Agenda

Cabinet
Tuesday, 1st February, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2021.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and Cabinet Members on any matters within the powers and duties of the Cabinet, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted no later than 3 hours prior to the commencement of the meeting via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions)

5.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public to exclude the public during consideration of the following agenda items which contain information “not for publication” and to consider any representations received to the notice of the intention to consider exempt information at this meeting.

 

Item

Title

Reason

 

 

 

21

Merseyway Car Park Maintenance & Refurbishment

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

 

 

 

The following representations have been received:-

 

At the time of publication no representations have been received.

Call-in Items

6.

Call-in of Executive Decision CAB339 'Future High Street Fund - Stockroom' (E&R76/ RCG43) pdf icon PDF 264 KB

(Executive Decision Record and report enclosed)

 

The call-in of this decision was considered by the Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee on 4 January 2022 which agreed to refer the decision to the Council Meeting for debate.

 

The Council Meeting subsequently resolved to object to the permanent removal of library services from Stockport Central Library and referred the decision back to the Cabinet to reconsider its final recommendation.

 

The Cabinet is asked to reconsider its previous decision in relation to the ‘Future High Street Fund - Stockroom' in the light of the resolution of the Council Meeting as follows:-

 

“This Council Meeting objects to the permanent removal of library services from Stockport Central Library under the “Future High Street Fund – StockRoom” decision (CAB339).

 

“This Council Meeting notes:

 

·         the public consultation conducted by this Council found a majority of respondents were against the permanent removal of library services from Stockport Central Library;

·         petitions with over 8,000 signatories received by this Council opposing the move; and

·         the formal recommendation made by three scrutiny committees not to proceed with the move.

 

“This Council Meeting believes that:

 

·         Cabinet should rescind the decision to move Central Library from its current location to Merseyway;

·         This Council should proceed with StockRoom, keep Central Library open and seek clarity with the Department of Levelling Up on the formal change procedure to vary the final mix of uses and spend profile; and

·         a cross-party working group should be established to review and secure the long-term viability of Central Library in its historic home.

 

“This Council Meeting requests that the decision is referred back to Cabinet for reconsideration along with the opinion of this Council Meeting as set out above.”

 

Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email: damian.eaton@stockport.gov.uk

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Performance and Budget Monitoring

7.

2021/22 Quarter 2+ Budget Monitoring Update (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

The purpose of the report is to provide a summary of the Quarter 2+ revenue forecast outturn incorporating the business as usual forecast, which also reflects the impact of Covid-19 as response to the recovery process continues. The report also provides an update on the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), Housing Revenue Account (HRA), Collection Fund and updates to the Capital Programme. The report also provides updates on budget virements to be incorporated into the 2022/23 budget setting process.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

a)    Approve the virements to the Revenue Budget;

b)   Note the Cash Limit and Non-Cash Limit forecast positions for 2021/22 as at Quarter 2+;

c)    Note the update on the Council’s positive investments;

d)   Note the update on the Council’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) investment plan;

e)    Note the update on Reserves;

f)     Note the Dedicated Schools Grant, Housing Revenue Account and Collection Fund forecast positions for 2021/22 as at Quarter 2+;

g)   Note the forecast position for the 2021/22 Capital Programme; and

h)   Note the changes to the Capital Programme and re-phasing of schemes during Quarter 2+.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Key Decisions

Budget Setting 2022/23

8.

Schools Funding Settlement and Local Funding Formula 2022/23 (Non-Key) pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services & Education.

 

This report provides an update on the key announcements made by the Department for Education (DfE) on the education funding settlement for 2022/23 and provides information relating to the local funding formula models to be used to determine the individual 2022/23 budgets for early years providers and schools in Stockport.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(1) Note the details of the Education Funding Settlement for 2022/23.

 

(2) Approve the construction of the early year’s budget as per section 3.1 to 3.2 and the updated 2022/23 local funding formula for schools as outlined in sections 3.3. to 3.5 and detailed in the table(s) in section 6.2 which will form the basis of the calculation of school budgets and be notified to the DfE in accordance with statutory requirements.

