Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 2.00 pm

Venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Vicky Hibbert or Anne Gowing  020 8541 9938 Email: anne.gowing@surreycc.gov.uk

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

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MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: 27 October 2015

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

    To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests from Members in respect of any item to be considered at the meeting.

     

    Notes:

    ·        In line with the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012, declarations may relate to the interest of the member, or the member’s spouse or civil partner, or a person with whom the member is living as husband or wife, or a person with whom the member is living as if they were civil partners and the member is aware they have the interest.

    ·        Members need only disclose interests not currently listed on the Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.

    ·        Members must notify the Monitoring Officer of any interests disclosed at the meeting so they may be added to the Register.

    ·        Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were none.

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PROCEDURAL MATTERS

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Members' Questions

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Public Questions

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Petitions

    The deadline for petitions was 14 days before the meeting, one petition has been received from Karena Marchant. It has 188 signatures.

    The petition states: Revoke the decision to tender a single provider for sensory services and to tender for Deaf and VI services separately

    ‘Surrey has made the decision to put out a single tender for sensory services - no consultation with user groups. This means that Deaf people will not have the social services expertise and language access that they previously had, which has become more and more eroded since the dissolution of the DST in 2011. A specialist VI service is not a Deaf specialist service.’

     

     

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    One petition was received, from Karena Marchant. A response from the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence was tabled at the meeting, and is attached as Appendix 1.

    Minutes:

    One petition was received, from Kerena Marchant. A response from the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence was tabled at the meeting, and is attached as Appendix 1, together with the petitioner’s statement, attached as Appendix 1A.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence thanked the petitioner for attending the meeting to present her petition and addressed the two issues raised by the petitioner. He gave an assurance that the new contract would be closely monitored to ensure it delivered the standards as described in the service specification.  

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Representations received on reports to be considered in private

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Approval to award a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and the provision of mobility and independent living skills pdf icon PDF 178 KB

    This Cabinet report seeks approval to award a three year contract with an option to extend for up to two additional one year periods to Sight for Surrey for the provision of combined sensory services and mobility and independent living skills, to commence on 1 February 2016. Annual value of this contract is £1.5m. The report provides details of the procurement process, including the results of the evaluation, and, in conjunction with the Part 2 report demonstrates why the recommended award delivers value for money and meets the needs of individuals in Surrey.

     

    In line with the general responsibilities of local authorities under the Care Act 2014 Surrey County Council must promote wellbeing of individuals, empowering adults and children to remain active in their local communities with support to access services and activities that help them sustain their independence. The Friends Family and Community agenda supports this. Key to this is the provision of appropriately commissioned services and access to information, advice and support to help individuals receive a timely diagnosis and community based support thereafter. These principles will be at the heart of the new contract for combined sensory services and mobility and independent living skills services that will be delivered to Surrey residents from 1 February 2016.

     

    N.B. An annex containing exempt information is contained in Part 2 of the agenda – item 18.

     

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by either the Wellbeing& Health Scrutiny Board or the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board]

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and for the provision of mobility and independent living skills be awarded to Sight for Surrey starting from 1 February 2016 for a period of three years with an option to extend on an annual basis for two more years.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The current separate contracts listed below are due to expire on 31 January 2016.

     

    A.    Contract for the provision of services for people with visual impairments delivered by Sight for Surrey

    B.    Contract for the provision of services for people with hearing impairments delivered by First Point

    The contract listed below expired on 31 October 2015 with temporary arrangements currently in place to ensure continued service delivery.

     

    C.   Contract for provision of mobility and independent living skills delivered by Sight for Surrey 

    A joint contract for adults and children’s demonstrates best practice and has the biggest potential to deliver improved outcomes for Surrey residents and will provide value for money.

     

    This joint contract will ensure that Surrey residents continue to receive a timely provision of service, and enable Surrey County Council to continue to meet its statutory duties to provide appropriate services to people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment, dual sensory loss, people who are Deaf, people who use British Sign Language, and to children for provision of mobility and independent living skills.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

     

    Minutes:

    [Note: This item was moved up the agenda and taken next]

     

    The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence said that this report soughtapproval to award a three year contract with an option to extend for up to two additional one year periods to Sight for Surrey for the provision of combined sensory services and mobility and independent living skills, to commence on 1 February 2016.

     

    He stated that the Council believed that combining visual and hearing impairment services across the County would improve outcomes for Surrey residents and also provide value for money. He also said that two commissioning strategies had informed the re-commissioning process: (i) the Adults Joint Commissioning Strategy, and (ii) the Children’s Commissioning Strategy.

     

    He referred to the Equalities Impact Assessment, attached as an Annex to the report and confirmed that a range of positive impacts had been identified for all groups, including increased flexibility of provision for individuals and carers.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement said that she was fully aware of the importance of the service provision which enabled these children and young people to have full access to the academic, mobility and independence skills to help them achieve their potential. She was confident that the new contract would deliver the right provision for 0-25 year olds. Finally, she confirmed that the contract would be closely monitored.

     

    Other Cabinet Members made the following points:

     

    ·         The procurement strategy – that the tenders received had been evaluated against a number of ‘quality’ questions, including ‘added value’.

    ·         The Equality Impact Assessment had included evidence which would ensure its compliance with the statutory and legal requirements, as set out in the Care Act 2014.

    ·         The aim of this contract was ‘outcome based commissioning’ rather than just providing a service.

    ·         The specification of this contract was jointly drafted and had incorporated both Adults’ and Schools and Learning’s requirements.

    ·         Assurance was requested that hearing was equally important to the proposed contract provider - Sight for Surrey.

    ·         The Monitoring Officer had confirmed that the Council was complying with the general responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

    ·         Finally, attention was drawn to paragraph 30 of the report which said that the contract would include a termination clause.

    RESOLVED:

     

    That a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and for the provision of mobility and independent living skills be awarded to Sight for Surrey starting from 1 February 2016 for a period of three years with an option to extend on an annual basis for two more years.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The current separate contracts listed below are due to expire on 31 January 2016.

     

    A.    Contract for the provision of services for people with visual impairments delivered by Sight for Surrey

    B.    Contract for the provision of services for people with hearing impairments delivered by First Point

    The contract listed below expired on 31 October 2015 with temporary arrangements currently in place to ensure continued service delivery.

