Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 12.00 pm

Venue: Executive Meeting Room - The Guildhall (Floor 3)

Contact: Joanne Wildsmith, Democratic Services Tel 9283 4057  Email: joanne.wildsmith@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interests

3.

Record of Previous Decision Meetings - 27 November and 4 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

A copy of the record of the previous decisions taken at Cabinet on 27 November (Special) and 4 December 2018 are attached.

 

RECOMMENDED that the record of decisions of the Cabinet meetings held on 27 November and 4 December 2018 be approved as correct records to be signed by the Leader.

 

Additional documents:

4.

ECYP Scrutiny Panel's review into school attendance and part time timetables in Portsmouth pdf icon PDF 191 KB

The report by the Director of Children, Families and Education, in responding to the report by the Education, Children & Young People Scrutiny (ECYP) Panel  RECOMMENDS that the Cabinet:

 

(1)  Thanks the Scrutiny Committee for its work in undertaking the review

 

(2)  Notes and supports the recommendations set out on pages 6 and 7 of the report, taking into account the policy and financial implications of the recommendations summarised on page 35 of the report (section 12).

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet:

 

(1)       Thanked the ECYP Scrutiny Committee for its work in undertaking the review

 

(2)       Noted and supported the recommendations set out on pages 6 and 7 of the report, taking into account the policy and financial implications of the recommendations summarised on page 35 of the report (section 12).

5.

Health and Care Portsmouth Operating Model pdf icon PDF 385 KB

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) and NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (PCCG) have a long history of successful integrated working across health and care for the City. This is demonstrated through its single vision and blueprint of ‘Health and Care Portsmouth’ (HCP) and is underpinned by shared teams and posts as well as pooled funds utilising legislative measures such as section 75 and section 113 agreements.

 

The report by the Chief Executive of PCC reviews the operating model in place between the two organisations in the context of the broader Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health & Care system reform programme and the desire to have a strong care system for the City and makes recommendations for the next steps for consideration by our Health and Well Being Board and the Governing Board of PCCG.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet:

 

(1)       Support the establishment of a single operating model for Health & Care Portsmouth between PCC and CCG;

(2)       Support the establishment of a sub-board on behalf of PCC and PCCG for its commissioning of adult and children’s health, social care and public health services, with detail of this proposal to be addressed in a separate report to Governance, Audit and Standards Committee in March;

(3)       Support the integration of PCCG and PCC functions into joint roles: Chief of Health & Care Portsmouth, Director of Children’s’ Services and Director of Public Health; and a review of other enabling functions to assess the benefits of further integration to support delivery of the Health & Care Portsmouth operating model – specifically financial management, business intelligence, communications/engagement, community sector partnership development;

(4)       Direct the respective Accountable/Chief Executive Officers, working within their scheme of delegations and constitutional powers, review the management and staffing structures currently in place in order to align this capacity with the new Health & Care Portsmouth operating model and for this to include cost-share arrangement.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet:

(1)       Support the establishment of a single operating model for Health & Care Portsmouth between PCC and CCG;

(2)       Support the establishment of a sub-board on behalf of PCC and PCCG for its commissioning of adult and children’s health, social care and public health services, with detail of this proposal to be addressed in a separate report to Governance, Audit and Standards Committee in March;

(3)       Support the integration of PCCG and PCC functions into joint roles: Chief of Health & Care Portsmouth, Director of Children’s’ Services and Director of Public Health; and a review of other enabling functions to assess the benefits of further integration to support delivery of the Health & Care Portsmouth operating model – specifically financial management, business intelligence, communications/engagement, community sector partnership development;

(4)       Direct the respective Accountable/Chief Executive Officers, working within their scheme of delegations and constitutional powers, review the management and staffing structures currently in place in order to align this capacity with the new Health & Care Portsmouth

(5) Agreed that the Chief Executive of PCC should work with the accountable officer of the CCG to consider further opportunities for integration, consistent with the NHS long term plan, and present such proposals to the health and wellbeing board at the earliest opportunity.

6.

Local Plan Update pdf icon PDF 285 KB

The purpose of the report by the Assistant Director of City Development is to update Members on progress in preparing the Local Plan and specifically on work to promote a development option for Tipner.  Approval is sought to (i) a publish consultation document with regards to the wider Local Plan work, supported by a range of technical documents (ii) to publish consultation document on the Tipner work, and (iii) to make a provisional revision to the Local Plan timetable set out in the Local Development Scheme.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet:

 

(1) Approve the Portsmouth Local Plan consultation document, and supporting evidence base documents for 6 weeks of public consultation.

