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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 £1.7 million.

Decisions

12/03/2020 - Implementation of the Lancashire and Blackpool Regional Adoption Agency ref: 17970    Recommendations Approved

In May 2015, the government announced changes to the delivery of adoption services which required that, by April 2020, all adoption services would need to be delivered on a regional basis through Regional Adoption Agencies. The aim of this delivery model is to increase the number of children adopted, reduce the length of time children wait to be adopted and to improve post adoption support services to families who have adopted.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Lisa Baron


12/03/2020 - Review and Redesign of Lancashire's Short Break Offer for Children and Young People with Disabilities ref: 17967    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update to Cabinet regarding the review of Lancashire's Short Break offer, following the Cabinet decision on 8 August 2019.

 

The report sets out a number of recommendations in relation to the delivery of a redesigned Short Break Offer, that will enable the county council to fulfil its statutory responsibilities in relation to the sufficiency of provision of short breaks for children and young people with disabilities, and their parents and carers. 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

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


12/03/2020 - Proposed 2020/21 Highway Maintenance, Road Safety, Cycling Safety and Public Rights of Way New Starts Capital Programmes ref: 17968    Recommendations Approved

This report recommends approval of the proposed apportionment of Department for Transport capital grant funding for highway maintenance and  transport in 2020/21 and of a number of detailed programmes of work relating to this funding as set out at Appendices 'D' to 'L'.

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Janet Wilson


12/03/2020 - Lancashire Urban Development Fund - Additional Resources ref: 17973    Recommendations Approved

A report on the Lancashire Urban Development Fund.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Sean McGrath


12/03/2020 - The Treatment of Residual Waste from 2025 ref: 17969    Recommendations Approved

The council is currently reliant on landfill for the disposal of a significant quantity of the residual waste collected from households in Lancashire. Our existing landfill contract ends in 2025.

 

The Waste service is seeking approval to procure a 15 year contract for the thermal treatment of Lancashire's residual waste from 2025, providing a better environmental solution for the county and potentially reducing costs. The contract would commence in April 2025 and may result in the private sector development of new waste treatment infrastructure within or outside of Lancashire, the utilisation of existing infrastructure nationally, or both.

 

The estimated value of the contract is in the region of £40m per annum.

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the provisions of Standing Order No. C19 have been complied with.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Steve Scott


12/03/2020 - Lancashire County Council (Various Roads, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble and Wyre) (Revocation, Amendment, And Various Parking Restrictions March (No1)) Order 201 ref: 17971    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 Wyre districts. In addition, new restrictions are proposed in the districts of Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble 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: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Accrington South; Brierfield & Nelson West; Burnley Central East; Fleetwood East; Fylde East; Fylde South; Great Harwood, Rishton & Clayton-le-Moors; Leyland Central; Lytham; Mid Rossendale; Moss Side & Farington; Pendle Hill; Penwortham West; Poulton le Fylde; Preston City; Preston Rural; Preston South East; Preston South West; Preston West; Rossendale South;

Lead officer: Chris Nolan, Tracey Price


12/03/2020 - Public Health - Health Care Services ref: 17974    Recommendations Approved

A report on Public Health and Health Care Services.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Lead officer: Chris Lee


12/03/2020 - Capital Strategy for Schools – Condition Led Capital Investment Programme, 2020/21 ref: 17975    Recommendations Approved

Condition led programme for schools. This report sets out the proposals for the allocation of schools capital funding to address a further phase of high priority building condition repairs on Community, Voluntary Controlled and Maintained Schools in Lancashire.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Simon Smith


27/01/2020 - External Audit Progress Report and Sector Update 2019/20 ref: 17877    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Robin Baker, Director and Engagement Lead and Angela Pieri, Engagement Manager, representing Grant Thornton, the county council's external auditors, presented an audit progress and sector update for 2019/10.

 

The following key points were highlighted:

 

·  The audit was currently at the planning stage and detailed audit plans would be presented to the next meeting of the committee in July.

