of the auditor's knowledge of the organisation and had been prepared in accordance with statutory guidance. The auditors could therefore issue a clean, unmodified audit opinion with respect to both these.

 

·  The auditors also looked at whether the Council made appropriate arrangements for ensuring value for money by making the best use of resources. As previously discussed, the internal audit was able to give an overall moderate assurance opinion which was a significant improvement on the position of previous years. On this basis the auditor would issue an unqualified value for money opinion confirming that the Council had appropriate arrangements in place. Detailed work had also been undertaken reviewing the financial sustainability of the Council. It was acknowledged that substantial savings had been made and this would need to be maintained in light of the continuing challenges faced. Progress with regard to this would be monitored going forward.

 

In response to questions the following information was clarified:

 

·  The auditing standards presumed two significant risks: management override of controls and improper revenue recognition.

 

·  The auditors' statutory powers included the power to issue a formal public report that the Council would have to publicly respond to. They could also seek a declaration in high court that an item in the accounts was contrary to law. The public also had the authority to question the auditor about the accounts and make formal objections. It was noted that these and previous years accounts cannot be certified as closed due to the ongoing police investigation.

 

·  Although Grant Thornton are the group auditors for Lancashire County Council the Council's companies are all individually audited. Grant Thornton liaise with and rely on the information the individual auditors provide for the final figures on the Council's balance sheet.

 

Resolved: That the adjustments to the financial statements and the other issues raised by the auditor set out in the report be noted.

 


29/07/2019 - Internal Audit Progress Report ref: 17220    Recommendations Approved

In the context of the committee's responsibility to consider updates on the Internal Audit Service's work including key findings, issues of concern and action being taken as a result of internal audit work, the committee is asked to consider the internal audit progress report and outcomes of the work for 2018/19 for the period to 30 June 2019.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Ruth Lowry, Head of Internal Audit, presented a report outlining the updates on the Internal Audit Service's work. The report included key findings, issues of concern and actions undertaken as a result of the work. The committee considered the final internal audit progress report and outcomes of the work for 2018/19 for the period to 30 June 2019.

 

It was highlighted that:

 

·  The internal audit annual report for 2018/19 had previously provided moderate assurance overall and this opinion continued to be supported by the audit results since then. There were just two pieces of work outstanding from 2018/19 regarding ICT controls which would be brought to the next meeting of this committee, along with 2019/20 audit work. 

 

·  The service areas in which the audit findings had concluded only limited assurance could be given were highlighted and the summary of findings for each was explained.

 

·  Local Pension Partnership Ltd (LPP) had to some degree anticipated the assessments made by its internal auditor, Deloitte, which had reported ineffective assurance in four out of the seven areas reported. The business was currently working through a period of significant adjustment and work was underway to address the issues raised. The audit results and actions to be taken to mitigate these would be reported to the Pension Fund Committee in September 2019.

 

In response to questions from members the following information was clarified:

 

·  Where limited assurance was given, actions to mitigate the risks were agreed between the internal auditor and the relevant manager/ head of service. The reports and action plans could be provided to members on request. All agreed actions would be then followed up to ensure they had been put in place or superseded and the resulting data would be reported to the committee.

 

·  The re-testing of the LPP functions providing limited assurance would be undertaken by Deloitte and the results would be reported to the Pension Fund committee. A senior manager from LPP would also attend that meeting to answer questions. A succinct update would be requested from the Pension Fund committee.

 

·  Some over payments to staff continued to occur but the systems in place supported the process effectively.  It was confirmed that moderate assurance was in place for this area of work, making this a low risk compared to other areas.

 

Resolved: That the Internal Audit progress report, as presented, be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ruth Lowry


29/07/2019 - Treasury Management Activity Outturn 2018-19 ref: 17226    Recommendations Approved

A summary of the treasury management activity undertaken in 2018/19

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Mike Jensen, Director of Investment for Financial Services presented the Treasury Management Activity Outturn 2018-19.

 

The following points were highlighted:

 

·  Global and national risk factors were likely to carry through to 2019/20 and beyond, and as such it was likely that the current treasury management strategy would continue to take advantage of short term borrowing given the low interest rates in the UK. A minor change had been made this year rebalancing the portfolio to include a small amount of longer term borrowing, as a shift in overall interest rates had made the differential between long term and short term borrowing costs much smaller. This was to mitigate the potential risk of the revocation of article 50 to leave the European Union which would have caused an increase in interest rate. The long term Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loan had now been repaid on very favourable terms and the Council would continue to apply the short term borrowing policy which had proven very successful for the Council.

 

·  For the year ahead, it was anticipated that the interest rates in the UK would be cut further and this would allow the Council to take advantage of the lower rates via the short term borrowing policy.

 

·  Investment in long term holdings would continue and improvements in performance was likely if the interest rate was to further reduce as expected.

 

·  In general there had been a slight decline in the level of indebtedness in 2018/19 due to improved balance positions. This was expected to continue, with the overall level borrowing declining slightly.

 

·  It was noted that in the investment table on page 388 'bank deposit 5 years +' and 'bank & local authority deposits 5 years +' on page 390 should both read 'local authority deposits 5 years +'. Unsecured bank deposits were not made in order to maintain the Council's high quality credit profile, currently classed as AA.

 

·  The outturn for the year showed an under spend of £27.568 million. This was made up of changes to the minimum revenue provision and a better than budgeted treasury management performance of £16.792 million.

 

·  In response to a question, Mike Jensen gave his views on the potential implications of the different scenarios for leaving the European Union from a treasury management perspective.

 

Thanks were expressed to the Treasury Management team for the funds generated for the authority.

 

Resolved: That the report detailing the review of treasury management activities for 2018/19 be noted.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


29/07/2019 - Approval of the County Council and County Pension Fund Letters of Representation 2018/19 ref: 17222    Recommendations Approved

The Council's external auditors, Grant Thornton, are required to obtain written representations from those charged with governance and management of the County Council and Pension Fund on matters material to the financial statements where other appropriate audit evidence cannot reasonably be expected to exist.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Khadija Saeed, Head of Corporate Finance, presented the County Council and County Pension Fund Letters of Representation for 2018/19. Robin Baker, Director and Engagement Lead representing Grant Thornton the county council's external auditors, explained that these were standard letters that were reviewed and agreed by the external audit team before submission.

 

Resolved: That

 

(i)  The management representation letters at appendix A and appendix B be noted.

 

(ii)  It was agreed that they be signed by the Chief Financial Officer and the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee prior to being made available to the external auditor.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Khadija Saeed


29/07/2019 - Approval of the Council's Statement of Accounts 2018/19 ref: 17225    Recommendations Approved

Approval of the council's statement of accounts for the financial year 2018/19.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Khadija Saeed, Head of Corporate Finance, presented the Council's 2018/19 Statement of Accounts.

 

The following information was highlighted:

 

·  The accounts were published on the Council's website in May 2019. The main changes from then were detailed in the report and related predominately to the McCloud judgement and the impact of this on the accounts. In addition, as already discussed, the classification issue in relation to the investment management fees for the pension fund and the addition of the taxation figures of the LCDL group accounts.

 

·  In response to a question Abigail Leech, Head of Service for the Pension Fund, confirmed that the classification issue was related to new guidance from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) on providing more transparency on annual report disclosures with regard to investment management fees.

 

·  Members thanked officers and the audit team for the work in producing the accounts within shorter timescales and were pleased to note the final outturn figure that showed an underspend against the budget for the year.

 

Resolved: That the 2018/19 Statement of Accounts be approved.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jeanette Moister


29/07/2019 - Draft Committee Work Plan 2019/20 ref: 17229    Recommendations Approved

The draft work plan for the Committee for 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Paul Bond, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, presented the draft committee work plan for 2019/20. It was explained that the work plan contained the standard items and other reports would be added as required.

