Decisions

Decisions

29/11/2018 - Scrutiny working group update on looked after children cost reduction ref: 5542    For Determination

To receive a report on the outcomes of the scrutiny panel to provide an oversight of progress against the proposal to reduce the number of looked after children and associated resource implications, including the medium term financial target.

Decision Maker: Children and young people scrutiny committee

Made at meeting: 29/11/2018 - Children and young people scrutiny committee

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 29/11/2018

Decision:

The DCF introduced the report of the scrutiny working group (as appended to the agenda) which consisted of two members of the committee and received bi-monthly reports of work that was ongoing to reduce the costs associated with looked after children. During the period that the group was in operation up to 80 children and young people had been identified who could be supported in different arrangements  from care including by special guardianship order and return to parents. The number pf looked after children (LAC) in Herefordshire was comparatively high in relation to other Local Authorities. Assessments were being  made as to what was best in respect of each child and young person. The savings proposal for 2018/19 had been considered by the group and it was understood that the savings did not relate totally to the reduction in numbers of looked after children through this work alone but concerned broader aspects of service. The savings proposals would continue into 2019/20 and would focus on revising the financial approach to special guardianship.

 

Councillor Seldon spoke on the report as a member of the working group and thanked the DCF and the head of the service for Looked After Children for the work they had undertaken. The Group had challenged the savings outlined in the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) during meetings with the DCF and the report was commended to the Executive.

 

The committee discussed the points below in the debate that followed:

 

·         The committee acknowledged the challenges in recruitment of social workers to local authorities across the West Midland. The continuing vacancies for social workers in Herefordshire were raised.  The DCF confirmed that recruitment had occurred over the year and that vacancies were now almost full, a number had been recruited through the West Midlands regional approach which was really welcome, but Herefordshire wanted to permanently recruit staff as well as retain the good staff that it has.

·         The committee welcomes those positive elements of the report including the care orders that had been revoked.

·         The shortage of places locally for children requiring intensive support was raised which was consistent with a national shortage. The DCF explained that there was a current initiative in the West Midlands which had seen local authorities join together, under a scheme originating from the Department of Education, to look at increasing local provision for intensive support.

·         The committee requested that future updates concerning performance against the savings proposal should be reported to the committee.

RESOLVED: that future updates concerning performance against the LAC reduction savings proposal added to the committee’s work programme.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Baird


07/12/2018 - Hereford Heat Network - Detailed Project Development

To approve the continuation of the Hereford Heat Network studies utilising grant funding from central government.

Decision Maker: Assistant director environment and place

Decision due date: 25/01/2019

Wards affected: Widemarsh;

Lead officer: Richard Vaughan

Notice of decision: 07/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/12/2018 - Procurement of care provider for Hillside

To commence a procurement process for a care provider for the proposed new care home facility at Hillside.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member health and wellbeing

Decision due date: Not before 08/02/2019

Wards affected: Redhill;

Lead officer: Amy Pitt

Notice of decision: 07/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


07/12/2018 - Health Safety Wellbeing and Equality Policy Statement and Strategy ref: 5499    Recommendations Approved

To approve the joint Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Equality Policy statement

 

There is a legal requirement to have a health and safety statement which is included in the combined health, safety wellbeing and equality policy statement as well as an equality policy statement and these have been combined into one policy statement 

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance and corporate services

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 14/12/2018

Decision:

That:

a)     the combined health, safety, wellbeing and equality policy statement at appendix 1 be approved

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Phil Chandler


07/12/2018 - Officer decision to implement trial extended opening at Ross on Wye Household Recycling Centre ref: 5546    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant director environment and place

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

To implement an additional day per week opening of Ross on Wye HRC for a trial period of 6 months.

Lead officer: Kenton Vigus


07/12/2018 - Warm Homes Funding acceptance ref: 5510    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for Herefordshire Council to accept the Warm Homes Fund grant offer of £1.069m, to act as the accountable body for the project and to implement the project in accordance with the attached project applications.

