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231.

Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2018, (previously circulated).

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2018 be signed as a correct record.

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232.

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

Items which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered at the meeting as matters of urgency.

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There was no item raised as a matter of urgency.

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233.

Announcements

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(Councillors Biederman, Dewhirst and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Chair updated the Cabinet on a letter received from Ofsted relating to a recent focused visit (published on 5th October 2018) on the Care Leavers service. Two observations were made from the inspection, the first that corporate parenting was a key strength in the Authority and, second, political leaders of the Council understood both the strengths and weaknesses of the service.

 

There were five areas for improvement of practice and these would be taken forward as part of the service improvement plan. The Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Childrens Services and Schools paid tribute to all the staff involved and the recognition of their passion for and dedication to the service.

 

The letter could be found at https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50030100

 

The Chair also, in accordance with Standing Order 5 varied the order of business on the agenda to take item 14 (Questions from Members of the Public) and then item 8 (Foster Carer Fees) immediately after item 6 (Questions from Members of the Council).

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234.

Petitions

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Minutes:

There was no petition received from a Member of the Public or the Council.

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235.

Question(s) from Members of the Council

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There was no question from a Member of the Council.

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236.

Question(s) from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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Minutes:

(Councillor Parsons declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in this matter by virtue of being a foster carer and having foster care placements and withdrew from the meeting during its consideration).

 

In accordance with the Council's Public Participation Rules, the relevant Cabinet Member responded to twenty questions from members of the public on foster carer fees and allowances, in particular, the impact on future service users, the role of the new working group, carers views and consultations, formulation of the new model, cuts to allowances, the matching of needs, workloads, reliance on IFA’s, assessment criteria’s, attendance at training and the labelling of children.

 

The Cabinet Member responded orally to supplementary questions arising from the above.  

 

[NB: A copy of the questions and answers are appended to these minutes and are also available on the Council’s Website at http://www.devon.gov.uk/dcc/committee/mingifs.html and any supplementary questions and answers may be observed through the webcast of this meeting  – see Notes at end]

KEY DECISIONS

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237.

Foster Carer Allowances pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Report of the Chief Officer for Children’s Services on proposed changes to Foster Carer Fees.

 

In addition, the Children’s Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting on 17th September, in considering the Report and Addendum Report of the Chief Officer for Children’s Services ((CS/18/25), RESOLVED that the Committee endorse the principles behind the changes to the Foster Carer fees and allowances structure, as set out in the Report and Addendum (CS/18/25), but that Cabinet be strongly urged to:

 

(i)         guarantee income protection for carers until all current foster placements come to an end;

(ii)         pay birthday, holiday and festival allowances on or near the relevant date, rather than as part of the weekly allowance; and

(iii)        ensure that the fostering service look favourably upon requests for additional support, in circumstances where there are childminding and/or transportation needs, where this is consistent with the child’s care plan.

 

The Cabinet are asked to consider these recommendations as part of their deliberations.

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(Councillors Biederman, Dewhirst, Hannaford, Hosking and Wright attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

(Councillor Parsons declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in this matter by virtue of being a foster carer and having foster care placements and withdrew from the meeting during its consideration).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Chief Officer for Children’s Services (CS/18/29) circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 relating to a revised fees and allowances structure for Devon’s foster carers.

 

Circulated at the meeting, but published prior to the meeting, was a revised recommendation to the Chief Officers Report and an updated scheme of fees and allowances incorporating all the recommendations of the Children’s Scrutiny Committee (Minute *74 of 17th September 2018).

 

The Report highlighted that the Council was a corporate parent and, in all decision-making relating to children in care, must have the welfare of the child as the paramount consideration. 

 

The Council was also responsible for determining the fees and allowances it paid to its foster carers and the Cabinet noted that an engagement with foster carers, an analysis of practice in other Local Authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies had informed the proposals.

 

Detailed papers were previously prepared for Children’s Scrutiny Committee who considered the matter on 17 September 2018.  That Committee, in reviewing the Report and Addendum Report of the Chief Officer for Children’s Services ((CS/18/25) and hearing representations from a number of foster carers, RESOLVED that it endorsed the principles behind the changes to the Foster Carer fees and allowances structure, as set out in the Report and Addendum (CS/18/25), but that Cabinet be strongly urged to:

 

(i)         guarantee income protection for carers until all current foster placements come to an end;

(ii)         pay birthday, holiday and festival allowances on or near the relevant date, rather than as part of the weekly allowance; and

(iii)        ensure that the fostering service look favourably upon requests for additional support, in circumstances where there are childminding and/or transportation needs, where this is consistent with the child’s care plan.