 

(2) Approve the Tipner Strategic Development Area consultation document for 6 weeks of public consultation.

 

(3) Delegate authority to the Assistant Director City Development to modify and make editorial changes to the all consultation documents and supporting documents in consultation with the Cabinet Member for PRED (if required)

 

(4) Adopt the revised Local Development Scheme.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Cabinet:

 

(1) Approved the Portsmouth Local Plan consultation document, and supporting evidence base documents for 6 weeks of public consultation.

 

(2) Approved the Tipner Strategic Development Area consultation document for 6 weeks of public consultation.

 

(3) Delegated authority to the Assistant Director City Development to modify and make editorial changes to the all consultation documents and supporting documents in consultation with the Cabinet Member for PRED (if required).

 

(4) Adopted the revised Local Development Scheme.

 

(5) Requested that a cross party working group be established.

7.

PCC Budget and Council Tax 2019/20 and Medium Term Budget Forecast pdf icon PDF 658 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer (which is also being considered by full Council on 12 February) is to set the Council's overall Budget for the forthcoming year 2019/20 and the associated level of Council Tax necessary to fund that Budget.

 

The report makes recommendations on the level of Council spending for 2019/20 and the level of Council Tax in the context of the Council's Medium Term Financial Strategy with its stated aim as follows

 

Overall aim: "in year" expenditure matches "in year" income over the medium term whilst continuing the drive towards regeneration of the City, being innovative, creative and protecting the most important and valued

 

The recommended Budget for 2019/20 has been prepared on the basis of the decisions taken by the City Council on the 11 December 2018 relating to:

 

           An increase in the level of Council Tax for 2019/20 for general purposes of 2.99%

           A continuation of the opportunity to increase the level of Council Tax for an "Adult Social Care Precept" within the limits set by Central Government (i.e. a 1.5% increase for 2019/20), and the direct passporting of that additional funding to Adult Social Care to provide for otherwise unfunded cost pressures.

           The approved budget savings amounting to £4m

 

The report also provides a comprehensive revision of the Council's rolling 3 year future financial forecast for the new period 2020/21 to 2022/23 (i.e. compared to the previous forecast covering 2019/20 to 2021/22, this forecast now replaces the forecast for the previous 3 year period).  The forecast considers the future outlook for both spending and funding, and in that context, wider recommendations are made regarding the levels of reserves to be maintained and additional contributions to the Capital Programme in order to meet the Council's aspirations for the City as well as maintaining the Council's overall financial resilience.

 

Decision:

The recommendations in the report were referred to Council for approval, and are therefore not subject to call-in.

8.

Capital Programme 2018/19 onwards pdf icon PDF 491 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Financial Services and Section 151 Officer (which is also being considered by full Council on 12 February) is to:

 

·           Summarise the key features of the Capital Strategy approved by the City Council on 4th February 2009 and the revised Capital Investment Priorities of the City Council, approved by City Council on 24th January 2012.

 

·           Highlight the inter-relationship between the capital programme, the revenue budget and the Medium Term Financial Strategy

 

·           Determine the corporate capital resources available including:

 

o  Adjustments for under and overspendings to the existing approved Capital Programme

 

o  Update the capital resources available for all new and changed grants, capital receipts, revenue contributions and other contributions

 

o  The identification of any additional assets which the Administration wishes to declare surplus to requirements

 

·           Seek approval of the overall Capital Programme and "new starts" (including the Housing Investment Capital Programme) for 2019/20 and future years in accordance with the Capital Strategy

 

·           Describe and approve the Prudential Indicators arising from the revised Capital Programme 2018/19 to 2023/24

 

·           Delegate authority to the Section 151 Officer to alter the mix of capital funding to make best use of City Council resources

 

 

Decision:

The recommendations in the report were referred to Council for approval, and are therefore not subject to call-in, but with the following additional recommendations:

 

12)      That the Section 151 Officer, in consultation with the Leader, be given delegated authority to borrow as necessary for the Joint Venture limited liability partnership which is established to deliver the City Centre re-development as described in the report to the Cabinet on 5th February 2019 entitled "City Centre Regeneration"

 

13)      That prior to any borrowing described in Recommendation 12 above, a full business case and financial appraisal is prepared that can satisfactorily demonstrate with good certainty that cost savings / additional income or value uplift of the development which will accrue directly to the Council will at least cover the cost of that borrowing on a sustained basis over the lifetime of the borrowing undertaken

9.

Exercise of Standing Order 58 (information item)

The Cabinet is asked to note the following:

 

An urgent Cabinet decision was taken on 24 January 2019, with regard to a claim made against the Council. This decision was taken through the Chief Executive agreeing to exercise his powers in accordance and compliance with Standing Order 58 of the Council's procedure rules.