 

Warm Homes funding will enable Herefordshire to support approximately 150 fuel poor households in the county, with the same number potentially supported in Shropshire.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 14/12/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)   Herefordshire Council act as accountable body for the £1,068,900 grant funding and delivery of the Warm Homes Fund Project across Herefordshire and Shropshire;

(b)   the scheme criteria set out at paragraphs 11a and bbe approved;

(c)   the chief finance officer be requested to add the £959,830 capital grant funding to the capital programme; and

(d) the Acting Assistant Director for Regulatory, Environment and Waste Services  be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the scheme including determination of grant applications in accordance with scheme criteria.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Matthew Locking


07/12/2018 - Childcare sufficiency report 2019-2020 ref: 5505    Recommendations Approved

To approve the annual  childcare sufficiency report for 2019-2020.  This report sets out key data about childcare provision in Herefordshire and areas for future development in the context of changing national policy and requirements, and local demography.  It provides a strategic overview within which the council, schools, and private and voluntary providers can develop services for the benefit of children and their parents.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member children and families

Decision published: 07/12/2018

Effective from: 14/12/2018

Decision:

That

 

the childcare sufficiency report and actions for 2019-2020 be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew Hind


06/12/2018 - Appointment of contractor for the completion of a feasibility study and report for Brookfield Special School, ref: 5544    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision published: 06/12/2018

Effective from: 06/12/2018

Decision:

To award a contract to Haverstock Associates LLP for the delivery of a feasibility study at Brookfield Special School at a total cost of up to £21k, resulting in a report of options available, preferred option and high level costing.

Lead officer: Chris Jones


01/08/2018 - Serving provisional Tree Preservation Order 602 - Lodge Farm, Ocle Pychard ref: 5538    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 06/12/2018

Effective from: 01/08/2018

Decision:

To serve provisional Tree Preservation Order 602 - Lodge Farm, Ocle Pychard

Lead officer: Juliet Wheatley


03/12/2018 - Confirmation of Tree Preservation Order 599, Wolf Business Park, Ross-on-Wye ref: 5536    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 03/12/2018

Decision:

To confirm Tree Preservation Order 599, Wolf Business Park, Ross-on-Wye

Lead officer: Juliet Wheatley


30/11/2018 - Serving of provisional Tree Preservation Order 607 - Arbour Hill, Walford ref: 5535    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

To serve provisional Tree Preservation Order 607 - Arbour Hill, Walford

Lead officer: Juliet Wheatley


30/11/2018 - Service of provisional tree preservation order 604 at Vinesend Lane, Cradley ref: 5534    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

To serve provisional tree preservation order 604 at Vinesend Lane, Cradley

Lead officer: Juliet Wheatley


05/12/2018 - Purchase of property to support vulnerable care leavers

Approval of the purchase and improvement of a property in Hereford to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable care leavers with complex needs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member contracts and assets

Decision due date: 28/12/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Suzanne Garlick

Notice of decision: 05/12/2018

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The decision could not be made previously as it depends upon the policy decision relating to purchase of property which cabinet is asked to make on 13 December 2018. The decision cannot be made later as it is in response to a particular purchase opportunity on the open market which is time limited. The vendor has agreed to hold the property until early January 2019 but no longer to allow the council to complete its governance processes.

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The decision concerns the precise location of where very vulnerable people may be accommodated. In favour of disclosure is the argument that it should be clear what property the council is buying so as to establish value for money. The argument for non-disclosure is to protect very vulnerable people from undue attention or risk in coming and going from their accommodation. The value for money argument for disclosure could be satisfied by providing details of costs and works required. The protection of vulnerable people to whom the council has statutory duties as corporate parent should be accorded priority and therefore it is felt that maintenance of the partial exemption is appropriate in this instance.


