Decisions

Decisions recommendations approved (subject to call-in)

16/09/2014 - Treasury Management Annual Report 2013/14 ref: 1515    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered the Treasury Management Annual Report for 2013/14.

     

    The report dealt with the Council’s treasury year-end position, interest rates and prospects for 2013/14, compliance with treasury limits, the Council’s investment and borrowing strategies, economic events of 2013/14 and prudential indicators.

     

    The Portfolio Holder for Finance drew attention to the Council’s healthy cash balances. He also stressed that the Council’s ambitious capital programme would be funded from receipts.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That the Treasury Management Annual Report for 2013/14 as detailed in Appendix A to the report be received.

     


    16/09/2014 - Key Worker Accommodation (Ref CE 14/15-22) ref: 1512    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report outlining a suggested interim approach to secure key worker accommodation on new development sites whilst a formal Supplementary Planning Document was developed.

     

    Key Workers had a fundamental role to play within communities, and may struggle in higher value and rural areas to access affordable housing. The report outlined a suggested interim approach to secure key worker accommodation on new development sites while a formal Supplementary Planning Document was developed. The interim approach would be to pilot the requirement for Key Worker accommodation on new development sites. This would form part of the Section 106 agreement.

     

    The definition of a key worker in Cheshire East was set out in the report. Staff would not qualify for Key Worker accommodation if they had a household income of more than £50,000 per annum.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That the approach outlined in the report be approved, including:

     

    (a)  the approval of an interim approach including the definition of a Key Worker;

     

    (b)  that Officers carry out the primary research to establish the need for Key Worker provision; and

     

    (c)  the need for Key Worker provision once established to be incorporated into the development of the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document, subject to consultation.

     


    16/09/2014 - The Independent Living Fund ref: 1513    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a proposal that the transfer of Independent Living Fund funding into the Council budget in 2015 be ring-fenced to the Adult Social Care commissioning budget to ensure that the Council continued to meet eligible need.

     

    Following the Government’s consultation on the future of the Fund, the Minister for Disabled People had announced that the Fund would close on 30th June 2015. From this date local authorities would have responsibility for meeting all of the eligible care and support needs of current Fund users. This meant that on 30th June 2015 Fund payments currently paid direct to service users would cease.

     

    There would be a transfer of funds from the Independent Living Fund scheme into the Local Authority baseline budget to allow the Authority to meet the service users’ needs previously met by the Fund, subject to their meeting the current eligibility criteria of the Council.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That the transfer of the Independent Living Fund funding into the Council budget in 2015 be ring-fenced to the Adult Social Care commissioning budget to ensure that the Council continues to meet eligible need for those individuals previously in receipt of Independent Living Fund.

     


    16/09/2014 - 2014/15 First Quarter Review of Performance ref: 1516    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report on the Council’s financial and non-financial performance at the first quarter stage of 2014/15.

     

    The detail of the report was set out in Annex 1 which set out further details of how the Council was performing in 2014/15.  It was structured into three sections:

     

    Section 1 Summary of Council Performance

    Section 2 Financial Stability

    Section 3 Workforce Development

     

    In 2014/15 the Council would operate on an annual budget of more than £750m.  At First Quarter, a small overspend of £1.7m was projected; this represented only 0.7% of the Council’s net revenue budget of £253.8m and was considerably lower than previous years’ forecasts at the Quarter 1 stage.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    Cabinet notes:

     

    §  the summary of performance against the Council’s five Residents First outcomes  (Section 1 of the Annex to the report); 

     

    §  the projected service revenue and capital outturn positions, overall financial stability of the Council, and the impact on the Council’s reserves position (Section 2);

     

    • the delivery of the overall capital programme
      (Section 2, paragraphs 152 to 161 and Appendix 4);

     

    §  fully funded supplementary capital estimates and virements up to £250,000 in accordance with Finance Procedure Rules (Appendix 5);

     

    §  reductions to Capital Budgets (Appendix 8);

     

    §  treasury management investments and performance (Appendix 9);

     

    §  the Council’s invoiced debt position (Appendix 11);

     

    §  the workforce development and staffing update (Section 3).