     

    C.   Contract for provision of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 225/15

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REPORTS FROM SCRUTINY BOARDS, TASK GROUPS, LOCAL COMMITTEES AND OTHER COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 21 KB

    Recommendations from Resident Experience Scrutiny Board in relation to:

     

    (i)         Annual Scrutiny of Community Safety Partnerships

     

    (ii)        Discussion of ‘Enabling closer working between the Emergency Services consultation’

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resident Experience Board – two recommendations were received, relating to:

     

    (i)         Annual Scrutiny of Community Safety Partnerships

     

    (ii)        Discussion of ‘Enabling closer working between the Emergency Services consultation’

     

    The responses from the Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing is attached as Appendix 2 and 3 respectively.

    Minutes:

    Resident Experience Board – two recommendations were received, relating to:

     

    (i)         Annual Scrutiny of Community Safety Partnerships

     

    (ii)        Discussion of ‘Enabling closer working between the Emergency Services consultation’

     

    The responses from the Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing is attached as Appendix 2 and 3 respectively.

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Finance and Budget Monitoring Report for October 2015 pdf icon PDF 136 KB

    The council takes a multiyear approach to its budget planning and monitoring, recognising the two are inextricably linked. This report presents the council’s financial position as at 31 October 2015 (month seven).

    The Annex to this report gives details of the financial position but please note that the Annex will be circulated separately prior to the Cabinet meeting.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Council Overview Board]

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That the report be noted, including the following:

     

    1.         That the council forecasts a £3.0m overall revenue budget underspend at year end, which includes use of £6.9m central government grant plus temporary use of a £0.8m unplanned underspend against Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards budget to offset pressures in Adult Social Care, as set out in the Annex, paragraph 1 of the submitted report.

    2.         That services are forecast to achieve £63.1m efficiencies and service reductions by year end, as set out in the Annex, paragraph 41 of the submitted report.

    3.         That the total forecast capital expenditure for 2015/16, including long term investments, is £196.8m, as set out in the Annex, paragraph 54 of the submitted report.

    4.         That services’ management actions to mitigate overspends, were set out throughout the submitted report.

    5.         That £0.9m increase to the existing B4S school improvement programme over the next two years, specifically to focus on creating a leadership development package for schools and to increase the number of high quality mainstream places for students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities, as set out in the Annex, paragraphs 3 to 6 of the submitted report, be approved.

    6.       That £2.2m spending reductions Public Health, which have been identified to meet the cut in the Public Health ring fenced grant, announced by the Chancellor in June 2015 and recently confirmed by the Department of Health, as set out in Annex, paragraphs 7 to 8 of the submitted report, be approved.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    This report is presented to comply with the agreed policy of providing a monthly budget monitoring report to Cabinet for approval and action as necessary.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Council Overview Board]

     

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council presented the budget monitoring report for the seventh month of the 2015/16 financial year, covering the period up to 31 October 2015. He said that the County Council faced ever more intense pressures and hard choices as service demand grew and funding declined and drew attention to recommendation 6, the approval of a £2.2m in-year spending reduction because the Department of Health had confirmed that would be taken from the Council’s Public Health grant.

     

    He confirmed, as stated at previous Cabinet meetings, that the Council’s financial strategy had four key drivers to ensure sound governance in managing finances and providing value for money.

     

    These were:

     

    1.  To keep any additional call on the council taxpayer to a minimum

    The current forecast for the end of year revenue position was for an underspend of £3.0m and he was confident that Cabinet’s support for managers’ actions would make this the sixth consecutive year that the Council had a small underspend or balanced outturn across the Council. He said that the Council’s multi-year approach to financial management aimed to smooth resource fluctuations over five years and managing budgets and overall resources to achieve a small underspend was important for giving some headroom and flexibility for managing  spending plans for future years.

    He stressed the importance of understanding the Council’s underlying demand and savings pressures and drew attention to the Adult Social Care forecast which include £7.7m one off support, which if left unchecked, would add to future years’ pressures.

     

    2. To continuously drive the efficiency agenda

    That, at the end of October, services forecast delivering £63.1m efficiencies. Of this, £33m had either already been implemented or were on track, £8m had some issues, £19m were additional in-year or one off savings and £3m were considered to be at risk.

    3. To reduce the Council’s reliance on council tax and government grant income.

    That reducing reliance on government grants and council tax was key to balancing the Council’s budgets over the longer term and that the Revolving Infrastructure and Investment Fund was forecast to invest another £31m this year.

    4. To continue to maximise our investment in Surrey    

    Finally, he said that the Council’s £696m capital programme for 2015-20, not only improved and maintained Council services, it was also a way of investing in Surrey and generating income for the Council, with the forecast capital programme of £197m investment in 2015/16.

    Other Cabinet Members were invited to highlight the key points and issues from their portfolios, as set out in the Annex to the report.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the report be noted, including the following:

     

    1.      That the council forecasts a £3.0m overall revenue budget underspend at year end, which includes use of £6.9m central government grant plus temporary use of a £0.8m unplanned underspend against Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards budget to offset pressures in Adult Social Care, as set out in the Annex, paragraph 1 of the submitted report.

    2.      That services are forecast to achieve £63.1m efficiencies and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 227/15

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Financial prospects for the Medium Term Financial Plan 2016-2021 pdf icon PDF 442 KB

    Significant work has taken place to up-date the financial prospects for the council for the next Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP 2016-21), since Cabinet considered the refresh of the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP 2015-20) on 29 July 2015. This report updates Members on the latest financial prospects for this period ahead of development of the formal budget for 2016/17 in February 2016.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Council Overview Board]

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That the report be noted, including the following:

     

    1.      That the Chancellor of the Exchequer will publish his Spending Review on 25 November 2015 and that financial planning assumptions may alter subsequently, meaning development of a formal draft budget is not sensible at this stage, as set out in paragraph 7 of the submitted report.

    2.      The strategic financial challenge that the council faces, specifically:

    o    the significant, growing and non-controllable demand for services delivered by county councils (in particular adult and children’s social care), as set out in paragraph 9 of the submitted report.

    o    that the failure to fund, and therefore protect these services, will lead to very significant cost consequences on the health sector finance pressures, as set out in paragraph 10 of the submitted report.

    o    that while County Councils in two-tier areas have the responsibility for delivering high demographic non-controllable demand services, they do not have the full range of options that are available to unitary local authorities to raise funding through other services (e.g. parking charges), as set out in paragraph 11 of the submitted report.

    o    that County Councils are further disadvantaged by the Government’s apportionment ratios for allocating funds within the local government sector, as set out in paragraph 12 of the submitted report.

    o    that County Councils have to, therefore, put greater reliance on Council Tax to fund services, as set out in paragraph 12 of the submitted report.

    o    that Surrey County Council has one of the lowest government funding per head of all upper tier local authorities, as set out in paragraph 16 of the submitted report.

    o    That Surrey County Council is particularly dependent on Council Tax to fund services, as a consequence of their low level of Government funding, as set out in paragraph 16 of the submitted report.

