Decisions

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Decisions published

09/07/2024 - Delivery Model Assessment for the Provision of Museum Services in Northumberland ref: 292    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a)      Cabinet note the contents of the report and endorse the outcome of the Delivery Model Assessment;

 

(b)      Cabinet agree the preferred model for delivery of a sustainable museum service in Northumberland as set out in part 2 of the agenda; and

 

(c)      Cabinet agree to receive an update on the preferred model in due course.


09/07/2024 - Corporate Risk Management ref: 287    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a )     Cabinet agree the contents of the report in accordance with its responsibility for ensuring effective risk management throughout the organisation; and

 

(b )     Cabinet notes that this report will be presented to the next meeting of Audit Committee as a source of assurance in its role of monitoring the effective development and operation of risk management and risk-related issues across the County Council, and as part of its ongoing evaluation of the framework of governance, risk management and control within Northumberland County Council’s accounting group boundary.


09/07/2024 - Fly Tipping Action Plan Update ref: 291    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To update Cabinet on the current levels of fly tipping in Northumberland, the measures being deployed to tackle the issue and options to further improve the Council’s approach to minimising the impact of fly tipping on our communities and our environment.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a)      Cabinet approve the proposal for a high-profile campaign in 2024/25 as outlined in the report which adopts a tougher stance and has an increased emphasis on flytipping being a criminal offence, that fly tips will be investigated and that offenders will be fined and held to account;

 

(b)      Cabinet note that since a peak in 2019/20 of 5040 incidents there has been a reduction in the overall numbers of fly tips compared to this baseline each year until 2023/24;

 

(c)      Cabinet note the aim of the campaign to deliver a significant and more rapid reduction in flytipping incidents than the current target of securing a 5% reduction in flytipping incidents by the end of 2026/27;

 

(d)      Cabinet approve a new target that aims to achieve a 20% reduction in flytipping incidents from the 2023/24 baseline by the end of 2025/26;

 

(e)      Cabinet note the good performance of removal services and enforcement services;

 

(f)       Cabinet approve an increase to the current £400 level for fly tipping Fixed Penalty Notices to £1,000, and the Fixed Penalty Notice Policy be amended accordingly;

 

(g)      Cabinet approve increasing the current £400 level for household waste duty of care Fixed Penalty Notices to £600 and the Fixed Penalty Notice Policy be amended accordingly; and

 

(h)      Cabinet approve the proposal for increasing the CCTV resource in hot spot areas as outlined in the report at an additional annual revenue cost of £75,937 to be funded from contingency.

Lead officer: Greg Gavin, Peter Simpson, Stephen Wardle, Darin Wilson, Carole Beswick-Lisle


09/07/2024 - Establishing The Data Academy ref: 286    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Establishing our Data Academy is key to developing the skills needed to ensure evidence-based decision making and data literacy are invested in across NCC.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a)      Cabinet approve the scaling up of the ‘Data Academy’ to utilise the Government Levy available spend of up to the aggregated amount of £1.5m (excluding VAT) commencing September 2024 for 2 years; and

 

(b)      authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Transformation and Resources, to award a contract or contracts to the provider(s) to manage and provide apprenticeships for the Data Academy, such provider(s) being identified following appropriate legal and procurement due diligence.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Audrey Kingham, Chris Thompson, Harri Bellizzi


09/07/2024 - Energising Blyth Programme: Long Term Plan for Towns ref: 284    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Outline the recently announced fund for Blyth, which is part of the UK Government’s Long-Term Plan for Towns initiative

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a )     Cabinet note the proposals in relation to the Long-Term Plans for Town for Blyth;

 

(b )     Cabinet endorse the approach taken to the Blyth Town Investment Plan as set out in the report;

 

(c )     Cabinet agree to receive a further report in advance of the launch of the Programme in 2025/26 setting out a detailed programme approach to mobilisation;

 

(d )     subject to being ratified at the Town Board, Cabinet agree to the submission of the Long-Term Plan for Blyth to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities;

 

(e )     Cabinet agree to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on such terms as the Council’s Executive Director of Transformation and Resources thinks appropriate, following approval of the town long-term plan submission from Northumberland County Council; and

 

(f )      Cabinet accept the award of £19.510m Levelling Up Long Term Plan for Towns capital and revenue funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and it's use as follows;

 

·       Add £14,936,000 to the Capital Programme as an identified budget allocation for the capital interventions identified in this report, as per para 5.

