Decisions

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Decisions published

13/05/2022 - Department for Transport Funding - Local Transport Fund Grant ref: 1725    Recommendations Approved

To seek acceptance of the DfT funding offered through the Local Transport Fund

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 13/05/2022

Effective from: 13/05/2022

Decision:

The Leader of the Council authorised the Corporate Director - Strategic Resources to accept the £694,570 Local Transport Fund Grant and the terms of the Grant Agreement

Lead officer: Catherine Price


12/05/2022 - Reducing Parental Conflict local grant ref: 1724    Recommendations Approved

To submit a funding bid to the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to the Reducing Parental Conflict Grant for the allocated two year funding (2022/23 and 2023/24) of £102, 267 with a view to extend the funding in year 3 (2024/5) by £44,000.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 12/05/2022

Effective from: 12/05/2022

Decision:

To approve a funding bid to the Department of Work and Pensions for the allocated two year funding (2022/23 2023/24) of £102,267 with a view to extend the funding in year 3 (2024/5) by £44,000. Authority is delegated to the Corporate Director, Strategic Resources to accept any funding ultimately offered as a result of this bid.

Lead officer: Marion Sadler


12/05/2022 - Procurement of Insurance and associated claims handling for Casualty and Motor Liability (Casualty, Motor, Property, Travel/PA & Engineering and any other necessary insurances) for NYCC and the districts to commence 1st April 2023 in time for the ne ref: 1723    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval from the Director of Strategic Resources to proceed with the procurement of Insurance for the new council from 1st April 2023.

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Strategic Resources

Decision published: 12/05/2022

Effective from: 20/05/2022

Decision:

Proceed with a tender via the YPO Insurance Placement 978 Framework to procure replacement insurance and associated claims handling provisions for the County Council and the seven District Councils who will form the new Council from 1st April 2023.

Lead officer: Louise Gigante


12/05/2022 - Extending the contract for the High Needs Study Program and Supported Internships ref: 1722    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to utilize the additional 12 month option to extend the contract.

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision published: 12/05/2022

Effective from: 20/05/2022

Decision:

To approve a request to extend the current agreements in place for the High Needs Study Programme (HNSP) and the Supported Internships Approved Preferred Provider List (APL).

Lead officer: Jane Le Sage


04/05/2022 - To abandon the procurement procedure for the creation of an intervention space at Foston CE Primary School ref: 1721    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Strategic Resources

Decision published: 11/05/2022

Effective from: 04/05/2022

Decision:

To abandon the procurement procedure for the creation of an intervention space at Foston CE Primary School.

Lead officer: Julie Robinson


03/05/2022 - Supplier Appointment for delivery of the Household Support Fund. ref: 1720    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval from the Assistant Director of Policy, Partnerships & Communities for the direct award of a contract to Blackhawk via the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Framework to administer the delivery of the voucher scheme to support the Household Support Fund

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Policy, Partnerships and Communities

Decision published: 10/05/2022

Effective from: 18/05/2022

Decision:

For the direct award of a contract to Blackhawk via the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Framework to administer the delivery of the voucher scheme to support the Household Support Fund following further funding given by the DWP.

The contract will commence May 2022 – September 2022 with the option to extend for the period of May 2023 in the event that any subsequent funding is received.

Lead officer: Neil Irving


05/05/2022 - Restructure of Adult Learning and Skills Service ref: 1719    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision published: 05/05/2022

Effective from: 05/05/2022

Decision:

To approve the implementation of a new structure for the Adult Learning and Skills Service following consultation with staff and trade unions. The new structure will be implemented from 1 September 2022.

Lead officer: Marion Sadler


29/04/2022 - Acceptance of a Grant in 2022/23 from DLUHC for the provision of support within Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation ref: 1718    Recommendations Approved

Acceptance of a Grant in 2022/23 from DLUHC for the provision of support within Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation. The total grant amount is £1,044,653.

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision published: 03/05/2022

Effective from: 29/04/2022

Decision:

That the grant funding for 2022/23 that has been allocated to North Yorkshire County Council to support victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other forms of safe accommodation by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities be accepted. The total value of the grant is £1,044,653.