    3.      The effectiveness of the strategic actions the Council has taken over recent years to manage the financial challenge be noted, in particular:

    o   that the loss of Government grants since 2010/11 (£93m) is greater than the increase in Council Tax (£80m) over the same period, as set out in paragraph 17 of the submitted report.

    o   the successful delivery of £329m of efficiencies since 2010/11 (forecast to rise to £396m by the end of 2015/16) through continual improvement in processes and significant transformational change, as set out in paragraph 19 of the submitted report.

    o   that the level of efficiencies gained since 2010 effectively off-sets the increased service pressures over the same period (efficiencies total £396m and pressures total £382m between 2010/11 and 2015/16), as set out in paragraph 20 of the submitted report.

    o   the improved efficiency across many key services, resulting in reduced unit costs, as set out in paragraph 20 of the submitted report.

    4.      The consequences of the strategic actions taken:

    o   that the current level of efficiencies is not sustainable and that, without additional funding, services will have to be cut , as set out in paragraph 21 of the submitted report.  ...  view the full decision text for item 228/15

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council said that he was pleased to share a report setting out the financial prospects for the County Council for the next five years.

    He said that previously the budget proposals had been considered by Cabinet in February. However, for this year, he wanted to update Cabinet on the latest financial position earlier, in order to help with transparency and to assist the Scrutiny Boards.

     

    He also wanted to put on record the strategic financial challenges facing the Council, which were significant and reflected the high demographic demand pressures the Council faced plus the specific implications of how County Councils were funded. He said that the report set out the preliminary financial position and stated that more work was required to ensure a balance budget for 2016/17 was set in February 2016. This further work would be undertaken after the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the Local Government’s Financial Settlement, due in December.

     

    Other Members of the Cabinet Team made the following points:

     

    ·         That Table 1 in the report illustrated that Surrey residents received the lowest Formula Grant Support per head of any county area and the third lowest of all English upper tier areas.

    ·         That for the last two years, the County Council had used reserves to deliver a balanced budget and that much of the reserves held in general balances were earmarked for particular expenditure.

    ·         Figure 7 clearly set out the budget efficiencies already achieved and future required savings.

    ·         Figure 5 forecast Adult Social Care Unit Costs, which had significantly reduces over the past few years and also the Client Volumes, forecast to continue upwards.

    ·         That the capital programme for school places had increased from £54m to £75m per year and that a key element for meeting the increased demand was working with Government and other parties to create more free schools.

    ·         The funding allocation for Surrey’s road network.

     

    In summing up, the Leader of the Council drew attention to an additional bullet point proposed within recommendation (2), namely:

     

    ‘That Surrey County Council is particularly dependent on council tax to fund services, as a consequence of their low level of Government funding, as set out in paragraph 16 of the submitted report.’

     

    RESOLVED (as amended):

     

    That the report be noted, including the following:

     

    1.      That the Chancellor of the Exchequer will publish his Spending Review on 25 November 2015 and that financial planning assumptions may alter subsequently, meaning development of a formal draft budget is not sensible at this stage, as set out in paragraph 7 of the submitted report.

    2.      The strategic financial challenge that the council faces, specifically:

    o    the significant, growing and non-controllable demand for services delivered by county councils (in particular adult and children’s social care), as set out in paragraph 9 of the submitted report.

    o    that the failure to fund, and therefore protect these services, will lead to very significant cost consequences on the health sector finance pressures, as set out in paragraph 10 of the submitted report.

    o  ...  view the full minutes text for item 228/15

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School Organisation Plan pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    The Cabinet is asked to consider the Surrey School Organisation Plan 2015/16 - 2024/25 and for recommendation to Council on 8 December 2015 to determine its publication.

     

    This is a contextual document that sets out the policies and principles underpinning school organisation in Surrey. It highlights the likely demand for school places projected over a 10 year period, and set out any potential changes in school organisation that may be required in order to meet the statutory duty to provide sufficient places.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That the School Organisation Plan 2015/16 - 2024/25 be approved for recommendation to Council to determine its publication.

     

    Reasons for Decision:

     

    The School Organisation Plan is a key document used by schools and education stakeholders in considering long term plans. It is necessary to review the Plan to ensure that the best and most up to date information is published for use in this planning process.

     

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement said that the School Organisation Plan set out the policies and principles underpinning school organisation in Surrey and highlighted the likely demand for school places projected over a 10 year period. It set out any potential changes in school organisation that may be required in order to meet the Authority’s statutory duty to provide sufficient places.

     

    She said that the current position in Surrey remained one of a rising permanent school population across the county, despite a plateau in the birth rate in 2013. The sharp increase in primary cohorts was also now starting to impact on the secondary sector. She also confirmed that the County Council worked closely with Boroughs and Districts to ensure that appropriate contributions from developers were received to meet future educational infrastructure and that the Council would continue to work with the Department for Education for a fairer funding settlement.

     

    Other key points highlighted by the Cabinet Member were that Elmbridge was the fastest growing borough in terms of overall population and that 197 languages other than English were spoken by children and young people in Surrey schools.

     

    Points made by other Cabinet Members included: (i) that the County Council had maintained its statutory duty and had offered all Surrey children a school place,

    (ii) School expansion in their areas and the number of bulge classes throughout the county, and (iii) the importance of accurate forecasting.

     

    Finally, the Cabinet Member thanked officers from the School Commissioning Team for the compilation of the School Organisation Plan and commended it to Cabinet for recommendation at the next meeting of the County Council on 8 December 2015.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the School Organisation Plan 2015/16 - 2024/25 be approved for recommendation to Council to determine its publication.

     

    Reasons for Decision:

     

    The School Organisation Plan is a key document used by schools and education stakeholders in considering long term plans. It is necessary to review the Plan to ensure that the best and most up to date information is published for use in this planning process.

     

     

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Future Options for the Management of Gypsy Traveller Caravan Sites pdf icon PDF 142 KB

    Surrey County Council owns a portfolio of Gypsy Traveller Caravan sites. This report provides the options as to how these sites might be managed in the future, developing a medium term strategy that will deliver financial savings to Surrey County Council whilst protecting their existing use.  

      

    At this early stage, Cabinet is asked to approve the principle of looking at alternative ways in which sites can be managed, including possible transfer of sites to the residents or to a Housing Authority or disposal to a single private purchaser.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by either the Council Overview Board or the Economic Prosperity, Environment and Highways Scrutiny Board]

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    1.       That a review of future arrangements for the management of its caravan sites be approved.