 

·  The council's teacher pension return for 2018/19 had been completed one month ahead of the November 2019 deadline.

 

·  Auditors continued to meet regularly with Lancashire County Council officers to ensure a smooth audit process and to highlight any potential issues.

 

·  Potential audit fee amendments were currently under review as a result of the implications of changes to the expectations from Financial Reporting Council, in terms of financial reporting. Grant Thornton would be engaging the services of a valuation expert to assist with some areas. Potential fee changes would be discussed with the Section 151 Officer and Director of Finance before presentation to this committee.

 

In response to questions it was confirmed that the appropriate disclosures regarding leases would be required in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standard 16 and no changes to the audit process needed to be made with regard to Brexit.

 

Resolved: That the external audit progress report and sector update 2019/20, as presented, be noted.


27/01/2020 - Update Report: Outstanding Actions from 2017/18 Audit Work, Adult and Children's Services ref: 17875    Recommendations Approved

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Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Ian Crabtree, Director of Adult Social Care Transformation and Sarah Callaghan, Director of Education and Skills presented an update regarding progress made toward the following outstanding actions from 2017/18 internal audits:

 

·  Transition from children's to adult services

 

Ian Crabtree highlighted that there was a wider strategic vision for transition being developed with all stakeholders. There are also plans in place to address operational issues and how change was communicated to stakeholders. This was governed by an internal steering group – Preparation for Adulthood, which was co-chaired by himself and Sarah Callaghan and included a colleague from Health, who was responsible for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities improvement. The Preparation for Adulthood vision had been taken to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Partnership Board, chaired by Edwina Grant, Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, for system wide development.

 

Work was being undertaken to reorganise the team to optimise the efficiency of the process. There is a further challenge to ensure the procedure was effective to meet the expectations of families and respond to demand in a co-ordinated way.

 

·  Personal budgets for children's service users and direct payments to their carers

 

Sarah Callaghan highlighted that the key issues in the 2017/18 audit were largely related to staff training. It was identified that the take up of direct payments had been lower than anticipated and the administration of the process could be improved. To date, 29 of 40 staff had completed the training programme put in place to address this. Support was now available for parents and carers regarding accessing funds and the information was included in the revised local offer. The process was now more rigorous in terms of accessing and monitoring payments.

 

·  Case management of adult occupational therapy services

 

Ian Crabtree confirmed that the 2017/18 audit was mainly positive with one action outstanding - to implement a case load tracker. This action had now been superseded, as the tracker was intended as an interim solution and a new analytical tool had now been procured that would monitor performance across all areas.

 

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

 

·  There was some ambiguity regarding the age of transition to Adult Services if the young person had a disability. The Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms in 2014, extended the age from 18 to 25 with the aim to support the majority of young people to be independent. In terms of budgets, if all the eligibility criteria were met, the budget would be with Adult Services. The objective was to involve the transition team to embed early identification of required support to enable the best outcomes for the young person.

 

·  There was a good working relationship between Occupational Therapy services provided by Lancashire County Council and the NHS. Both had access to a joint equipment store and having this single point of access had resolved issues arising from whose responsibility it is to provide equipment. The NHS landscape in Lancashire was complex, with eight Clinical Commissioning Groups. There was a national shortage of Occupational Health Therapists and work needed to be undertaken between Lancashire County Council and the NHS regarding how therapists could be recognised and developed as a joint resource. The health economy for each area within Lancashire was different, however once the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System had been embedded joint working and commissioning arrangements would be developed. 

 

Members commented that this report was in response to a request for information regarding outstanding internal audit actions from 2017/18. Members emphasised that all departments needed to be aware that the committee required swift responses to audit actions. Officers commented that could attend the Audit, Risk and Governance meeting when required to provide future updates.

