Decisions

Decisions

20/04/2018 - Care Provider fee increase for 2018 - 2019 ref: 5117    For Determination

To approve the care provider fee increase for 2018/19 for contracted services delivered for care at home, day activity provision and supported living in line with the councils contractual duty.

 

Decision Maker: Director for adults and wellbeing

Decision published: 20/04/2018

Effective from: 27/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)        a 2.5% increase in fees paid for contracted services, including care at home, day activities, and supported living as set out in the table below be approved to take effect from 2 April 2018

Urban

 

 

Rural

 

 

Equivalent hourly rate (rural premium) for 45 mins and 30 mins rates

24 hour rate

60 mins

45 mins

30 mins

60 mins

45 mins

30 mins

 

£16.20

£12.15

£8.10

£16.20

£12.52

£8.34

£16.69

£13.12

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Laura Tyler


20/04/2018 - Community asset Transfer of Kerne Bridge car park & associated works

To approve the transfer of Kerne Bridge car park and picnic site to Walford Parish Council and undertake works to enable the long term sustainable management of this property

Decision Maker: Cabinet member contracts and assets

Decision due date: 11/05/2018

Wards affected: Kerne Bridge;

Lead officer: Matthew Williams

Notice of decision: 20/04/2018

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
works are required to establish a pay and display car park before the main tourist season

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/04/2018 - Termination of the contract in respect of pupil referral services for Herefordshire

Following a review of key issues, including an external review of social emotional and mental health (SEMH) provision.
We are seeking approval to terminate the current contract with HIBOS as the provider of pupil referral services (includes Herefordshire’s pupil referral function, behaviour outreach function and home and hospital education function) and to bring these services back under the direct management of the Council..

Decision Maker: Cabinet member young people and children's wellbeing

Decision due date: 23/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Les Knight, Amanda Price

Notice of decision: 19/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


19/04/2018 - Direct award of contract to QCS Compliance Management Ltd. for delivery of QCS Quality and Care Management System. ref: 5116    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director for adults and wellbeing

Decision published: 19/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

To directly award a contract to QCS Compliance Management Ltd. for delivery of QCS Compliance and Care Management System for a period of 3 years at a total cost of £4,995.

Lead officer: Paula Kemp-Jones


19/04/2018 - Appointment of Contractor for Interim Works at Marlbrook Primary School ref: 5115    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director for children's wellbeing

Decision published: 19/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

To award a contract to SC Joseph for the conversion and adaptations at Greencroft family and co-location centre at a total cost of £218,350 plus statutory and professional fees.

This is to ensure completion of the necessary phase 1 works towards the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School and award a contract in accordance with council contract procurement rules following a competitive tendering process as required by the cabinet member decision on 18 January 2018.

Lead officer: Chris Jones


18/04/2018 - Provision of children's centre services in Bromyard area

To consider the options to provide children's centre provision in the Bromyard area from October 2018; and to approve the approach for service delivery.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/06/2018

Wards affected: Bishops Frome & Cradley; Bromyard Bringsty; Bromyard West; Hampton; Three Crosses;

Lead officer: Richard Watson

Notice of decision: 18/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


18/04/2018 - A480 Credenhill 30 mph extension ref: 5112    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To consider objections put forward during a consultation on the proposed extension of a 30mph speed restriction on the A480 at Credenhill.

There are road safety concerns from a planned new access from the Taste for Adventure site onto this section of the A480, with its existing 40mph limit. This proposal is included in the Credenhill Pedestrian Safety Improvements programme supported by the Parish Council and local residents. The proposal was discussed and agreed with West Mercia Police and the Ward Member Councillor Matthews on 8 August 2017. This section of the A480 is of strategic importance and lower speeds would reduce the risk of serious or fatal accidents that could involve road closures.

There are concerns over whether the signing and lining measures will be effective. Post implementation speed surveys will assist in assessing the reduction in vehicle speeds and whether additional speed reduction measures should be considered.