 

Resolved: That the draft work plan for 2019/20, as set out at appendix A be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Debra Jones


29/07/2019 - Internal / External Audit Protocol ref: 17221    Recommendations Approved

This protocol sets out how Lancashire County Council's Internal Audit Service and Grant Thornton as its external auditor work together, and establishes a framework for coordination, cooperation and exchange of information.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Ruth Lowry, Head of Internal Audit, presented the protocol setting out how Lancashire County Council's Internal Audit Service and Grant Thornton as its external auditor worked together, differentiated responsibilities and established a framework for coordination, cooperation and exchange of information. The protocol was last issued in 2017 and had been reviewed and revised to include references to the Lancashire Pension Fund and the consideration given by Grant Thornton to the head of internal audit's overall opinion.

 

Resolved: That the Internal / External Audit Protocol, as presented, be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ruth Lowry


29/07/2019 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 20 May 2019 ref: 17219    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That the minutes of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee held on 20 May 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.

 

It was noted that an update regarding the Neighbourhood Wellbeing Grants from Josh Mynott, Democratic and Member Services Manager, had been circulated to all members and the substitute members for today's meeting.

 


29/07/2019 - Corporate Risk & Opportunity Register - Quarter 2 2019/20 ref: 17227    Recommendations Approved

The report sets out an updated Corporate Risk and Opportunity Register for Quarter 2. The Committee is asked to consider and comment upon it.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

Paul Bond, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, presented an update of the Corporate Risk and Opportunities register for quarter two. It was noted that there were no additions or deletions to the register. 

 

Resolved: That the updated Corporate Risk and Opportunity Register as set out at appendix A be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Bond


29/07/2019 - Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference 2019/20 ref: 17218    Recommendations Approved

The Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference of the Committee for 2019/20.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented The Constitution, Membership and Terms of Reference of the committee for 2019/20. Attention was drawn to the statement of purpose within the terms of reference which stated that the primary function of the committee was to provide independent assurance via the independent review of the Council's governance, risk management and control frameworks. To do so, committee members should be objective and independent in their deliberations and decisions.

 

Resolved: That

 

(i)  The appointment of County Councillors Alan Schofield and Edward Nash as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year be noted.

 

(ii)  The membership of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year, as set out in the report, and the terms of reference of the committee as set out at appendix A be noted.

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Debra Jones


29/07/2019 - Chairman's Annual Report 2018/19 ref: 17228    Recommendations Approved

As part of a set of actions to improve effectiveness, the committee agreed that it should prepare an annual report of its activity to facilitate assessments of its effectiveness.


Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 29/07/2019 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 15/08/2019

Effective from: 29/07/2019

Decision:

The Chair presented the second Chairman's Annual Report 2018/19. Paul Bond, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, was thanked for his support in producing the report.

 

The training needs analysis that had been undertaken was highlighted, as was the resulting training sessions from both internal and external sources that were offered to committee members and to all County Councillors.

 

Resolved: That the Chairman's Annual Report, as presented, be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Bond


16/07/2019 - Interim rapporteur report: Lancashire Energy Strategy ref: 17211    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: External Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/07/2019 - External Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 13/08/2019

Effective from: 16/07/2019

Decision:

The Chair provided an update to the Committee on his initial findings as rapporteur on the Lancashire Energy Strategy. A single slide presentation was also displayed during the meeting (a copy is set out in the minutes).

 

It was noted that following the government's requirement in 2009 to reduce carbon emission by 36% by 2020, Lancashire had already met this target. Yet there had been significant change in approach and technology during the last ten years which it was felt that the council needed to catch up with. Much work was being done across the county but not necessarily in a co-ordinated way. It was suggested that either a task and finish group be established to review this further or that additional members of the Committee be invited to assist in a rapporteur capacity to help bring everything together.

 

Resolved: That;

 

  1. The interim rapporteur report be noted.
  2. County Councillor Ed Nash psc continue to rapporteur on carbon reduction on behalf of the External Scrutiny Committee.

 


16/07/2019 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 16 April 2019 ref: 17214    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: External Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/07/2019 - External Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 13/08/2019

Effective from: 16/07/2019

Decision:

Resolved: That the minutes from the meeting held on 16 April 2019, be confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 


16/07/2019 - Chair's update ref: 17213    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: External Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/07/2019 - External Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 13/08/2019

Effective from: 16/07/2019

Decision:

The Chair provided an update to the Committee on the progress made by the Flood Risk Management and Preparedness task and finish group.

 

It was reported that the task and finish group had met on 10 June 2019 with United Utilities to discuss the adoption of Sustainable Drainage Systems amongst other aspects. In addition a scrutiny inquiry session was held on 8 July to review the future of Flood Action Groups (FlAG) across Lancashire.

 

It was noted that the Committee had received a response from its letter dated 7 June 2018 to the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, regarding adding water companies as statutory consultees on planning applications. The Committee was informed that the response indicated that local planning authorities could add water companies to a locally specific list of 'non-statutory' consultees. It was suggested that the Committee should write out to all of Lancashire's district councils to advise them to ensure that the relevant water companies are included as a non-statutory consultee for their planning applications. It was also suggested that the Flood Risk Management and Preparedness task and finish group be asked to review the response in further detail and to determine whether a further letter be written to the Secretary of State.

 

Resolved: That,

 

  1. The update be noted.
  2. The Flood Risk Management and Preparedness task and finish group be asked to review the response from the Secretary of State and to determine how to proceed.

 


16/07/2019 - Electricity North West: Leading the North West to Zero Carbon ref: 17212    Recommendations Approved

Presentation from representatives of Electricity North West on leading the north west to zero carbon.

Decision Maker: External Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/07/2019 - External Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 13/08/2019

Effective from: 16/07/2019

Decision:

The Chair welcomed Helen Norris, Stakeholder Engagement and CSR Manager, Helen Boyle, Strategic Decarbonisation Manager, and Mike Taylor, Customer Engagement Manager and Strategic Projects from Electricity North West (ENW) who gave a presentation to the meeting. A copy of the presentation is set out in the minutes.

 

The presentation provided the Committee with an update on Electricity North West's leading the North West to Zero Carbon Emissions plan outlining their work for the next six months.

 

In response to questions it was confirmed that:

 

  • Electricity North West's community energy fund known as 'Powering our Communities' was an annual project that would hopefully open again for bids around September/October 2019.
  • Air source heat pumps whilst expensive to install, were cheaper to run and a more efficient form of energy. Incentives were also in place to encourage the uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders.
  • More could be done to save electricity by reducing the use of lighting and using natural light more or using LED lights. A culture change was needed to ensure energy efficiencies were made by the end user. It was highlighted that using less equalled more capacity on the network which in turn meant that more could happen.
  • On how Electricity North West communicated with small businesses and end users to start the transition, the Committee was informed that they were looking to build a strategic dialogue with the larger stakeholders, such as the county council to discuss how they could help and support them to get the information out there and to filter the information down. More engagement at grass roots level was needed.
  • Solar will generally pay for itself within five years. Electricity North West was looking for businesses to encourage solar uptake on rooftops.
  • Headroom was created in the network from previous initiatives successfully completed by Electricity North West. Electricity North West had also forecasted the impact onto the network from the uptake of Electric Vehicles and other technologies. Further information on the possible constraints was set out in their 'Distributed Future Energy Scenarios' document.
  • By controlling the voltage on the network, the 'Smart Street' grid side energy efficiency project would help to create capacity on the network and provide a saving for the customer.
  • Work was underway to set the framework for the next price control period which was due to start on 1 April 2023, and would likely run for five years.

 

The Committee noted that a representative from the county council was needed to sit on Electricity North West's Sustainability Advisory Panel, to help deliver their role in the transition to low carbon.

 

The Committee in formulating recommendations raised the following suggestions:

 

  • A need to influence district councils to implement low carbon technology conditions on planning applications.
  • Explore partnership working opportunities to establish a community heat network.
  • Hold a green summit for Lancashire and possibly with Cumbria.
  • The county council to lead by example.
  • Invite appropriate representatives from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancashire Renewables Ltd, Lancashire Energy HQ and the county council's energy team to future scheduled meetings of the Committee.
  • County Councillor Ed Nash psc to continue as rapporteur on behalf of the Committee and report back on low carbon technology and legislation.