 

Resolved: That the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee note the progress made against the outstanding internal audit actions from 2017/18.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ian Crabtree


27/01/2020 - Corporate Risk & Opportunity Register Quarter 3 2019/20 ref: 17882    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an updated (Quarter 3) Corporate Risk and Opportunity Register for the Committee to consider and comment upon.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Paul Bond, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, presented an update regarding the Corporate Risk and Opportunities register for quarter three.

 

A new risk (Corporate Risk 13) was highlighted, which focussed on working with partners to address health challenges in the county.

 

A review of the risk management process was currently being piloted in Education and Children's Services. The revised approach would improve risk reporting by developing a risk profile summary providing increased accountability, showing target dates and progress monitoring.

 

Resolved: That the updated Corporate Risk and Opportunity Register, as presented, be noted.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Paul Bond


27/01/2020 - Code of Conduct - Summary of Complaints ref: 17874    Recommendations Approved

A summary of complaints received and action taken under the Code of Conduct for councillors.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Laura Sales, Director of Corporate Services and Monitoring Officer presented a report detailing a summary of all complaints received in 2019 against county councillors under the Code of Conduct. Terry Whitehead and Keith Leaver, Lancashire County Council appointed 'independent persons', who advise the Conduct Committee when required, were introduced to the committee.

 

The following points were highlighted from the report:

 

The emphasis of the process was to resolve complaints informally where possible. The Monitoring Officer had recently met with the appointed independent persons to discuss the best way of managing complaints received under the Code of Conduct moving forward, to ensure transparency. It was agreed that the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee would receive an annual report and where a complaint had been resolved informally, the independent persons would be contacted to ascertain their views on the decision. The number of complaints was low and when deemed necessary, apologies were forthcoming.

 

In response to a question it was confirmed that the independent persons hadn't been consulted regarding the breaches listed in the 2019 report, as the members involved had accepted the complaint and provided an apology where required. However under the new process, they would be contacted in each legitimate case of a complaint to confirm their agreement with the Monitoring Officer's suggested resolution.

 

Members commented that working together with the independent persons to resolve complaints was valuable and it would benefit open communication if more work was done regarding standards of behaviour at Full Council meetings.

 

Resolved: That the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee note the summary as presented.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Josh Mynott


27/01/2020 - Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 ref: 17881    Recommendations Approved

to outline the treasury management position for 2020/21

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Mike Jensen, Director of Investment presented the Treasury Management Strategy for 2020/21.

 

It was highlighted that in consideration of the success of the strategy, the substantial elements would continue allowing for some changes linked to events impacting the market. As a result of the increase in interest rates by the Public Works Loan Board, the council would be more likely to explore borrowing alternatives, such as public bond issues, largely in order to replace maturing loans. This would potentially be achieved via the recently relaunched UK Municipal Bond Agency. As a consequence an increase in investment limits to £750 million was proposed. 

 

An update was provided on the improved performance of investments since the last reported position

 

Resolved: That the Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21, as presented, be recommended to Full Council for approval.

 

Divisions affected: None;

Lead officer: Paul Dobson


27/01/2020 - Internal Audit Progress Report ref: 17876    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 2019/20 for the period to 31 December 2019.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

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 2019/20 for the period to 31 December 2019.

 

The following areas of the report were highlighted:

 

·  The numbers of audits undertaken and amendments to the audit plan with the reasons for the changes. 

 

·  The last action outstanding from 2017/18 related to the Public Health Commissioning Strategy and could now be closed as the original action identified had been superseded by a new action plan. 

 

·  Favourable assurance had been given in the majority of areas audited. Substantial assurance had been given in relation to the council's risk management framework and, as was reported later on the agenda, this was also subject to further improvement.

 

·  Detailed action plans were in place to address 'safeguarding service user finances in the Supported Living Service' and 'children's direct payments', where limited assurance had been given.

 

Members commented that they would like to see swift progress to improve the safeguarding of service user finances in the Supported Living Service. Ian Crabtree commented that concerns had been identified by the service in this area and as a result, input from the Internal Audit Service had been requested to improve the consistency of approach. The county council continued to provide services to people with disabilities. Supported living schemes and short break services were all rated 'Good' with some short break services and its Shared Lives service rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

 

Resolved: That

 

(i)  The Internal Audit progress report, as presented, be noted.