     

    2.       That final recommendations will be made to Cabinet for full consideration in 2016.   

              

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    Whilst historically a statutory duty was placed on County Councils to provide and manage caravan sites, this has not been the case for over 20 years, with relevant responsibilities now being placed upon the local housing and local planning authorities to ensure sufficient sites are provided in their area. 

     

    Different approaches have been taken over the years to optimise the management of Surrey County Council’s existing sites, however such direct provision is not the Council’s core business and a review of alternatives could deliver this service more effectively, produce savings and provide an improved experience for site residents.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by either the Council Overview Board or the Economic Prosperity, Environment and Highways Scrutiny Board]

     

    Minutes:

    Introducing this report, the Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience said that the statutory duty to ensure that there was sufficient provision of pitches for gypsies and travellers was the responsibility of Boroughs and Districts.

     

    She said that Surrey County Council owned a portfolio of Gypsy Traveller Caravan sites and this report provided options as to how these sites might be managed in the future, developing a medium term strategy that would deliver financial savings to Surrey County Council whilst protecting their existing use.  Three options were set out in the report but that did not preclude other options being considered by Property Services.

      

    At this early stage, Cabinet was being asked to approve the principle of looking at alternative ways in which sites can be managed.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.       That a review of future arrangements for the management of its caravan sites be approved.

     

    2.       That final recommendations will be made to Cabinet for full consideration in 2016.   

               

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    Whilst historically a statutory duty was placed on County Councils to provide and manage caravan sites, this has not been the case for over 20 years, with relevant responsibilities now being placed upon the local housing and local planning authorities to ensure sufficient sites are provided in their area. 

     

    Different approaches have been taken over the years to optimise the management of Surrey County Council’s existing sites, however such direct provision is not the Council’s core business and a review of alternatives could deliver this service more effectively, produce savings and provide an improved experience for site residents.

     

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Shaping Surrey's Community Recycling Centres pdf icon PDF 330 KB

    The Environment Service has identified a number of efficiency measures in the operation of Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) that will lead to operational cost reductions of £1.8 million per year.

     

    The CRCs are the most highly rated service provided by SCC, with over 80% of users stating that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the service. A public consultation was carried out over the summer seeking Surrey residents’ and other stakeholders’ views on the cost savings options (Para 17).

     

    Having taken into consideration these factors, this report recommends implementing changes that will:

     

    ·          Reduce contract costs and improve efficiencies.

    ·         Retain all fifteen existing CRCs and ensure these are operated efficiently.

    ·         Protect the use of the sites for the deposit of household waste by Surrey residents, by excluding the free use of sites by traders, and enabling Surrey residents to deposit reasonable amounts of non-household waste.

    ·         Retain a comprehensive service but with a reduction in opening times, and days, when sites are less well used on value for money grounds.

    ·         Develop a strategy to tackle fly tipping in Surrey.

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Economic Prosperity, Environment and Highways Scrutiny Board]

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That changes, as set out below, are implemented as soon as is operationally possible:

     

    1.       Officers continue to work with SITA Surrey to pursue operational efficiencies and cost reduction measures.

    2.       Officers continue to work with SITA to enforce the Council’s existing trade waste and resident scheme policies.

    3.       Weekday opening hours at the Community Recycling Centres be reduced at the least busy times in order to ensure the sites run as efficiently as possible.

    4.       Opening days be reduced in order to fit with demand for the service, but to ensure that a number of sites are always made available to residents on a daily basis.

    5.       Charging to cover costs for non-household items, comprising large gas bottles and car tyres, should be implemented across the service.

    6.       Charging to cover costs for asbestos should not be implemented.

    7.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director, Environment and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to devise how to implement a charging scheme which allows residents to deposit small amounts of inert building material and plasterboard free of charge.

    8.       Reuse shops will be opened at suitable sites across the network to reduce waste sent for disposal and generate additional income.

    9.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director, Environment and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning to lead a new initiative to co-ordinate and enhance the fly-tipping investigation, prevention and enforcement activities of district and borough councils, the Police and the Environment Agency.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    All council services are required to consider options for cost reduction. Any savings must be recommended with due regard to the customer and stakeholder views expressed through consultation. As Annex 2 of the submitted report shows, there are times and days when it is not value for money to operate the sites.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Economic Prosperity, Environment and Highways Scrutiny Board]

     

     

    Minutes:

    Prior to the Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning introducing the report, the Chairman of the Economic Prosperity, Environment and Highways Scrutiny Board was invited to speak.

     

    He informed Members that his Scrutiny Board had considered the proposals for shaping Surrey’s Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) and that his overall position was to support the proposals, in principle. However, he made two suggestions for consideration: they should have an environmental benefit and also that any recycling should be viable.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning began his introduction by recognising the high regard that residents had for the community recycling centres and said that this Council had recognised this by investing over £9m in upgrading them in recent years.

     

    However, he said that, with the financial pressures the Council faced, particularly in adult social care and education, CRCs could not remain immune from cost saving scrutiny.

     

    He explained the consultation process undertaken and said that over 4500 members of the public and other organisations had responded and that the proposals set out in the report took the feedback into account. Also, that officers were engaging with the contractor SUEZ to identify further opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings.

     

    He highlighted the key proposals from the report and commended them to Cabinet.

     

    Finally, he said that he recognised the concerns that of some of those responding to the consultation had, with regard to the potential for an increase in fly tipping and said that the Council was working with the relevant partners to develop a Surrey fly tipping strategy. He also informed Cabinet that he was meeting Rory Stewart, the Government Minister regarding Surrey’s approach to waste and would be seeking Government support.

     

    Other Members of the Cabinet considered that this was a good report and made the following points:

     

    ·         Making use of Social Media, including Twitter and Facebook

    ·         An assurance that residents would be made aware of any changes to the opening times at their recycling centres

    ·         The importance of balancing this provision alongside other County Council services, whilst still providing Value for Money. 

    RESOLVED:

     

    That changes, as set out below, are implemented as soon as is operationally possible:

     

    1.       Officers continue to work with SITA Surrey to pursue operational efficiencies and cost reduction measures.

    2.       Officers continue to work with SITA to enforce the Council’s existing trade waste and resident scheme policies.

    3.       Weekday opening hours at the Community Recycling Centres be reduced at the least busy times in order to ensure the sites run as efficiently as possible.

    4.       Opening days be reduced in order to fit with demand for the service, but to ensure that a number of sites are always made available to residents on a daily basis.

    5.       Charging to cover costs for non-household items, comprising large gas bottles and car tyres, should be implemented across the service.

