Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 11th June, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Karon Hadfield 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

Apologies were received from Councillors Ploszaj and Riddle

 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes of the following meetings of Cabinet, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair:-

 

(i)             Tuesday 23 April 2024

(ii)            Tuesday 8 May 2024

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings, as circulated, were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair:

 

(i)             Tuesday 23 April 2024

(ii)            Tuesday 8 May 2024

3.

Disclosure of Members' Interests

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required where a matter arises at a meeting;

 

Which directly relates to Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (‘DPI’) as set out in Appendix B, Table 1 of the Code of Conduct, to disclose the interest, not participate in any discussion or vote and not to remain in room. Where members have a DPI or if the matter concerns an executive function and is being considered by a Cabinet Member with a DPI they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with the matter.

 

Which directly relates to the financial interest or well being of a Other Registrable Interest as set out in Appendix B, Table 2 of the Code of Conduct to disclose the interest and only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting but otherwise must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain the room.

 

Which directly relates to their financial interest or well-being (and is not DPI) or the financial well being of a relative or close associate, to declare the interest and members may only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak. Otherwise, the member must not take part in discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room.

 

Which affects the financial well-being of the member, a relative or close associate or a body included under the Other Registrable Interests column in Table 2, to disclose the interest and apply the test set out at paragraph 9 of Appendix B before deciding whether they may remain in the meeting.

 

Where Members have or a Cabinet Member has an Other Registerable Interest or Non Registerable Interest in a matter being considered in exercise of their executive function, they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with it.

 

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Members are referred to the Code of Conduct which contains the matters above in full. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

4.

North East Combined Authority (NECA) Borrowing Powers pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Report of the Leader

 

This report asks Cabinet to consent to the making of regulations by central government to provide the new mayoral combined authority, NECA, with borrowing powers in line with the devolution deal and the scheme which was subject to public consultation.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    Cabinet agree in principle that the Council should consent to the making of the Regulations; and

 

2.    Cabinet authorise the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to issue the Council’s formal consent to the Secretary of State when requested.

5.

Climate Change Action Plan 2024-26 pdf icon PDF 407 KB

Report of the Leader

 

The Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has developed a Climate Change Strategy and implemented a Climate Change Action Plan covering the period 2021-2023.  The existing action plan has now come to an end and this report seeks approval for the new Climate Change Action Plan 2024-2026 which has been developed following public consultation.

 

The new Climate Change Action Plan 2024-2026:

         Communicates the successes and challenges of the previous three years.

         Confirms the councils’ commitments to achieving our 2025 and 2030 net zero targets for carbon dioxide emissions.

         Sets out the direction of travel for the next three years to support the achievement of longer term 2040 net zero targets for all greenhouse gas emissions.

Highlights the international, national, and regional context within which this programme of work exists, and upon which its success is largely dependent.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

1.    Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23.

 

2.    Acknowledge and consider the challenges encountered by the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23.

 

3.    Approve the aims of the new Climate Change Action Plan 2024- 2026 - including the following six aims in particular:

 

·       Consideration of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the protection and enhancement of the environment, will be built into an integrated impact assessment process from 2024 onwards. Integrated impact assessments will be required on all papers being considered at Cabinet.

·       All executive directors and cabinet members should complete carbon literacy training by the end of 2025. Additionally, by the end of 2025, senior staff in teams where climate change mitigation or adaptation is especially relevant, should have completed carbon literacy training.

·       £50,000 per year of revenue funding for the Climate Change and Environment Fund will continue to be allocated from within the existing climate change revenue base budget provision for engagement activity, to maintain support for direct community climate and environmental action.

·       The Council’s ‘free tree’ initiative that aims to give away 150,000 free trees between 2020-2030, the equivalent of one tree per household in Northumberland, will continue during this action plan period.

·       In line with its aims to be a net zero organisation by 2030, commit to investing in renewable energy measures across the NCC estate when buildings are due for refurbishment and/or where invest to save business cases can be made.

·       The Council will produce its first Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Northumberland, including a specific climate change risk assessment for the county by the end of the 2024-25 financial year.

 

6.

Q4 Corporate Performance Report pdf icon PDF 354 KB

Report of the Leader

 

This report provides a summary of the progress against the Council’s three Corporate Plan priorities using the Council's performance at the end of Quarter 4, 2023/24 (Q4).

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED the progress against the three Corporate Priorities as summarised in the report be noted.

 

7.

County Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Report of the Leader

 

This report updates Cabinet on the establishment of a County Partnership to tackle inequalities in Northumberland

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

1.    Endorse the establishment of a new, County Partnership;

2.    Note the terms of reference and membership of the Partnership; and,

3.    Agree to receive an annual report from the Chief Executive, outlining activities and achievements of the Partnership. 