 

(ii)  Adult and Children's Service officers present a report to 19 October 2020 Audit, Risk and Governance Committee, updating members of progress made against areas with limited assurance.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ruth Lowry


27/01/2020 - Accounting Policies used in the Preparation of the Statement of Accounts 2019/20 ref: 17880    Recommendations Approved

In preparing the statement of accounts, the chief finance officer is responsible for selecting suitable accounting policies and ensuring that they are applied consistently. Accounting policies are the specific principles, bases, conventions, rules and practices applied in preparing and presenting the financial statements.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Khadija Saeed, Head of Corporate Finance, presented the Accounting Policies used in the preparation of the Statement of Accounts 2019/20. It was clarified that the wording in the policy had been simplified in line with current Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) guidance, however there was no change to the substance of the policy.

 

Resolved: That the accounting policies proposed to be used in the preparation of the Statement of Accounts 2019/20, as presented be approved. 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jeanette Moister, Khadija Saeed


27/01/2020 - Grant Thornton's Request for Information from Management ref: 17879    Recommendations Approved

To comply with International Auditing Standards, each year Grant Thornton as the external auditor is required to establish an understanding of the management processes in place to prevent and detect fraud and to ensure compliance with law and regulation.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Khadija Saeed, Head of Corporate Finance, presentedthe proposed response to Grant Thornton's request for information from management. It was confirmed that this was a standard annual request to all clients for information regarding fraud, risk and the going concern of the council and in substance there was no notable change in the response to Grant Thornton, from last year.

 

Resolved: That the formal response to Grant Thornton's request for information from management, as presented, be approved.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jeanette Moister, Khadija Saeed


27/01/2020 - Grant Thornton's Request for Information from the Committee Chair ref: 17878    Recommendations Approved

Grant Thornton as external audit is required to refresh their understanding of how the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee gains assurance over management processes and arrangements.

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Made at meeting: 27/01/2020 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee

Decision published: 13/02/2020

Effective from: 27/01/2020

Decision:

Khadija Saeed, Head of Corporate Finance, presentedthe proposed response to Grant Thornton's request for information from the Chair of the committee. It was confirmed that this was a standard annual request to all clients for information regarding fraud, risk and the going concern status of the council and in substance there was no notable change in the response to Grant Thornton, from last year.

 

Resolved: That the formal response to Grant Thornton's request for information from the Chair of the committee, as presented, be approved.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jeanette Moister, Khadija Saeed


10/02/2020 - Response to the Committee on Recruitment & Retention Payments for Fleet Technicians ref: 17891    Recommendations Approved

A report was presented to the 11th March 2019 Employment Committee by Oliver Starkey, Head of Service for Public and Integrated Transport related to the recruitment and retention of technicians in Fleet Services.

This meeting resolved that

i) Consideration of the report be deferred pending a review of the council's fleet service operations by external consultants.
ii) That a report on the review findings in relation to staffing related matters be presented to the committee.

The review by the external consultant's has been completed and in relation to the pay of skilled vehicle and plant technicians have recommended that an increase in salary should be based on additional responsibilities and requirements rather than a recruitment and retention payment.

This report outlines the changes in the posts that are proposed by the service. The proposed revised job role has been assessed under the council's Job Evaluation process

Decision Maker: Employment Committee

Made at meeting: 10/02/2020 - Employment Committee

Decision published: 12/02/2020

Effective from: 10/02/2020

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andrew Burrows


06/02/2020 - Adult Social Care Fee Uplifts - 2020/21 ref: 17865    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire County Council supports approximately 35,000 carers and adults in community and residential based settings, at an annual net cost of approximately £341 million per year.

 

This report sets out the county council's proposed fee uplifts for adult social care providers for 2020/21. However, it should be noted that the county council is currently using structural reserve funding and faces continued financial pressures.  Notwithstanding these pressures, the county council continues to increase fees to support Lancashire providers.

