DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Harrington declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 4 - Scrutiny Review of School Organisation and Admission Arrangements as his goddaughter would be attending one of the schools named within the report.
Councillor Faulks declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 4 - Scrutiny Review of School Organisation and Admission Arrangements as he had objected to the proposed admission zone changes. Councillor Harrington declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 5 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary & Secondary in September 2016 as his goddaughter would be attending one of the schools named within the report. Councillor Cook declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 5 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary & Secondary in September 2016 as he was a governor of one of the schools named within the report. Councillor Faulks declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 5 - Procedure for Admission of Pupils to Primary & Secondary in September 2016 as he had objected to the proposed admission zone changes. Councillor Beall declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 9 - Scrutiny Review of the Effects of Arts Leisure and Culture on Wellbeing as he was the Chair of Eastern Ravens. Councillor Smith declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 14 - Economic Climate Update as the company he worked for was named within the report. Councillor Cook declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 17 - Local Authority Representatives on School Governing Bodies as he was named within the report. Councillor Cook withdrew from the Chair during consideration of the item. Councillor Beall was in the Chair during consideration of the item. Councillor Cook declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 18 - Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2015-2016 as his wife was a registered child minder. Councillor Mrs McCoy declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 20 - Welfare Reform Update: Quarter 3 2014/15 as she was the Chair SDAIS.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on 12th February 2015 and 19th February 2015 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF SCHOOL ORGANISATION AND ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS (PHASE 1) Cabinet Decision Record D150019
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION OF PUPILS TO PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 2016 Cabinet Decision Record D150020
1. The proposed changes to the School Admissions Code be agreed. 2. The proposed Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for Primary, Secondary, Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, Academies and Free School be agreed (point 1 and Appendix 1); 3. The proposed admission numbers for Primary and Secondary schools for September 2016 be agreed (point 2 and Appendix 2). 4. The proposed Admission Policy for September 2016 be agreed (point 3 and Appendix 3); 5. The existing primary admission zones for Ingleby Barwick be retained. 6. The existing admission zone arrangements for Egglescliffe School be retained.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY Cabinet Decision Record D150021
1. Secondary and primary colleagues pay due cognisance to each other's expertise through sharing practice and planning, classroom visits and collaborative training: 2. All schools / Academies be encouraged to sign up to a Transition Guarantee to seek to ensure:- every secondary school to attend at least one moderation of primary work in the summer term cross phase items are considered at least three times at Collaborative Network meetings per year all schools to use the Sprint Tracker to record pupil attainment and coverage of the curriculum in maths, reading, writing and Science and this to be passed to schools at point of transition all schools to adhere to the 'Moving Forward' transition package of protocols and pro-formas a consistent approach to scoring attainment to be agreed all primary schools to be informed of the KS4 outcomes for their pupils agreed dates for a Borough wide transition week the implementation of a transition project for all pupils 3. Implementation of the Transition Guarantee be overseen through the existing challenge, monitoring and support structures of the Local Authority; challenge to schools and academies for the extent of their implementation of the Transition Guarantee be through the School Improvement Framework (as a trigger in the Challenge and Support Criteria); monitoring will occur using the School Improvement Adviser programme; support will be offered through the Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance.
TASK AND FINISH SCRUTINY REVIEW OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
1. The number, membership and accountability arrangements for the VEMT groups / SLSCB be reviewed to ensure that all appropriate agencies and providers are represented, avoid unnecessary duplication and any conflicts of interest and that the outcome of the review be reported back to Children and Young People Select Committee as part of the forthcoming review of the LSCB. 2. The LSCB consider formal mechanisms for sharing information from the VEMT groups including how best to raise awareness with the wider voluntary and community sector, including the Faith Community. 3. Consideration be given to developing early support services for children at risk of CSE as part of the Early Help Strategy and Implementation Plan. 4. The Health and Wellbeing Board be asked to consider and commission appropriate prioritised services for children at risk of CSE. 5. Awareness raising activities be developed for children and young people in respect of social media and healthy relationships as well as work with parents and via schools. 6. The LSCB ensure that a multi-agency co-ordinated training strategy be developed to: Map out current provision Identify any gaps Identify who should receive training, frequency of training and assurance mechanisms Introduce mandatory safeguarding training for Elected Members (including CSE) 7. CSE should feature in regular performance reports to Cabinet and Children and Young People Select Committee as part of quarterly performance updates. 8. Information about the prevalence of CSE be included within the JSNA together with appropriate commissioning decisions and priorities. 9. Work is commissioned, accepting the challenges, to obtain feedback from children as part of further assurance work. 10. The revised VEMT Strategy and Action Plan and strengthened performance and quality assurance framework be subject to further scrutiny together with the internal audit of CSE case files and the outcome of benchmarking work against the Ofsted thematic report recommendations as part of the scrutiny review of the LSCB. 11. The report be submitted to the LSCB for their consideration.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF HOME CARE Cabinet Decision Record D150023