 

8.

Northumberland Growth and Investment Endowment Fund Investment Framework pdf icon PDF 369 KB

Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Supporting Business and Opportunities and the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services

 

The purpose of the report is to set out and agree an investment framework for the Northumberland Growth and Investment Endowment Fund.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

  1. Note the proposals in relation to the Northumberland Growth and Investment Endowment Fund;
  2. Endorse the Northumberland Growth and Investment Endowment Fund Investment Framework as set out in section 6 of this report;
  3. Approve the creation of an earmarked reserve into which any receipts relating to the NEP3 transaction will be paid;
  4. Note that the GIEF framework and any expenditure from the fund will be subject to Council approval in February 2025 as part of the budget and policy framework for 2025/56;
  5. Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Place and Regeneration to initiate detailed pipeline development in line with the Investment Framework set out in section 6 of this report; and
  6. Agree to receive a further report in advance of the fund launch in 2025/26 setting out a detailed programme approach to mobilisation of the Northumberland Growth and Investment Endowment Fund in line with the Investment Framework set out in section 6 of this report.

 

9.

Summary of New Capital Proposals considered by Officer Capital Strategy Group pdf icon PDF 341 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services

 

This report summarises proposed amendments to the Capital Programme considered by the Capital Strategy Group.

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

1.       Pegswood Cemetery Lodge 

a)   Approve the proposed spend of £0.150 million for Pegswood Cemetery Lodge in 2024-25. The project will be funded by Northumberland County Council and £0.150 million is already included in the Capital Programme in 2024-25. 

 

2.       Children’s Services House Purchase 

a)   Approve the proposed spend of £0.500 million for the purchase of a house in 2024-25. The project will be externally funded from the Disabled Facilities Grant and the £0.500 million is already included in the Capital Programme in 2024-25. 

b)   Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services to purchase a property up to £0.500 million when a suitable option is identified.  

 

3.       King Edward VI School Sports Hall 

a)   Approve the proposed spend of £6.480 million for the King Edward VI School Sports Hall according to the profiling in table 8.5. The project is funded per table 8.5.  

b)   Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services to enter into the construction contract up to £6.480 million.  

c)   Approve the amendment to the Capital Programme as per table 8.5.  

 

4.       Childcare Expansion Capital Grant 

a)   Approve the proposed spend of £0.548 million for the Childcare Expansion Capital Grant (CECG) in 2024-25. This project will be externally funded from the CECG.  

b)   Approve the amendment to the Capital Programme to include the CECG funding of £0.593 million in 2024-25. 

c)   Delegate authority to the Head of School Organisation and Resources to vary the projects in the Capital Programme, within the grant allowance.  

d)   Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services to approve the grant allocations, any associated procurement and award of contract as required for each project. 

 

5.       Tyne Mills Depot Workshop Roof 

a)   Approve the proposed spend of £0.154 million to replace the roof at Tyne Mills Depot. This project will be funded from the Property Stewardship budget in 2024-25. 

b)   Approve the amendment to the Capital Programme to reallocate £0.154 million from the Property Stewardship budget to the Tyne Mills Depot Workshop Roof budget in 2024-25. 

 

6.       St George’s Extra Care Scheme 

a)   Approve the spend of £1.500 million for the St George’s Extra Care Scheme and subsequent amendment to include the spend in the Capital Programme in 2024-25. This project will be funded by £1.061 million from S106 contributions and £0.439 million from the Disabled Facilities Grant.  

b)   Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Transformation and Resources (S151 Officer) to enter into a Grant Funding Agreement with the housing provider for this development. 

c)   Note that the S106 contributions of £1.061 million has been approved subject to the grant agreement being signed. 

 

10.

Urgent Business

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chair, should, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

11.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Cabinet is invited to consider passing the following resolution:

 

(a)      That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items on the agenda as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and

 

(b)      That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following reasons:-

 

Agenda Item - 12

 

Paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A - 3

 

Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information).

 

AND

 

The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the interest in disclosure because disclosure could adversely affect the Authority’s ability to conduct its affairs and achieve best value.

Decision:

The Cabinet was invited to consider passing the following resolution:?? 

 

          RESOLVED: 

 

(a)      That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items on the Agenda as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and  

 

(b)      That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following reasons:-  

 

Agenda Item

Paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A 

 

12 

Paragraph 3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information). 

 

AND 

The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the interest in disclosure because disclosure could adversely affect the business reputation or confidence in the person/organisation and could adversely affect commercial negotiation. 

 

12.

Summary of New Capital Proposals Considered by the Capital Strategy Group

Report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services

 

To consider a confidential appendix in relation to item 9 on this agenda.

Decision:

RESOLVED that the recommendations as set out in the confidential appendix be agreed.