 

The Cabinet welcomed these recommendations and had therefore incorporated them into the recommendation now before the Cabinet.

 

The proposed model was set out in the appendix (NEW), the governing principles being that it recognised the individual support needs of the child, was equitable and fair, gave reward and recognition for ongoing training, was affordable, recognised that support from the Council continued to be valued, had a fair assessment process, was simple and competitive with Independent Fostering Agencies, had clear expectations for carers, flexibility to reward work done and was transparent and understandable.

 

Under the proposals, 50% of carers (135 carers) would see an increase in fees, 10% would stay the same and 40% (108 carers) would see a decrease. 

 

The model showing relevant payments was highlighted in the papers and details of the engagement and consultation processes were set  ...  view the full minutes text for item 237.

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238.

Sidmouth Surface Water Improvements pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment (PTE/18/44), on proposals for Surface Water Improvements in Sidmouth, attached.

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(Councillors Dewhirst and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Planning Transportation and Environment (PTE/18/44) circulated prior to the meeting accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 on proposed surface water improvements in Sidmouth.

 

The Report highlighted that studies commissioned by the Council had shown a significant risk of surface water flooding in Sidmouth, therefore it focused on the history and calculated risk of future surface water flooding in the town.  The Surface Water Management Plan for Sidmouth established there was a high risk of flooding affecting a significant number of residential and commercial properties, emphasised in November 2014, when 18 properties in the town were flooded from surface runoff during a minor incident.

 

Detailed hydraulic modelling had been carried out as part of the preferred scheme design which identified over 100 properties would benefit from the proposed works.

 

The scheme proposals to reduce the ongoing risk of flooding would be undertaken in two discrete locations in the town, as shown in Annex 1 to the Report.

 

Phase 1 would be the provision of new and upsized drainage systems in the town centre, and new, direct discharges into the River Sid, as seen in Annex 2.  Subject to funding, the works were proposed to commence in January 2019.

 

Phase 2 would be the creation of surface water storage at The Knowle, as seen in Annex 3. Subject to funding and required planning consent, the works were proposed to take place immediately after the summer holiday period in 2019 to minimise disruption in Sidmouth.

 

Throughout the investigation and design process there had been a close working relationship between DCC’s Flood & Coastal Risk Management Team, Jacobs Civil Engineering, East Devon District Council, South West Water and relevant landowners.

 

A business case had been submitted to the Environment Agency to request funding support from Defra’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid and also via the Local Levy collected from the Lead Local Flood Authorities of Devon, Plymouth Torbay, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Capital works would be funded and monitored through the Councils capital programme. Current estimates were for a further £719,000 to complete the works, in addition to the £39,945 previously spent.

 

All of the surface water flood improvements mentioned would be developed in accordance with the Equality and Environmental Assessments produced in support of the Devon Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.  All elements of the scheme had been assessed at the appropriate stage using the corporate, integrated assessment tool, with relevant equality and environmental impacts identified and acted on as necessary.

 

An environmental appraisal of the proposals indicated that, with appropriate mitigation, there would be limited impact upon landscape, historic and ecological interests. 

 

The Cabinet noted that the delivery of the surface water flood improvements would significantly increase the standard of protection and reduce the risk of flooding to over 100 residential properties in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 238.

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239.

Procurement of Community Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People in Devon pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Report of the Head of Commissioning (CS/18/33) asking the Cabinet to support NEW Devon CCG’s recommendation that Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, acting as prime provider for the consortium Devon Children and Families Alliance, become preferred bidder for the delivery of Community Health and Wellbeing Services, attached.

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(Councillors Dewhirst and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Chief Officer for Children’s Services (CS/18/33) on asking the Cabinet to support NEW Devon CCG’s recommendation that Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, acting as prime provider for the consortium Devon Children and Families Alliance, become preferred bidder for the delivery of Community Health and Wellbeing Services. The Report was circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

The Council had been working with the CCGs over the year to re-commission Community Health and Wellbeing services.  Many of these services were currently provided by Virgin Care under the contract called Integrated Childrens Services.

 

The Cabinet previously resolved (minute 65 (d) of 11 October 2017) that ‘the joint commissioning of Occupational Therapy (OT) and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) as part of the Community Health and Care Services with NEW Devon CCG acting as lead commissioner for a new contract to start from April 2019, be approved’. 

