Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Monday 12 February 2024 10.00 a.m.

Venue: The Town Hall, The Crofts, Moorgate Street, Rotherham. S60 2TH

Contact: Governance Unit - Email: governance@rotherham.gov.uk  The webcast can be viewed at http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv

Items
No. Item

133.

Declarations of Interest

 

To invite Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:

 

Agenda Item

Councillor

Interest Type

Nature of Interest

142 – Business Rates Discretionary Relief Renewals in 2024/25

Councillor Roche

Non-pecuniary

Trustee – Manvers Lake and Dearne

Valley Trust Limited (Manvers Boat Club

142 – Business Rates Discretionary Relief Renewals in 2024/25

 

Councillor Lelliott  ...  view the full minutes text for item 133.

134.

Questions from Members of the Public

 

To receive questions from members of the public who wish to ask a general question in respect of matters within the Council’s area of responsibility or influence.

 

Subject to the Chair’s discretion, members of the public may ask one question and one supplementary question, which should relate to the original  ...  view the full agenda text for item 134.

Minutes:

135.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 1 MB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the Cabinet meeting held on 22 January 2024.

Minutes:

Resolved:-

 

That the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 22 January 2024 be approved as a true and correct record of the proceedings.

 

136.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

 

There are no exempt items on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there were no items of business on the agenda that would require the exclusion of the press and public from the meeting.

137.

Rotherham Early Years Education and Childcare Strategy 2024 – 2027 pdf icon PDF 473 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That Cabinet approve the implementation of the Rotherham Early Years Education and Childcare Strategy 2024-2027.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval to implement the Rotherham Early Years Education and Childcare Strategy 2024-2027. The Strategy had been developed to highlight the importance of the early years, the impact of the pandemic, the current position in the Borough, the key priorities and forthcoming changes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 137.

138.

Local Stop Smoking Services and Support Grant pdf icon PDF 484 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health.

 

Recommendations:

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.    Agrees to the proposed allocation of this grant to support the delivery of stop-smoking services as detailed across the themes within the Tobacco Control Work Plan.

 

2.    Agrees that the approval of the details  ...  view the full agenda text for item 138.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which outlined how a grant, provided by the Department of Health and Social Care to support people in stopping smoking, would be allocated in line with the Rotherham Tobacco Control Work Plan. The value of the grant for 2024/25 was £384,845. A similar amount  ...  view the full minutes text for item 138.

139.

Learning Disability Strategy pdf icon PDF 618 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That Cabinet approve the new Council Learning Disability Strategy (2024 – 2027).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval of the Council’s Learning Disability Strategy 2024-2027. In March 2023, Cabinet had given approval from the service to co-produce a future vision and strategy for people with a learning disability. The report also outlined the outcome of a three-month period of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.

140.

Rotherham All Age Autism Strategy 2024-2027 pdf icon PDF 857 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health.

 

Recommendations:

 

That Cabinet:-

 

1.    Approve the refreshed Rotherham All Age Autism Strategy 2024 – 2027 and acknowledge the commitment to develop a co-produced action plan.

 

2.    Agree to receive a further report in 18 months on delivery against  ...  view the full agenda text for item 140.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval of the refreshed Rotherham All Age Autism Strategy 2024-2027 and sought acknowledgment of the commitment to develop a co-produced action plan.

The Strategy built on the progress made in the delivery of the Rotherham All Age Autism Strategy 2020-2023 and sets  ...  view the full minutes text for item 140.

141.

December 2023/24 Financial Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report from the Strategic Director of Finances and Customer Services.

 

Recommendations:

 

That Cabinet:

1.          Note the current General Fund Revenue Budget forecast overspend of £1.2m.

 

2.          Note that actions will continue to be taken to reduce the overspend position but that it is possible that the Council will need to  ...  view the full agenda text for item 141.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which set out the financial position

as at the end of December 2023 and forecast for the remainder of the financial year, based on actual costs and income for the first nine months of 2023/24. As at December 2023, the Council Directorates currently estimated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 141.