 

The Committee also noted that the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and the Environment and a Cabinet Working Group on Energy and Environment had been disestablished.

 

Resolved: That;

 

  1. The Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Environment and Planning give consideration to holding a Green Summit in Spring 2020.
  2. The Cabinet give consideration to the establishment of a Cabinet Committee on Carbon Reduction.
  3. The new Chair of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Limited be invited to a future meeting of the External Scrutiny Committee to explain the new Lancashire Energy Strategy and activities arising from the key findings.
  4. Representatives of Lancashire Renewables Limited, Lancashire Energy HQ and the County Council's Energy Team be invited to attend a future meeting of the External Scrutiny Committee to explain the work they are undertaking in relation to low carbon technology.
  5. Working through the Lancashire Leaders, all district councils and the unitary authorities across Lancashire be encouraged to make carbon reduction a consistent factor in all planning applications and local plans; and adopt a checklist of low carbon technologies to include but not limited to solar, electric vehicle charging points (including wireless) and heat source pumps.

6.  County Councillor Ed Nash continue to function as a rapporteur and report back at the next scheduled meeting of the External Scrutiny Committee on findings relating to low carbon technology and legislation.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Gary Halsall


08/08/2019 - Provision of Additional Secondary School Places in Burnley ref: 17261    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 need for additional secondary school places in Burnley, following the closure of Hameldon Community College in August 2019. Measures have been put in place to provide the places required for September 2019, through schools taking additional pupils on a temporary basis, and this report proposes the permanent expansion of Shuttleworth College and Unity College to provide the required permanent places.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

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: Steph Rhodes, Rachael Hamilton


08/08/2019 - Continuing Healthcare – Implementation of the Care Act 2014 (Approval of Revised Adult Social Care Policies and Procedures) ref: 17260    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:

 

  • NHS Continuing Healthcare

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Lynne Johnstone


08/08/2019 - Welfare Rights Service - Consultation Outcome ref: 17270    Recommendations Approved

At the Cabinet meeting on 3 December 2018, as part of the Money Matters 2018/19 Position - Quarter 2 report, Cabinet agreed to undertake public consultation on a number of Service Challenge savings. This included a proposal to reduce the budget of the Welfare Rights Service to achieve a saving of £340,000, together with an associated proposal for the Customer Access Service to reduce their staffing budget to achieve a saving of £40,000, giving a total saving of £380,000 per annum.

 

This report outlines the results from public consultation (Appendix 'A' refers), in the context of wider policy developments and equality analysis, ensuring that Cabinet is provided with appropriate information when considering the proposal as outlined above, together with a revised proposal of delivering a reduced capacity Welfare Rights service and managing access, to achieve an estimated saving of £101,250 per annum, which forms the basis of the recommendation to Cabinet.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Clare Platt


08/08/2019 - Consultation on the Lancashire Break Time Proposal - Update ref: 17269    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update following the recent consultation undertaken on the proposal to cease the Lancashire Break Time service from September 2019.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Helen Makinson, Fiona Harris, Dr Sally Richardson


08/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre)(Revocations and Various Parking Restrictions 2018 (No1)) Order 201* ref: 17268    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 Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre. These restrictions will improve safety on the highway for all users and also 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: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Brierfield & Nelson West; Chorley Central; Chorley North; Chorley South; Clitheroe; Euxton, Buckshaw & Astley; Fleetwood East; Fylde East; Great Harwood, Rishton & Clayton-le-Moors; Hoghton with Wheelton; Lancaster Central; Mid Rossendale; Morecambe South; Ormskirk; Oswaldtwistle; Pendle Central; Penwortham West; Preston City; Rossendale West; Skelmersdale East; South Ribble West; West Lancashire East;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan


08/08/2019 - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 17258    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)  Preferred Provider List (PPL) for Tier 4 substance misuse inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation services and;

 

(ii)  Application of traditional surfacing, surface patching, hand patching and hot rolled asphalt chipper and team.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


08/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Arthur Street Car Park and Registry Office Car Park, Arthur Street, and Lancashire Archives Office Car Park, Bow Lane, Preston, Preston City) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 201* ref: 17259    Recommendations Approved

Following formal public consultation it is proposed to make an off street parking places Order to introduce charges on the specified county council car parks listed in this report to contribute to the maintenance of the facilities whilst promoting the correct use of the available spaces with regards to the Registry Office and Lancashire Archives car parks.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Preston City;

Lead officer: Andrew Clarkson, Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


08/08/2019 - Capital Strategy for Schools - Condition Led Programme 2019/20 ref: 17272    Recommendations Approved

Report on the Capital Strategy for Schools - Condition Led Programme 2019/20.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Oswaldtwistle;

Lead officer: Simon Smith


08/08/2019 - BT Lancashire Services Contract Negotiations ref: 17271    Recommendations Approved

A report on the BT Lancashire Service Contract negotiations.

 

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Lead officer: Gabby Nelson


08/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Crosse Hall Lane, Eaves Lane, Haworth Road, Chorley, Chorley Borough) (Prohibition of Waiting and School Keep Clear) Order 201* ref: 17267    Recommendations Approved

Following investigations and a public consultation, it is proposed to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order to prohibit parking in the vicinity of St James Church of England Primary School and the junction of Crosse Hall Lane and Haworth Road, Chorley.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Chorley North;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


08/08/2019 - County Council operated Day Services for Older People - Outcome of Public Consultation on proposal to Increase Charges and Approval of new rates ref: 17263    Recommendations Approved

At its meeting in December 2018, Cabinet considered proposals to increase a range of charges for older people who use the Council's own day services, and who pay 'full cost'. It was agreed that these proposals should be subject to public consultation and this occurred between 25 March and 20 May 2019. 

 

This report contains the findings from that consultation and an updated Equality Impact Assessment.

 

In the light of the consultation findings, Cabinet is asked to make its decisions on a series of recommendations for the increases in fees for day services, and the implementation timescales.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Tony Pounder


08/08/2019 - Developing the Approach and Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ref: 17262    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out the current position in relation to the number and placement of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Lancashire and presents how need is met and the financial implications for the Council based on demand moving forward.

 

The report includes recommendations to support a framework for developing a needs led, cost effective approach to address demand and reduce unsustainable budget pressures for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Lead officer: Dr Sally Richardson


08/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, AV3 Permit Zone, Preston, Preston City) (Revocation, Introduction of Parking Places, Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting, Limited Waiting and Prohibition of Loading) Order 201* ref: 17264    Recommendations Approved

Following investigations and formal public consultation it is proposed to make a Traffic Regulation Order to address abuse of the residents only parking scheme that has been occurring in a small group of streets near to a large public car park on the west side of the current AV1 (Avenham 1) permit zone by removing these affected streets and including them in a new smaller AV3 (Avenham 3) permit zone.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Preston City;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


08/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, Fylde and Wyre Boroughs) (Revocation and One Way September 2018 (No 1)) Order 201* ref: 17266    Recommendations Approved

Following investigations and a public consultation it is proposed to introduce a one-way traffic restriction on Nelson Street, Kirkham as set out in the appended Notice of Proposal and plan to prevent conflicts with traffic and create a safer environment for pedestrians and residential vehicles. Other proposals within this Order are to simplify and tidy up traffic restrictions to enable effective enforcement.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Fleetwood East; Fylde East; Great Harwood, Rishton & Clayton-le-Moors; Poulton le Fylde;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


08/08/2019 - Review of Lancashire County Council's Educational Off Site Visit Policy and Guidelines September 2019 - September 2022 ref: 17265    Recommendations Approved

A report regarding revisions to Lancashire County Council's Educational/Off Site Visits Policy and Guidelines September 2019 – September 2022.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Nicky Scott


