{meta} Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Salford Suite, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton

Contact: Karen Lucas Principal Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on the 12 February 2019.

4.

Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan - Outline Business Case pdf icon PDF 832 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I, Councillor John Merry , Deputy City Mayor, in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

 

·      Note that the Council is legally obliged to produce an Outline Business Case to reduce nitrogen dioxide exceedances following the Secretary of State issuing a direction under the Environment Act 1995;

·      Adopt the feasibility study undertaken to date;

·      Note that further stakeholder engagement and public consultation is an essential part of the process to help inform and refine ongoing work to produce a Full Business Case by the end of the calendar year;

·      Require government to provide the financial support necessary to enable the Council to meet its legal limits for nitrogen dioxide;

·      Note that despite this council being required to address nitrogen oxide exceedances the government has not yet addressed this issue for its own assets, including Highways England and the motorway network;

·      Approve the OBC (for submission to the government's Joint Air Quality Unit);

·      Approve the commencement of the public conversation and engagement activity from 15 May 2019;

·      Note that further reports will be submitted to Cabinet on:

-     the proposals for statutory consultation, informed by the outcome of the public conversation and engagement.

-     formal approval of the Full Business Case.

·      Agree that TfGM continue with the activity to produce the Full Business Case on the Council’s behalf under the direction of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Steering Group; and

·      Delegate to the Strategic Director Place in consultation with the Lead Member for Strategic Planning, the Lead Member for Health and Adults and the Director of Public Health the approval of submission of supplementary information.

The Reasons are to ensure that the City Council continues to comply with the requirements of the Environment Act 1995 (Feasibility Study for Nitrogen dioxide Compliance) Air Quality Direction 2017 served upon it. 

Options considered and rejected were not undertaking the Outline Business Case and the legal consequences for not doing so.

Assessment of Risk:-  At this stage in the process of producing the feasibility study, the risk is viewed as low to medium.  The report identifies that the Council is legally obliged to produce an Outline Business Case to reduce nitrogen dioxide exceedances following the Secretary of State issuing a direction under the Environment Act 1995.  In addition the report identifies risks in relation to public health if the air quality is not improved, the risk of unintended socio-economic damage from the different options that have been considered and the need for external funding from central government.  The preferred option 8 caries less risk than other options that have been assessed. The source of funding is Central Government Funding

 Legal Advice obtained is that Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 places a duty on all Local Authorities to review and assess air quality in their area.  If any air quality standards and objectives are not being achieved the Local Authority must designate as an  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.

5.

Fostering Allowances pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Deputy City Mayor

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I, Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor, in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby agree an increase in the allowances paid to Salford foster carers; 40% on the Skills element and 2% for carers on the Focus scheme, with a future proofing of 2 % increase per year for the skills payment and focus scheme.

The Reasons are:

·         Foster carer payments haven’t been increased for over 10 years

·         Salford are one of the lowest paying North West authorities

·         The net number of fostering households is decreasing. Addressing the payments will assist in the retention of current carers.

·         Increasing payments will aid recruitment. Other LA’s who have made significant increases have found that with this and with a coordinated publicity campaign, it has led to improved recruitment.

·         Salford foster carers should be recognised for the essential work they do for looked after children, keeping them within their communities and schools.

·         Being able to place more children in house will lead to considerable savings on the costs of outside fostering and residential placements.

Options considered and rejected– other options not considered.

Assessment of Risk:

Carers feel undervalued leading to impact upon retention as carers may chose to leave Salford and give up fostering or move to IFAs. Recruitment remains challenging. Lack of choice in matching children with carers. Increased numbers of expensive outside placements, leading to children being placed outside of Salford.

 

The source of funding is

Social Care Support Grant please see advice from the Strategic Finance Manager below

 

Legal Advice obtained

 Supplied by: Lorraine Ashton Deputy Head of Children and Families (Legal) Group - The proposals are within the legal and statutory guidance framework

 

Financial Advice obtained

 Chris Mee Strategic Finance Manager, 0161 778 0434. This proposed increase to rates paid to in-house foster carers has in the medium to long term the potential to reduce the overall costs of Looked After Children, by improvements in the retention and recruitment of foster carers and a reduction in the use of more expensive Independent Foster Agency and Outside Placements. This increased investment should therefore be seen as an invest to save proposal that will sit alongside the planned introduction of the No Wrong Door model within Salford. However, in the short term this increase is likely to cause further pressure within the Childrens Services budget whilst these changes take effect. This short term pressure could be addressed by the use of the one off grant to fund it in 2019/20, but this use should be considered within the wider context of the pooling / risk share arrangements with the CCG also to be introduced in 2019/20

 

Procurement Advice obtained

N/A.