 

Decision Maker: Assistant director environment and place

Decision published: 18/04/2018

Effective from: 25/04/2018

Decision:

THAT

a)     Having considered the objections raised, the A480 30mph speed restriction extension, from the east of Credenhill village south east to 207m from Priory Road (known as Priory Lane), as advertised, under The County of Herefordshire District Council (A480 Credenhill Hereford) (30 and 40 mph Speed Limit) Order 2017 (see Appendix 4) be implemented at a cost of £15,000; and

 

b)    In light of the concerns expressed, the Engineering Manager be authorised to arrange for speed surveys within 3-6 months after implementation on the A480 to assess the effectiveness of the new limit and to review any additional measures that may be appropriate.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Bruce Evans


18/04/2018 - Children's safeguarding and family support performance data

To note the performance in relation to children’s safeguarding and family support for the end of March 2018, together with trend data over the previous 12 months.

To allow the committee to undertake effective scrutiny of the council’s statutory functions in relation to safeguarding for children in need.

Decision Maker: Children and young people scrutiny committee

Decision due date: 14/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Jones, Vicki LAWSON

Notice of decision: 18/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


17/04/2018 - Learning Disability Strategy 2018-2028

To enable the committee to fulfil its function to review and scrutinise the planning, provision and operation of health and social care services for people with learning disabilities and to make reports and recommendations on these matters. The chairman of the committee has requested that the draft strategy is presented for preview ahead of decision by the Cabinet. The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of the Learning Disability Strategy with a particular focus on children and young people and the actions required to improve services for those in the county with learning disabilities.

Decision Maker: Children and young people scrutiny committee

Decision due date: 14/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Adam Russell

Notice of decision: 17/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/04/2018 - Authorisation for contract with selected provider to be signed as part of Sustainable Energy in Public Buildings (SEPuBu) project. ref: 5113    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant director environment and place

Decision published: 16/04/2018

Effective from: 16/04/2018

Decision:

Authorise (sign) contract with selected provider re: building energy assessments for ERDF funded Sustainable Energy in Public Buildings project.

Lead officer: Matthew Locking


16/04/2018 - Prior Street Cycle Contraflow Shceme Experimental Order 2018

To consider introducing an experimental cycle contraflow scheme on the eastern section of Prior Street from its junction with Millbrook Street eastwards to 8m west of its junction with Edgar Street (A49), to promote cycle safety and sustainable travel. The scheme would also include a No Entry to all vehicles (on the carriageway) at the junction with Edgar Street, with cyclists exiting eastbound via a shared use footway. There would also be extended no waiting at any time restrictions from the junction with Edgar Street to facilitate this arrangement.

Decision Maker: Assistant director environment and place

Decision due date: 03/05/2018

Wards affected: Widemarsh;

Lead officer: Mairead Lane

Notice of decision: 16/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


16/04/2018 - Local Management of Schools capital loan to Whitchurch primary ref: 5111    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To approve a loan from school balances of £78,037.40 to Whitchurch CE Primary School for a new classroom and meeting room in accordance with the council’s scheme for financing schools. The school loan scheme provides a valuable way of enhancing school buildings without using the council’s limited capital budgets.

Decision Maker: Director for children's wellbeing

Decision published: 16/04/2018

Effective from: 21/04/2018

Decision:

That:

a capital loan of £78,037.40 to Whitchurch CE Primary School be approved at 0% interest, repayable at £796.30 per month from September 2018 for 98 instalments for a new classroom and meeting room.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Wards affected: Ross West;

Lead officer: Malcolm Green


16/04/2018 - Public spaces protection order alcohol control ref: 5110    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

This report seeks authority to introduce the public spaces protection order (PSPO) for alcohol consumption under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to replace the previous Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places orders made under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, which has now been repealed.

 

The public protection order will apply, in the designated areas within Bromyard, Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross on Wye, to a person consuming or intending to consume alcohol in a designated public place and when a person is likely to cause or has caused disorder. In such cases this person can be required to stop and have the alcohol confiscated whether the drinking vessel is opened or not. 

Decision Maker: Director for economy, communities and corporate

Decision published: 16/04/2018

Effective from: 21/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)   the public spaces protection order for alcohol consumption (at appendix 2) for application in the areas designated in appendices 3 to 7 be adopted and approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: David Hough


16/04/2018 - Out of Hours Payments for AMHPs

To propose a new level of payment to compensate Approved Mental Health Practitioners when they work out of hours.

