Decisions

Use the search options at the bottom of the page to find information regarding recent decisions that have been taken by the council’s decision making bodies.

Forthcoming decisions to be taken by the Cabinet and Cabinet Members for the next 28 days and beyond can be found in the Notice of Decisions.

Decisions published

29/03/2021 - Surrey County Council Response to Covid: COVID Local Support Grant ref: 4589    Recommendations Approved

1.    On 14 April 2021, the government announced a further extension of the COVID grant to support vulnerable families.  The grant is now to continue until 20 June 2021, with a further £40m of support.

 

2.    Renamed the COVID Local Support Grant (CLSG), it has the same eligibility criteria, and uses the same reporting frameworks, as the previous COVID Winter Support Grant Scheme.

 

3.    The CWG Scheme, originally  announced in November 2020, provided £170 million to councils to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs during the Coronavirus pandemic. The original scheme was due to end on the 31 March 2021, in February this was extended to the 16 April 2021, with further funding of £59m announced.  This second extension provides support to 20 June 2021, reflecting the timing of planned further easing of lockdown restrictions as outlined in the Government’s roadmap in February.

 

4.    The £40m CLSG will be allocated to LAs on the same basis as the previous CWGS, using the population of each authority weighted by a function of the English Index of Multiple Deprivation. Surrey County Council are due to receive £500,327. This is in addition to the £2.8m allocated in previous announcements.  Funding is paid in instalments and is dependent on the Council returning reporting on how the funding is being spent, in line with specific grant conditions.

 

5.    DWP guidance on the grant is summarised below:

·         At least 80% of the grant must be allocated to households with children; up to 20% may be allocated to households without children or individuals.  Care leavers up to the age of 25 are not classified as children for the purposes of this grant.

·         At least 80% of the grant must be allocated for food or utility bills; up to 20% of the grant can be allocated for other financial needs.

 

6.    Local authorities may determine the groups they consider most vulnerable and the thresholds for support, however feeding children is a key aim of the grant.  The funding is not means tested.

 

7.    Proposals were developed and approved in November/December 2020 for tranche 1 funding, through consultation throughout the Council, with the LRF, the Welfare Cell and Headteachers.  Allocations for tranches 2 & 3 and the first extension were agreed in March based on further consultation and the positive impact made by the initial allocations.

 

8.    This paper seeks approval for the allocation of the further extension funding of £500,327.

 

Proposals:

9.    There was strong support from school leaders and welfare rights leads for food vouchers for children in receipt of benefit related free school meals.  They considered these a very effective means of targeting and distributing food support for children in very financially vulnerable households during the school holidays.  

 

10.  In addition, for low income families with children in early years (2 years old receiving Funded Early Education Provision and 3 & 4 year olds on EY Pupil Premium) SCC holds data on these children and can target support via Early Years providers.

 

11.  The previous support offered have provided vouchers to in excess of 20,000 children during the Christmas, February half term and Easter holidays.  It is proposed that this additional funding is used to continue to offer this support over the upcoming May half term period.

 

12.  Recognising that there are other families who will not benefit form extra targeted support for children on FSM and that the Council continues to see increased demand and calls to the Crisis Fund.  It is proposed that additional funding is provided to the Crisis Fund to manage this increased demand and continue with the widened criteria implemented at the outset of the pandemic.

 

13.  The Council also continue to work closely with a number of foobanks who continue to see significant demand increases.  Providing additional financial contributions to these foodbanks will widen the impact of this funding and ensure we reach the most vulnerable across the County.

 

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children, Families Lifelong Learning and Culture

Decision published: 04/05/2021

Effective from: 29/03/2021

Decision:

Decision made:

 

It was AGREED that:

 

The following allocations would be made from the COVID Local Support Grant announced in April 2021:

 

Children entitled to Free School Meals

£0.3m

Low income families with children in early years settings

Surrey Crisis Fund

£0.1m

Contribution to food banks

£0.1m

 

£0.5m

 

 

 

Reasons for Decision:

To assist those most in need of assistance with the purchase of food and other essential items during the winter months, with a particular focus on families with children, in line with the DWP grant conditions.