30/10/2018 - PUBLIC FOOTPATHS CN13, CN14, CN15, CN16, CN17, CN18 and CN19, CREDENHILL ref: 5533    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 30/10/2018

Decision:

That Public Footpaths CN13, CN14, CN15, CN16, CN17, CN18 and CN19 (part) Credenhill are temporarily closed due to thinning and harvesting work in the wood

Lead officer: Clive Hall


29/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Road Closure Order made under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act (1847) ref: 5532    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 29/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order

Lead officer: Clive Hall


29/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Closure Order made under section 14(1) of the Road traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) ref: 5531    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 29/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


23/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Closure Order made under section 14(1) of the Road traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) ref: 5530    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 23/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


23/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Road Closure Order made under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act (1847) ref: 5529    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 23/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order

Lead officer: Clive Hall


23/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Road Closure Order made under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act (1847) ref: 5528    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 23/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order


Lead officer: Clive Hall


29/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Closure Order made under section 14(1) of the Road traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) ref: 5527    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 29/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


23/10/2018 - Preparation of a Temporary Closure Order made under section 14(1) of the Road traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) ref: 5526    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 23/10/2018

Decision:

Agree to complete all documentation as regards the said Order.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


30/11/2018 - Serving Provisional Tree Preservation Order 601 at Hagley Park Bartestree ref: 5525    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 05/12/2018

Effective from: 30/11/2018

Decision:

Decision made to serve provisional Tree Preservation )rder 601 Hagley Park Bartestree

Lead officer: Elizabeth Duberley


04/12/2018 - Digital Strategy Funding – local members ICT

The purpose of this report is to outline activity within the Digital Strategy for the year that requires funds outside of the revenue budget, specifically from the ring-fenced reserve for Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance and corporate services

Decision due date: 18/01/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Coleman

Notice of decision: 04/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/12/2018 - Hillside Property Redesign

To approve that the Hillside property redesign is included in Stage 1 of the development and regeneration programme with Engie and to commission Engie to undertake a package of pre-construction services at Stage 1.


Decision Maker: Cabinet member contracts and assets

Decision due date: Not before 08/02/2019

Wards affected: Redhill;

Lead officer: Amy Pitt

Notice of decision: 04/12/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


04/12/2018 - Temporary closure of the search room provision at HARC to allow for annual stock taking ref: 5521    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 04/12/2018

Effective from: 04/12/2018

Decision:

To close access to the search room at HARC to the public from 14th January 2019 to 25th January 2019 to allow for the annual stock taking process to take place.

Lead officer: Jon Chedgzoy


04/12/2018 - Winter Service Plan 2018 / 2023 ref: 5496    For Determination

To seek approval for the arrangements being made for the provision of winter service during the period of 2018 through to 2023 season, as set out in the Winter Service Plan in appendix 1, the plan will be updated annually to ensure the plan is accurate and relevant to the service required by Herefordshire.

 

The Winter Service Plan continues to build on existing best practice and the findings of reviews that have taken place both locally and nationally. Herefordshire Council will continue to meet its duties towards the maintenance of the highway network in full and by working in partnership with Herefordshire’s communities, wherever practicable, enhance the county’s resilience to the impact of prolonged or severe winter weather. To ensure the plan remains accurate authority is sought for officers to annually update the plan; any changes proposed which significantly alter the plan priorities would be subject to further governance.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member transport and regulatory services

Decision published: 04/12/2018

Effective from: 11/12/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)        The Winter Service Plan 2018/23 be approved; and

(b)        the Acting Assistant Director  (Highways and Transport) be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to ensure the plan is refreshed on an annual basis and remains deliverable within approved budgets.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Bruce Evans


12/09/2018 - Decision to prosecute two individuals for failing to comply with CP Notices. Kings Acre. 12.09.18 ref: 5520    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 12/09/2018

Decision:

To prosecute two defendants for failing to comply with a Community Protection notice issued under Section 43 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Lead officer: Elizabeth Fletcher


11/10/2018 - Decision to Prosecution two individuals for selling illegal tobacco and cigarettes. Central Hereford. 11.10.18 ref: 5519    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 11/10/2018

Decision:

To prosecute the two defendants for 11 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994, the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, Regulations 48 and 1 offence under the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Productions Regulations 2015, Regulations 3, 7, 11.

