Agenda and decisions

From 14 September 2022, Cabinet - Wednesday, 21st September, 2022 6.30 pm, MOVED

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX

Contact: Democratic Services  Email: democratic.services@croydon.gov.uk

Note: Rescheduled from 14 September 2022, following the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II 

Items
No. Item

2.

Disclosure of Interests

Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that, in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, they are required to consider in advance of each meeting whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI), an other registrable interest (ORI) or a non-registrable interest (NRI) in relation to any matter on the agenda. If advice is needed, Members should contact the Monitoring Officer in good time before the meeting.

 

If any Member or co-opted Member of the Council identifies a DPI or ORI which they have not already registered on the Council’s register of interests or which requires updating, they should complete the disclosure form which can be obtained from Democratic Services at any time, copies of which will be available at the meeting for return to the Monitoring Officer.

 

Members and co-opted Members are required to disclose any DPIs and ORIs at the meeting.

-      Where the matter relates to a DPI they may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation.

-      Where the matter relates to an ORI they may not vote on the matter unless granted a dispensation.

-      Where a Member or co-opted Member has an NRI which directly relates to their financial interest or wellbeing, or that of a relative or close associate, they must disclose the interest at the meeting, may not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation. Where a matter affects the NRI of a Member or co-opted Member, section 9 of Appendix B of the Code of Conduct sets out the test which must be applied by the Member to decide whether disclosure is required.

 

The Chair will invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3, to be recorded in the minutes.

3.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Cabinet is invited to approve as a correct record:

 

(i)           The following minutes of previous meetings:

 

a)    21 February 2022

b)    7 March 2022

c)    22 June 2022

 

And:

 

(ii)          The minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet, held on 6 July 2022.

 

Additional documents:

5.

Scrutiny Stages 1 and 2 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Stage 1

 

The Executive Mayor in Cabinet is asked to:

1.    Receive the recommendations arising from the meetings of the Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee held on 20 July 2022 and the meeting of the Scrutiny & Overview Committee held on 21 July 2022 (Appendix A).

2.    To provide a substantive response to the recommendations (a Scrutiny Stage 2 Report) within two months (i.e. at the next available Cabinet meeting on 12 October 2022).

 

Stage 2

 

1.     To approve the response and action plans attached to this report at Appendix A and that these be reported to the Scrutiny and Overview Committee or relevant Sub-Committees.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.     Receive the recommendations arising from the meetings of the Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee held on 20 July 2022 and the meeting of the Scrutiny & Overview Committee held on 21 July 2022 (Appendix A).

 

2.     To provide a substantive response to the recommendations (a Scrutiny Stage 2 Report) within two months (i.e. at the next available Cabinet meeting on 12 October2022).

6.

Tackling Violence against Women and Girls - Statement of Intent pdf icon PDF 219 KB

The Executive Mayor is invited to endorse the Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG): Statement of Intent.

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

To endorse the ‘Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’Statement of Intent.

7.

Financial Performance Report - Month 4 (July 2022) pdf icon PDF 857 KB

This report provides the Council’s annual forecast as at Month 4 (July 2022) for the Council’s General Fund (GF), Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and the Capital Programme (CP). The report forms part of the Council’s financial management process of publicly reporting financial performance against its budgets on a monthly basis. Reports for Month 2 and Month 3 are attached for information as this is the first Cabinet meeting since the Month 1 position was reported as part of the Opening the Books Cabinet report in July.

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.1  Note the General Fund is projecting a net overspend of £9.483m as at Month 4. Service directorates are indicating a £24.252m overspend with a £14.769 munderspend corporately.

 

1.2  Note that a further number of risks and compensating opportunities may

materialise which would see the forecast year-end variance change. These indicate a net opportunity of £3.290m (risks £9.807m and opportunities of £13.097m) and are reported within Section 3 of this report. Should all these risks materialise, and none of the mitigations be effective, the Council is forecast to overspend by £19.290m. However, if none of the risks materialise and all the opportunities are delivered, the Council will underspend by £3.614m.

 

1.3  Note the further actions being taken, through development of the Deficit Recovery plan, to mitigate the projected overspend with a view to eliminating it by the end of the financial year. Further details are in paragraph 2.15.