 

Lead officer: Michael Coughlin


30/04/2021 - Response to Government Consultation: Changes to the payment of schools business rates (Department for Education) ref: 4590    Recommendations Approved

The Education and Lifelong Learning Service is responding to a consultation on the process for paying business rates on school premises. This would mean DfE paying billing authorities directly (and subtracting the cost from local authority Dedicated Schools Grant allocations). The proposed change is largely a change of administrative process and should have little impact on the overall education funding for Surrey, although some assurances are needed on the technical detail.

 

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children, Families Lifelong Learning and Culture

Decision published: 03/05/2021

Effective from: 30/04/2021

Decision:

Decision made:

 

It was AGREED to submit the proposed attached response to the consultation outlined above.

 

Reasons for Decision:

The responses to the consultation will be submitted to Government so that it can be considered in relation to any future decision on the proposal.

 


27/04/2021 - Digital Infrastructure Strategy and Delivery Update ref: 4582    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.   That the update on Surrey’s Digital Infrastructure strategy, the external drivers and different investments and influences be noted.

 

2.   That the steps being taken to accelerate delivery of certain key and relevant ‘enabling’ projects and to identify associated resourcing options be noted.

 

3.   That an update be brought to Cabinet in the Autumn to include:

 

·      Assessment of Building Digital UK (BDUK)  plans, aligned to commercial rollout

·      Update on delivery against the Digital Infrastructure strategy programme plan ‘immediate actions’

·      Identification of gaps (geographical and funding) and possible measures to address them

Reason for decision:

 

Achieving the Council’s objectives around digital deployment and connectivity is critical to the well-being and prosperity of Surrey’s residents and businesses.  A digitally connected Surrey will ensure that our residents and businesses can benefit from new and emerging technology enablers, i.e. virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR) which will drive the next generation of innovation at home and in the workplace; for example, autonomous electric vehicles and transport, hyper-automation, drone delivery services and digital healthcare provision.  Delivering these benefits for Council service outcomes requires a step change in digital capability and connectivity.  Surrey’s economic growth also requires a hyper-connected environment to facilitate its innovation eco-system.

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Resources & Performance Select Committee]

 

 


27/04/2021 - Acquisition of Land In Support of The River Thames Scheme ref: 4586    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the purchase of the freehold land at a price of [E-10-21], plus stamp duty costs of [E-10-21], and legal, surveying and site transaction costs be approved.

 

Reason for decision:

 

See Minute 91/21.

 

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee]

 


27/04/2021 - Acquisition of Land In Support of The River Thames Scheme ref: 4585    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

  1. That the freehold purchase of land off Chertsey Road, Shepperton, as outlined in the Part 2 of this paper for the purposes of the River Thames Scheme be approved.

 

Reason for decision:

 

The decision recommended by this report will contribute to enabling the Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency, to progress the River Thames Scheme – a major infrastructure project that will reduce the risk of flooding from the Thames for communities in Runnymede and Spelthorne.  It will achieve this through the construction of two new channel sections to divert water away from the Thames and additional capacity improvements to Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington weirs.

To construct the channel sections, it will be necessary to purchase land and to formalise agreements with third party landowners.

A forward purchase of land, in advance of submission of a Development Consent Order (DCO) application provides the opportunity for Surrey County Council and the Environment Agency to obtain land through agreement for the scheme. Forward purchasing also averts the risk of land disposal by current landowners possibly into small parcels that would make future purchase potentially more complex and expensive.

In addition, the purchase of this land provides an opportunity to provide green infrastructure for the enjoyment of residents in Spelthorne, which is underserved by the Council’s Countryside Estate which provides 10,000 acres of high-quality landscape and recreational space across the county but in Spelthorne, is limited to Sheepwalk Lake. The area known as Chertsey Meads on the opposite side of the river, complements the site linked on both sides to the Thames Path, a 184 mile long national walking trail, which provides an opportunity for a circular route within the site and an additional attraction for visitors to explore along the river.

Since the landscape quality of the site is currently low, there is a high net biodiversity value to be gained from managing the site to maximise value delivered by new wetland, woodland and grasslands.  

Approving the purchase of the land will allow Surrey County Council to support both the River Thames Scheme project and the Greener Futures priority objective.

 

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee]

 

 


27/04/2021 - Surrey Street Design Guide: Healthy Streets for Surrey ref: 4584    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the work undertaken by Create Streets - the latest draft of ‘Healthy Streets for Surrey’ be noted.