1. The Council review the NICE Quality Standards for Home Care and check against local practice when published (expected mid-2015), ensure consideration be given to including them in the next specification, and report back on this work to Adult Services and Health Select Committee as part of the monitoring process. 2. The Council consider the fee level ahead of the 2015 commissioning process to ensure it supports a sustainable high quality service, within the available resources. 3. a) The Council work with commissioned providers to ensure that wherever possible zero hour contracts are not used, taking into account best HR practice, to ensure due consideration is being given to the use of minimum guaranteed hours contracts for staff; b) The Council consider providing a guaranteed minimum level of home care hours to providers, taking into account expected demand and activity levels, whilst ensuring service users are able to exercise their choice of provider. 4. Participation in the Home Care Quality Standards Framework process to be made a contractual requirement for home care providers in the next contract. 5. The outcomes from the Home Care Quality Standards Framework be reported to Adult Services and Health Select Committee on an annual basis, as part of the framework for monitoring the quality and safety of local care services. 6. The Council take forward discussions with the Regional Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and regional Care Quality Commission (CQC), in order to ensure that Local Authorities receive early notification of any issues of concern identified during CQC inspections of Adult Social Care providers, and ensure that consistent procedures are in place across the region. 7. The Council examine procurement options so that not all of the commissioned home care service is procured at the same time. This would mitigate risks by increasing: stability in local service provision, the scope to support other models / pilot approaches, and the opportunity to develop a greater range of providers in the Borough. 8. a) The Council should continue to work with and engage the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to further develop its services in this area of provision, including non-personal care support where appropriate, and this should include facilitating the development of mutual service providers in the Borough; b) emerging good practice examples of VCSE sector provision be reported to the Committee as part of the six-monthly monitoring process. 9. as part of the monitoring process, an update on all the issues identified in the report and recommendations be reported to Adult Services and Health Select Committee in six months.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE EFFECTS OF ARTS, LEISURE AND CULTURE ON WELLBEING Cabinet Decision Record D150024
1. Policies which see continued investment in cultural and arts activities aimed at community level wellbeing be endorsed and every effort be made to retain sufficient professional expertise and capacity to deliver or advocate for such programmes. 2. A modest budget be allocated to "seed fund" community based arts and cultural projects on a non-recurring basis and that Health and Wellbeing Board agree a criteria for allocation of resources with a focus on reducing social isolation and improving mental health and wellbeing. 3. The Health and Wellbeing Board work with the CCG to encourage all GP practices to sign up to social prescribing and seek to expand the menu of options for social prescribing. 4. Arts and cultural options to be routinely considered across partners when commissioning preventative and mental health services. 5. Through implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy:- a. better use be made of arts and cultural activities to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of local people; b. ensure that local planning policies continue to support historic places and healthy living environments.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF LICENSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH Cabinet Decision Record D150025
1. The planning department work with the public health team to draft policy for consideration of appropriate hot food takeaway locations in the borough to be included planning documents. 2. Preliminary consideration of public health's strategic goals should reflect the promotion of the four licensing objectives and that the DPH and public health team:- engage with the licensing authority when the Statement of Licensing Policy (SLP) is reviewed and what the review process will be conduct a health-impact assessment of alcohol in the local area or a specific study to assess if problems arise from the cumulative impact of licensed premises; or, where one has been completed, assess its relevance to licensing engage with and collect the local views of the community and wider public health community investigate the health data for the area, including the wider public health and local alcohol profiles for England (LAPE) engage the health and wellbeing board (HWB) in the consultation process to identify issues that would benefit from the support of licensing reference the SLP in alcohol harm-reduction strategies and other key local public health documents to ensure public health and licensing are aligned 3. Stockton Borough Council lobby its local MPs in support of the Directors of Public Health campaign for public health issues to become an objective in licensing to which the Council carries out its functions under the Licensing Act 2003. 4. Appropriate and relevant Balance report findings are taken into consideration during the review of Stockton Council's Statement of Licensing Policy. 5. Stockton Borough Council consider, where necessary, introducing a "Cumulative Impact Zone Policy" in relation to where the number, type and density of licensed premises are concentrated and serious problems of nuisance and disorder may arise or have been shown to arise at licensed premises, outside licensed premises or otherwise connected with such premises. 6. SBC Trading Standards Department continue to monitor the position of the price of local alcohol sales and to take appropriate action when alcohol is sold for less than cost of duty plus VAT. 7. Stockton Borough Council lobby its local MPs in support of the Directors of Public Health and Public Health England's campaign for the introduction of a national minimum unit pricing of alcohol. 8. Stockton Borough Council support the Local Government Association campaign for the introduction of locally-set licensing fees allowing local authorities to recover the actual cost of applications.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING Cabinet Decision Record D150026
