Venue: Salford Suite, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton
Contact: Liz Wright, Democratic Services Officer
Apologies for absence
Declarations of interest
Minutes of the meeting held on the 24th May 2022.
Report from the Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services.
Salford City Council - Record of Decision (Cabinet)
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%.
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
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
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.
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:
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