    6.       Charging to cover costs for asbestos should not be implemented.

    7.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director, Environment and Infrastructure, in consultation with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 231/15

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Progressing the Integration of Health and Social Care pdf icon PDF 169 KB

    Having grown and developed over time, the move towards integrated services has become a fundamental part of the way the Council and its partners develop and deliver services. This has been accelerated in health and social care by the introduction of the Better Care Fund and is a key strategy for Surrey’s Adult Social Care service to manage demand.

     

    Due to differing contexts and local needs across the six Clinical Commissioning Group areas in Surrey, the speed and form of integration is not identical in each area. This report provides the Cabinet with an updated position and requests approval for the direction of travel including the ‘fast-track’ approach in two of the areas.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    1.         That the progress made towards the integration of health and social care, particularly in North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath CCG areas be noted.

    2.         That the development of frameworks to support integration, such as pooled budgets or the development of separate integrated care organisations, be approved.

    3.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director of Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, the Director of Public Health and the Director of Finance, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, to approve pooled budget agreements for the integration of health and social care.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The approach to integration proposed will support the provision of better outcomes to Surrey residents at less cost and enable the council to better influence and control the source of demand for social care services.

     

    The proposals further work towards expanding pooled budgets beyond those currently within the remit of the Better Care Fund under Section 75 agreements. Including more Adult Social Care and NHS funding, with agreement on shared risks, will ensure we are jointly focusing on reducing the increasing demands on our services.

     

    ‘Fast-tracking’ two areas will provide learning for the rest of the County and support the local approach of the right pace and form for each area dependent on needs and context.

     

    The models and degrees of integration available are varied and range between, for example, co-location, joint commissioning arrangements, one accountable organisation as a  lead commissioner, pooled budgets and the creation of a separate integrated care organisation. All key decisions required in the progress to integration will follow the County Council’s due process, and where required will be reported back or brought to the Cabinet for decision. 

     

    Pursuing opportunities for further integration will help to ensure the County Council

    meets its statutory duties, set out in both the Care Act 2014 and the Health and

    Social Care Act 2012, for encouraging and promoting the integration of health and

    social care.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health said that this report provided a synopsis of the move towards integrated services which had been accelerated in health and social care by the introduction of the Better Care Fund. This was a key strategy for Surrey’s Adult Social Care service to manage increasing demand.

     

    She said that, due to differing contexts and local needs across the six Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas in Surrey, the speed and form of integration was not identical in each area and this report provided the Cabinet with an updated position and requested approval for the direction of travel including the ‘fast-track’ approach in two of the CCG areas.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence agreed that this was an important report which set out the future strategy for integration going forward. He drew attention to the Financial and Value for Money implications, as set out in the report, and said that it was important that funds were only pooled for services that would be directly impacted by integration plans and also that it was equally important that there was a clear agreement on how financial risks were shared.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement was pleased to report that the Woking Community Hub would be opening on 16 December 2015 and that she hoped that it would alleviate pressure for services at St Peter’s hospital.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.         That the progress made towards the integration of health and social care, particularly in North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath CCG areas be noted.

    2.         That the development of frameworks to support integration, such as pooled budgets or the development of separate integrated care organisations, be approved.

    3.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director of Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, the Director of Public Health and the Director of Finance, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, to approve pooled budget agreements for the integration of health and social care.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The approach to integration proposed will support the provision of better outcomes to Surrey residents at less cost and enable the council to better influence and control the source of demand for social care services.

     

    The proposals further work towards expanding pooled budgets beyond those currently within the remit of the Better Care Fund under Section 75 agreements. Including more Adult Social Care and NHS funding, with agreement on shared risks, will ensure we are jointly focusing on reducing the increasing demands on our services.

     

    ‘Fast-tracking’ two areas will provide learning for the rest of the County and support the local approach of the right pace and form for each area dependent on needs and context.

     

    The models and degrees of integration available are varied and range between, for example, co-location, joint commissioning arrangements, one accountable organisation as a  lead commissioner, pooled budgets and the creation of a separate integrated care organisation. All key decisions required in the progress  ...  view the full minutes text for item 232/15

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Procurement Process for Community Health Services pdf icon PDF 180 KB

    The integration of health and social care is a key strategy for Surrey County Council and its partners to improve outcomes for residents and enhance the sustainability of the whole system. Public Health are part of this system and commission a range of services for adults and children that are key to delivering better health and wellbeing outcomes.

     

    This report outlines the commissioning and procurement process for Community Health Services that is taking place across Surrey. Final contract award is anticipated to take place in August 2016 and will include services that are commissioned by the Council – including School Nursing and Health Visiting. This will assist with the integration of health and social care.

     

    There are a number of recommendations that Cabinet are asked to approve to process with the procurement of these services.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    1.         That a procurement process with the NHS for Health Visiting, School Nursing, Parent Infant Mental Health and CAHMS Community Nurses be approved and include these within the Associate Commissioner arrangement between Surrey County Council and the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey, as set out in paragraphs 9 and 10 of the submitted report. The process will be led by North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group with the Council as a key partner.

    2.         That approval be granted to council officers to negotiate contract extensions with East Surrey CCG and First Community Health and Care for the provision of Health Visiting and School Nursing services.

    3.         That the award of new contracts with each of the Community Health Service providers for the provision of CAMHS Community Nursing and Parent Infant Mental Health Services, from 1 April 2015 to the earliest date possible that can be agreed with health partners, be approved.

    4.       That delegation of the decision making authority to the Strategic Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health and the Head of Procurement to sit on the Committee in Common, to be involved in the determination of the procurement and tendering process, including timeframes, and to award the contracts for the above services be approved.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    Commissioning and procuring NHS and public health services jointly will help to provide a seamless service for users and carers and reflects the synergies that exist between the services commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Council. Whilst North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group will lead the process the Council is a key partner due to the services included in the procurement.

     

    Delegating decision making authority to the Strategic Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health and Head of Procurement, as part of a Committee in Common will allow for decisions on the procurement of Community Health Services in Surrey, to be made collectively with Clinical Commissioning Groups in line with the procurement time frames. All key decisions in the procurement process will follow the County Council’s due process, and where required will be reported back or brought to the Cabinet for decision. 

     

    Aligning the timeframes for the commissioning and procurement of these services will address the issue of current contract expiry for the CAMHS Community Nurse Services and Parent Infant Mental Health Services delivered by the three Community Health Providers. It will also reduce the need to go out to market on multiple occasions.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health said that this report outlined the commissioning and procurement process for Community Health Services that was taking place across Surrey. The final contract award was anticipated to take place in August 2016 and would include services that were commissioned by the Council. There were a number of recommendations for Cabinet to approve to progress with the procurement of these services.