Decision Maker: Employment panel

Decision due date: 21/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Tracey Sampson

Notice of decision: 16/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/04/2018 - Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) - statement of commitment to progress the development of an integrated care system (ICS)

To update the Health and Wellbeing Board on the work to improve health and wellbeing through the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), in particular, progress towards realising integration of health and care.

It is a function of the Health and Wellbeing Board to 'review whether the commissioning plans and arrangements for the NHS, public health and social care are in line with and have given due regard to the health and wellbeing strategy'. This update is intended for the Health and Wellbeing Board to consider the ICS commitment statement and seek assurance that it will enable the local health and care system to discharge its duty to deliver the HWB strategy.

Decision Maker: Health and wellbeing board

Decision due date: 15/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ruth Goldwater

Notice of decision: 13/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


13/04/2018 - Adoption of the Bishops Frome neighbourhood development plan and consequential updates to the countywide policies map ref: 5093    Recommendations Approved

To make the Bishops Frome neighbourhood development plan as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire and approve the consequential updates to the countywide policies maps.

 

To fulfil the legal duty to make /adopt the Bishops Frome neighbourhood development plan and update the countywide policies map as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire. Council delegated authority for the making of the neighbourhood development plans, and consequential amendments to the countywide policies map, to the cabinet member infrastructure.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 13/04/2018

Effective from: 20/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)        The Bishops Frome neighbourhood development plan is made as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire; and

(b)        The required consequential changes are made to the countywide policies map.

 

Wards affected: Bishops Frome & Cradley;

Lead officer: Samantha Banks


13/04/2018 - Adoption of the Middleton on the Hill and Leysters neighbourhood development plan and consequential updates to the countywide policies map ref: 5095    Recommendations Approved

To make the Middleton on the Hill and Leyster Group neighbourhood development plan as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire and approve the consequential updates to the countywide policies maps.

 

To fulfil the legal duty to make /adopt the Middleton on the Hill and Leysters Group neighbourhood development plan and update the countywide policies map as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire. Council delegated authority for the making of the neighbourhood development plans, and consequential amendments to the countywide policies map, to the cabinet member infrastructure.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 13/04/2018

Effective from: 20/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)        The Middleton on the Hill and Leysters Group neighbourhood development plan is made as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire; and

(b)        The required consequential changes are made to the countywide policies map.

 

Wards affected: Leominster North & Rural;

Lead officer: Samantha Banks


13/04/2018 - Adoption on the Abbeydore, Bacton, Ewyas Harold, Dulas, Llancillo, Rowlestone and Kentchurch parishes neighbourhood development plan and consequential updates to the countryside policies map ref: 5094    Recommendations Approved

To make the Abbeydore, Bacton, Ewyas Harold, Dulas, Llancillo, Rowlestone and Kentchurch parishes neighbourhood development plan as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire and approve the consequential updates to the countywide policies maps.

 

To fulfil the legal duty to make /adopt the Abbeydore, Bacton, Ewyas Harold, Dulas, Llancillo, Rowlestone and Kentchurch parishes neighbourhood development plan and update the countywide policies map as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire. Council delegated authority for the making of the neighbourhood development plans, and consequential amendments to the countywide policies map, to the cabinet member infrastructure.

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision published: 13/04/2018

Effective from: 20/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)          The Abbeydore, Bacton, Ewyas Harold, Dulas, Llancillo, Rowlestone and Kentchurch parishes neighbourhood development plan is made as part of the statutory development plan for Herefordshire; and

(b)        The required consequential changes are made to the countywide policies map.

 

Wards affected: Golden Valley South;

Lead officer: Samantha Banks


12/04/2018 - Corporate delivery plan 2018/19 ref: 5100    Recommendations Approved

To agree the activities and measures within the corporate delivery plan 2018/19

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

That:

a) the draft corporate delivery plan 2018/19 at Appendix 1 be approved; and

b) the assistant director environment and place be authorised to make presentational changes to the approved corporate delivery plan 2018/19 prior to publication, following consultation with the cabinet member finance and corporate services.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steve Hodges


12/04/2018 - Construction and Facilities Management Services to Herefordshire Council ref: 5101    Recommendations Approved

The amalgamation of the council building maintenance and cleansing services contract, to be procured through an open market tender exercise. The contract period is for one year from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019.