 

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

 

In response to a successful legal challenge by Mencap in relation to payments for sleep-in services for adults with learning disabilities, changes to night support rates were published in June 2019 and do not form part of this report.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: John Sleightholme


06/02/2020 - Property Asset Management Strategy ref: 17866    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out the draft Property Asset Management Strategy for consideration.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mel Ormesher


06/02/2020 - Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme 2021/22 - Determination of the Qualifying Scheme ref: 17867    Recommendations Approved

This report concerns the determination of the statutory scheme and the mandatory timetable for co-ordinating admissions for Lancashire's primary and secondary schools and academies for 2021/22. 

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Nan Hogg, Debbie Ormerod


06/02/2020 - Determination of Home to School Transport Policy - Academic Year 2021/22 ref: 17868    Recommendations Approved

Lancashire County Council reviews the Home to School Transport policy on an annual basis.  As there have been significant changes to the Home to School Transport Policy in recent years, the amendments to the policy for the academic year 2021/2022 are minimal. There are no changes in respect of parents' entitlement to receive home to school transport assistance. Some minor changes have been made to the wording of the mainstream policy to provide clarification for parents.  Additionally, an annex has been added with suggested Home to School Transport arrangements for pupils attending secondary Pupil Referral Units.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Nan Hogg, Debbie Ormerod


06/02/2020 - Determination of Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary and Secondary Schools and Sixth Forms for the School Year 2021/2022 ref: 17869    Recommendations Approved

To determine the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools and sixth forms schools for the school year 2021/2022.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Nan Hogg, Debbie Ormerod


06/02/2020 - The Introduction of Contraflow Cycling along the Central Section of North Clifton Street, Lytham ref: 17870    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines proposals to provide for lawful contraflow cycle use along a one way length of North Clifton Street, Lytham, between Pleasant Street and Bannister Street.

 

Consultation and formal advertising of the proposals has been undertaken with two objections received.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Lytham;

Lead officer: Zamir Ukadia


06/02/2020 - Money Matters 2019/20 Position - Quarter 3 ref: 17871    Recommendations Approved

This report provides an update to Cabinet on the county council's 2019/20 revenue and capital financial position, proposed 3 year capital delivery plan as at the end of December 2019, an updated medium term financial strategy (MTFS) covering the period 2020/21 to 2023/24, and a proposed capital strategy. 

 

There is currently an unprecedented amount of uncertainty relating to future funding across local government. Accordingly significant assumptions are required to underpin our forecasts. While these can be made with reasonable confidence in the current year, over the medium term, with limited information, we rely heavily on advice from national bodies and discussion with peers. A number of funding scenarios were assessed in Quarter 2 and the most likely scenario selected remains appropriate and is the basis for this forecast.

 

The provisional local government finance settlement for 2020/21, announced on the 20 December 2019, was largely in line with the technical consultation that was published in October. It announced the continuation of the revenue support grant and significant additional funding for social care. Based on this position there is not expected to be any requirement for reserves in setting the 2020/21 revenue budget along with £4.045m being available to support the ongoing Improvement Journey work that is currently underway.

 

The settlement is for one year only and the figures are expected to be confirmed in late January/early February 2020 within the final settlement announcement. The 2020/21 announcement is the first and only year of the Spending Round 2019, with future years’ announcements dependent on a number of factors, including: spending review 2020, the outcome of the fair funding review, the business rates retention reset, the move to 75% business rates retention and any reform of the new homes bonus scheme. 

 

Whilst we expect to deliver a budget in 2020/21 without recourse to reserves, forecasting based on the most likely funding scenario indicates a future funding gap of £33.312m by 2023/24. This is due primarily to increased pay costs and service demand pressures. Work continues to build on last years' service challenge work to deliver further efficiencies and close the funding gap. Further reports will follow as firm costed proposals become available.