08/08/2019 - Extension of Adult Services Mental Health Community Restart and Social Inclusion Services Contracts ref: 17273    Recommendations Approved

Report to Cabinet for the Extension of Adult Services Mental Health Community Restart and Social Inclusion Services Contracts.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Decision:

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 08/08/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 08/08/2019

Effective from: 14/08/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ellen Smith


07/08/2019 - Procurement Report - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises

In line with the county council's procurement rules the report requests approval to commence the following procurement exercises:

(i) LRL Fleet Hire
(ii) M55 project
(iii) M55 Earthworks
(iii) Hire of vehicles and plant
(iv) Safer Roads project
(v) Planing

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/08/2019 - Preston Western Distributor Road works contract award update

Update to Cabinet on developed Target Cost to be included in contract award

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 03/10/2019

Divisions affected: Fylde East; Preston Rural; Preston South West; Preston West;

Lead officer: Phil Wilson

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II


07/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, The Whole of Lancashire) (Permit Parking Order Amendment No 1)) Order 201*

Proposed order to standardise the prices of permits across the county to a single price point and ensuring that all resident parking schemes are equitable throughout the county

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Peter Bell

Notice of decision: 10/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/08/2019 - Morecambe Bay Health and Care Partnership

To receive an update on the Bay Health and Care Partnership governance arrangements

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dr Sakthi Karunanithi

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/08/2019 - Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone - Procurement Strategy

The report will set out the recommended procurement strategy for Enterprise Zone.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner

Notice of decision: 10/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons


07/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council Travellers Sites

Outcome of the Public Consultation on the future of the Traveller Sites

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: Great Harwood, Rishton & Clayton-le-Moors; Heysham; Preston Central West;

Lead officer: Gary Jones

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Result of the consultation may contain information which could identify individual responses to the consultation.


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: 03/10/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Marcus Hudson

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/08/2019 - Works to 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: 05/09/2019

Lead officer: Sue Haworth, Emma Pearse

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part II  - view reasons


07/08/2019 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Preston, Ribble Valley, South Ribble and West Lancashire) (Revocations and Various Parking Restrictions November 2018 (No1)) Order 201*

Following investigations and formal public consultation it is proposed to make a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) 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 Ribble Valley districts. In addition new restrictions are proposed in the districts of Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Preston, South Ribble and West Lancashire. These restrictions will improve safety on the highway for all users and also provide some amenity parking.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: Chorley Rural East; Clayton with Whittle; Fylde East; Hoghton with Wheelton; Lancaster Central; Lancaster East; Lancaster Rural North; Lancaster South East; Longridge with Bowland; Lytham; Morecambe South; Ormskirk; Preston Central West; Preston City; Skelmersdale Central; Skerton; South Ribble East; St Annes North; St Annes South; West Lancashire West;

Lead officer: Tracey Price, Chris Nolan

Notice of decision: 07/08/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


18/07/2019 - To consider Notices of Motion Submitted under Standing Order B36 ref: 17208    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

The Chairman declared a pecuniary interest in the following Notice of Motion, adjourned from the meeting on 23 May 2019, and vacated the Chair. County Councillor Susie Charles, Vice-Chairman, assumed the Chair for consideration of the Notice of Motion.

 

Notice of Motion adjourned from the meeting on 23 May 2019

 

The Vice-Chairman referred to the adjustment to the original Notice of Motion which had been requested by County Councillor Gina Dowding, included in the agenda, and which the Monitoring Officer was satisfied should be treated as the same motion.

 

The Vice-Chairman also informed Full Council that she was waiving Standing Order 37(2) to allow Councillor Dowding to speak again to present this adjusted version of the motion.

 

It was moved by County Councillor Gina Dowding and seconded by County Councillor Paul Hayhurst that:

 

Retain the Current Safety Thresholds for Seismic Activity for Shale Gas Operations

 

Lancashire County Council welcomes the fact that to date the Government has confirmed it has no plans to change the Traffic Light System of seismic thresholds for the fracking industry.

 

Lancashire County Council resolves to write to the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister welcoming the Government's resolve not to change the thresholds and asks them to continue to prioritise public health and safety; and to write to Lancashire's MPs about the Council's position.

 

The following amendment was proposed by County Councillor Michael Green,

seconded by County Councillor Aidy Riggott:

 

Lancashire County Council resolves to write to the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister welcoming the Government's resolve to continue to prioritise public health and safety in monitoring the 'fracking' industry and to write to Lancashire's MPs setting out the Council's position.

 

The amendment was put to the vote and was CARRIED and became the substantive motion.

 

The following amendment was proposed by County Councillor Gina Dowding and seconded by County Councillor Liz Oades:

 

Lancashire County Council resolves to write to the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister welcoming the Government's resolve to continue to prioritise public health and safety, and to keep the current Traffic Light System of seismic thresholds in monitoring the 'fracking' industry and to write to Lancashire's MPs setting out the Council's position.

 

Following a brief adjournment, the Chief Executive advised Full Council that the Vice-Chairman had accepted her advice on the reasons for accepting the original amendment, from County Councillor Green, which was now the substantive motion. This was that the amendment retained two of the three principles of the adjustment put forward by Councillor Dowding and was therefore in order. Furthermore, the Vice-Chairman had accepted her advice that, in accordance with Standing Order 33a, the further amendment from County Councillor Dowding could not be accepted as it sought to rescind the resolution of Full Council which had just been made by seeking to re-insert the reference to the Traffic Light System which had been removed by County Councillor Green's amendment, now the substantive motion.

 

The substantive motion was then put to the vote and was CARRIED. It was therefore:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

Lancashire County Council resolves to write to the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister welcoming the Government's resolve to continue to prioritise public health and safety in monitoring the 'fracking' industry and to write to Lancashire's MPs setting out the Council's position.

 

The Chairman resumed the Chair.

 

1.  It was moved by County Councillor Lizzi Collinge and seconded by County Councillor Erica Lewis that:

 

This council believes that the transitional increase of the state pension age for women born in the 1950s (also known as WASPI women - Women Against State Pension Injustice) has been poorly managed, with many women given little to no notice of the increase in pensionable age, particularly of the acceleration of equalisation made in the Pensions Act 2011. Many women have suffered severe financial difficulties as a result.

 

This council notes that the WASPI Campaign 2018 does not seek to reverse the equalisation of pension ages but seeks better transitional arrangements, recognition of the injustice, and aid for women affected.

 

In recognition of the injustice and the hardship endured by the WASPI women, this council instructs officers to explore reworking the concessionary travel scheme to include some women affected by the changes to pension age. This exploration is to include the costs of any scheme and the impact of equalities legislation.

 

This council notes that Greater Manchester Combined Authority have given access to off-peak bus passes to some WASPI women and have provided details of their scheme.

 

Further, this council also instructs the Chief Executive and Director of Resources to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to make clear the council's view that better transitional arrangements must be made for WASPI women. Council notes that there is currently an ongoing judicial review on this issue and instructs officers to wait to send the letter until the judicial review is complete.

 

The following friendly amendment, which was accepted by County Councillor

Collinge, was proposed by County Councillor Keith Iddon in accordance with Standing Order B42:

 

This council believes that the transitional increase of the state pension age for women born in the 1950s gave many women little to no notice of the increase in pensionable age, particularly of the acceleration of equalisation made in the Pensions Act 2011.

 

In recognition of this, council instructs officers to explore reworking the concessionary travel scheme to include some women affected by the changes to pension age. This exploration is to include the costs of any scheme and the impact of equalities legislation.

 

This council notes that Greater Manchester Combined Authority has given access to off-peak bus passes to some WASPI women and has provided details of their scheme.

 

Council notes that there is currently an ongoing judicial review on this issue.