Lead officer: Elizabeth Fletcher


03/12/2018 - Award of SEN Transport Contracts – November 2018 (Ref 1118) ref: 5518    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 03/12/2018

Decision:

1. Key decision of 9 August 2017 by the cabinet member for transport and roads authorised:
a) the assistant director environment and place to take all operational decisions necessary to undertake future school transport route reviews and subsequent procurement in accordance with council policies, contract procedure rules and approved budgets and
b) for the director of economy, communities and corporate to award contracts for future passenger transport services tendered in accordance with agreed policies and approved budgets.
(copy of the written statement of the key decision is attached).

2. This is an operational decision with regard to Part 3 Section 7 para 3.7.5 of the constitution.

3. The tendering process has been undertaken in accordance with the contract procedure rules at part 4 section 6 of the constitution.

4. Scheme of delegation amendment 17 May 2017
All contracts must be approved by Assistant Director level or above.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


07/11/2018 - Decision to Prosecution an individual for littering. Leominster East. 07.11.18 ref: 5517    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 03/12/2018

Effective from: 07/11/2018

Decision:

To prosecute the defendant for littering offences under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Lead officer: Elizabeth Fletcher


14/11/2018 - Serving of a R18 - PWS Regs 2016 Notice relating to Private Water Supplies in Kentchurch, Herefordshire ref: 5514    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 14/11/2018

Decision:

To serve two Private Water Supply Notices

Lead officer: Elizabeth Fletcher


27/11/2018 - Serving of a R18 - PWS Regs 2016 Notice relating to a Private Water Supply In Dorstone, Herefordshire ref: 5513    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer Decision - Economy and Place

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 27/11/2018

Decision:

To serve a R18 - PWS Regulations 2016 notice

Lead officer: Elizabeth Fletcher


30/11/2018 - Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme ref: 5512    Recommendations Approved

Subject to approval of a funding application that has been made to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), to approve the establishment of a Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme, and seek agreement to Herefordshire Council acting as accountable body for the scheme.

 

The proposed capital grant scheme to support the deployment of renewable energy technologies across the Marches is a joint application with Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils. The project duration will be 2.5 years and if the funding application is successful is expected to start in January 2019.

 

The application has been submitted to MHCLG for £1.197m of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) money which would be used to establish a grant scheme designed to support the deployment of 2.12 MW of renewable energy across the Marches.

Successful grant scheme applicants would receive a grant of 50% of the total installation cost of the renewable energy technology from the European Regional Development fund, defrayed through ourselves and MHCLG.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

That subject to MHCLG approval of the funding:

(a)   Herefordshire Council act as accountable body for the Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme;

(b)   The scheme be approved as per the application form at appendix 1;

(c)   The Director for Economy and Place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to implement the scheme including determination of grant applications in accordance with scheme criteria

(d)   The Chief Finance Officer be requested to add the approved funding into the council’s capital programme.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Richard Vaughan


29/11/2018 - Variation to Contract - Altodigital Networks Limited ref: 5509    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant director Corporate Support

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 29/11/2018

Decision:

Extend the contract period of the Altodigital contract for multi-function devises (photocopying/ scanning) from 1st April 2019 and including 30th June 2019 to a value of up to £35,000 for rental.

Lead officer: Natalia Silver


30/11/2018 - Natural Flood Management construction grants scheme (CGS) ref: 5494    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for the launch of the Natural Flood Management Construction Grants Scheme.

