Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Wednesday 12th September 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Shire Hall, Taunton

Contact: Michael Bryant or Scott Wooldridge  01823 357628 Email: swooldridge@somerset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Details of Cabinet Member interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room. The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via the Community Governance team.

3.

Minutes from the meeting held on 9 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The Cabinet is asked to confirm that the minutes are accurate.

4.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 169 KB

The Chair will allow members of the public to present a petition on any matter within the Cabinet’s remit. Questions or statements about any matter on the agenda for this meeting may be taken at the time when each matter is considered.

5.

Month 4 2018/19 Revenue Budget report and Proposals for Change pdf icon PDF 745 KB

To consider the report and the recommendations relating to the Proposals for Change for decision and the Proposals for Change for consultation. 

 

Proposals for change include:

·       Proposals for the alteration of arrangements for specialist housing and support for adults with social care needs. 

·       Proposals for reduction in the support given to the Citizens Advice Bureaux for the administration of a benefit for individuals.

·       Proposals for the alteration and/or reduction of services provided to and on behalf of children and their families.   

·       Proposals for the alteration and/or reduction of services to support vulnerable pupils. 

·       Proposals for alteration and/or reduction of support arrangements for the democratic process and for elected members. 

·       Proposals for the alteration of members allowances for recommendation to Council.

·       Proposals to alter the arrangements for, provision of, and funding solutions for the maintenance of highways, rights of way and associated infrastructure.

·       Proposals for altering the financial support and arrangements for public transport and for special educational needs (SEN) transport. CAF-10.

·       Proposals to alter the funding arrangements and service level for road safety.

·       Proposals to alter the provision of park and ride services in the Taunton area. 

·       Proposals for altering staffing structures and levels in teams within Adult Services, Children and Family Services, Corporate Services and ECI Services.

·       Proposals to alter the provision of corporate support services and / or reduce corporate and directorate overheads.

·       Proposals to secure additional funding and / or recover costs within Children and Family Services, ICT and ECI Services.

·       Proposals for the alteration of customer access arrangements.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration of the public and elected member representations, the officer report and appendices, equalities impact assessments, risk implications and discussion the Cabinet resolved to:

 

1.     Note the challenging financial circumstances of Somerset County Council and understand the impacts of the projected revenue budget outturn overspend position for 2018/19, the current Aged Debt Analysis and the projected delivery of the current MTFP savings.

2.     Note and support the significant management actions and development of proposals for change to address the projected financial overspend during the remainder of 2018/19 and beyond.

3.     Consider the proposals for change set out in Appendices C2a and C2b and have due regard to any equalities implications identified and risks implications prior to any decisions being taken

4.     Agree the withdrawal of CAF 20 – Remodelling of support to Young Carers from Appendix C2a (proposals for decision)

5.     Agree the proposals for change set out in Appendix C2a and approve their implementation by the relevant Director(s)

6.     Approve for consultation the proposals for change set out in Appendix C2b and delegate the implementation of those proposals to officers following due process

7.     Note that the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Member for Resources, Chief Executive and Section 151 Officer will oversee and monitor the delivery of the proposals for change and report on progress as part of the budget monitoring reports

8.     Delegate authority for the development of any additional alternative proposals for change that may be necessary to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Section 151 Officer and relevant Director(s)

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report and as part of public and elected member representations and debate at the meeting

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 

6.

Capital Investment Programme 2018/19 - Quarter 1 Report pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration of the officer report, appendices and discussion the Cabinet resolved to note the contents of this report.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 

8.

Report of the Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee on Revenue Budget Monitoring Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

7.

Adoption of the 'Well managed highway infrastructure' Code of Practice by Somerset County Council pdf icon PDF 417 KB

To consider the report, its appendices and the recommendations.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following consideration of the officer report, appendices and discussion the Cabinet resolved to:

 

  1. Adopt of the new Code of Practice, its recommendations and the “risk based approach” for the management of the highway network.
  2. Adopt a new Highways Safety Inspection Manual that meets the recommendations of the new CoP and safety inspection documents for Public Rights of Way, Structures, Street Lighting and Traffic Signals. 
  3. Update the Highways Infrastructure Asset Management Policy (HIAMP) and the Highways Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy (HIAMS) to reference and incorporate the recommendations of the CoP.
  4. Amend other supporting documents and policies to reference and incorporate the recommendations of the new CoP.

 

ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED: As set out in the officer report

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the officer report

 

9.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chair may raise any items of urgent business.