142.

Business Rates Discretionary Relief Renewals in 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Finances and Customer Services.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That Cabinet approve the applications for Discretionary Business Rate Relief for the organisations listed in Appendix 1 of this report and in accordance with the details set out in Section 6 of this report, for the 2024/25 financial  ...  view the full agenda text for item 142.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval for the applications for Discretionary Business Rate Relief for the organisations listed in Appendix 1 to the report. This was in accordance with the Council’s Discretionary Business Rates Relief Policy (approved by Cabinet on 12 December 2016.)

Resolved:

 

1.    That Cabinet  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142.

143.

Overt CCTV Policy pdf icon PDF 463 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment.

 

Recommendations:

 

  1. That Cabinet approves the Council’s refreshed Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval for the refreshed Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Policy. The Council’s current CCTV Policy and Guidance (Overt Surveillance) was approved by Cabinet in August 2018. A review of the Policy had been essential to ensure that it is up to date in light  ...  view the full minutes text for item 143.

144.

Fire Safety Policy for Council Housing pdf icon PDF 506 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    Approves the Housing Services Fire Safety Policy included at Appendix 1.

2.    Delegates authority to the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing, to alter the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 144.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought approval of the Housing Services Fire Safety Policy which was attached at Appendix 1. The Policy outlined the Council’s approach to identifying, managing, and mitigating the risks associated with fire in council-owned residential and associated properties. It set out the roles and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 144.

145.

Climate Emergency Annual Report pdf icon PDF 814 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That Cabinet approves the Climate Change Action Plan in Appendix 2, noting the key achievements and opportunities summarised in Appendix 1 and section 2 of this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided an update on the Council’s Climate Change activity for the previous year. A full progress report and action plan for 2024/2025 was detailed within Appendix 1 and 2. Key progress was highlighted in the report with respect to the specific themes of:  ...  view the full minutes text for item 145.

146.

Budget and Council Tax Report 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Report from the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services.

 

Recommendations:

 

That Cabinet recommend to Council:
 

1.    Approval of the Budget and Financial Strategy for 2024/25 as set out in the report and appendices, including a basic Council Tax increase of 1.5% and an Adult Social Care precept of 2%.  ...  view the full agenda text for item 146.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report submitted which proposed the Council’s Budget and Council Tax for 2024/25, based on the Council’s Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2024/25, budget consultation and the consideration of Directorate budget proposals through the Council’s Budget process alongside a review of the financial planning assumptions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 146.

147.

20mph Speed Limits and Pavement Parking pdf icon PDF 876 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment.

 

Recommendations:

 

That Cabinet:

 

  1. Notes the findings of the consultation and approves the Policy for the Introduction of 20mph Speed Limits and Zones (Appendix 1.)

 

  1. Approves the proposals in respect of handling complaints or requests in respect of parking on footways, set  ...  view the full agenda text for item 147.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which outlined feedback received from the recent consultation on the Council’s proposed policy in respect of 20mph speed limits. It provided details of the results of the consultation and recommended a version of the Policy for adoption to ensure a consistent approach to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 147.

148.

Household Waste Recycling Centre Update pdf icon PDF 579 KB

Report from the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.             That Cabinet note the contents of this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided an update in relation to the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in the Borough. In January 2023 Cabinet considered the options for the future delivery of the Household Waste Recycling Service, in anticipation of the expiry of the current contract in October  ...  view the full minutes text for item 148.

149.

Recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Management Board pdf icon PDF 132 KB

 

To receive a report detailing the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board in respect of the above items that were subject to pre-decision scrutiny on 7 February 2024.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the circulated report, the contents of which were included as part of the relevant items and the details included accordingly.

150.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

 

The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Monday 18 March 2024 commencing at 10.00am in Rotherham Town Hall.

Minutes:

Resolved:-

 

The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Monday, 18 March 2024, commencing at 10.00 a.m. in Rotherham Town Hall.