     

    She drew attention to proposed revised recommendations (3) and (4):

     

    Recommendation 3 – deleting ‘ 31 March 2017’ and replacing it with ‘the earliest date possible that can be agreed with health partners’

     

    Recommendation 4 – adding in ‘including timeframes’ after ‘procurement tendering process...’

     

    Finally, she asked Cabinet to note that a ‘Committee in Common’ would be established – this would allow for procurement timeframes to be met whilst each organisation involved in the Community Health Services procurement retained its own decision making authority.

     

    The Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement confirmed that she support the recommendations and drew attention to Annex A of the report which listed the services currently being considered within the Community Health Services procurement process.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.         That a procurement process with the NHS for Health Visiting, School Nursing, Parent Infant Mental Health and CAHMS Community Nurses be approved and include these within the Associate Commissioner arrangement between Surrey County Council and the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey, as set out in paragraphs 9 and 10 of the submitted report. The process will be led by North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group with the Council as a key partner.

    2.         That approval be granted to council officers to negotiate contract extensions with East Surrey CCG and First Community Health and Care for the provision of Health Visiting and School Nursing services.

    3.         That the award of new contracts with each of the Community Health Service providers for the provision of CAMHS Community Nursing and Parent Infant Mental Health Services, from 1 April 2015 to the earliest date possible that can be agreed with health partners, be approved.

    4.       That delegation of the decision making authority to the Strategic Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health and the Head of Procurement to sit on the Committee in Common, to be involved in the determination of the procurement and tendering process, including timeframes, and to award the contracts for the above services be approved.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    Commissioning and procuring NHS and public health services jointly will help to provide a seamless service for users and carers and reflects the synergies that exist between the services commissioned by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Council. Whilst North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group will lead the process the Council is a key partner due to the services included in the procurement.

     

    Delegating decision making authority to the Strategic Director in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health and Head of Procurement, as part of a Committee in Common will allow for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 233/15

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East Surrey Integrated Reablement Unit pdf icon PDF 155 KB

    This report outlines a proposal to create a ‘beacon’ service for a new Integrated Reablement Unit and specialist elderly frail service as part of the health and social care system transformation in East Surrey

     

    The integration of health and social care is a key strategic priority for Surrey County Council and its partners to improve outcomes for residents and enhance the sustainability of the whole system. The proposal to develop the Integrated Reablement Unit highlights the partnership working that is taking place between Surrey County Council and the NHS.

     

    The timing of this provision is very important to being able to manage the increase in demand associated with winter and the additional pressure this creates on health and social care services.

     

    The Integrated Reablement Unit would contribute to the Council’s corporate Wellbeing objective by supporting older people to be discharged from hospital appropriately and live independently in the community.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    1.       That Surrey County Council’s initial investment of £1.7m in an Integrated Reablement Unit on the East Surrey Hospital site in Redhill operated by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust be approved.

     

    2.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director for Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health, to approve legal arrangements to develop and bring the Integrated Reablement Unit into operation.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The provision of an Integrated Reablement Unit in East Surrey will provide an improved process for discharge from hospital and enable Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SaSH), East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (ES CCG) and Surrey County Council (SCC) to make better use of their available resources. It will be the first step in system transformation in East Surrey to provide a better service to Surrey residents. The creation of the unit will release immediate financial savings for the health system and is anticipated to achieve cost avoidance for the County Council.

     

    The Integrated Reablement Unit will allow people to receive an intense rehabilitation service which will enable greater independence on discharge. This will in turn ensure that more can be delivered for less cost but with improved outcomes, helping to maximise efficiency across both Health and Social Care.

     

    Developing the unit at pace will mean that it will be ‘up and running’ in time to help support the health and social care system with ‘winter pressures’.  During the winter months there is increasing demand on services, especially bed capacity at East Surrey Hospital. This Unit will ensure people receive a timely assessment which will provide an individual support plan detailing need and how this will be met.

     

    All people transferred to the Integrated Reablement Unit will be medically fit for discharge from the acute wards. Transferring to the Integrated Reablement Unit will reduce the risk of further infections, consequently reducing the risk of increased length of stay for people in a hospital environment. Discharge processes will be more streamlined, which would provide better out comes for people.

     

    The Integrated Reablement Unit will enable Health and Social Care to work collaboratively together to provide the best possible outcomes for East Surrey residents.  

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health said that the integration of health and social care was a key strategic priority for Surrey County Council and its partners, and to improve outcomes for residents. The proposal to develop the Integrated Reablement Unit highlighted the partnership working that was taking place between Surrey County Council and the NHS.

     

    She said that Cabinet were being asked to approve an initial investment of £1.7m and that the timing of this provision was very important to being able to manage the increase in demand associated with winter and the additional pressure this created on health and social care services.

     

    The Integrated Reablement Unit would contribute to the Council’s corporate Wellbeing objective by supporting older people to be discharged from hospital more quickly and to live independently in the community.

     

    It was hoped that the creation of the integrated Reablement Unit would help reduce pressures on services at East Surrey hospital and reflected the new ways of working in partnership with the NHS.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.       That Surrey County Council’s initial investment of £1.7m in an Integrated Reablement Unit on the East Surrey Hospital site in Redhill operated by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust be approved.

     

    2.       That authority be delegated to the Strategic Director for Adult Social Care Wellbeing and Independence, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health, to approve legal arrangements to develop and bring the Integrated Reablement Unit into operation.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The provision of an Integrated Reablement Unit in East Surrey will provide an improved process for discharge from hospital and enable Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SaSH), East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (ES CCG) and Surrey County Council (SCC) to make better use of their available resources. It will be the first step in system transformation in East Surrey to provide a better service to Surrey residents. The creation of the unit will release immediate financial savings for the health system and is anticipated to achieve cost avoidance for the County Council.

     

    The Integrated Reablement Unit will allow people to receive an intense rehabilitation service which will enable greater independence on discharge. This will in turn ensure that more can be delivered for less cost but with improved outcomes, helping to maximise efficiency across both Health and Social Care.

     

    Developing the unit at pace will mean that it will be ‘up and running’ in time to help support the health and social care system with ‘winter pressures’.  During the winter months there is increasing demand on services, especially bed capacity at East Surrey Hospital. This Unit will ensure people receive a timely assessment which will provide an individual support plan detailing need and how this will be met.