1. As part of its overall consultation and engagement strategy, Cleveland Police and the Council ensure a consistent approach to communications, including:- a) a consistent approach to the use of social media by local neighbourhood teams, using the good practice that exists in the Force; b) the Council's Community Safety Manager and Police keep under review information sharing with the Council to ensure it remains effective and any changes in key contacts are communicated in a timely manner; c) a recommendation to all Members that they keep up to date with changes in their local areas, including by accessing Cleveland Police's My Neighbourhood' website. A link to this should be included on the Council's intranet. d) following the election, all Members consider what, if any, additional, appropriate methods of communicating with their local police team are required. 2. Cleveland Police provide annual updates on the policing of Stockton Borough to all Members, and this take place using the existing update session when the Police and Crime Commissioner consults all Members on his Budget and Plan; 3. a) the increased range of responsibilities of Integrated Neighbourhood Teams be noted, and that work to define and explain the revised role of neighbourhood policing be supported; b) all Members recognise the recent changes, and use their key role in communities to explain the role and capacity of local police teams. 4. a) the Housing and Community Safety Select Committee notes and values the work of the Community Safety Team, and Members should continue to receive regular ASB patrol updates from the community safety team and maintain links with their local ASB officer; b) the Housing and Community Safety Select Committee notes and values the work of the Safer Stockton Partnership, and the importance of maintaining representation from all appropriate bodies. 4. The excellent partnership working between the Council and Cleveland Police be recognised and supported. 6. a) Cleveland Police regularly monitor and share with partners the Public Confidence Survey results and other related consultation feedback; b) Work be undertaken by the Police and Crime Panel to further understand changes in public confidence, expectations, and fear of crime issues.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF THE FUTURE OF COUNTRYSIDE SITES Cabinet Decision Record D150027
1. An overall strategic plan and updated site management plans for countryside sites be prepared, reflecting the Council's broad strategic objectives and aim to target capital and revenue resources effectively in light of revenue restrictions. 2. External funding for physical improvements to countryside sites be sought where these are in line with the Council's strategic objectives and taking into account implications for future revenue funding. 3. The Council continue to explore opportunities for external partners to carry out management functions and deliver associated services at countryside sites. 4. Where resources allow, the Council and its partners continue to encourage community and volunteer involvement in countryside sites, helping to support the positive management and development of these assets and benefiting the individuals involved. 5. All the council's countryside sites be promoted and, where possible, used to host a range of recreational, cultural and educational activities, maximising economic, social, health and environmental benefits. 6. Explore the possible use of modern technology to enhance visitor experience at, or about, the various countryside sites e.g. QR codes on information boards and signs that allow mobile devices (phones, tablets) to deliver additional information.
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF ROAD AND FOOTPATH INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Cabinet Decision Record D150028
1. Officers develop a business case to determine the viability and value of purchasing a vehicle to deliver a velocity patching service in-house or in collaboration with other Tees Valley local authorities. 2. The consideration of a high profile marketing campaign to highlight the work of the Council in its repair of footpaths and highways as well as to improve the reporting of potholes. 3. The Council publishes an article in Stockton News to inform residents of the alternative repair techniques being used and the levels of savings being achieved as an authority. 4. A 6-year highway maintenance programme be formulated to reflect the new funding period. 5. Officers liaise with other local highway authorities to identify areas of best practice that may develop further efficiency opportunities.
ECONOMIC CLIMATE UPDATE Cabinet Decision Record D150029
RESOLVED that the content of the report be noted and the work being undertaken be supported.
XENTRALL LEGAL AGREEMENT Cabinet Decision Record D150030
1. The ongoing success of the partnership in achieving savings as well as sustaining service performance be noted. 2. The role of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council be re-confirmed as host authority for the partnership and the delegation of functions from Darlington Borough Council be accepted. 3. A revision to the original ten year partnership agreement be approved thereby at the end of the initial period in 2018 making it a rolling agreement with no defined end date, but retaining the existing 12 month notice termination clause.
MINUTES OF VARIOUS BODIES Cabinet Decision Record D150031
RESOLVED that the minutes be noted.
LA NOMINATIONS Cabinet Decision Record D150032
RESOLVED that the following appointments be made to the vacant Governorships subject to successful List 99 check and Personal Disclosure:-
Billingham South Primary School - Cllr Robert Cook (Lab) Durham Lane Primary School - Mrs M Dale (School nomination)
CHILDCARE SUFFICIENCY ASSESSMENT 2015-2016 Cabinet Decision Record D150033
1. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and the associated priorities for 2015-2016 be approved. 2. The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Action Plan for 2015-2016 be approved.
CSC ACTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE 2014-15 Cabinet Decision Record D150034
1. The continued workload pressures and associated activity in the children's social care system and the consequent impact this is having on both performance and budget be noted. 2. Further update reports be received on a quarterly basis in order to continue to monitor children's social care activity and performance.
WELFARE REFORM UPDATE - QUARTER 3 2014/15 Cabinet Decision Record D150035
1. The contents of the report be noted. 2. The Quarter 3 performance monitoring outcomes and observations be noted. 3. Members receive a more detailed report on the rollout of Universal Credit following a DWP meeting in March 2015. 4. £110,000 be approved from the Welfare Reform budget : to continue to address staffing requirements in Welfare rights and SDAIS as identified in paragraph 19; to support of the 12 month LCTS pilot detailed in paragraph 51 5. The Brighter Borough for All - Tackling Family Poverty document be refreshed and presented to Cabinet for approval in the summer 2015.
STOCKTON YOUTH ASSEMBLY - END OF TERM REPORT Cabinet Decision Record D150036
RESOLVED that the work of the SYA be noted.