 

The short term contract will provide a timeline for a strategic service redesign of these services to align with the council’s needs and corporate objectives. This project will be undertaken in conjunction with the short term contract.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a) an amalgamated property maintenance and cleansing service be procured for a one year period from 1 September 2018 31 August 2019; and

(b) the chief finance officer be authorised, following consultation with the cabinet member contracts and assets, to award a contract to the successful provider following tender evaluation, with a contract value of up to £12m.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew Husband


12/04/2018 - Revision of the Allocations Policy for Herefordshire ref: 5103    Recommendations Approved

To approve the revised Allocations Policy for Herefordshire.

 

The allocations policy for Herefordshire has been revised, in the light of the redesign of

arrangements for allocation of social housing and the implementation of the Homelessness

Reduction Act 2017 (HRA). The allocations process which appears elsewhere on the cabinet

agenda today, determines which people in housing need should receive the social housing

available locally. It is a key function within the council’s role as strategic housing authority,

bringing with it various statutory duties.

 

Under part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) the council is obliged to operate an

allocations policy, although it does not hold any stock, and to revise it from time to time. The

policy has two main functions; to indicate how national and local policy priorities will be met and to describe the practicalities of how housing allocations are organised locally.

 

The impact of the policy adopted in 2014 on housing register numbers and housing providers’ ability to let their properties, led to a revised policy in 2016. This was intended to re-balance numbers and needs and ensure full statutory compliance. The 2016 policy has not been implemented because providers announced their intention to change the housing allocations arrangements. Those new arrangements have now been negotiated and agreed between the council and providers, for implementation by October 2018.

 

The allocations policy has been revised accordingly with a focus on the practical process,

although some policy positions are also refined from 2016, along with requirements under the HRA. The new policy will be integral to implementing redesigned arrangements, along with new nominations agreements with providers and a recommissioned IT system, which are the subject of separate governance decisions.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a) the Allocations Policy for Herefordshire at appendix 1 be approved for implementation at the earliest opportunity.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ewen Archibald


12/04/2018 - Proposed redesign of the Allocations arrangements for Herefordshire ref: 5102    Recommendations Approved

To approve the proposed redesign of the allocations arrangements for Herefordshire.

The council has a range of statutory obligations in relation to allocations, although as it holds no

housing stock, the direct control of lettings to tenants rests with social housing landlords.

Current arrangements for allocations are managed through Home Point, which is a single

integrated form of choice based lettings system (CBL) where applicants on the housing register

bid for social housing. Providers have indicated their wish to move away from an integrated

system and to manage more of the process themselves.

 

Following discussions with providers, an agreed approach has been identified for the redesign of

allocations. It involves each provider making their own arrangements for advertising properties

and managing lettings. The council will operate the register, monitor how housing need is met by

lettings and transfer data to providers so that customers can either be nominated directly for

properties or bid for them on provider websites.

The anticipated benefits include:

choice for customers who will be able to apply both to the council and directly to the

providers;

more information about the different tenures available within the housing stock of

providers including private market rental and low cost home ownership;

better access to information through more modern and interactive technology;

more effective monitoring of the nomination arrangements and the council’s statutory

duties;

flexibility for providers to try to ensure that all their housing stock is fully let.

The council’s role will be focused more specifically on fulfilling its statutory duties around

allocations. The separation of component parts of the process requires new and more complex solutions for data transfer and the council is commissioning a new IT system to support this which has been the subject of a separate decision. The council will also have to operate two different nomination/transfer arrangements to reflect the different approaches of two groups of providers. There will be nomination agreements between the council and each provider to help regulate arrangements,following dissolution of the Home Point partnership

There is a detailed project plan and process to support the changes and it is intended that they will be implemented between October and December 2018. The allocations redesign, if

approved, would also require the further revision of the allocations policy adopted in March 2016 and an item on this issue appears elsewhere on the cabinet agenda today.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision published: 12/04/2018

Effective from: 19/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a) the following new arrangements for allocating social housing be approved for implementation at the earliest opportunity within the existing budget:

·         the closure of the Home Point system and brand

·         the separation of the housing register from the advertising of properties and the management of bidding and the discharge of the council’s duty to nominate people and monitor allocations through multiple arrangements, including automatic data transfer.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ewen Archibald


12/04/2018 - Computer Desktop Devices

Approval sought for the procurement of computer devices to replace out of date and out of warranty items, and to support the workplace strategy.