 

The grant scheme will help Herefordshire Council deliver the Defra funded River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management Project, which aims to reduce flood risk to downstream communities by working with natural process to slow the flow of water. The grant scheme will provide the necessary funding to implement Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures within the project’s priority sub-catchments. Funding will be available to anyone within the sub-catchments to undertake agreed land and water management techniques which help reduce flood risk by using natural processes.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 30/11/2018

Effective from: 07/12/2018

Decision:

(a)        The Natural Flood Management (NFM) Construction Grant Scheme as detailed in Appendix A be approved with a budget up to £100,000; and

(b)        The Directorate Services Team Leader be authorised to determine grants in accordance with the scheme criteria

 

Wards affected: Backbury; Birch; Bircher; Bromyard Bringsty; Dinedor Hill; Golden Valley South; Hampton; Leominster East; Leominster North & Rural; Mortimer; Old Gore; Redhill; Saxon Gate; Sutton Walls; Three Crosses; Wormside;

Lead officer: Steve Hodges


29/11/2018 - Sensory impairment Service ref: 5508    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Communities

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 29/11/2018

Decision:

To award a contract to Vision Links for the provision of Sensory Impairment service for a period of 3 years at a total cost of £312k.
In addition there is an equipment budget of £25k p.a. Note; The equipment budget cannot be capped and may therefore exceed this notional limit.

Lead officer: Laura Tyler


27/11/2018 - Variation to public realm annual plan 2018/19 – Additional Pothole Funding ref: 5507    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 27/11/2018

Decision:

Following the announcement from DFT on 12th November 2018, for a further Pothole Funding of £5,108,000 for Herefordshire Council, to vary and include in the annual plan 2018/19 to deliver additional works and support existing programmes of work.

Lead officer: Clive Hall


31/08/2018 - Grant of new lease in respect of Unit 1 Great Western Court, Ross ref: 5506    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief finance officer

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 31/08/2018

Decision:

Approve Grant of new 6 year lease to Aqua-Heat Ltd

Lead officer: Gillian Stratford


29/11/2018 - Award of contract for Blue Badge CRM system ref: 5504    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant director Corporate Support

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 29/11/2018

Decision:

Contract award to Northgate for the blue badge CRM system at a cost of not exceeding £12,000 covering a three year period from 3rd December 2018.

Lead officer: Natalia Silver


28/11/2018 - Variation to public realm annual plan 2018/19 ref: 5503    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Highways and Transport

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 28/11/2018

Decision:

To vary the public realm annual plan 2018/19;

1) Eign Gate Improvements Works: to extend the programme for the Eign Gate delivery and reprofile the 2018/19 project budget to £10,000 (reduction from £130,000);

2) Re-allocation of budget; to allocate the £120,000 budget (above) to Haywood Lane causeway to support the construction programme for 2018/19

Lead officer: Clive Hall


23/11/2018 - Feasibility work for land in council ownership in the vicinity of Model Farm, Ross on Wye ref: 5501    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Programme Director Housing and Growth

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 23/11/2018

Decision:

That:
Keepmoat Homes are appointed to undertake technical feasibility into access arrangements, drainage and economic viability and produce a feasibility report, utilising the master planning work that was previously undertaken. The total work shall cost no more than £12,000.

Lead officer: Richard Gabb


27/11/2018 - Use of capital fund to install 3 pay and display machines ref: 5500    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Acting Assistant Director for Technical Services

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 27/11/2018

Decision:

To approve expenditure on car parking strategy capital program allocation to install three pay and display machines in council car parks to replace existing machines

Lead officer: James.Hughes


29/11/2018 - Decision to approve award of contract to Recruitment Team Nine Limited for the Adults Social Care Mixed Economy Operations Model over a two year period for a maximum of £350,000. ref: 5502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Communities

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 29/11/2018

Decision:

To approve award of contract to Recruitment Team Nine Limited for the Adults Social Care Mixed Economy Operations Model over a two year period for a maximum of £350,000.

Lead officer: Marie Gallagher


29/11/2018 - ActiveHERE ref: 5495    Recommendations Approved

To approve the commissioning of an ActiveHERE service

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Communities

Decision published: 29/11/2018

Effective from: 06/12/2018

Decision:

That:

a) ActiveHERE be commissioned for the period 1st April 2019 to March 2021 (1 +

1 year contract) focused on supporting inactive adults into physical activity

through the ActivePlus pathway and development of activities on offer in four

key communities;

b) The four communities in which the activity development will be focussed will

be determined based on demographics, community assets and population

characteristics;

c) The maximum budget allocated to this programme will be £78,238 plus £6,000

internal costs (£39,119 plus £3,000 per annum);

d) The contract is allocated to the project as a 1 + 1 year contract;

e) The Director for Public Health be authorised to finalise the service

specification and award contracts for ActiveHERE within the agreed budget.