 

2.    That the aims and objectives of the draft guidance be supported.

 

3.    That stakeholder engagement be authorised.

Reason for decision:

 

Surrey County Council has a significant role in the design and implementation of new development, particularly in respect of streets specifically and transportation in general. As such, the County Council as the local Highway Authority advises the county’s Boroughs and Districts on the transportation implications of applications for planning permission. The Surrey Street Design Guide, ‘Healthy Streets for Surrey,’ is being produced in order to assist developers, the Boroughs and Districts and the community to understand what the County Council will be seeking when considering proposals. The aim is to deliver high quality, attractive, safe, accessible and sustainable development.

Before the County Council finalises this approach, it wishes to share it with stakeholders to give them the opportunity to comment on and to influence the guide, with the ultimate aim of achieving well-designed places.

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Communities, Environment and Highways Select Committee]

 


27/04/2021 - 2020/21 Month 11 (February) Financial Report ref: 4587    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

  1. That the Council’s forecast revenue and capital budget positions for the year be noted.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

This report is to comply with the agreed policy of providing a monthly budget monitoring report to Cabinet for approval of any necessary actions.

 

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Resources and Performance Select Committee]

 


27/04/2021 - Surrey's Economic Future: Progress Update ref: 4583    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the progress being made in delivering on the ambitions of Surrey’s Economic Future Strategy be noted.

 

2.    That a progress update be received in six months.

Reason for decision:

 

Work to deliver on Surrey’s economic ambitions is underway and progress is central to Surrey’s economic recovery as we emerge from the constraints and impacts of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The actions being taken will drive economic recovery and embed resilience for Surrey businesses and residents, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that everyone is able to benefit from economic growth and therefore it is important that Cabinet have oversight of progress.

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Resources & Performance Select Committee]

 


27/04/2021 - COVID 19: Surrey County Council Update ref: 4581    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

  1. That the latest public health situation with regard to Covid-19, nationally and in Surrey be noted.
  2. That the actions being delivered through Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan, including the vaccination roll out, and the ongoing support to vulnerable residents, including through the council’s Community Helpline and the Covid Winter Support Grant scheme be noted and endorsed.
  3. That the latest impacts on Adult Social Care and Children’s, Families, Lifelong learning services be noted.
  4. That the ongoing preparation for the local elections in May 2021 and associated risks be noted.

 

  1. That the work and planning going on in respect of the transition into recovery from the pandemic be noted and endorsed.

 

  1. That the intention to stand down the Major Incident from the end of April 2021 be endorsed.

 

  1. That the continued use of Covid Bus Service Support Grant to support contracted bus services which have continued to operate through the pandemic be noted and endorsed.

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

The county and council continue to face unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis. We are simultaneously managing response activity and work with our partners to enable recovery within the county, looking ahead to a return to day-to-day life for communities following the end of national lockdown.

 

The recommendations set out in this report ensure Cabinet are appraised of the most recent work going on across the council to protect, sustain and support residents and communities and the economy of Surrey.

 

[Where necessary a waiver for call-in will be sought from the relevant Select Committee Chairman]

 


27/04/2021 - COVID- 19: Delegated and Urgent Decisions Taken ref: 4580    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the decision taken by officers since the last meeting be noted.

 

Reason for decision:

 

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

 

[This decision is subject to call-in by the relevant Select Committee Chairman dependent on the recommendation.]

 


27/04/2021 - Proposal for the Future Provision of Temporary Resource ref: 4588    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:

The Leader introduced a Part 2 report containing information which was exempt from Access to Information requirements by virtue of paragraph 3 Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including commercially sensitive information to the bidding companies).

 

See Exempt Minute [E-11-21]

 

Reason for decision:

See Exempt Minute [E-11-21]

 

[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Resources and Performance Select Committee]

 

 


27/04/2021 - Representations received on reports to be considered in private ref: 4577    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There were none.


27/04/2021 - Petitions ref: 4576    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There were no petitions.


27/04/2021 - Public Questions ref: 4575    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There were no public questions.

 


27/04/2021 - Members' Questions ref: 4574    Information Only

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There was one member question. The question and response were published as a supplement to the agenda.

 


27/04/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 4573    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There were none.


27/04/2021 - Minutes of Previous Meeting: 30 March 2021 ref: 4572    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

The Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 30 March 2021 were approved as a correct record of the meeting.

 


27/04/2021 - Apologies for Absence ref: 4571    Information Only

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 27/04/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/04/2021

Effective from: 27/04/2021

Decision:

There were none.