Corporate Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 6 August 2008

162 (29) VIREMENTS 2008-09 – The Service Director Finance submitted a report seeking approval for changes to the revenue budget for 2008-09.

On 20 February 2008 Council approved the revenue and capital budgets for 2008/2009 financial year (minute 1545 refers). Since then various developments had been approved which needed to be reflected in the budget to assist proper financial control. The report gave details of virements approved by the Service Director Finance under delegated powers and those that required Cabinet Member approval.

Resolved – (a) That the virements at paragraph 3.1 and 3.2 of the report, approved by the Service Director Finance under delegated powers be noted, and (b) that the permanent virement outlined in paragraph 3.3 of the report be approved.

163 (30) ESTABLISHMENT OF THE POST OF LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S BOARD CHILD DEATH OVERVIEW PANEL CO-ORDINATOR – The Service Director Children, Strategy and Partnerships submitted a report seeking approval for the creation of the post of Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Child Death Overview Panel Co-Ordinator.

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) had been established in line with The Children Act 2004. As part of the statutory responsibilities of the LSCB it was required to implement a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) from 1 April 2008. The LSCB had undertaken work with partner agencies to look at the implementation of a CDOP in North Lincolnshire. The CDOP would be responsible for reviewing all unexpected child deaths in North Lincolnshire and having oversight of all these. The panel would be required to function in line with the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006, chapter 7.

The role of the postholder would be to co-ordinate and administrate the CDOP to ensure effective discharge of its functions. This would include acting as a central point of contact in implementing the rapid response procedures to ensure timely and sufficient exchange of information between medical services, Police, the Coroner and a possible range of other agencies that could have been involved with the deceased and their family.

Resolved – That the creation of the post of Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Child Death Overview Panel Co-ordinator be approved.

164 (31) EXTENDED SERVICES AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE STAFFING – The Service Director Learning, Schools and Communities submitted a report seeking to create and transfer a number of posts on a permanent basis across the service area.

It was a requirement under the Ten Year Strategy for Childcare, and more recently the Childcare Act 2006, that councils provide to all families with children under five years, access to a Children’s Centre in their community by 2010. This had been implemented in three phases. Phase three of the scheme began in April 2008; North Lincolnshire was required to create an additional three Children’s Centres.

It was also a requirement that by 2010 all children should have access to a core offer of extended services in and around their school. The core offers for the Children’s Centre and Extended School agenda were intrinsically linked and were being developed in an integrated way to maximise funding, staff roles and resources generally.

The report and accompanying appendix detailed proposed changes to staffing structures in order to ensure that services to children and families via the Children’s Centres and Extended Schools agenda were delivered effectively.

Resolved – That the creation and establishment of the posts detailed in the report and accompanying appendix be approved.

The following items contain exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

165 (32) LICENSING STRUCTURAL REVIEW – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for a proposed restructure of the Licensing division.

The Licensing function provided a statutory service licensing, permitting and registering activities in accordance with appropriate legislation. The income received from its activities should cover the costs of providing the service and should not make a profit.

Since 2001 new legislation had added responsibilities. These included Alcohol and Gambling issues, and in addition to the added responsibilities brought about by the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 and the repeal of Section 75(1)(b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, there had been an increase in workload brought about by other statutory changes. A revised structure was required for the section to perform its statutory functions in the most efficient and effective way.

Further information along with current and proposed structures were set out in the report and its appendices.

Resolved – That the revised structure as set out in Appendix B of the report be approved.

166 (33) DATA INFORMATION OFFICER (POST No. HPDC0025) – The Service Director Highways and Planning submitted a report seeking approval for a proposal to change an existing two year fixed term contract into a full time permanent position of data information officer.

The Planning Delivery Grant (PDG) was introduced in 2003 and provided incentives for local authorities to invest in staff and IT in order to raise performance in the delivery of planning services.

The Government had now phased out the PDG meaning that local authorities needed to continue to find resources from elsewhere to maintain the significant improvements in performance which had been achieved. One alternative funding source was through the increase in planning fees which Government introduced on 6April 2008.

The contract for the existing Planning Support Officer post HPDC0025 was set for a two-year fixed term, this term expired in April 2009. It was considered that the post should now become permanent.

Resolved – (a) That the changing of the post of Planning Support Officer from a fixed two-year contract to a permanent contract be approved, (b) that the existing post HPDC0025 be re-designated as Data Information Officer

167 (34) BARTON UPON HUMBER DEVELOPMENT TRUST – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for approval to make available for lease two council buildings in Barton Upon Humber to enable the creation of a Development Trust.

The Community Heritage, Arts and Media Project (CHAMP) currently ran Baysgarth Museum. The council provided support funding to CHAMP. Despite this, they faced an ongoing funding shortfall.

They proposed establishing a broader development trust to manage other buildings in Barton upon Humber on behalf of the council and other partners. This would help secure their longer term financial sustainability.

A bid for funding to the Community Assets fund to facilitate this proposal had proven successful. To facilitate further progress with this initiative, decisions were required on transferring buildings that were currently owned and operated by the council on a lease basis to the development trust.

The Regeneration, Marketing and Strategic Finance Cabinet Member had approved the lease of 51 Fleetgate, Barton on Humber to a newly formed Development Trust on 15 July 2008 (minute 45 refers).

Resolved – That the lease of Barton Youth Centre to the Development Trust as set out in the report be approved.

168 (35) PROPERTY TRANSACTION SCHEDULE – The Service Director Asset Management and Culture submitted a report for consideration, and where necessary approval, of a schedule containing the terms of all recently negotiated property transactions.

Resolved – That the schedule appended to the report be approved.

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