Lead officer: Kristan Pritchard


18/07/2018 - Recruitment and retention of difficult to recruit roles ref: 5498    Recommendations Approved

To approve a small number of incentives as part of the council’s drive to recruit and retain people to ‘hard to fill’ roles; for example, but not exclusively, qualified social workers, solicitors, trading standards officers and planners.

 

There are a number of roles within the council that are difficult for us to recruit to. The reasons vary from role to role and over time. The recruitment difficulties create problems in ensuring we deliver the best outcomes we can for residents and present challenges in the provision of some statutory services

 

The report outlines the measures proposed to address the issues related to recruitment and retention to hard to fill roles, the proposal for determining which roles qualify and the reporting mechanism to employment panel.

 

 

Decision Maker: Chief executive

Decision published: 27/11/2018

Effective from: 18/07/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)        The incentives to support recruitment and retention to hard to fill roles are approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew Kerry


27/11/2018 - Herefordshire Council Adult and Community Learning Plan 2019 - 2022

To approve the Herefordshire Council Adult and Community Learning Plan 2019 - 2022.

The plan identifies the key priorities for Herefordshire Council's Adult and Community Learning Service to achieve its strategic and operational aims for the academic years 2019 - 2022.

The plans covers the use of the funding received annually from the Education, Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to deliver community learning and adults skills learning opportunities for Herefordshire residents aged 19 and over.

The plan includes the self assessment report, the fees and sub contracting policy, the commissioning framework and a quality improvement action plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/02/2019

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Alexia Heath

Notice of decision: 27/11/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


26/11/2018 - 12 month pilot contractual arrangement for four Adults Registered Nursing Care Home beds in the Leominster Nursing Home (BUPA) ref: 5497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Adults and Communities

Decision published: 26/11/2018

Effective from: 26/11/2018

Decision:

To award a small block contract to Leominster Nursing Home (BUPA) for the provision of four registered nursing care beds for a period of 12 months at a total annual cost of £115k (exclusive of the annual increase for 2019/20 under the unified contract terms) commencing on the 10 December 2018. This will be a pilot scheme in order that the council can scope the most effective way to secure affordable, quality nursing bed provision in line with actual demand.

Lead officer: Laura Tyler


26/11/2018 - Digital Strategy Funding ref: 5457    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to outline activity within the Digital Strategy for the year that requires funds outside of the revenue budget, specifically from the ring-fenced reserve for IT.

The IT reserve was established to address future requirement and pressures within IT, knowing there would be demand going forward to keep pace with the opportunities and changing nature of digital services.

 

The 2018/9 reserves expenditure will enable progress to be made in a range of areas including upgrades and new systems to support the activity and programmes of the council.  To do this funds are not contained within the revenue budget.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member finance and corporate services

Decision published: 26/11/2018

Effective from: 01/12/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)  Up to £250k is used from the ring-fenced IT reserve for:

·         20 Laptops for new starters and 10 to replace damaged laptops

·         MS Exchange (eMail engine) and Websense (Website filtering) upgrades

·         MS Systems Centre Configuration Manager

·         Education Tracking 16-19 Year Old System

·         MS SQL Server (Databases) Upgrade

·         MS Sharepoint Upgrade

·         Implementation Costs; and

 

(b)  The assistant director corporate support be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to allocate the funds and implement the recommendation above.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Natalia Silver


26/06/2017 - Marches Investment Fund - Residential Opportunities Fund    Implemented

Decision Maker: LEP Director

Decision due date: 31/07/2017

Notice of decision: 26/06/2017