 

The substantive motion, as amended by County Councillor Iddon's friendly amendment, was then put to the vote and was CARRIED. It was therefore:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

This council believes that the transitional increase of the state pension age for women born in the 1950s gave many women little to no notice of the increase in pensionable age, particularly of the acceleration of equalisation made in the Pensions Act 2011.

 

In recognition of this, council instructs officers to explore reworking the concessionary travel scheme to include some women affected by the changes to pension age. This exploration is to include the costs of any scheme and the impact of equalities legislation.

 

This council notes that Greater Manchester Combined Authority has given access to off-peak bus passes to some WASPI women and has provided details of their scheme.

 

Council notes that there is currently an ongoing judicial review on this issue.

 

2.  It was moved by County Councillor David Foxcroft and seconded by County Councillor Azhar Ali that:

 

Recent work in other areas of the country has seen grass verges and dual carriageway centres transformed into vast wildflower corridors. This has multiple benefits for the areas that have been created – enhancing the support for wildlife, delivering bio-diversity, increasing the natural beauty and appeal of an area, attracting new visitors who come to see the colourful arrays created, as well as reducing the maintenance costs due to the low maintenance of such areas.

 

This council requests officers to assess the feasibility of establishing ‘wildflower corridor’ schemes across the County. Officers should also work with Parish and District Councils on this matter. A report highlighting potential locations and areas suitable should be presented to Cabinet for information in the Autumn prior to beginning in Spring 2020.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

Recent work in other areas of the country has seen grass verges and dual carriageway centres transformed into vast wildflower corridors. This has multiple benefits for the areas that have been created – enhancing the support for wildlife, delivering bio-diversity, increasing the natural beauty and appeal of an area, attracting new visitors who come to see the colourful arrays created, as well as reducing the maintenance costs due to the low maintenance of such areas.


This council requests officers to assess the feasibility of establishing ‘wildflower corridor’ schemes across the County. Officers should also work with Parish and District Councils on this matter. A report highlighting potential locations and areas suitable should be presented to Cabinet for information in the Autumn prior to beginning in Spring 2020.

 

3.  It was moved by County Councillor John Fillis and seconded by County Councillor Nikki Hennessy that:

 

Free Personal Care for Older People

 

Lancashire County Council recognises that older people in Lancashire are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need bold changes to deliver a long term funding solution for social care.

 

The Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wiping out a lifetime of savings, and forcing families to sell their homes. The Council also believes that Lancashire's care system needs major reform to provide a long-term sustainable funding solution and to make care free at the point of use.

 

The Council therefore supports "Independent Age’s" call for the introduction of free personal care for all older people in England. Lancashire County Council calls on the Government to take the necessary steps to implement this policy as swiftly as possible to end the care crisis and properly support older people in Lancashire.

 

The Council also asks the Chief Executive and Director of Resources to write to our Lancashire MPs to support the campaign for free personal care, and speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons, with the responses of the MPs to be reported back to Council.

 

The following friendly amendment, which was accepted by County Councillor

Fillis, was proposed by County Councillor Graham Gooch in accordance with Standing Order B42:

 

Free Personal Care for Older People

 

Lancashire County Council recognises that, despite its best efforts, some older people in Lancashire are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need a long term funding solution for social care before we reach crisis point.

The Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wiping out a lifetime of savings, and forcing families to sell their homes.

 

The Council acknowledges the work of “Independent Age” and “Policy Exchange” and urges the Government to:

 

  1. Complete the welfare state by covering the costs of complex long-term social care, so that no individual or family faces ruinous costs or has to lose their home

  2. Ensure that, like health on the NHS, long-term social care is available on the basis of need, and free at the point of delivery.

  3. End the present means test for social care. The capital components of the test should be eliminated altogether and the means-testing charging regime should be changed into a limited co-payment regime means tested on income.

  4. This should not preclude additional private payments for extra services. Following Beveridge:The state "should not stifle incentive, opportunity, responsibility; in establishing a national minimum, it should leave room and encouragement for voluntary action by each individual to provide more than that minimum for himself and his family".

 

The Council requests the Chief Executive to write to the Minister and our Lancashire MPs to support the campaign for free personal care, and speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons.

 

The substantive motion, as amended by County Councillor Gooch's friendly amendment, was then put to the vote and was CARRIED. It was therefore:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

Free Personal Care for Older People

 

Lancashire County Council recognises that, despite its best efforts, some older people in Lancashire are struggling with unmet care needs and believes that in light of an ageing population we need a long term funding solution for social care before we reach crisis point.

 

The Council believes that it is fundamentally unfair that to access basic care many older people face catastrophic costs that can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, wiping out a lifetime of savings, and forcing families to sell their homes.

 

The Council acknowledges the work of “Independent Age” and “Policy Exchange” and urges the Government to:

 

  1. Complete the welfare state by covering the costs of complex long-term social care, so that no individual or family faces ruinous costs or has to lose their home

  2. Ensure that, like health on the NHS, long-term social care is available on the basis of need, and free at the point of delivery.

  3. End the present means test for social care. The capital components of the test should be eliminated altogether and the means-testing charging regime should be changed into a limited co-payment regime means tested on income.

  4. This should not preclude additional private payments for extra services. Following Beveridge:The state "should not stifle incentive, opportunity, responsibility; in establishing a national minimum, it should leave room and encouragement for voluntary action by each individual to provide more than that minimum for himself and his family".

 

The Council requests the Chief Executive to write to the Minister and our Lancashire MPs to support the campaign for free personal care, and speak up in favour of the policy in the House of Commons.

 

4.  It was moved by County Councillor Margaret Pattison and seconded by County Councillor Jean Parr that:

 

Council notes with concern the proposed closure of the Outdoor Education Department at Morecambe Bay Academy and the detrimental impact this may have on children across Morecambe and Lancaster. Being able to access outdoor education locally is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of children, and gives them opportunities to develop vital life skills including leadership skills. This is especially important for children who struggle in a classroom setting.

 

Council believes that retaining the Outdoor Education Department at Morecambe Bay Academy would be beneficial to the pupils there and the many children from other schools who also access outdoor education through the department. This view supports our strategic Vision for Lancashire that 'We will support people and families to keep themselves healthy and well by choosing healthy lifestyles.

 

Council instructs the Chief Executive and Director of Resources to write to the Chair of the Bay Academy Trust setting out the Council’s position.

 

The following friendly amendment, which was accepted by County Councillor

Pattison, was proposed by County Councillor Phillippa Williamson in accordance with Standing Order B42:

 

Council notes the proposed closure of the Outdoor Education Department at Morecambe Bay Academy and the impact this may have on children across Morecambe and Lancaster. Being able to access outdoor education locally is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of children, and gives them opportunities to develop vital life skills including leadership skills. This is especially important for children who struggle in a classroom setting.

 

Council instructs the Executive Director of Education and Children's Services to work with the school leadership teams of Morecambe Bay Academy and other schools across the County, whether they are council maintained schools or Academies, to explore how the benefits of a wider curriculum offer, including outdoor education, can support children and young people to improve their overall wellbeing and to keep them fit and well.

 

The substantive motion, as amended by County Councillor Gooch's friendly amendment, was then put to the vote and was CARRIED. It was therefore:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

Council notes the proposed closure of the Outdoor Education Department at Morecambe Bay Academy and the impact this may have on children across Morecambe and Lancaster. Being able to access outdoor education locally is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of children, and gives them opportunities to develop vital life skills including leadership skills. This is especially important for children who struggle in a classroom setting.

 

Council instructs the Executive Director of Education and Children's Services to work with the school leadership teams of Morecambe Bay Academy and other schools across the County, whether they are council maintained schools or Academies, to explore how the benefits of a wider curriculum offer, including outdoor education, can support children and young people to improve their overall wellbeing and to keep them fit and well.

