{meta} Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

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

Contact: Liz Wright, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Declarations of interest

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 360 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on the 24th May 2022.

4.

Local Authority Day Nurseries Fee Increase pdf icon PDF 397 KB

Report from the Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services. 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision (Cabinet)

 

I Councillor John Merry, Deputy City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council Constitution do hereby approve:

 

The increase of 5% in Nursery fees for the Local authority nurseries from the 1st September 2022, in addition I agree to an annual increase of the Local Authority Nursery fees at the rate of retail price index plus 1% per year with a cap of 5%.

The Reasons are:

To ensure the Local Authority Nursery’s fees track in line with Salford market rates, providing maximised income generation to support the ongoing cost increases in providing childcare however still providing affordable child care

Options considered and rejected were:  

To increase the fees at retail price index, accumulation for 2019 (2.6%), 2020 (1.5%), 2021 (4.1%)  This is a total 8.41 across all the fees

 

Assessment of Risk: Low

The source of funding is: Generation of fees

Legal Advice obtained:

Yes - the cost of childcare provision varies markedly throughout the country. The recommended proposal will ensure that nursery provision in local authority nurseries in Salford is maintained at a reasonable cost to enable access by parents, thereby complying with the Council’s statutory duties.  

Financial Advice obtained:

Yes - To aid the sustainability of the LA nurseries finance is in full support of the proposed fee increase. Fees have remained frozen for 2 years. The nurseries are funded partly by the DSG Central Schools block and partly through income received from fees. The additional funding will be managed as part of the overall funding within the Central Schools Block.

Equality Impact Assessment And Implications:

 

An Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken in respect of these proposals.  This Assessment has examined the impact of the proposed fee increase on families using the service (and potential new users) through analysing service user data and comparing average nursery fees across the UK and wider Salford market. It also seeks to identify any potential mitigations that need to be put in place including identified available support for families that might need it.

 

The Assessment has found that while any fee increase may add to the financial pressures experienced by families using the service, there is no identifiable disproportionate impact on any one protected group more than others.

 

The average nursery fees across Great Britain average at £252.07, northwest average £214.37 and the Salford average £203.00, These are higher than the proposed fee increase for the Local Authority Day Nurseries, thus offering an option of greater affordability in comparison. 

 

Procurement Advice obtained: N/A

HR Advice obtained: N/A

Climate Change Advice obtained: N/A

 

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

Report of the Strategic Director for Children Services; Fee increase for Local authority day nurseries (14th June 2022), Equality Impact Assessment (14th June 2022)

Contact Officer:  Rebecca Bibby                          

Telephone number: 0161 778 0318

 

-       The appropriate scrutiny to call-in the decision is the Children’s Scrutiny Panel    

-  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.

5.

Any other urgent business