Decision Maker: Assistant director communities

Decision due date: 18/05/2018

Lead officer: Sandra Dallimore

Notice of decision: 12/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


12/04/2018 - Childcare sufficiency report 2019-2020

To approve the childcare sufficiency report for 2019-2020; as having high quality and accessible childcare that support parents to take part in the local economy and contributes to a key aim of the council in terms of economic improvement and growth.

The Childcare Act 2006 and the statutory guidance 'Early Education and Childcare guidance for local authorities' requires councils' to assess the sufficiency of childcare in their local area.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 22/11/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julia Stephens, Nicola Turvey

Notice of decision: 12/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


23/02/2018 - Grant of occupational license 4 Blackfriars Street, Hereford ref: 5109    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief finance officer

Decision published: 12/04/2018

Effective from: 23/02/2018

Decision:

To grant a tenancy at will to Keepmoat Homes Ltd, on commercial market terms

Lead officer: Ian Higgs


11/04/2018 - A one year trial of smart phone technology

To approve a trial roll out of up to ten smart phones for use by up to ten members to assess the value of this technology in providing remote access to council emails, calendars and contacts. The trial is designed to inform the council as to whether this technology may be rolled out on a wider basis to members.

Decision Maker: Assistant director communities

Decision due date: 07/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Coleman

Notice of decision: 11/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/04/2018 - Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018-21

To approve the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-21

Decision Maker: Health and wellbeing board

Decision due date: 15/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Dr Arif Mahmood, Charlotte Worthy

Notice of decision: 11/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/04/2018 - 173224 - LAND TO THE NORTH OF IVY COTTAGE, GARWAY, HEREFORDSHIRE ref: 5106    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 11/04/2018 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/04/2018

Effective from: 11/04/2018

Decision:

The application was approved in accordance with the Case Officer’s recommendation.

Wards affected: Birch;


11/04/2018 - 180077 - 1 HIGHFIELD CLOSE, KINGSLAND, HEREFORDSHIRE ref: 5107    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 11/04/2018 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/04/2018

Effective from: 11/04/2018

Decision:

The application was approved in accordance with the Case Officer’s recommendation.

 

Wards affected: Bircher;


11/04/2018 - 180557 - WYNYATS, CHASE ROAD, ROSS-ON-WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE, HR9 5JH ref: 5108    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning and regulatory committee

Made at meeting: 11/04/2018 - Planning and regulatory committee

Decision published: 11/04/2018

Effective from: 11/04/2018

Decision:

The application was approved in accordance with the Case Officer’s recommendation

 

Wards affected: Ross East;


11/04/2018 - Corporate Peer Challenge

To consider the findings of the recent Local Government Association Corporate Peer Challenge and agree how those findings will be used to inform improvement plans.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/06/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Annie Brookes

Notice of decision: 11/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


11/04/2018 - Update from external auditor

To provide the committee with a progress update of the work being undertaken by the external auditor, Grant Thornton.

Decision Maker: Audit and governance committee

Decision due date: 08/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Josie Rushgrove

Notice of decision: 11/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


10/04/2018 - Progress report on 2017/18 internal audit plan

To update members on the progress of internal audit work and to bring to their attention any key internal control issues arising from work recently completed. To enable the committee to monitor performance of the internal audit team against the approved plan

Decision Maker: Audit and governance committee

Decision due date: 08/05/2018

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Andrew Lovegrove

Notice of decision: 10/04/2018

Anticipated restriction: Open


10/04/2018 - Shirehall Car Park license ref: 5105    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief finance officer

Decision published: 10/04/2018

Effective from: 10/04/2018

Decision:

License for NMiTE to park one car in Shirehall Car Park Mondays to Fridays

Lead officer: Matthew Williams


09/04/2018 - Resident permit exception ref: 5104    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Officer decision - economy, communities and corporate

Decision published: 10/04/2018

Effective from: 09/04/2018

Decision:

To give authority to the parking team at Hoople to record the registration numbers of two vehicles onto one resident permit rather than the usual practice of only one vehicle. This is an exception for one resident who resides within the Widemarsh ward. The resident permits are valid for up to 12 months from the date of purchase and if the resident moves address the exemption will not carry over the new resident