 

Officer contact: Peter Hughes on 0161 474 3947 or email:  peter.hughes@stockport.gov.uk

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9.

Stockport Council Plan 2022/23 (RCG39/ LDR95) pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To consider a joint report of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Devolution and the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

The Council Plan accompanies the budget and sets a high-level framework for decision making throughout the financial year. It is a public-facing summary document that sits above annual (detailed) Portfolio Agreements.

 

The 2022/23 Council Plan has been aligned with the key themes and ambitions from our new ONE Stockport Borough Plan framework.

 

The Cabinet is requested to recommend that the Council Meeting approves and adopts the Stockport council Plan 2022/23.

 

Officer contact: Holly Rae on 07800 617 550 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

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10.

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget and Rent Levels for 2022/23 (SS27) pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the Scrutiny Committee with the opportunity to comment on an illustrative Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget. The Cabinet will be meeting on 1 February to recommend to Council a HRA budget for 2022/23, including the level of rent and service charges.  The illustrative budget is based on a number of key assumptions set out in the report regarding income from rent and service charges; expenditure commitments contained within the HRA 30 year Business Plan and Asset Management Strategy and indicative spending requirements to support inflationary pressures and identified investment priorities.

 

This report takes account of the HRA Rent Strategy 2020 - 2025 which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 August 2019.

 

The Cabinet is asked to recommend that the Council meeting approves:

 

a) An increase of 4.1% for social rent;

b) An increase of 5.4% for rent of shared ownership properties;

c) Service charge increases as outlined in section 3;

d) The Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2022/23 as set out in Appendix 1

 

Officer contact: Michael Cullen  on 0161 474 4631 or email: michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

11.

Medium Term Financial Plan Update (RCG36/ LDR96) pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider a joint report of the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

11.(i)

Part A - Responding to Our Medium Term Financial Plan: Saving Proposals pdf icon PDF 763 KB

This report provides the latest update on the approach to responding to the opportunities, challenges and uncertainty outlined within the review of the medium-term financial plan. The report restates the commitment to progressing collective ambitions for Stockport by delivering impactful and outcomes-focused transformational change for communities and businesses across Stockport. However, it also recognises that a resilient budget is key to this by enabling us to face and respond to the unprecedented uncertainty ahead.

 

This report builds on previous updates to scrutiny and cabinet and presents the cabinet’s change proposals for final consideration ahead of Budget Council in February 2022.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(1) Note the approach undertaken and considerations of the implications of proposals, including: engagement feedback; environmental impact assessments; and, equality impact assessments; and

 

(2) Consider and approve the proposals outlined in the appendices for inclusion within the Cabinet Revenue Budget. 

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11.(ii)

Part B - Medium Term Financial Plan Financial Landscape and Forecast 2021/22 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 664 KB

The purpose of the report is to update the Council’s 2022/23 to 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) forecasts and assumptions as part of setting a robust and resilient budget and financial plan to meet the unprecedented uncertainty, volatility and risk within the financial landscape. 

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:

 

·         Note the details of the 2022/23 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement and the expected announcement of the Final Local Government Finance Settlement;

·         Note, and comment upon as appropriate, the financial forecasts and assumptions for 2022/23 to 2024/25;

·         Note and approve the indicative budget adjustments since the MTFP Update presented to the Cabinet meeting on 21 September 2021 resulting in savings requirement of £7.435m in 2022/23;

·         Approve the allocation of £7.065m of the corporate contingency budgets to Cash Limit budgets as part of the budget setting process as set out in paragraphs 3.4 to 3.6;

·         Note the Section 151 Officer recommendation to hold the Council’s General Fund Balance at its current level £15.183m in 2022/23 aligned to his risk assessment of the budget and the adequacy of reserves and balances to support the Council’s 2022/23 Budget; and  

·         Take the necessary steps to propose a final balanced 2022/23 Budget including any proposed Council Tax increase to be recommended for approval at the Council meeting on 24 February 2022.