 

A further delegated decision by the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools on the 29th January 2018 approved the recommendation to put in place a Section 75 pooled fund with NEW Devon CCG for the period 2018-2029 and for the Council to contribute £1.6m per annum to the pooled fund.

 

On 27th of September 2018, NEW Devon CCG recommended that the Devon Children and Families Alliance (The Alliance) was selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the contract for a period of seven years from 1st April 2019, with the option to extend for a further three. The final contract award decision would be made by a further meeting of the CCG’s Governing Body Committees in Common which was anticipated to be early November.

 

The Report highlighted the consultation with children and families that had been undertaken to inform the specifications for the procurement of services.  A summary report was published on the NEW Devon CCG website. 

 

The Report highlighted the value of the contract of £23.856m for the first year, with a seven-year primary contract value of £166.992m. The Council’s contribution being £1.6m.

 

The Cabinet noted that a Quality and Equality Impact Assessment (QEIA) had been developed by NEW Devon CCG, which had overall responsibility for the procurement process.

 

The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, sustainability, carbon impact, risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Chief Officer’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:

 

It was MOVED by Councillor McInnes, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and

 

RESOLVED that the NEW Devon CCG’s recommendation that Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, acting as prime provider for the consortium Devon Children and Families Alliance, become preferred bidder for the delivery of Community Health and Wellbeing Services be supported.

 

[NB: The Impact Assessment referred to above (for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 239.

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240.

Promoting independence in Devon: Our Vision and 5 year Plan for Adult Social Care pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/93) on Promoting Independence in Devon, Vision and 5 year Plan for Adult Social Care, attached.

 

Also attached separately is the ‘Vision’ document for Devon Adult Care and Health (What we do and how we do it) and also ‘Promoting Independence in Devon, Our 5 Year Plan for Adult Social Care 2018.

 

 

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(Councillors Brazil and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/93) on ‘Promoting Independence in Devon’, ‘Vision’ and ‘5 year Plan for Adult Social Care’, circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

Attached separately to the Report was the ‘Vision’ document for Devon Adult Care and Health (what we do and how we do it) and also ‘Promoting Independence in Devon, Our 5 Year Plan for Adult Social Care 2018.

 

The ‘Vision’ for Adult Social Care in Devon had been developed with wide ranging engagement and was intended to provide a clear and inspiring vision that people within and beyond the organisation could identify with, including an articulation of the thinking that informed the ‘Promoting Independence’ policy.  It was about leading lives that were as independent and fulfilling as possible through information, security and connectivity.

 

The annually updated plan for adult social care laid out how the vision would be achieved drawing on the insights gained from the annual report and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). It had also been developed in parallel with the updated strategy for the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership of NHS organisations and local authorities in wider Devon, arranged around our four priorities:

 

·         Enabling more people to be and stay healthy (life chances, stimulating the voluntary sector, making every contact count, falls prevention and the one small step initiative);

·         Enhancing self-care and community resilience (personalisation, employment, strength-based care management, caring well in Devon, technology enabled care services and preparing for adulthood);

·         Integrating and improving community services and care in people’s homes (living well at home, supporting independence short term services, enabling, day opportunities and supported living); and

·         Delivering modern, safe and sustainable services (accommodation with care, in-house services review, new residential and nursing care framework, regional commissioning, quality assurance).

 

The Report also highlighted actions in terms of developing the workforce, markets and information technology.

 

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services concluded that the annual report, vision and plan had been developed to align with both the Council’s Strategic Plan and the developing strategy of the wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership with the plan organised around the latter’s priorities to maximise the potential benefits of joint working. 

 

The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, sustainability, carbon impact, risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Head of Service’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Leadbetter, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and

 

RESOLVED

 

(a) that the refreshed Vision for Adult Social Care in Devon and the updated 5 Year Plan for Adult Social Care in Devon be approved;

 

(b) that the alignment between the organisational plan and the planning framework for the wider health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 240.

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241.

Joint Strategy For Adults With a Learning Disability In Devon pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/90) on the Joint Strategy for Adults with a Learning Disability in Devon, attached.

 

Also attached to the agenda is the Easy Read version of the Cabinet report, the Strategy (Living well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018 – 2022) together with a full and summary easy read version.

 

An Impact Assessment is also attached for the attention of Members at this meeting.  