Lead officer: Chris Jenner


16/03/2018 - Grant of new 10 year lease to Hereford Football Club Ltd ref: 5096    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director for economy, communities and corporate

Decision published: 10/04/2018

Effective from: 16/03/2018

Decision:

To grant a new 10 year lease as detailed and approved in the Cabinet Member decision of 21 December 2016

Lead officer: Ian Higgs


10/04/2018 - High Needs Budget 2018/19 ref: 5092    Recommendations Approved

The report sets out the expected financial position for Herefordshire’s high needs budgets for three years from 2018/19. If current trends were to continue high needs expenditure, particularly high needs top-ups paid to schools, is forecast to overspend by £1m in 2018/19, £1.5m in 2019/20 and £2m in 2020/21. This report recommends  actions for 2018/19 and 2019/20 to ensure expenditure remains within budget for the next two financial years whilst a fundamental review of high needs services and costs is undertaken. During this period the high needs expenditure will be reviewed regularly to ensure the savings are delivered and further action will be taken if necessary

Decision Maker: Cabinet member young people and children's wellbeing

Decision published: 10/04/2018

Effective from: 17/04/2018

Decision:

That:

(a)   the High needs tariffs to mainstream and special schools be revised to a five point  range (Option B) from 1st April 2018 (Post-16 providers from 1st September 2018) to save approx. £300k as follows

Revised

Tariff

Assessment

Points

Funding

2018/19

Local

 

£

Offer

0-9

0

A1

10-14

680

A2

15-19

1,360

B1

20-24

2,355

B2

25-29

3,349

C1

30-34

3,937

C2

35-39

4,525

C3

40-44

5,113

C4

45-49

5,700

D1

50-54

6,568

D2

55-59

7,435

D3

60-64

8,303

D4

65-69

9,170

E1

70-74

10,115

E2

75-79

11,060

E3

80-84

12,005

E4

85-89

12,950

F1

90-94

14,028

F2

95-99

15,105

F3

100-104

16,183

F4

105-109

17,260

 

(b)        Tariffs for the pupil referral service remain fixed until the end of the current contract with the Herefordshire Integrated Behaviour Outreach Service (HIBOS) at which point the tariff allocations are revised with the purpose of reducing the current cost of the service by £50k pa;

(c)         Charges to schools be increased for Pupil Referral Unit services as follows

(i)               Key Stage 4 placement one-off charge increased to £7k from September 2018

(ii)             Increased charges for Key Stage 3 and primary intervention be agreed with HIBOS for implementation from April 2018 to save £25k pa;

(d)        Budget reductions for the SEN Support services of £50k pa for SEN support and £15k pa for the equalities team be approved from April 2018;

(e)         The cost of a place at the resource units at Hampton Dene and Bishop’s schools be decreased to £6k pa as required by the operational guidance received from the DfE for 2018/19 to save £160k pa;

(f)          The surplus funding of £324k retained in the schools block be transferred to the high needs block for 2018/19;

(g)        Further work to review the high needs services and costs be commissioned in conjunction with the School Forum’s  Budget Working Group (BWG) and secondary and primary Headteachers to ensure that high needs expenditure is within the available funding from April 2020 onwards and the working group reports progress regularly to schools forum

(h)        the short term action plan set out in the schools consultation paper be amended as follows

i)                 the proposal that the SEN protection scheme be funded from a top-slice in school budgets from April 2019 be withdrawn; and

ii)               the cap on the SEN protection scheme be gradually raised from £120 x number on roll in 2017/18 to £130 x number on roll in 2018/19 and £140 x number on roll in 2019/20 and potentially subject to further consultation £150 x number on roll in 2020/21

iii)             theSEN protection scheme be restricted to primary schools only

iv)             that an economies of scale reduction to  all new and amended tariff payments to mainstream schools be withdrawn for 2018/19 and the Budget Working Group consider alternative options for inclusion in the autumn 2018 consultation as necessary

(i)          Further consultation with schools be agreed for the autumn term 2018 setting out further proposals for the high needs services for 2019/20

(j)          The high needs budget including the savings as above be approved as set out in Appendix 2.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Malcolm Green