11.(iii)

Part C - 2022/23 Cabinet Revenue Budget pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The purpose of the report is to present the proposed 2022/23 Cabinet Revenue Budget for approval. The report outlines the Council’s financial outlook and significant challenges across the medium term period 2022/23 to 2024/25 as the Council continues to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic. The report highlights the overarching priorities and desired outcomes upon which the Cabinet has based its budget proposals, and which form the basis of our Borough Plan and updated Council Plan included elsewhere on this agenda. We continue to shape our budget within an incredibly uncertain, volatile and complex environment which includes pressures across public services and our supply chains as well as the increasing need within our communities.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to ask the Council Meeting to:

 

·                Approve the Budget for 2022/23 described in the report and set out in Appendix 2 and 3;

·                Note the risk assessment of the 2022/23 Budget at Appendix 5 and the report of the Section 151 Officer on the adequacy of proposed financial reserves and robustness of the estimates also included at Appendix 5;

·                Approve the required Council General Fund Balance to reflect the Section 151 Officer assessment of risks;

·                Note, comment upon and approve the financial forecasts and assumptions for 2022/23 to 2024/25  at Appendix 6, and the key issues to be addressed in formulating a response to the future financial challenges facing the Council; and

·                Pass the appropriate Council Tax resolutions which produce a Council Tax increase of 3.5% in 2022/23 (1% General increase, 1% Adult Social Care Precept increase and 1.5 deferred 2021/22 Adult Social Care Precept increase)

as illustrated in Appendix 7.

12.

2022/23 Capital Strategy and Capital Programme (LDR99/ RCG45) pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

 

The report proposes the 2022/23 Capital Strategy and Capital Programme, which are written in accordance with the CIPFA Prudential Code.

 

The Capital Strategy provides a framework for the Council’s capital investment plans, ensuring effective planning, option appraisal, risk management, and governance processes.  It is a high-level overview of capital investment offering Members sufficient details to understand how stewardship, value for money, prudence, sustainability and affordability will be secured.

 

The report includes the 2022/23 to 2024/25 Capital Programme and sets out the prudential indicators, which demonstrate that the Council’s capital investment plans are affordable, prudent, and sustainable.  In addition, future plans in key areas of major capital investment have been included.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to ask the Council Meeting to approve:-

 

·         The Capital Strategy at Appendix one;

·         The 2022/23 to 2024/25 Capital Programme and the funding arrangements as described in the report and set out at Appendix two; and,

·         The prudential indicators set out in Appendix three.

 

Officer Contact: Paula McDonald on 0161 474 4708 or email: paula.mcdonald@stockport.gov.uk

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13.

2022/23 Treasury Management Strategy, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy (RCG38) pdf icon PDF 262 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

 

This comprehensive report proposes the 2022/23 Treasury Management Strategy, Annual Investment Strategy, Minimum Revenue Provision Policy and prudent and sustainable Treasury and Prudential Indicators, which are constructed in compliance with the CIPFA Treasury Management Code of Practice.

 

The Council has delegated the role of ensuring effective scrutiny of its Treasury Management Strategy to the Corporate, Resource Management and Governance Scrutiny Committee (CRMG).  As such, the views of CRMG were sought and any opinions or suggestions made have been taken into account when formulating the Council's Treasury Management Strategies for 2022/23.

 

The Cabinet is asked to recommend that the Council Meeting approves

 

·         The Minimum Revenue Provision Policy for 2022/23.

·         The Capital Expenditure Forecasts and Capital Financing Requirement projections.

·         The Treasury Management Strategy 2022/23.

·         The Treasury and Prudential Indicators and Limits 2022/23-2024/25.

·         The Annual Investment Strategy (AIS) 2022/23.

 

Officer Contact: Lorna Soufian on 0161 474 4026 or email: lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk

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14.

Stockport Local Transport Strategy, Local Implementation Plan and Neighbourhood Transport Plans (SS30) pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport.

 

This report provides an overview of several recent requests from Councillors, motions to Council and a Scrutiny Review requesting a more joined up approach to managing the highway networks and transportation improvements within Stockport.

 

The Cabinet is asked to:-

 

(1) note the proposed approach to developing neighbourhood transport plans and note the responses to the motion to council regarding slower speed 20mph and the Scrutiny Review on Active Streets and School Streets.