 

 


18/07/2019 - The Pension Fund Committee ref: 17205    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Pension Fund Committee from its meeting held on the 21st June 2019

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Eddie Pope moved the report of the Pension Fund Committee from its meeting on 21 June 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Pension Fund Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


18/07/2019 - Report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority ref: 17207    Recommendations Approved

Report of the most recent meeting of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Frank De Molfetta moved the report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority from its meeting on 17 June 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


18/07/2019 - Report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman on Children's Social Care - 8 May 2019 ref: 17200    Recommendations Approved

This report is about a father's rights to exhaust the CYP complaints process. The ombudsman's view is that the father's right outweighs a child's request for their records not to be shared.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson moved a report setting out details of a finding of fault causing injustice after an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. The report set out the actions that had already been taken in response to the Ombudsman's recommendations.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

(i)  The recommendations set out in the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman's report at Appendix 'A' to the report, now presented, be noted.

(ii)  The actions already taken be noted and the further steps proposed in response to the report's recommendations, as set out in the report, now presented, be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Angela Esslinger


18/07/2019 - The Overview and Scrutiny Committees ref: 17206    Recommendations Approved

Reports for the Children's Services Scrutiny, Health Scrutiny and Internal Scrutiny

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor David O'Toole moved the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees from their meetings as follows:

 

Children's Services Scrutiny Committee - 13 May 2019

Health Scrutiny Committee - 14 May and 26 June 2019

Internal Scrutiny Committee - 17 May 2019

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Garth Harbison


18/07/2019 - The Audit, Risk and Governance Committee ref: 17203    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee from its meeting held on 20 May 2019

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Alan Schofield moved the report of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee from its meeting on 20 May 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Debra Jones


18/07/2019 - Report of the Cabinet (Part B) ref: 17201    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Cabinet from its meetings on 16 May 2019 and 13 June 2019.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Cabinet from its meetings on 16 May and 13 June 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Cabinet, now presented, be noted.

 

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Craig Alker


18/07/2019 - The Urgency Committee ref: 17202    Recommendations Approved

Report of Urgent Business taken on behalf of the Urgency Committee

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Urgency Committee setting out details of decisions taken by the Monitoring Officer under the county council's urgent business procedure on behalf of the Urgency Committee.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Urgency Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


18/07/2019 - The Employment Committee ref: 17204    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Employment Committee from its meeting held on 9 July 2019

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Employment Committee from its meeting on 8 July 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Employment Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Debra Jones


18/07/2019 - Confirmation of the Minutes from the Meeting held on 23 May 2019 ref: 17198    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 26/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

Resolved: - That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.


23/05/2019 - Report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority ref: 17196    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Frank De Molfetta moved the report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority from its meetings held on 18 February and 29 April 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority, now presented, be noted.


23/05/2019 - The Overview and Scrutiny Committees ref: 17194    Recommendations Approved

report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees for the period February 2019 to May 2019.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor David O'Toole moved the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees from their meetings as follows:

 

Children's Services Scrutiny Committee - 27 February and 10 April 2019

Education Scrutiny Committee - 6 February and 26 March 2019

External Scrutiny Committee - 5 March and 16 April 2019

Health Scrutiny Committee - 5 February and 2 April 2019

Internal Scrutiny Committee - 15 March 2019

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Garth Harbison


23/05/2019 - The Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board ref: 17195    Recommendations Approved

The report of The Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board from its meeting on 19 March 2019.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board from its meeting on 19 March 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sam Gorton


23/05/2019 - The Employment Committee ref: 17192    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Employment Committee from its meeting held on 11 March 2019

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Employment Committee from its meeting on 11 March 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Employment Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Debra Jones


23/05/2019 - To consider Notices of Motion Submitted under Standing Order B36 ref: 17197    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

1.  It was moved by County Councillor Andrew Snowden and seconded by County Councillor Kim Snape that:

Making Lancashire a Leader in Supporting People with Crohns and Colitis

 

The numbers of people suffering with Crohns and Colitis and other severe bowel and urinary diseases and conditions, such as recovering from cancer surgery, is rising. There are also increasing numbers of young people with the condition, brought to the world’s attention by the recent news of a ten year old boy from Kentucky who took his own life after being bullied for having a colostomy bag.

 

These conditions in themselves are incredibly painful, exhausting and stressful - for many they also pose life threatening and life changing situations and decisions. Yet, on the whole, awareness in the general public about the severity and reality of life for those with these conditions is low, leading to embarrassment and stress for those with the condition and meaning that things such as access to toilets are not seen as a public health priority.

 

Campaigns such as ‘Not every disability is visible’ and the ‘Can’t Wait' card have made headway in raising awareness that not everyone needing access to a disabled toilet has a readily visible disability. But much more needs to be done.

 

It is proposed that Lancashire becomes a national beacon of best practice in supporting people with Crohns and Colitis and other related conditions by:

·  Recognising toilet access, both public and private, as an important public health issue.

·  Raising awareness of groups for whom toilet access is a crucial issue and creating a better understanding of the conditions, symptoms and support needed

·  Ensuring the county council leads by example as an organisation in its employment practices, awareness raising and support.

·  Working with partners to improve toilet access and to identify means to do this through information sharing and digital platforms.

·  Developing a pledge with district councils, businesses and the public sector to increase recognition of the ‘Can’t Wait' card programme and sharing their toilet facilities information on relevant digital platforms.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was:

 

Resolved: - That:

Making Lancashire a Leader in Supporting People with Crohns and Colitis

 

The numbers of people suffering with Crohns and Colitis and other severe bowel and urinary diseases and conditions, such as recovering from cancer surgery, is rising. There are also increasing numbers of young people with the condition, brought to the world’s attention by the recent news of a ten year old boy from Kentucky who took his own life after being bullied for having a colostomy bag.

 

These conditions in themselves are incredibly painful, exhausting and stressful - for many they also pose life threatening and life changing situations and decisions. Yet, on the whole, awareness in the general public about the severity and reality of life for those with these conditions is low, leading to embarrassment and stress for those with the condition and meaning that things such as access to toilets are not seen as a public health priority.

 

Campaigns such as ‘Not every disability is visible’ and the ‘Can’t Wait' card have made headway in raising awareness that not everyone needing access to a disabled toilet has a readily visible disability. But much more needs to be done.

 

It is proposed that Lancashire becomes a national beacon of best practice in supporting people with Crohns and Colitis and other related conditions by:

·  Recognising toilet access, both public and private, as an important public health issue.

·  Raising awareness of groups for whom toilet access is a crucial issue and creating a better understanding of the conditions, symptoms and support needed

·  Ensuring the county council leads by example as an organisation in its employment practices, awareness raising and support.

·  Working with partners to improve toilet access and to identify means to do this through information sharing and digital platforms.

·  Developing a pledge with district councils, businesses and the public sector to increase recognition of the ‘Can’t Wait' card programme and sharing their toilet facilities information on relevant digital platforms.

 

2.  It was moved by County Councillor Azhar Ali and seconded by County Councillor Tony Martin that:

 

This Council fully adopts the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism and the definition of Islamophobia by the All Party Parliamentary Group.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was LOST.

 

In accordance with the requirements of procedural Standing Order B45(4), a recorded vote was taken. The names of the county councillors who voted for or against the Motion and those who abstained are set out below:

 

For (29)

 

T Aldridge

L Cox

J Fillis

S Malik

M Parkinson

A Ali

C Crompton

J Gibson

T Martin

J Parr

L Beavers

M Dad

N Hennessy

J Mein

M Pattison

J Berry

B Dawson

S Holgate

J Molineux

K Snape

T Burns

F De Molfetta

M Iqbal

Y Motala

M Tomlinson

L Collinge

K Ellard

H Khan

G Oliver

 

 

Against (41)

 

T Ashton

S Clarke

A Hosker

J Rear

P Steen

A Atkinson

A Clempson

K Iddon

P Rigby

C Towneley

M Barron

G Driver

A Kay

A Riggott

A Vincent

P Britcliffe

J Eaton

J Marsh

M Salter

G Wilkins

I Brown

C Edwards

S Morris

A Schofield

P Williamson

P Buckley

D Foxcroft

E Nash

J Shedwick

 

J Burrows

A Gardiner

D O'Toole

D Smith

 

S Charles

G Gooch

E Pope

A Snowden

 

A Cheetham

M Green

J Purcell

D Stansfield

 

 

Abstain (7)

 

G Dowding

P Hayhurst

L Oades

D Whipp

P Greenall

D Howarth

J Sumner

 

 

The Chairman declared a pecuniary interest in the following Notice of Motion and vacated the Chair. County Councillor Susie Charles, Vice-Chairman, assumed the Chair for consideration of the Notice of Motion.