 

In summary:

 

(i)  The 2019/20 revenue forecast outturn is £788.767m, representing a projected underspend of £13.508m (1.68%) of the agreed budget.

 

(ii)  The MTFS has been updated for our current expectations of increased demand and volume. The revised forecast position has deteriorated slightly in the light of our expectations of future funding levels, the impact of a higher than expected National Living Wage increase on the cost of our commissioned adult social care and an updated forecast on pay and pensions following the completion of the latest triennial pension scheme valuation.

 

(iii)At Quarter 2 the MTFS showed a deficit £28.438m to 2023/24 and our most likely scenario now indicates a financial deficit of £33.312m in 2023/24.

 

(iv)The council is forecast to hold a General Reserve against unforeseen issues of £23.437m representing circa 3% of net budget, which is unchanged from the previously reported position. 

 

(v)  The council is forecast to hold £147.989m of uncommitted transitional reserve at the end of the financial year. This is sufficient to meet the forecast gap beyond the end of the current MTFS period.

 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Neil Kissock, Kate Lee, Chris Warren


06/02/2020 - The Case for Public Bond Issue ref: 17873    Recommendations Approved

A report on the case for public bond.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 06/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Mike Jensen, Laura Sales


06/02/2020 - Corporate Strategy Monitoring - Recommendations of Targets for Key Performance Measures ref: 17855    Recommendations Approved

Performance indicators have been agreed by the Cabinet Committee on Performance Improvement against the 5 objectives of the Corporate Strategy, some reported quarterly, some annually. These indicators, set out in Appendix 'A', will form the content of future quarterly corporate performance monitoring reports to the Cabinet Committee on Performance Improvement. Targets have also been proposed for the indicators and were shared with the Internal Scrutiny Committee.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Michael Walder


06/02/2020 - Request Approval to Commence Procurement Exercises ref: 17856    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)  Energy Purchasing Strategy 2020-24

(ii)  Extra Care Services

(iii)  Safer Roads Fund Programme

(iv)  Highway Repairs and Maintenance Service based on daywork rates

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Rachel Tanner


06/02/2020 - Operational Premises - Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Short Breaks Services ref: 17872    Recommendations Approved

This report outlines the capital works required at a number of operational premises

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Martin Slater


06/02/2020 - Temporary Expansion of Pupil Places in Preston Schools ref: 17857    Recommendations Approved

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

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Preston Central West;

Lead officer: Rachael Hamilton


06/02/2020 - Mobile Library Review - Final Report ref: 17858    Recommendations Approved

This report concludes the review of the future of the mobile library service.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Ian Watson


06/02/2020 - Traffic Calming on Hoyles Lane, Cottam, Preston ref: 17864    Recommendations Approved

It is proposed to install traffic calming measures consisting of 19 pairs of road humps (speed cushions) and to reduce the existing speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph. This is proposed along the length of Hoyles Lane and a short section of Sandy Lane.

 

A public consultation on both proposals was undertaken with a number of supporting responses and objections received.

 

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

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2020

Effective from: 12/02/2020

Decision:

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

 

Divisions affected: Preston Rural; Preston West;

Lead officer: Callum Torrans


24/01/2020 - Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Limited - Appointment of a Chief Executive Officer ref: 17843    Recommendations Approved

This report requests approval, in accordance with the Articles of Association for the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Limited, to appoint a new permanent Chief Executive Officer for the company with immediate effect.

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision published: 24/01/2020

Effective from: 24/01/2020

Decision:

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

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Andy Milroy


08/01/2020 - City Deal - Proposed Revised Terms

This report will present revised Heads of Terms for approval.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 03/12/2020

Lead officer: Sarah Parry

Notice of decision: 08/01/2020

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


Statutory Accounts & Annual Tax Return    Recommendations Approved


Waste Processing Strategy Performance Review - Material Recovery Facility    Recommendations Approved


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


Business Review - July 2019    Recommendations Approved


Welcome and Apologies for Absence    Recommendations Approved