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

Fostering strategy and the review of allowances paper

 

Contact Officer:  Sharon Hubber, Assistant Director, Specialist Services                             Tel No 603 4311

 

*           The appropriate scrutiny committee  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.

6.

Salford's Housing Allocations Policy Review 2019 pdf icon PDF 592 KB

Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods

Additional documents:

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I, Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor, in consultation with the Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby approve the revised Allocations Policy and recommended changes to the Policy as detailed in the report Salford’s Housing Allocation Policy 2019.

 

The Reasons are that, as 2 years have passed since the introduction of the most recent Housing Allocations Policy (2016) and in order to respond to new statutory duties resulting from the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 it was agreed by the City Mayor in August 2018 to conduct a review of and update the Policy. The outcomes of a public consultation including discussions with Registered Providers has informed recommendations for changes to the Policy.

 

Options considered and rejected were:

Do nothing – This is not considered an option due to:

  • The Homelessness Reduction Act introduces new prevention and relief statutory duties for the Local Authority. The Allocations Policy needs to be amended to support the delivery of those duties.
  • The need for arrears limits to be reflective of current housing markets and for the Policy to focus on good tenancy behaviour.
  • The strong political drive and public feedback for an increase in the number of suitable offers made to each applicant
  • The need to facilitate timely lets of suitable accommodation for those residents subject to regeneration activity where possession of the existing property is required.
  • The need to reduce the potential for band chasing within Salford Home Search and the need to provide greater clarity around what the categories are within Salford Home Search
  • The need to ensure that Full Statutory Homeless cases are prioritised in a fair and equitable way.

 

Assessment of Risk: Medium.

 

Failure to adopt the policy recommendations within this paper will not mean that the existing Allocations Scheme is unlawful. However, the changes proposed are intended to make the current policy sustainable given the enormous challenges of increasing demand and reduced supply of accommodation in the city, including new statutory duties brought about by new homelessness legislation.

 

The proposals are a response to the need, demand and availability of social housing in the City.

 

It is considered inevitable that changes to the Allocations Policy must be made in the immediate future if the Council’s scheme is to remain fit for purpose given the challenges which are faced by the city.

The source of funding is ICT Costs in the region of £6000

Legal Advice obtained yes

Financial Advice obtained yes

Procurement Advice obtained N/A

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

·      (Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

·      The Housing Act 1996, part 6 (“the Act”)

·      Localism Act 2011

·      ‘Guidance for Local Authorities in England on the Allocation of Accommodation’ 2012

·      ‘Providing social housing for local people: statutory guidance on social housing allocations for local authorities in England’ 2013

·      ‘Allocation of Housing (Qualification Criteria for Right to Move)(England) Regulations’ 2015

·      ‘Right to Move: statutory guidance on  ...  view the full decision text for item 6.

7.

PART 2 - EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC:

Officers consider that the following item contain exempt information as provided for in the Local Government Access to Information Act and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Members are recommended to agree the necessary resolutions excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of this item.

8.

Strategic investment opportunity - Manchester Airport pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

Additional documents:

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (CABINET)

 

I, Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor, in consultation with Cabinet and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby:

 

1.  Note the proposed arrangements for investment in Manchester Airport through additional equity investment.

 

2. Approve the proposed investment .

 

3. Delegate authority to the City Solicitor and Chief Finance Officer in consultation

     with  the Lead Member for Finance and Support  Services, to negotiate and

finalise the detailed  contractual and commercial arrangements in respect of the

     proposed investment.

 

4. Authorise the City Solicitor to enter into any necessary agreements or

    documents to give effect to the above recommendations.

 

The reasons are that the investment should be beneficial to the airport and the City Council.

 

Options considered and rejected were: Take no action

Assessment of Risk:  A due diligence exercise has been undertaken to ensure the proposal is based on sound assumptions.

The source of funding: Prudential Borrowing

 

Legal Advice obtained: Yes

 

Financial Advice obtained: Yes

Procurement Advice obtained: Not applicable.

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection.

Contact Officer:  Joanne Hardman                                   Tel No: 793 3156

                             Chief Finance Officer

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

Signed : Councillor John Merry   

Deputy City Mayor

Dated:  26th March 2019                                                   

 

*           This decision was published on  Tuesday, 26 March 2019                                               *    This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 2nd April  2019                         unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

 

9.

PART 1 - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

10.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority - for information only pdf icon PDF 546 KB

Additional documents:

11.

Any other business