 

Prior to the next Notice of Motion being moved, the Vice-Chairman invited the Monitoring Officer to advise Full Council on potential implications of the motion.

 

3.  It was moved by County Councillor Gina Dowding that:

Retain the Current Safety Thresholds for Seismic Activity for Shale Gas Operations

Lancashire County Council notes:

(i)  The first high volume high pressure hydraulic fracturing to take place in the UK at Preese Hall in 2011 caused many earthquakes, the largest being magnitude 1.5 and 2.3 which resulted in a deformed well casing. The British Geological Society reported that 58 earthquakes were detected in the time period between 31 March and 30 August 2011 which led to the fracking process being stopped.

(ii)  The risks of seismic activity induced by fracking are of additional concern to the people of Lancashire as earth tremors greatly exacerbate the health and environmental risks associated with shale gas exploration, testing and extraction. Seismic activity deep underground threatens the ‘integrity’ of the well, and thus could increase the risk of leakage of gas into the subsurface and potentially into the water supply.

(iii)  Lancashire's geology is far more complex to those areas in the US where fracking industry has established itself, and the UK is far more densely populated.

(iv)  That the fracking industry willingly agreed to seismic thresholds known as  the Traffic Light System in 2012 to reassure government and communities, following the moratorium, that the fracking  process would be  safe,  and did not once query it in all that time. The threshold of seismic activity at which fracking must be paused of 0.5ML was set to ensure safety of the local population.

(v)  That fracking at Preston New Road induced 57 seismic events in the two months from October 2018, starting almost immediately after the first frack. In line with the government’s Traffic Light System, Cuadrilla stopped work five times between mid-October and mid-December. The most powerful tremors measured 1.1ML and 1.5ML and were felt near the site.

(vi)  The shale gas industry, and in particular Cuadrilla, who operate in Lancashire, are now calling for the Traffic Light System to be weakened in their favour at the expense of public health and safety. There is no evidence to support a relaxation of the seismic limit. Cuadrilla previously wanted the red light threshold raised to 2ML – but when they proposed a limit of 1.7ML in 2012, this was dismissed as “undesirably high”. Based on Cuadrilla's operations since October it is abundantly evident that the science based limits which the industry helped put in place in 2012 have done their job effectively to protect local communities.

(vii)  That in a public opinion survey in February 2019, 54% of people opposed any change to fracking earthquake regulations, and only 24% supported a change.

 

Lancashire County Council welcomes the fact that to date the Government has confirmed it has no plans to change the Traffic Light System of seismic thresholds for the fracking industry.

 

Lancashire County Council resolves to write to the Energy Minister and the Prime Minister welcoming the Government's resolve not to change the thresholds to date and asking them not to bow to pressure from the fracking industry at any stage in the future, and to continue to prioritise public health and safety; and to write to Lancashire's MPs about the Council's position.

 

In moving the motion, County Councillor Dowding advised that she wished to delete the wording in the final paragraph shown in italics.

 

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved, and County Councillor Keith Iddon seconded, that, in accordance with procedural Standing Order 44(1)(c), the debate be adjourned.

 

The Vice-Chairman considered that the item had not been sufficiently discussed and could not reasonably be so discussed on that occasion, and therefore, in accordance with Standing Order 44(4), put the procedural motion to the vote.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was:

 

 

Resolved: - That:

 

The debate be adjourned.

 


23/05/2019 - The Pension Fund Committee ref: 17193    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Pension Fund Committee meeting held on the 29th March 2019

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Eddie Pope moved the report of the Pension Fund Committee from its meeting on 29 March 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Pension Fund Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Mike Neville


23/05/2019 - The Urgency Committee ref: 17191    Recommendations Approved

The report sets out details of a decision taken by the Chief Executive and Director of Resources under the county council's urgent business procedure on behalf of the Urgency Committee.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Urgency Committee setting out details of a decision taken by the Monitoring Officer under the county council's urgent business procedure on behalf of the Urgency Committee.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Urgency Committee, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Membership of Committees and Related Appointments for 2019/20 ref: 17185    Recommendations Approved

Membership of Committees and Related Appointments for 2019/20

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved a report setting out details of membership of committees and related appointments for 2019/20.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

(i)  The Constitution and membership of the committees of the county council for 2019/20 as set out at a) in the report, now presented, be approved;

(ii)  The appointment of Chairs and Deputy Chairs of those committees for 2019/20 as set out at b) in the report, now presented, and as follows, be approved:

 

Committee

Chair

Deputy

 

Urgency Committee

 

G Driver

 

K Iddon

 

Overview and Scrutiny

 

 

 

 

Internal Scrutiny

External Services Scrutiny

 

D O'Toole

E Nash

 

M Salter

D Stansfield

Children's Services Scrutiny

Health Scrutiny

Education Scrutiny

A Kay

P Britcliffe

C Wakeford

N Hennessy

S Morris

M Dad

 

 

 

Other Committees

 

 

 

 

Development Control

B Yates

P Rigby

Regulatory

Audit, Risk and Governance

J Eaton

A Schofield

M Barron

E Nash

Pension Fund

E Pope

A Schofield

Student Support Appeals

C Wakeford

 

Employment

G Driver

K Iddon

Conduct

Health and Wellbeing Board

A Atkinson

S Turner

P Buckley

Non CC Chair (D Gizzi)

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman, Chris Mather, Josh Mynott


23/05/2019 - Appointments to the Local Government Association's General Assembly, Boards and Special Interest Groups for 2019/20 ref: 17189    Recommendations Approved

Appointments to the Local Government Association - General Assembly, and Special Interest Group on Coastal Issues for 2019/20

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved a report asking Full Council to approve the appointment of representatives to serve on the Local Government Association General Assembly for 2019/20; the appointment of representatives to serve on a number of the Local Government Association's Special Interest Groups for 2019/20, and to note the arrangements for appointments to the Local Government Association's Boards.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

(i)  The representation and appointments to serve on the Local Government Association's General Assembly and Special Interest Groups, as set out in the report now presented, for 2019/20 be approved as follows:

 

LGA - General Assembly (4)

 

Conservative (3)  Labour (1)

 

G Driver  A Ali

K Iddon

P Williamson

 

LGA Special Interest Group - Coastal Issues (1)

 

S Clarke

 

LGA Special Interest Group - Rural Services Network (1)

 

C Towneley

 

LGA Special Interest Group - Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum (1)

 

M Green

 

(ii)  That the County Council's 12 votes be carried by County Councillor Geoff Driver.

(iii)  That the arrangements for appointments to the Local Government Association's Boards as set out in the report, now presented, be noted.

 

 

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Lancashire Combined Fire Authority - Appointment of County Council Representatives for 2019/20 ref: 17187    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority - Appointment of County Council Representatives.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved a report asking Full Council to approve the appointment of 19 members to serve on the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority until the Annual Meeting of Full Council in 2020 on the basis of 10 Conservative members, 7 Labour members, 1 Liberal Democrat member and I Independent member.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

The following Members be appointed to serve on the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority until the annual meeting of Full Council in 2020:

 

Conservative (10)

Labour (7)

Liberal Democrat (1)

Independent (1)

P Britcliffe

I Brown

S Clarke

J Eaton

A Kay

D O'Toole

M Perks

J Shedwick

D Stansfield

G Wilkins

J Fillis

N Hennessy

S Holgate

H Khan

T Martin

F De Molfetta

M Parkinson

D Howarth

E Oades

 

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Report of the Cabinet (Part B) ref: 17190    Recommendations Approved

The report of the Cabinet from its meetings on 7 March 2019 and 11 April 2019.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the report of the Cabinet from its meetings on 7 March and 11 April 2019.