     

    All people transferred to the Integrated Reablement Unit will be medically fit for discharge from the acute wards. Transferring to the Integrated Reablement Unit will reduce the risk of further infections, consequently reducing the risk of increased length of stay for people in a hospital  ...  view the full minutes text for item 234/15

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SFRS: To award a contract for the provision of business continuity crewing and special rescue capabilities pdf icon PDF 267 KB

    Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority (SFRA) have a statutory obligation to provide contingency cover, in accordance with the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and the National Framework and Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

     

    This report seeks approval to award a contract for the provision of Business Continuity and Specialist Rescue Capabilities to commence on 31 December 2015. 

     

    The new contract will enable SFRA to fulfil their legal obligations.

     

    N.B. An annex containing exempt information is contained in Part 2 of the agenda – item 19.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Resident Experience Scrutiny Board]

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    1.         The contract for Business Continuity and Specialist Rescue Capabilitiesbe awarded to Specialist Group International (SGI).

    2.         The contract be awarded, from 31 December 2015, for an initial period of two years with an option to extend for up to two further years.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirements of Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Council’s Procurement Standing Orders has been completed.

     

    The offers received as part of the tender have been rigorously evaluated and the best overall solution has been identified.

     

    The proposed contract will enable SFRA to meet its statutory obligation to provide contingency cover during industrial action; provide access to specialist rescue services; and will support the long term strategy to realise benefits from collaborative working.

     

    The recommended supplier is based in Surrey. This helps support the County Council’s wider objectives of contributing to the economic prosperity of Surrey and supporting local businesses.

     

    Furthermore, in awarding the contract to SGI, it will enable Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) to continue to benefit from external expertise in developing new models of delivery.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Resident Experience Board]

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing provided Cabinet with the background to this contract and said that Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority (SFRA) had a statutory obligation to provide contingency cover, in accordance with the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and the National Framework and Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

     

    He said that this report sought approval to award a contract for the provision of Business Continuity and Specialist Rescue Capabilities to commence on 31 December 2015, when the current contract expired and that the annual contract value would be £680,000.

     

    The report provided details of the competitive tendering process. The tender had been divided into three lots and, in conjunction with the Part 2 report, demonstrated why the recommended contract award delivered best value for money.

     

    Finally, he drew Members attention to the S151 officer commentary and explained the reason for the inclusion of a termination clause in this contract.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.         The contract for Business Continuity and Specialist Rescue Capabilitiesbe awarded to Specialist Group International (SGI).

    2.         The contract be awarded, from 31 December 2015, for an initial period of two years with an option to extend for up to two further years.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirements of Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Council’s Procurement Standing Orders has been completed.

     

    The offers received as part of the tender have been rigorously evaluated and the best overall solution has been identified.

     

    The proposed contract will enable SFRA to meet its statutory obligation to provide contingency cover during industrial action; provide access to specialist rescue services; and will support the long term strategy to realise benefits from collaborative working.

     

    The recommended supplier is based in Surrey. This helps support the County Council’s wider objectives of contributing to the economic prosperity of Surrey and supporting local businesses.

     

    Furthermore, in awarding the contract to SGI, it will enable Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) to continue to benefit from external expertise in developing new models of delivery.

     

     

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LEADER / DEPUTY LEADER / CABINET MEMBER DECISIONS TAKEN SINCE THE LAST CABINET MEETING pdf icon PDF 94 KB

    To note any delegated decisions taken by the Leader, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Members since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    That the decisions taken by Cabinet Members since the last meeting, as set out in Annex 1 of the submitted report, be noted.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    To inform the Cabinet of decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated authority.

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the decisions taken by Cabinet Members since the last meeting, as set out in Annex 1 of the submitted report, be noted.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    To inform the Cabinet of decisions taken by Cabinet Members under delegated authority.

     

     

     

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EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

    That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information under the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     

    RESOLVED that under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

     

    PART TWO – IN PRIVATE

     

    THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OF BUSINESS WERE CONSIDERED IN PRIVATE BY THE CABINET. SET OUT BELOW IS A PUBLIC SUMMARY OF THE DECISIONS TAKEN.

     

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Approval to award a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and the provision of mobility and independent living skills

    This is a Part 2 annex relating to item 14.

     

    Exempt:  Not for publication under Paragraph 3

     

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

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

     

     

    Decision:

    That a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and for the provision of mobility and independent living skills is awarded to Sight for Surrey to deliver range of services commencing from 1 February 2016. The annual value of this contract is set out in the submitted report. This contract will be for a period of three years, with an option to extend on an annual basis for two more years.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The current separate Adults’ contracts with Sight for Surrey and First Point will expire on 31 January 2016. The Schools and Learning contract expired on 31October 2015 and temporary arrangements are in place to ensure continuity of service provision.

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirement of EU Procurement Legislation and Procurement Standing Orders, has been completed and the recommendations provide best value for money for the Council following a thorough evaluation process.

     

    A joint contract for adults and children’s demonstrates best practice and has the biggest potential to deliver improved outcomes for Surrey residents and will provide value for money.

     

    This joint contract will ensure that Surrey residents continue to receive a timely provision of service, and enable Surrey County Council to continue to meet its statutory duties to provide appropriate services to people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment, dual sensory loss, people who are Deaf, and people who use British Sign Language, and for children for the provision of mobility and independent living skills.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Social Care Services Scrutiny Board or the Wellbeing and Health Scrutiny Board]

     

    Minutes:

    This part 2 report contained the financial and value for money information relating to item 14 and was presented by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Wellbeing and Independence.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That a contract for the provision of combined sensory services and for the provision of mobility and independent living skills is awarded to Sight for Surrey to deliver range of services commencing from 1 February 2016. The annual value of this contract is set out in the submitted report. This contract will be for a period of three years, with an option to extend on an annual basis for two more years.

     

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    The current separate Adults’ contracts with Sight for Surrey and First Point will expire on 31 January 2016. The Schools and Learning contract expired on 31October 2015 and temporary arrangements are in place to ensure continuity of service provision.

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirement of EU Procurement Legislation and Procurement Standing Orders, has been completed and the recommendations provide best value for money for the Council following a thorough evaluation process.

     

    A joint contract for adults and children’s demonstrates best practice and has the biggest potential to deliver improved outcomes for Surrey residents and will provide value for money.

     

    This joint contract will ensure that Surrey residents continue to receive a timely provision of service, and enable Surrey County Council to continue to meet its statutory duties to provide appropriate services to people with a visual impairment, hearing impairment, dual sensory loss, people who are Deaf, and people who use British Sign Language, and for children for the provision of mobility and independent living skills.

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SFRS: To award a contract for the provision of business continuity crewing and special rescue capabilities

    This is a Part 2 annex relating to item 15.