 

·       Add £4,574,000 as an identified revenue budget for the revenue interventions outlined in this report, as per para 5.

Lead officer: Carol Jameson


09/07/2024 - Summary of New Capital Proposals considered by Officer Capital Strategy Group ref: 288    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

(a)      Refurbishment of Bob Elliot House

 

RESOLVED that:-

 

(i)             Cabinet approve the proposed spend of £0.718 million for the refurbishment of the communal areas within Bob Elliot House which will be funded from the HRA Major Repairs Reserve and approve the amendment to the capital programme to include the spend in 2024-25;

(ii)            Cabinet approve the use of the Major Repairs Reserve of £0.218 million in 2024-25 for the refurbishment of Bob Elliot House; and

(iii)          Cabinet note that the use of the remaining £0.500 million was approved by Cabinet in February 2024.

 

(b)      Fire Control Replacement

 

(i)             Cabinet approve the proposed spend of £2.000 million for the replacement of the Fire Control system which will be funded by the Council. Note that the project already exists in the capital programme with a budget of £2.000 million;

(ii)            Cabinet note the total full year increase in revenue expenditure to fund the ongoing provision of the Fire Control System of £0.430 million and that a budget pressure template will be submitted as part of the 2025-26 budget construction exercise requesting £0.148 million in 2025-26 and £0.282 million in 2026-27; and

(iii)          authority be delegated to the Chief Fire Officer to enter into the contract for the replacement of the Fire Control Emergency Call Handling and Mobilising System on the basis that recommendation ii is approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Gemma Simpson


09/07/2024 - Home care - update on Council initiatives and improved availability ref: 289    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To report that, following a series of initiatives taken by the Council since 2022, there is increasing evidence that the unprecedented capacity issues in commissioned home care services which began in the second half of 2021 may be coming to an end.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a )     the information in this report about the improved availability of home care be noted; and

 

(b )     Cabinet note that there continue to be both long-term risks associated with demographic change and medium-term risks associated with the level of current reliance on a sponsored overseas workforce, and that the health of the sector will continue to be closely monitored.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stephen Corlett


09/07/2024 - Financial Performance 2023-24 - Final Outturn (subject to audit) ref: 285    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

The purpose of the report is to update cabinet on the final outturn position (subject to audit) for the Council against the Budget for 2023-24.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(1)      the following be approved:

 

a.       the net re-profiling to the Capital Programme of £41.901 million from 2023-24 to 2024-25 to reflect expenditure levels during the financial year. £0.178 million of this has already been factored into the 2024-25 to 2027-28 Medium Term Financial Plan;

 

b.       the transfer of the balance remaining on the Council Commissioned Services Reserve of £0.168 million to the Strategic Management Reserve;

 

c.        the creation of a new reserve for Children’s Social Care pressures and the subsequent transfer of £2.700 million to this reserve from funds set aside in the Strategic Management Reserve at the year end. It is proposed that the reserve will be used to offset significant pressures expected in 2024-25 and the utilisation of the reserve be delegated to the Executive Director of Children, Young People and Education in consultation with the S151 Officer; and

 

(2)      the following be noted:

 

a.       that this final outturn is based upon the draft Statement of Accounts and is subject to external audit.

 

b.       the net underspend of £0.354 million, after the utilisation of the earmarked reserves, which was transferred to the Council’s General Fund.

 

c.        the supplementary estimates at Appendix A and the required changes to the budgets.

 

d.       the delivery of the approved savings at Appendix B.

 

e.       the use of the contingency shown at Appendix L.

 

f.        the use of reserves shown at Appendix M.

 

g.       the details of capital project reprofiling shown at Appendix O.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Abigail Russell


09/07/2024 - Selective Licensing Scheme ref: 290    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To review the Selective Licensing proposal including the changes detailed following the Consultation. To approve the recommendations detailed in the Consultation outcome for the Selective Licensing scheme. To seek approval for the Selective Licensing scheme which is proposed for a designated area of Blyth.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 15/07/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED that:-

 

(a)      the recommendations detailed in the consultation outcome for the Selective Licensing scheme be approved; and

 

(b)      Cabinet approve and designate as a Selective Licensing scheme for the requisite area of Blyth as detailed in the report.

Wards affected: Cowpen; Croft;

Lead officer: Rebecca Fenwick