 

Resolved: - That the report of the Cabinet, now presented, be noted.

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Craig Alker


23/05/2019 - Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire - Appointment of a County Council Representative for 2019/20 ref: 17186    Recommendations Approved

Appointment of a County Council Representative

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Keith Iddon moved a report asking Full Council to approve the appointment of one County Councillor to serve on the Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire until the Annual Meeting of Full Council in 2020.

 

County Councillor Iddon proposed County Councillor Geoff Driver be appointed as the county council's representative, seconded by County Councillor Andrew Gardiner.

 

Resolved: - That County Councillor Geoff Driver be appointed to serve on the Police and Crime Panel for Lancashire until the Annual Meeting of Full Council in 2020.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Constitution of the County Council 2019/20 ref: 17184    Recommendations Approved

The council is required to approve the constitution annually.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor David O'Toole moved a report setting out proposals for the approval of the Constitution for 2019/20 and proposals for amendments in relation to Notices of Motion and language and behaviour.

 

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved the following addition, seconded by County Councillor O'Toole:

 

  vi.  "Approve that the Corporate Complaints Committee be disestablished with immediate effect.

 

On being put to the vote, the motion was CARRIED and it was:

 

Resolved: - That:

 

  (i)  The proposals of the Political Governance Working Group meeting on 7 May as set out in the report and Appendices 'B' and 'C' now presented, be approved.

  (ii)  A revised "Protocol for Members and Co-opted Members on Language and Behaviour", as set out at Appendix 'D' to the report, now presented, be approved, and that it be moved from Appendix M of the constitution to become an appendix to the Code of Conduct.

 (iii)  Consideration be given to any other changes Full Council might wish to make to the constitution to enable the efficient and effective running of the county council.

 (iv)  The Director of Corporate Services be authorised to make any consequential changes to other parts of the Constitution arising from these changes.

  (v)  The Constitution of the County Council for the year 2019/20 be approved.

 (vi)  The Corporate Complaints Committee be disestablished with immediate effect.

 

 

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Josh Mynott


23/05/2019 - Transport for the North and Transport for the North Scrutiny Committee - Appointment of County Council Representatives for 2019/20 ref: 17188    Recommendations Approved

The appointment of county council representatives (including substitutes) to Transport for the North and Transport for the North Scrutiny Committee.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Geoff Driver moved a report asking Full Council to approve the appointment of members to serve on Transport for the North and Transport for the North Scrutiny Committee.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

The following Members be appointed to serve on Transport for the North and Transport for the North Scrutiny Committee until the annual meeting of Full Council in 2020:

 

Transport for the North

 

M Green

K Iddon (Substitute)

 

Transport for the North Scrutiny Committee

 

M Salter

A Snowden (Substitute)

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Non-Attendance of County Councillor ref: 17183    Recommendations Approved

This report asks Full Council to consider the non-attendance of a County Councillor at meetings of the Full Council and Committees.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

As County Councillor Jenny Purcell was present at the meeting, this item was withdrawn.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Confirmation of the Minutes from the Meeting held on 28 February 2019 ref: 17182    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

Resolved: - That the minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.


18/07/2019 - Appointment of Honorary Alderman and Honorary Alderwoman ref: 17178    Recommendations Approved

To consider awarding the status of Honorary Alderman and Honorary Alderwoman on former county councillors who have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered eminent services to the Council.

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 18/07/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 18/07/2019

Decision:

It was moved by County Councillor Keith Iddon and seconded by County Councillor John Fillis:

 

That having regard to the eminent services rendered to Lancashire County Council over a long period by former County Councillors Tony Jones and Niki Penney, the County Council confers on them the title of Honorary Alderman of the County Council and Honorary Alderwoman of the County Council respectively.

 

The Motion was then supported by County Councillors Tony Martin, David Whipp, Paul Hayhurst and other Members of the County Council. Upon being put to the vote, the Motion was carried.

 

Resolved: - That having regard to the eminent services rendered to Lancashire County Council over a long period by former County Councillors Tony Jones and Niki Penney, the County Council confers on them the title of Honorary Alderman of the County Council and Honorary Alderwoman of the County Council respectively.

 

The Chairman of the County Council then presented certificates to Honorary Alderman Tony Jones and Honorary Alderwoman Niki Penney who each thanked the Members of the County Council for the honour bestowed upon them.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman


23/05/2019 - Cabinet and Lead Member Appointments ref: 17181    Recommendations Approved

Details of revised Cabinet and Lead Member Appointments

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

In moving a report on Cabinet and Lead Member appointments, County Councillor Geoff Driver announced the following changes, effective immediately:

 

-  The appointment of County Councillor Keith Iddon as Deputy Leader of the County Council (in addition to Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport).

-  The appointment of County Councillor Albert Atkinson as Cabinet Member for Technical Services, Rural Affairs and Waste Management.

-  The appointment of County Councillor Phillippa Williamson as Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools.

-  The appointment of County Councillor Jayne Rear as Lead Member for Young People.

-  The appointment of County Councillor David Foxcroft as Champion for Young People.

-  Changes to the scheme of delegation to Cabinet Members.

 

Resolved: - That:

 

(i)  The changes to membership of the Cabinet, portfolios and Lead Member and Champion appointments, now presented, be noted.

(ii)  The Director of Corporate Services be authorised to make any consequential changes to the county council's Constitution.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Dave Gorman, Josh Mynott


23/05/2019 - Appointment of Vice-Chairman ref: 17180    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

It was moved by County Councillor Albert Atkinson, and seconded by County Councillor Andrea Kay, that County Councillor Susie Charles be elected Vice-Chairman of the County Council.

 

There being no other nominations, it was:

 

Resolved: - That County Councillor Susie Charles be elected Vice-Chairman of the County Council until the Annual General Meeting of the Full Council in 2020.

 

County Councillor Charles then made her Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

 

At this point, the Chairman informed Full Council that he had agreed to suspend Standing Order B45(3) to allow County Councillor Jenny Purcell's votes to be counted whilst not in her designated seat.


23/05/2019 - Election of Chairman ref: 17179    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 23/05/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 25/07/2019

Effective from: 23/05/2019

Decision:

County Councillor Anne Cheetham, the retiring Chairman of the County Council, presided for this item.

 

It was moved by County Councillor Peter Buckley, and seconded by County Councillor Ed Nash, that County Councillor Paul Rigby be elected Chairman of the County Council.

 

There being no other nominations, it was:

 

Resolved: - That County Councillor Paul Rigby be elected Chairman of the County Council until the Annual General Meeting of the Full Council in 2020.

 

County Councillor Rigby then took the Chair and made his Declaration of Acceptance of Office.


12/06/2019 - Community Asset Transfer Policy

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 03/10/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Pauline Burke, Mel Ormesher, Emma Pearse

Notice of decision: 12/06/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part I


07/02/2018 - Lancashire County Council's Market Position Statement

The Market Position Statement is a public document describing the county’s current social care market and outlining the council’s future commissioning intentions toward the market.

The Statement provides information on a range of adult social care services and offers detail on our preferred models of practice and commissioning, how the quality of services can be improved, our plans to support choice and innovation and how council budgets will affect services in the future.

The Statement is being submitted to Cabinet for approval.


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/09/2019

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Kieran Curran, Clare Mattinson

Notice of decision: 13/09/2017

Anticipated restriction: Part I


Head and neck progress update    Recommendations Approved


Our Health Our Care: Update on the future of acute services in central Lancashire (10:30am)    Recommendations Approved


Delayed Transfers of Care in Lancashire - Interim Report (11:15am)    Recommendations Approved