 

(2) Approve the proposal to sign the Walking Charter.

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161-474-3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk or Sue Stevenson on 0161 474 4351 or email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.ik

Additional documents:

General Items

15.

Response to the Recommendations of the Scrutiny Review into Children and Young People's Participation pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services & Education

 

The reports sets out the draft Cabinet Response to the recommendation contained in the Children & Families Scrutiny Committee Scrutiny Review ‘Children and Young People's Participation’.

 

The Cabinet is invited to endorse and adopt the response set out in the report.

 

Officer contact: Carolyn Anderson on 0161 474 2172 or email: carolyn.anderson@stockport.gov.uk

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16.

Response to the Recommendations of the Scrutiny Review into Supporting Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing and Counselling in Schools pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services & Education

 

The reports sets out the draft Cabinet Response to the recommendation contained in the Children & Families Scrutiny Committee Scrutiny Review ‘Supporting Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing and Counselling in Schools’.

 

The Cabinet is invited to endorse and adopt the response set out in the report.

 

Officer contact: Carolyn Anderson on 0161 474 2172 or email: carolyn.anderson@stockport.gov.uk

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17.

Fair and Inclusive Stockport - Update pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Inclusive Neighbourhoods.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the actions being taken by Stockport Council and partners to tackle inequality. The report gives an overview of the inequalities picture in Stockport and the impact of COVID-19 has had on these inequalities.

 

The report also summarises some of the main national and Greater Manchester reviews of inequality, the recommendations made by these reviews and how Stockport’s approach to tackling inequalities responds to these recommendations.

 

Finally the report also sets out the outputs from work that is being taken forward to develop our Fair and Inclusive Framework and delivery plans.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to note the approach of the council and partners to tackling inequalities in Stockport including the council’s response to the recommendations of the GM Build Back Fairer Report and the GM Independent Inequalities Commission.

 

Officer contact: Kirsteen Roe on 0161 474 3376 or email:  kirsteen.roe@stockport.gov.uk or Jennifer Connolly on 0161 474 2442  or email: jennifer.connolly@stockport.gov.uk

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18.

Governance - Delegations to Corporate Director for Place pdf icon PDF 240 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

 

The report details how the previous specific delegations the Cabinet has made to the post of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration (also referred to as the ‘Corporate Director for Place’ or ‘Deputy Chief Executive (Place)’) will be dealt with going forward and until the Constitution can be amended.

 

The Cabinet is requested to:-

 

(1) Authorise the Directors of Place Management and Development & Regeneration to exercise any of the specific delegations previously approved by the Cabinet to the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration/ Corporate Director (Place) or Deputy Chief Executive (Place)

 

(2) Note and endorse the contents of this report relating to the interim arrangements for the discharge of functions delegated to officers in Section 8 of the Scheme of Delegation, as set out in Section 4 of this report.

 

Officer contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or by email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

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19.

GMCA Decisions pdf icon PDF 248 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council

 

The Cabinet is invited to note the decisions of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) held on 26 November and 17 December 2021.

 

Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email:  damian.eaton@stockport.gov.uk

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20.

To consider recommendations of Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 108 KB

On:-

 

(a)  Matters (if any) referred to the Cabinet Meeting

 

The Cabinet is requested to consider a recommendations from the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee held on 13 December 2021 in relation to Cabinet responses to scrutiny reviews.

 

(b)  Any called-in Cabinet Executive Decisions

Item including information 'Not for Publication'

21.

Merseyway Car Park Maintenance & Refurbishment (E&R77) pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

The report seeks authority to undertake structural repairs to the Merseyway Multi-storey Car Park to prevent further structural deterioration, ensure the safety of users, protect the car parking revenue stream and halt water ingress to retail units below the car park structure.

 

(NOTE: The report contains a confidential appendix that has been circulated to members of the Cabinet only).

 

The Cabinet is recommended to give approval to the Phase 1 works funded at a cost of £4.4m through borrowing based on savings or existing borrowing costs from within the car parking revenue budget.

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161-474-3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk

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