     

    Exempt:  Not for publication under Paragraph 3

     

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

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Resident Experience Scrutiny Board]

     

    Decision:

    1.         That the contract be awarded to Specialist Group International (SGI) for a period of two years to commence on 31 December 2015.

    2.         The contract will cover the provision of Business Continuity and Special Rescue Capabilities. The annual value of the contract is set out in the submitted report and will also have the option to extend for a further two years.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirements of Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Council’s Procurement Standing Orders has been completed.

     

    The offers received as part of the tender have been rigorously evaluated and the best overall solution has been identified.

     

    The proposed contract will enable Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority (SFRA) to meet their statutory obligation to provide contingency cover during industrial action; provide access to specialist rescue services; and, it will support the long term strategy to realise benefits from collaborative working.

     

    The recommended supplier is based in Surrey. This helps support the County Council’s wider objectives of contributing to the economic prosperity of Surrey and supporting local businesses.

     

    The contract terms allow the Council to terminate the contract with three months notice in the event of: legislative changes; service priorities change; or supplier performance is not to the required standard.

     

    During the period covered by the existing contract 50 periods of strike action were called as part of a national dispute which remains unresolved, since the last of these strikes additional strikes have occurred in Essex, the financial constraints that face all public sector organisations and proposed changes to trade union legislation may further increase the likelihood of industrial action in the future.

    Furthermore, in awarding the contract to SGI, it will enable SFRS to continue to benefit from external expertise in developing new models of delivery.

     

    [The decision on this item may be called in by the Resident Experience Scrutiny Board]

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    This part 2 report contained the financial and value for money information relating to item 15 and was presented by the Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing.

     

    RESOLVED:

    1.         That the contract be awarded to Specialist Group International (SGI) for a period of two years to commence on 31 December 2015.

    2.         The contract will cover the provision of Business Continuity and Special Rescue Capabilities. The annual value of the contract is set out in the submitted report and will also have the option to extend for a further two years.

    Reasons for Decisions:

     

    A full tender process, in compliance with the requirements of Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the Council’s Procurement Standing Orders has been completed.

     

    The offers received as part of the tender have been rigorously evaluated and the best overall solution has been identified.

     

    The proposed contract will enable Surrey Fire and Rescue Authority (SFRA) to meet their statutory obligation to provide contingency cover during industrial action; provide access to specialist rescue services; and, it will support the long term strategy to realise benefits from collaborative working.

     

    The recommended supplier is based in Surrey. This helps support the County Council’s wider objectives of contributing to the economic prosperity of Surrey and supporting local businesses.

     

    The contract terms allow the Council to terminate the contract with three months notice in the event of: legislative changes; service priorities change; or supplier performance is not to the required standard.

     

    During the period covered by the existing contract 50 periods of strike action were called as part of a national dispute which remains unresolved, since the last of these strikes additional strikes have occurred in Essex, the financial constraints that face all public sector organisations and proposed changes to trade union legislation may further increase the likelihood of industrial action in the future. Furthermore, in awarding the contract to SGI, it will enable SFRS to continue to benefit from external expertise in developing new models of delivery.

     

     

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Property Transactions - Acquisition

Decision:

1.       That Surrey County Council seek to acquire the freehold interest in the combined property for a consideration of up to figure as stated in the submitted report, including the ancillary purchase costs of 5.8% and that the level of an appropriate bid be delegated to the Chief Property Officer, in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

2.       That Surrey County Council notes that a public sector partner is interested in taking up to a 25% share of the purchase.  If the partner confirm their participation, authority to put in place appropriate arrangements for the joint ownership of the property, including a joint venture company if this is the most appropriate mechanism be delegated to the Chief Property Officer, supported by the Director of Finance and the Director of Legal & Democratic Services, in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

Reason for Decisions:

 

The acquisition will provide the opportunity for the Council to actively participate in a wider town centre regeneration and in the meantime, the property will provide an investment opportunity to produce a significant annual income for the County Council and their public sector partner.

 

[The decision on this item may be called in by the Council Overview Board]

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience confirmed that the County Council was seeking to acquire a freehold interest in this property but that there was no guarantee of its success.

 

She also confirmed that the Local Member had been consulted on this proposed acquisition.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.       That Surrey County Council seek to acquire the freehold interest in the combined property for a consideration of up to figure as stated in the submitted report, including the ancillary purchase costs of 5.8% and that the level of an appropriate bid be delegated to the Chief Property Officer, in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

2.       That Surrey County Council notes that a public sector partner is interested in taking up to a 25% share of the purchase.  If the partner confirm their participation, authority to put in place appropriate arrangements for the joint ownership of the property, including a joint venture company if this is the most appropriate mechanism be delegated to the Chief Property Officer, supported by the Director of Finance and the Director of Legal & Democratic Services, in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

Reason for Decisions:

 

The acquisition will provide the opportunity for the Council to actively participate in a wider town centre regeneration and in the meantime, the property will provide an investment opportunity to produce a significant annual income for the County Council and their public sector partner.

 

 

 

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Decision:

That Surrey County Council seek to acquire the freehold interest in three units within a business park in Crawley for a purchase price, together with ancillary costs, as set out in the submitted report.

 

Reasons for Decisions:

 

The acquisition will provide the opportunity for Surrey County Council to secure premises that are adjacent to the former Thales site which the council acquired in March 2014 and where Phase 1 of the development of the site is underway.  The property is an established industrial estate in a commercially active south M25 town.  The purchase of the industrial units will provide suitable accommodation appropriate for Surrey County Council and partners in the longer term. 

A further report and recommendation will be presented to Cabinet for consideration at the appropriate time when this option becomes available.  In the interim, the investment purchase provides an opportunity to secure a strategically located property with a substantial income for the council in the short to medium term.

[The decision on this item may be called in by the Council Overview Board]

 

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience introduced the report and commended the recommendations to the Cabinet.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Surrey County Council seek to acquire the freehold interest in three units within a business park in Crawley for a purchase price, together with ancillary costs, as set out in the submitted report.

 

Reasons for Decisions:

 

The acquisition will provide the opportunity for Surrey County Council to secure premises that are adjacent to the former Thales site which the council acquired in March 2014 and where Phase 1 of the development of the site is underway.  The property is an established industrial estate in a commercially active south M25 town.  The purchase of the industrial units will provide suitable accommodation appropriate for Surrey County Council and partners in the longer term. 

A further report and recommendation will be presented to Cabinet for consideration at the appropriate time when this option becomes available.  In the interim, the investment purchase provides an opportunity to secure a strategically located property with a substantial income for the council in the short to medium term.

 

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