Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Wednesday, 21st February, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Via MS Teams

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

 

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service

2.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive any declarations of interest or dispensations.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest or dispensations were raised.

4.

Cabinet pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider the decisions of the Cabinet Meeting held on the 10th January, 2024.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the decisions of the Cabinet Meeting held on 10th January, 2024.

 

RESOLVED that the decisions be received as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

Conferences, Courses and Events pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the following:-

 

2024 Royal Garden Party

Royal Garden Parties – London

8th May, 2024 and 21st May, 2024

 

RESOLVED that one nominee plus guest be approved to attend on either the 8th or 21st May, 2024.

 

6.

Forward Work Programme – 10th April 2024 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To receive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Scrutiny & Democratic Officer.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted

7.

Grants to Organisations pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

The following grants were received following the publication of the report.

 

ABERTILLERY

 

Llanhilleth Ward - Councillor N. Parsons

 

 

1.

Beaufort Hill Ponds and Woodlands

     £125

BRYNMAWR

 

Brynmawr Ward - Councillor J. Hill

 

 

1.

Brynmawr & District Museum Society

£88

 

Brynmawr Ward - Councillor W. Hodgins

 

 

1.

Abertillery Piranhas

£100

2.

Nantyglo Under 10’s Football

£100

3.

Brynmawr Musical Theatre Company

£200

4.

Nantyglo Mini Rugby

£100

5.

Brynmawr FC

£100

6.

Brynmawr RFC

£150

7.

North Ebbw Fach Interact

£100

8.

Brynmawr & District Museum Society

£200

 

EBBW VALE

 

Beaufort Ward - Councillor C. Smith

 

 

1.

Glyncoed Community Group

£100

2.

Beaufort Christmas Lights

£100

3.

Ebbw Vale Works Museum

£100

4.

1158 Ebbw Vale Squadron RAF Air Cadets

£110

 

Beaufort Ward - Councillor D. Woods

 

 

1.

Beaufort Ladies Craft Class

£100

2.

Beaufort RFC

£100

3.

Royal British Legion Rassau & Beaufort Branch

£100

4.

Beaufort Christmas Lights

£200

5.

One Life Autism

£100

6.

Beaufort Hill Ponds & Woodlands

£100

7.

Beaufort Male Choir

£100

8.

2nd Beaufort & Rassau Scout Group

£100

9.

Ffin Dance

£100

10.

Beaufort Hearts

£100

11.

Willowtown Primary School PTA

£100

12.

Glyncoed Community Group

£200

13.

Beaufort Hill Primary School

£260

 

Ebbw Vale North Ward - Councillor J. Morgan

 

 

1.

RTB Ebbw Vale FC

£160

2.

One Life Autism

£200

 

NANYGLO & BLAINA

 

Blaina Ward - Councillor J.P. Morgan

 

 

1.

Blaina Cricket Club

£960

 

RESOLVED accordingly.

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

 

8.

Workforce Strategy 2021-2026 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Organisational Development.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Organisational Development.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted, Cabinet reviewed and noted the progress against the 2022/23 delivery plan and endorsed the 2023/25 delivery plan (Option 1).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

Capital Budget Monitoring, Forecast for 2023/2024 Financial Year (As at 31 December 2023) pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Members provided the appropriate challenge to the financial outcomes in the report, continued to support appropriate financial control procedures agreed by Council and noted the budgetary control and monitoring procedures in place within the Capital Team, to safeguard Authority funding (Option 1).

 

10.

Revenue Budget Monitoring 2023/2024 Forecast Outturn to 31 March 2024 (As at 31 December 2023) pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

REVENUE BUDGET MONITORING 2023/2024

FORECAST OUTTURN TO 31ST MARCH 2024

(AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2023)

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Members provided the appropriate challenge to the financial outcomes in the report, noted the application of reserves and challenged the Action Plans as detailed in Appendix 2 (Option 1).

 

11.

Discretionary Fees & Charges 2024/2025 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Cabinet recommended Option 2 to Council, as follows:-

 

(1)     approved the register of Fees & Charges for 2024/2025     detailed at  Appendix 1 and for discretionary fees &         charges,     as follows:-

 

(a)   a fee uplift of 5% in line with the proposed business case as detailed in Appendix 4; 

 

(b)   the alternative fee proposed as detailed in paragraphs 5.1.4 to 5.1.14. of the report; and

 

(c)   Planning Fees attached at Appendix 2.