 

1.4  To approve that the MTFS savings within Table 2b are not deliverable.

 

1.5  Note the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) is projecting an end of year position of a £3.147m overspend, mainly due to inflation in energy costs.

 

1.6  Note the Capital Programme spend to date for the General Fund of £7.882m (against a budget of £112.069m) with a projected forecast underspend of £5.207m for the end of the year.

 

1.7  Note the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme spend to date of £3.478m (against a budget of £22.083m), with a projected forecast underspend of £4.819m for the end of the year.

 

1.8  Note, the above figures are predicated on forecasts from Month 4 to the year end and therefore could be subject to change as forecasts are made based on the best available information at this time.

 

1.9  Note, the Council continues to operate with the Spend Control Panel to ensure that tight financial control and assurance oversight are maintained, and a new financial management culture is being implemented across the organisation through increased scrutiny, such as the Assurance meetings, improved communication and budget manager training from CIPFA.

 

1.10       Note the full Financial Performance Reports for month 3 (June) and month 2 (May)are provided as appendix 3 and 4 respectively to this report.

 

1.11       Agree the capital schemes listed in paragraph 6.3 are removed from the Capital Programme as following a detailed review, it has been established that they do not meet capital expenditure criteria. These schemes will be assessed as to whether they are still relevant and if so, whether resources are available to deliver them within the General Fund budget for 2022/23.

 

8.

Increase of Fees and Charges pdf icon PDF 112 KB

This report requests approval by Cabinet to changes in fees and charges that are made in respect of supplies and services supplied by the Council to the extent that these fall within the authority of the Executive to determine.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.1  To approve the fees and charges as set out in Appendix 1

 

1.2  To have due regard to the equalities impact assessment in Appendix 2 in making the decisions set out in these recommendations

9.

Croydon Partnership - Early Years' Strategy pdf icon PDF 302 KB

This report presents the final draft of Croydon’s Partnership Early Years Strategy.

 

The draft Strategy sets out Croydon’s vision for Early Years, the priorities, the principles, and the outcomes we want to achieve for children from before they are born up to the age 5 at the end of the foundation stage, and their families.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.     Consider and approve the final draft of Croydon’s Partnership Early Years Strategy 2022 – 2025;

 

2.     Approve the publication of the Strategy and development of its Delivery Plan.

 

 

10.

Adult Social Care Reform pdf icon PDF 185 KB

This report summarises the recommendations of the Government’s Adult Social Care White Paper, ‘People at the Heart of Care’, which was published in December 2021. It identifies opportunities and challenges which will be faced by Croydon Council from the White Paper and makes recommendations on implementation.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.1  To note the opportunities and challenges set out in this report regarding the reform of Adult Social Care.

 

1.2  To endorse the financial and transformational planning and operating model changes required, which will be delivered through the Adult Social Care & Health Directorate’s service and improvement plans, aligned to the Croydon Health and Care Plan, the Council’s medium term financial strategy and the Executive Mayor’s priorities.

 

1.3  To agree that the Mayor will receive regular updates on the progress of the programme and receive assurance of the Directorate’s readiness for the inspection assurance process.

11.

Corporate Departmental Priorities - Final Report pdf icon PDF 261 KB

This is the final report, to be presented to Cabinet, reviewing performance against the priorities set prior to the election of the Executive Mayor.  This report will be replaced with a new performance report which will monitor progress against the Mayor’s new Corporate Plan.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

1.     Review the Performance report (Appendix A) as of 30 June 2022 (unless otherwise stated) regarding overall performance against the Corporate and Departmental priorities.

 

2.     Note that this is the final report monitoring performance against the Corporate Priorities

12.

Temporary Workers' Staffing Contract pdf icon PDF 137 KB

This report seeks approval to award a replacement contract for the supply of temporary workers to enable the delivery of council services.

 

Decision:

RESOLVED: To

 

The Executive Mayor in Cabinet is recommended to approve the award of a four-year contract called off from the ESPO Mstar3 Framework London Collaboration Lot1 Temporary Workers Staffing to the provider and for the maximum contract value stated in the part B report.

 

 

13.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A, as amended, of the Local Government Act 1972.”

14.

Temporary Workers' Contract

4.

Urgent Business (If any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.