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(Councillors Dewhirst, Hannaford and Whitton attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/90) circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 on the joint strategy, ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018-2022’.

 

Also circulated with the papers was an easy read version of the Cabinet Report, the Strategy (Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018 – 2022) together with a full and summary easy read version.

 

The Report highlighted that across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay there was a desire to promote the independence of people with learning disabilities and help people achieve what mattered to them. The joint strategy, ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018-2022’, built on the progress made since the publication of the 2014-2017 joint strategy, setting out a refreshed approach to improve the lives of adults with a learning disability, to support them to be as independent as possible and lead meaningful lives within their communities.

 

There were 20,586 adults with a learning disability across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, and 3,530 of those received adult social care services. People with learning disabilities had markedly poorer physical and mental health than their non-disabled peers in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and only 7% of adults with a learning disability across Devon were in paid employment in 2017.

 

The refreshed joint strategy was part of the Council’s wider work to improve how people with disabilities were supported to be confident, resilient and connected. It was part of a programme of work across the health and social care system to improve the lives and address health inequalities of people with learning disabilities and would support Local Authorities and the NHS to commission quality support, within the context of significant financial challenges.

 

The strategy set out the actions across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay that were best enabled by working at scale, for example working together to have more appropriate housing, support more people with a learning disability in Devon to have a job and improve access to healthcare for improved physical and mental health outcomes.

 

There would be regularly reporting on progress to the Health and Wellbeing Boards in each Council area and the Learning Disability Partnerships Boards would also have an important role in the monitoring of any local action plans. The strategy would also be regularly reviewed, particularly in light of the Government’s forthcoming Green Paper on adult social care to ensure reflection of both national and local contexts.

 

An Impact Assessment was also circulated for the attention of Members at the meeting. This reported that the Strategy set out aspirations that would only have a positive impact given its aims to promote independence, choice and control for people with learning disabilities. It also highlighted that successful implementation should improve the social wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 241.

MATTERS REFERRED

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242.

Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee - Problem Gambling Spotlight Review (Minute *85) pdf icon PDF 932 KB

The Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting on 25th September 2018 (Minute *85 refers), considered the report of the Spotlight Review on Problem Gambling and the recommendations contained therein. In discussion at the meeting, it was agreed that revisions be made to the recommendations in the Report and then the Committee resolved ‘that the revised report be commended to the Cabinet’. The revised Report is attached to this agenda.

 

Recommendation

 

(a) That the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee be thanked for its Spotlight review and associated Report and that the recommendations of the Review be endorsed; and

 

(b) that the relevant Cabinet Member and Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity be asked to take forward the Report and progress / co-ordinate the recommendations contained therein, engaging other partners as necessary.

 

 

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(Councillors Dewhirst, Hannaford and Whitton attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting on 25th September 2018 (Minute *85 refers), considered the Report of the Spotlight Review on Problem Gambling and the recommendations contained therein. In discussion at that meeting, it was agreed that revisions be made to the recommendations in the Report and then the Committee RESOLVED ‘that the revised Report be commended to the Cabinet’.

 

The Cabinet Member for Community, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services paid tribute to the excellent work undertaken.

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Croad, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and

 

RESOLVED

 

(a) That the Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Services Scrutiny Committee be thanked for its Spotlight review and associated Report and that the recommendations of the Review be endorsed; and

 

(b) that the relevant Cabinet Member and Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity be asked to take forward the Report and progress / co-ordinate the recommendations contained therein, engaging other partners as necessary.

OTHER MATTERS

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243.

Annual Childcare Sufficiency Report: Endorsement of Annual Report pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/18/32) seeking endorsement of Annual report outlining how the Council is meeting its statutory duty to secure sufficient early years and childcare places and identifying challenges and actions for the coming year in relation to meeting the duty, attached.

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(Councillors Dewhirst and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/18/32)  seeking endorsement of the Annual Report outlining how the Council was meeting its statutory duty to secure sufficient early years and childcare places and identifying challenges and actions for the coming year in relation to meeting the duty. The Report was circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

The Report highlighted the Council’s statutory duty to secure sufficient early years and childcare places, sufficiency being met through a variety of providers (e.g. schools, pre-schools, day nurseries, holiday clubs, breakfast clubs, after school clubs, childminders, etc.)

 

The Early Education and Childcare: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities, set out that the Local Authority should report annually to elected Members on how they were  meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare. This was the sixth Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Annual report.

