West Berkshire Council

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber Council Offices Market Street Newbury

Contact: Democratic Services Team 

Items
No. Item

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 27 July 2017.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To remind Members of the need to record the existence and nature of any personal, disclosable pecuniary or other registrable interests in items on the agenda, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.

4.

Public Questions

Members of the Executive to answer questions submitted by members of the public in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules contained in the Council’s Constitution. (Note: There were no questions submitted relating to items not included on this Agenda.)

5.

Petitions

Councillors or Members of the public may present any petition which they have received. These will normally be referred to the appropriate Committee without discussion.

6.

Financial Performance Report 2017/18 - Quarter One (EX3303) pdf icon PDF 68 KB

(CSP: MEC MEC1)

Purpose:  To inform Members of the latest financial performance of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that the latest financial performance of the Council be noted.

This decision is not subject to call in as:

·      Report is to note only

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

7.

Key Accountable Performance 2017/18: Quarter One (EX3180) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

(CSP: MEC BEC SLE P&S HQL MEC BEC1 BEC2 SLE1 SLE2 P&S1HQL1 MEC1)

Purpose: To report quarter one outturns, for the Key Accountable Measures which monitor performance against the 2017/18 Council Performance Framework.

To provide assurance that the objectives set out in the Council Strategy and other areas of significant activity are being managed effectively.

To present, by exception, those measures that are predicted to be ‘amber’ (behind schedule) or ‘red’ (not achievable) and provide information on any remedial action taken and the impact of that action.

To recommend changes to measures / targets, as requested by services.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that:

(1) Progress against the Key Accountable Measures and the key achievements in all service areas be noted, in particular the Ofsted inspection outcome of ‘Good’ for West Berkshire’s services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers.

(2) Those areas reported as ‘amber’ or ‘red’ be reviewed to ensure that appropriate action is in place. In particular, to consider the results and improvement actions for:

(a)       the timeliness of decisions on Benefit Claims, and 

(b)       the % of people presenting as homeless where the homelessness has been relieved or prevented.

(3) The additional measures requested by Portfolio Holders to be included as part of the performance framework be noted as follows:

(a)       % of schools judged good or better by Ofsted under the new framework

(b)       % of pupils achieving a good level of development at Foundation Stage

(c)        % of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) achieving a good level of development at Foundation Stage

(d)       Monitor uptake of Identification & Brief Advice (IBA) training

(4) The removal of the ‘% of claims for Discretionary Housing Payment determined within 28 days following receipt of all relevant information’ be approved as the data cannot be produced reliably on a quarterly basis.

This decision is eligible to be ‘called-in’.  However, if the decision has not been ‘called-in’ by 5.00pm on 14 September 2017, then it will be implemented.

8.

Treasury Management Annual Report 2016-17 (EX3358) pdf icon PDF 54 KB

(CSP: MEC MEC1)

Purpose: To inform Members of the treasury management activity and performance of the Council’s investments for the financial year 2016/17.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that the report be noted.

This decision is not subject to call in as:

·      Report is to note only

therefore it will be implemented immediately.

9.

Grounds Maintenance Services Tender Award (EX3376) pdf icon PDF 59 KB

(CSP: MEC)

Purpose: Further to Commercial Board approval for officers to procure a new joint grounds maintenance contract with Newbury Town Council and Thatcham Town Council, this paper aims to inform the tender process and seeks delegated authority, from the Executive, to award the contract.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved that authority be delegated to the Head of Transport and Countryside, in consultation with the Head of Legal Services and the Head of Finance and Property, to award and enter into a contract with the successful bidder.

This decision is eligible to be ‘called-in’.  However, if the decision has not been ‘called-in’ by 5.00pm on 14 September 2017, then it will be implemented.

10.

Members' Questions

Members of the Executive to answer questions submitted by Councillors in accordance with the Executive Procedure Rules contained in the Council’s Constitution. (Note: There were no questions submitted relating to items not included on this Agenda.)