 

(2)     approved delegated power and responsibility to the Interim         Director of Social Services for setting the fees and charges        for 2024/2025 relating to the           provision of external social    care as detailed in paragraph 5.1.6 of the report; and

(3)     approved the core price increases related to Aneurin          Leisure Trust as detailed in Appendix 3.

12.

Revenue Budget 2024/2025 pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and agreed Option 1, as follows:-

 

1)   Subject to the decisions on the following recommendations, Members considered and recommended to Council the 2024/25 revenue budget as shown in the table in paragraph 5.1.15 of the report.

 

2)   Members provided comment on the outcomes within the overall provisional RSG Settlement and noted the potential for further change in the Final RSG Settlement (paragraphs 2.6 – 2.17 of the report).

 

3)   Members provided comment on the outcomes within the BGCBC provisional RSG Settlement and its impact upon the Medium Term Financial Strategy (paragraphs 2.18 – 2.26 of the report).

 

4)   Members  considered and recommend to Council the updated cost pressures and growth items (£2.8m in total) detailed in Appendix 2 (paragraphs 5.1.10 – 5.1.16 of the report) for inclusion in the Council’s budget.

 

 

 

 

 

5)   Members considered and recommended to Council the Bridging the Gap proposals (a summary of which is detailed at Appendix 3 and Business Cases are outlined in Appendix 4) delivering a minimum of £6.27m of financial efficiencies and budget cuts towards the budget gap (paragraphs 5.1.32 to 5.1.37 of the report).

 

6)   Members considered and recommended to Council the level of funding provided to schools (paragraph 5.1.19-5.1.27 of the report).

 

7)   Members recommended that any grant/s transferring into the Final Settlement for 2024/2025 be passported to the relevant service/s.

 

8)   Members considered and recommended to Council the use of reserves up to £2.1m to balance the budget for 2024/2025 (paragraphs 5.1.38 to 5.1.42 of the report). The level would be subject to the recommendations in paragraph 3.1.5 and 3.1.6 above.

 

9)   Members considered and recommended to Council, a Council Tax increase of a minimum of 5% for 2024/25 (paragraph 5.1.10 of the report) as per the Business Case CS12 (detailed in Appendix 3 and 4).

 

10)   Approved the updated MTFS for 2024/2025 to 2028/2029 as detailed in Appendix 5.

 

13.

Overview Position of Blaenau Gwent Town Centre CCTV Zones 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

To consider the report of the Service Manager Policy and Partnerships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Policy & Partnerships.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Cabinet endorsed the updated Codes of Practice for 2023/24 (Option 1):-

 

Recommendation 2: Cabinet considered the current operating practices and arrangements with Caerphilly Council and IDS; and

Recommendation 3: Agreed to consider the Annual Report 2023/24 as part of the committee’s forward work programme for 2024/25.

 

14.

Corporate Director of Education Services 6-month Progress Performance Report Apr 23-Sept 23 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted (Option 2).

 

15.

Sustainable Communities for Learning Rolling Programme pdf icon PDF 177 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and approved, and the Sustainable Communities for Learning Rolling Programme proposals to be submitted to Welsh Government in March 24 (Option 1).

 

16.

Key Stage 4 Outcomes 2023 pdf icon PDF 447 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director Education.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted (Option 1).

 

17.

Annual Report of the Director of Social Services 2023/2024 (Quarters 1 and 2). pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Social Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Corporate Director Social Services.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted (Option 2).

 

18.

Safeguarding Performance Information for Social Services 1st April to 30th September and Education Summer Term–2023 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Corporate Director Social Services and Interim Corporate Director Education.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the joint report of the Interim Corporate Director Social Services and Interim Corporate Director Education.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and provided comments on where improvement can be made to the current monitoring processes (Option 2).

 

19.

Community Services and Regeneration Directorate Performance - Quarters 1 and 2 - 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Regeneration and Community Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director Regeneration and Community Services.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted (Option 2).