 

The Annual Report 2017/18 encapsulated key findings from data relating to 2017/18 (1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018) and actions for the Early Years and Childcare Service for 2018/19. The analysis indicated that overall there was sufficient early years and childcare provision within Devon.  Although the rural/urban spread of different types of provision varied. Childcare Sufficiency Hot Spots had been identified.

 

In terms of moving forward, the Early Years and Childcare service would continue to assess sufficiency and identify hot spots, carry out actions to address issues in hot spot areas, survey parents to gain a greater insight into demand for childcare, carry out the annual survey of providers in January 2019, continue to promote the take up of funded two, three and four year old places to parents as well as the importance of taking up the full entitlement, continue to promote the take-up of the extended entitlement to 1140 hours of funded childcare for eligible three  and four year olds, monitor the take up of funded places and hours (two-year-old funding, universal funding, extended entitlement), monitor the impact of the extended entitlement on the number of places for two-year-olds, promote the stretched offer to parents, increase the take-up of the Early Years Pupil Premium, capture information on Governor Run out of school provision that was not Ofsted registered and monitor openings, closures and expansions.

 

The actions arising from the Childcare Sufficiency Report contributed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and the actions identified for the coming year were a continuation of the ongoing work of the Early Years and Childcare service in promoting equality of opportunity for all families through provision of accessible, affordable, childcare.

 

To continue to ensure the duty was met in 2018/19 the main areas of focus would be ensuring sufficient places for 2-year olds and promotion of this entitlement, ensuring sufficient places for the increase of the Early Years Entitlement to 1140 hours a year for 3 and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 243.

STANDING ITEMS

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244.

Delegated Action/Urgent Matters pdf icon PDF 33 KB

The Registers of Decisions taken by Members under the urgency provisions or delegated powers will be available for inspection at the meeting in line with the Council’s Constitution and Regulation 13 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.  A summary of such decisions taken since the last meeting is attached.

 

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The Registers of Decisions taken by Members under the urgency provisions or delegated powers were available for inspection at the meeting in line with the Council’s Constitution and Regulation 13 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012; a summary of decisions taken since the last meeting had been published with the Agenda for this meeting. Decisions taken by Officers under any express authorisation of the Cabinet or other Committee or under any general authorisation within the Council’s Scheme  of Delegation  set out in  Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution may be viewed at  https://new.devon.gov.uk/democracy/officer-decisions/

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Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 84 KB

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, the Cabinet is requested to review the list of forthcoming business (previously circulated) and to determine which items are to be defined as key and/or framework decisions and included in the Plan from the date of this meeting.

 

[NB: The Forward Plan is available on the Council's website at:http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=133&RD=0&bcr=1 ]

 

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In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, the Cabinet reviewed the Forward Plan and determined those items of business to be defined as key and framework decisions and included in the Plan from the date of this meeting onwards reflecting the requirements of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 (at http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=133&RD=0)

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246.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Recommendation: that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act namely, the financial or business affairs of a third party and of the County Council and in accordance with Section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, by virtue of the fact that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

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It was MOVED by Councillor Hart, SECONDED by Councillor McInnes, and

 

RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act namely, the financial or business affairs of a third party and of the County Council and in accordance with Section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, by virtue of the fact that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

KEY DECISION

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247.

Land at Exeter Science Park

[An item to be considered by the Cabinet in accordance with the Cabinet Procedure Rules and Regulation 5 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, no representations having been received to such consideration taking place under Regulation 5(5) thereof].

 

Report of the Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity (ES/18/6), on Land at Exeter Science Park, attached.

 

 

 

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(Councillors Dewhirst, Hannaford and Whitton attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).

 

The Cabinet considered the Report of the Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity (ES/18/6) relating to Land at Exeter Science Park, circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

The Report set out a proposed transaction which would give the Council the mechanism to facilitate further development at Exeter Science Park.

 

The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, sustainability, carbon impact, risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Chief Officer’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Gilbert, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and

 

RESOLVED that the Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity, the County Treasurer and the County Solicitor in consultation with the Leader of the Council (Cabinet Member for Policy, Resources and Asset Management) be authorised to finalise and agree the terms, as landowner, of the land arrangements required to facilitate the development of Exeter Science Park, subject to having first secured agreement with the landowner to acquire land for a Park & Change facility adjacent to the Science Park, and to enter into any other appropriate legal and financial agreements as may be required to facilitate the same.