Agenda and decisions


Executive - Monday 3 October 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxon OX15 4AA

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwell-dc.gov.uk, 01295 221589

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No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest that they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

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3.

Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

The Chairman to report on any requests to submit petitions or to address the meeting.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2022.

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5.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

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6.

Responding to the Cost of Living Crisis pdf icon PDF 586 KB

** Report to follow “”

 

Report of Corporate Director of Resources

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the work that the Council is undertaking be noted.

 

(2)          That the Council’s Food Champion and the work of the Food Insecurity Working Group be supported.

 

(3)          That the allocation of £250k from the COVID fund to support the Food Voucher Scheme be supported and authority to approve further expenditure be delegated to the Corporate Director Resources, in consultation with the Section 151 Officer and Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities.

 

(4)          That it be agreed to successfully deliver new Central Government funding initiatives that support our communities.

7.

Air Quality Action Plan pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Report of Assistant Director Regulatory Services and Community Safety

 

Purpose of report

 

This report provides an update on the air quality monitoring carried out across the district in 2021 and the air quality data obtained, the current district Air Quality Action Plan, and other air quality related matters.

 

Air quality monitoring data shows significant air quality improvements over a 5-year period in the air quality management areas of the District.

 

The Council’s Business Plan includes a specific commitment to “Work with partners to improve air quality” within the Supporting Environmental Sustainability priority.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the work undertaken by the Council its partners in relation to air quality in the District and the 2021/22 air quality monitoring data.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the work undertaken by the Council its partners in relation to air quality in the District and the 2021/22 air quality monitoring data be noted.

 

8.

Domestic Abuse - Strategic Briefing and Support Services Contract Commissioning pdf icon PDF 246 KB

Report of Assistant Director Regulatory Services & Community Safety

 

Purpose of report

 

The Council works in partnership with the other local authorities in Oxfordshire and the Police and Crime Commissioner to commission support services for domestic abuse victims in the county. Cherwell contributes £25k per annum to the current domestic abuse support services contract with A2 Dominion. This current contract expires in April 2023 and therefore work is underway in preparation to tender for a new domestic abuse support services contract.

 

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 introduced new statutory duties on local authorities in relation to support for domestic abuse victims in safe accommodation. Subsequent national guidance published in the Domestic Abuse Plan 2022 includes additional recommendations for prevention and perpetrator services to help reduce domestic homicides, suicides, risks, and harm to victim-survivors.

 

This paper updates the Executive on progress in Oxfordshire to meet the new statutory duties and to commission a new domestic abuse support services contract.

 

Ensuring there is an effective response to domestic abuse in Cherwell contributes to the corporate priority to promote healthy, resilient and engaged communities. In particular it supports the commitment to work with partners to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, and it also supports our commitment to equalities, diversity and inclusion and work with partners to address the causes of health inequality and deprivation.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the work taking place across Oxfordshire to meet the new statutory duties and to commission a new domestic abuse support services contract.

 

1.2       To agree that Cherwell will maintain its contribution to the costs of this contract.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the work taking place across Oxfordshire to meet the new statutory duties and to commission a new domestic abuse support services contract be noted.

 

(2)          That it be agreed that Cherwell District Council will maintain its contribution to the costs of this contract.

 

9.

Monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report August 2022 pdf icon PDF 813 KB

Report of Assistant Director of Finance and Interim Assistant Director – Customer Focus

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring positions as at the end of August 2022.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1         To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report August 2022.

 

1.2         To create an income and expenditure budget of £0.503m for the Homes for Ukraine Grant.

 

1.3         To agree additional Capital Project to be included within the Capital Programme for a new mains electrical connection to accommodate the newly installed Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) to operate at Kidlington Leisure Centre.

 

1.4         To approve the changes to reserves as detailed in Appendix 5.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Reports for  August 2022 be noted.

 

(2)          That it be agreed to create an income and expenditure budget of £0.503m for the Homes for Ukraine Grant be created.

 

(3)          That an additional Capital Project to be included within the Capital Programme for a new mains electrical connection to accommodate the newly installed Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) to operate at Kidlington Leisure Centre be agreed.

 

(4)          That the following changes to reserves as detailed in the Annex to the Minutes (as set out in the Minute Book) be approved:  

 

Directorate

Type

Description

Amount £m

Communities

Earmarked

Works in Default

0.040

Communities

Earmarked

Castle Quay

0.671

 

 

Total Earmarked Reserves

0.711

 

 

10.

Budget and Business Planning Process 2023/24 - 2027/28 pdf icon PDF 822 KB

Report of Assistant Director of Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

This report is to inform the Executive of the proposed approach to the 2023/24 Budget and Business Planning Process and provides context and background information on the existing Medium-Term Financial Strategy and information on latest government announcements relevant to the Strategy.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended to:

 

1.1       Approve the Budget and Business Planning Process for 2023/24

 

1.2       Approve a five-year period for the Medium-Term Financial Strategy to 2027/28 and five-year period for the Capital Programme to 2027/28.

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Budget and Business Planning Process for 2023/24 be approved.

 

(2)          That a five-year period for the Medium-Term Financial Strategy to 2027/28 and five-year period for the Capital Programme to 2027/28 be approved.

 

11.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

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