Agenda and decisions

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No. Item

1.

Apologies

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2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 585 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 September, 2021.

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3.

Declarations of interest

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4.

Hot Topics

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5.

Question Time

Question from Councillor Alison Wheelhouse to Councillor Steve Broadbent (Cabinet Member for Transport)

 

A355/London End junction, Beaconsfield

“Given that the Planning Inspector has recently upheld HS2’s Appeal against the Council’s failure or refusal to approve HS2 lorry routes, what next steps will the Council take to obtain and provide clearer, reliable information on how much HS2 traffic is expected to use the A355/London End junction in Beaconsfield; and what measures will you take to manage the increasing level of HS2 traffic on the A355 in Beaconsfield including preventing lorries using other routes in the town?”

 

Question from Councillor Robin Stuchbury to Councillor Anita Cranmer (Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services)

 

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

“Given that the waiting list for children and young people to access CAMHS can be 18 months to 2 years, can the Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services please confirm what mitigations are in place to support children with their educational needs whilst they wait to be assessed and what action is the Council taking, e.g. lobbying the local NHS Trust, to improve this situation?”

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Forward Plan (28 Day Notice) pdf icon PDF 218 KB

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Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy pdf icon PDF 768 KB

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Decision:

The Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy had been developed following the motion at Council on 15 July 2020 regarding climate change and subsequently approved at Cabinet in February 2021 for further engagement.

 

The Strategy set out the approach to addressing climate change and air quality across Buckinghamshire, including targets for emissions reduction from the Council’s direct operations.  Further engagement activity had been undertaken since Cabinet last considered this Strategy, the feedback from which had been supportive.

 

Members were informed that one amendment needed to be made to paragraph 3.11 of the Officers’ report to reflect the current position and for the Strategy moving forward.  As such, paragraph 3.11 should be replaced with the following text:

 

We have already made some progress on EV charging but there is more to do.  The Government are also seeking views on accelerating the provision of EV infrastructure as part of their Future of Transport consultation.  To allow us to match this ambition our strategy will look for opportunities to accelerate our own provision based on focused engagement with key stakeholders and partners.  This will ensure we increase provision of EV charging points across Buckinghamshire in a speedy manner.”

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That the outcomes of the recent engagement activity be noted.

(2)               That the ongoing work being done to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions in 2020/21 be noted.

(3)               That the Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy be agreed and adopted, subject to the updated information provided on paragraph 3.11 of the Officers’ report.

(4)               That the MTFP be amended to reflect the revenue and capital budgets for the Strategy.

(5)               That Cabinet be provided with an annual update on the implementation of the Strategy.

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Youth Justice Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 733 KB

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Decision:

The Buckinghamshire Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2021-2022 provides details of progress made against agreed outcomes for Children and Young People. It outlines priorities, alongside potential future challenges for the partnership over the coming year.  It also highlights the partnership arrangements and budget position for the Youth Offending Service Partnership.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Buckinghamshire Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2021-22 be endorsed and Council recommended to adopt it.

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Bus Service Improvement Plan pdf icon PDF 850 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet had received and agreed a report on 29 June, 2021, on the ‘Bus Back Better’ National Bus Strategy that required Local Authorities to enter into Enhanced Partnerships with bus operators.  Actions included agreeing a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) by 31 October 2021 to secure long term funding for vital bus services.  An Enhanced Partnership with bus operators would have to be entered into by no later than 31 March 2022.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) be approved, as set out in Appendix 1, to support long term funding for bus services.

(2)               That the submission of the BSIP to the Department of Transport by the 31 October 2021 deadline, as well as publishing it on the Council’s website, be agreed.

(3)               That authority be delegated to the Director for Transport Services, following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Transport, to make minor amendments to the plan if required for accuracy or updating.

(4)               That the Council’s agreed commitment to entering an Enhanced Partnership with bus operators by no later than 31 March 2022 be noted, as the mechanism for prioritising and delivering measures in the BSIP.

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Support to the Provider Market as a result of COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

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Decision:

In March 2021 a report relating to support to the provider market was presented and approved by Cabinet, which resulted in a package of financial support and a commitment to return to Cabinet with the viable options for the commissioning of services making note of the key commercial considerations.

 

The confidential report provided an update on the current position and outlined the options for next steps.  The approaches proposed aim was to provide the best foundation for managing the current care market whilst preparing for the future delivery of care and support for older people.  Core to the proposals were ensuring the delivery of good quality care, value for money and ensuring market stability in line with our obligations under the Care Act 2014.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)               That the update on the provider market be noted, as detailed in the confidential report.

(2)               That the Corporate Director for Adults and Health be authorised to continue to negotiate with a provider on appropriate contract variations.

(3)               That the funding request for 2021/22, as detailed in the confidential report and appendix, be approved for immediate project resource, to be met from the General Contingency budget – Economic Uncertainty.

(4)               To note that a request for additional Adults and Social Care contingency, as detailed in the confidential report and appendix, will be considered as part of the overall MTFP process, to mitigate the potential wider financial impacts in 2022/23 to 2025/26.

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Exclusion of the public (if required)

To resolve that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Paragraph 3:        Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

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Confidential appendix for Support to the Provider Market as a result of COVID-19

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Confidential Minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 28 September 2021

To approve as a correct record the confidential minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 28 September, 2021.

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Date of next meeting

Tuesday 9 November, 2021, at 10am

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