     

    2.    Cabinet approves:  

     

    §  supplementary capital estimates and virements over £250,000, in accordance with Finance Procedure Rules, (Appendix 6);

     

    §  supplementary revenue estimates to be funded by additional specific grant (Appendix 10);

     

    3.    Cabinet recommends that Council approve:

     

    • supplementary capital estimates and virements over £1,000,000, in accordance with Finance Procedure Rules, (Appendix 7).

     


    16/09/2014 - Award of Contracts for Supported Local Bus Services ref: 1514    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report seeking approval to award a number of contracts for local bus services.

     

    The seven year contracts for local bus services were set out in paragraph 1.1 of the report. The fully compliant procurement and tender evaluation had identified GHA Coaches as the preferred bidder for all four contracts.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet approves the award of seven year contracts for local bus services to GHA Coaches as set out in paragraph 1.1 of the report.

     


    16/09/2014 - Brownfield Development (Ref CE 14/15-20) ref: 1511    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report setting out proposals to facilitate the development of more brownfield sites in Cheshire East, focussing on Macclesfield as a pilot area.

     

    Cheshire East Council had adopted a “brownfield first” development policy with over 77% of housing development being delivered on brownfield sites over the last 5 years. However, housing restraint in Cheshire was no longer supported by national and regional policy and could therefore no longer be justified as an aim in itself by local policy.

     

    The Chancellor had demanded that councils establish local development orders (LDO) on brownfield land, providing sites with outline planning permission to speed up development. Councils would be required to put LDOs on more than 90 per cent of the brownfield sites suitable for housing by 2020. The Treasury had now created a £5million fund to help create the first 100 LDOs.

     

    It was proposed that the following actions take place:

     

    • Cheshire East Council to be at the forefrontin the development of Local Development Orders by establishing a cross departmental Task Group to develop a pilot within Macclesfield, identifying and working with the owners of brownfield sites. 
    • Work with Government to explore the creation of a fund to build capacity to develop knowledge and understanding of smaller sites likely to be beneficiaries of Local Development Orders.

     

    • Explore the potential for the development of an Equity share or grant schemes, delivered through a public / private partnership approach.

     

    • Work with the Government on the development of tax incentives targeted at brownfield sites that were identified within the Local Development Order sites or in existing town centre boundaries.  

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That Cabinet endorses the approach set out in the report with a focus on Macclesfield as a pilot area for research and bid development in consultation with local members.

     


    16/09/2014 - Alderley Park Investment Fund (Ref CE 14/15-6) ref: 1510    Recommendations Approved

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  • Decision maker: Cabinet

    Made at meeting: 16/09/2014 - Cabinet

    Decision published: 18/09/2014

    Effective from: 26/09/2014

    Decision:

    Cabinet considered a report seeking approval to establish an investment fund in relation to Alderley Park.

     

    Through the Council’s continued close collaboration with its partners, a clear need had been identified for collective action to ensure that new start-ups and growing SMEs on site were fully supported and nurtured. In addition to the business support services already available, there was growing demand for early-stage investment funding.

     

    It was proposed that investment funds target the following:

    §  Spin outs from AstraZeneca and academic institutions wishing to establish at Alderley Park

    §  SMEs in the UK looking to relocate to Alderley Park in order to grow and expand

    §  Inward investors

     

    The provision of such investment funding had the potential, alongside other interventions, to increase significantly the number of jobs on site.

     

    Cabinet was asked to approve an investment in a fund by Cheshire East Council of £5million. This would be used to attract further high net worth investors.

     

    RESOLVED

     

    That

     

    1.    Cabinet delegates to the Portfolio Holder for Finance, subject to the findings of the independent adviser’s final report and the determination of detailed investment policies and appropriate fund structure, the authority to make the investment; and

     

    2.    subject to the decision of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, budget be provided and officers be authorised to take all necessary actions to set up the Fund and undertake the proposed investment, including the procurement and appointment of a Fund Manager, and in line with the findings of the independent adviser’s final report and the determination of detailed investment policies and appropriate fund structure.