 

The matter concerned a requirement to settle a claim which is valid in law and for which the Council is liable in negligence for some damage to the claiming company

 

The settlement took into account the likely litigation costs of and associated with the claim put forward to avoid the risk of unnecessary and protracted litigation.

 

The settlement figure was beyond the delegated authority to the City Solicitor/Deputy City Solicitor to settle a claim - currently £50,000 which necessitated the exercise of Standing Order 58.

Decision:

The Cabinet noted the urgent action taken under Standing Order 58.

 

(This decision has already been taken and is not subject to call-in)

10.

Date of additional Cabinet meeting (information item)

To note the date of an additional Cabinet meeting to take place at 9am on Tuesday 26th February 2019.

Decision:

The additional Cabinet date of 26th February 2019 at 9am was noted.

11.

Procurement of a contractor of City Centre Regeneration (City Centre Road) pdf icon PDF 280 KB

The report by the Director of Regeneration seeks approval to progress and conclude the appointment of a contractor to deliver the new road and highways infrastructure required to deliver the wider redevelopment of the City Centre.

 

 

 

Decision:

The Cabinet:

(1)  Agreed to the progression and conclusion of the procurement to secure the framework Contractor as outlined above.

 

(2)  Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration to allow contracts to be let up to the value of £1m within this framework with the successful contractor.  In addition to this Delegated Authority was granted for contracts to be entered into between £1m and £5m to the Director of Regeneration following with the approval of Project Board, chaired by the Leader of the Council, and Section 151 Finance Officer.  (Anything above this will necessitate further Cabinet approval.)

12.

Exclusion of Press and Public

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet adopt the following motion:

 

“That, under the provisions of Section 100A of the Local Government Act, 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) Act, 1985, the press and public be excluded for the consideration of the following item on the grounds that the report(s) contain information defined as exempt in Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972”.

 

The public interest in maintaining the exemption must outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Under the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) England Regulations 2012, regulation 5, the reasons for exemption of the listed item is shown below.

 

Members of the public may make representation as to why the item should be held in open session.  A statement of the Council’s response to representations received will be given at the meeting so that this can be taken into account when members decide whether or not to deal with the item under exempt business.

 

(NB     The exempt/confidential committee papers on the agenda will contain information which is commercially, legally or personally sensitive and should not be divulged to third parties.  Members are reminded of standing order restrictions on the disclosure of exempt information and are invited to return their exempt documentation to the Local Democracy Officer at the conclusion of the meeting for shredding.)

 

Item

Paragraph

 

13 - City Centre Regeneration (appendices A-C only)

3 & 5*

 

 

 

 

*Exemption Paragraph Numbers

3 - Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

5 - Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

Decision:

(The resolution to uphold the exemption of appendices to the report on City Centre Regeneration Proposed Heads of Terms was passed)

13.

City Centre Regeneration (proposed Heads of Terms) pdf icon PDF 431 KB

The report by the Director of Regeneration is asking Cabinet to support the regeneration of Portsmouth's City Centre. This proposal is the first step on a journey to revitalise the City Centre and focuses on the long under used Tricorn site (currently under a long lease to the Delancey Group) together with other adjoining Council and Delancey Group owned land assets.  (An indicative red line plan can be found in confidential appendix A.)

 

The report proposes that the Council and DV4 Limited (a Delancey Group owned vehicle) enter into a limited liability partnership ("LLP") on an equal 50/50 basis.  The LLP will assemble land, design and co-develop the sites in line with the Council's aspirations for the regeneration of this area and to revitalise Commercial Road.

 

(Appendices A-C are exempt)

 

RECOMMENDED that Cabinet:

 

(1)       Agree the Heads of Terms for the joint venture LLP with the DDV4 as proposed.

 

(2)       Delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Information Services, the Head of Legal and the Director of Regeneration to negotiate and enter into the joint venture LLP in line with the agreed Heads of Terms.

 

(3)       Delegate to the Director of Regeneration the management of spend on project related works against the capital budgets for the City Centre Regeneration.  Spend will include negotiations and agreement of contracts, co-development of a feasibility study to ensure that the joint venture is fundable and delivers economic and commercial benefits for the Council and co-developing a meanwhile use for the site.

 

(4)       Delegate authority to the Leader and S151 Officer for the use of unsupported borrowing to fund the joint venture, subject to agreeing that the proposals are feasible and viable.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Consideration of this item was DEFERRED with a report due back to a future Cabinet meeting.