Lead officer: Neil Irving


03/05/2022 - Settlement Agreement - Joint Insurance Cost ref: 1717    Recommendations Approved

To consider the settlement agreement relating to an insurance cost issue under the PPP waste contract

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive - Legal and Democratic Services

Decision published: 03/05/2022

Effective from: 11/05/2022

Decision:

Note : The report to the Assistant Chief Executive Legal and Democratic Services was exempt from publication

The Assistant Chief Executive Legal and Democratic Services following consultation with the Executive Member has approved the terms and the execution of the Settlement and Amendment Deed

Lead officer: Catriona Gatrell


27/04/2022 - To abandon the procurement procedure for the replacement of a prefabricated classroom unit with traditional build at Bishop Monkton CE Primary School ref: 1716    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Strategic Resources

Decision published: 03/05/2022

Effective from: 27/04/2022

Decision:

To abandon the procurement procedure for the replacement of a prefabricated classroom unit with traditional build at Bishop Monkton CE Primary School.

Lead officer: Julie Robinson


27/04/2022 - Additional extension to Approved Provider Lists ref: 1715    Recommendations Approved

To approve an additional extension to the following Approved Provider Lists;
Care Homes and Homes with Nursing, Domiciliary Care and Other Regulated Services and Non-Regulated Services

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision published: 28/04/2022

Effective from: 07/05/2022

Decision:

It has been agreed to extend three Approved Provider Lists (APL) until 30 October 2022. The exact extension period for each APL. Care Homes and Homes with Nursing APL - Proposed Extension: 01/07/2022 – 31/10/22. Domiciliary Care and Other Regulated Services APL - Proposed Extension: 01/07/2022 – 31/10/22. Non-Regulated Services APL - Proposed Extension: 01/07/2022 – 31/10/22.

Lead officer: Abigail Barron


13/04/2022 - North Yorkshire County Council Plan for Economic Growth - Report of the NYCC Corporate Director – Business and Environmental Services ref: 1709    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Transport, Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 13/04/2022 - Transport, Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 26/04/2022

Effective from: 13/04/2022

Decision:

Considered – A report by Mark Kibblewhite, Senior Policy Officer, Business and Environmental Services and Liz Small, Growth and Heritage Services Manager, Business and Environmental Services. The report outlined the delivery of the Council’s Plan for Economic Growth achieved in 2021/22.

 

The key points are summarised below:

 

·       The overall health of the economy in North Yorkshire is returning to pre-lockdown levels of productivity, with the hospitality sector proving to be resilient and recovering strongly.

·       The rate of unemployment and claimant count in North Yorkshire remains significantly below regional and national averages. Richmondshire is the currently the lowest in the county, with Scarborough showing the highest claimant count rate in North Yorkshire, but these are still below regional and national averages.

·       At the height of the pandemic, the number of furloughed workers in the County was among the highest in the North of England. However, towards the end of the furlough scheme, this had reduced to below national averages.

·       Constrained labour supply will be a limiting factor on future growth opportunities.

·       There remains long standing wage discrepancies between different parts of the County and between the wages of residents and of workers within an area.

·       The Government’s business support programmes have so far been successful in protecting jobs and businesses through furlough support.

·       An emerging effect of the pandemic is that of sharply rising inflation which, exacerbated by war in Ukraine, is forecast to reach up to 8%.

 

Activity over the last year in relation to the Economic Growth plan included:

 

·       The development of the Harrogate 47 commercial units at the A1(M) junction in Flaxby, with NYCC supporting the transport infrastructure to enable the scheme to progress.

·       £32 million secured for Harrogate, Selby and Skipton through the Transforming Cities Fund to improve the town centres.

·       Support to Scarborough Borough Council to progress Towns Fund investment of £37.3m in Scarborough (£20.2m) and Whitby (£17.1m).

·       Development of a Cultural Framework for North Yorkshire was recently agreed by the Executive, supporting economic growth, transformation and social cohesion.

·       Transport maintenance is very important to keep everyone moving, for example Kex Gill A59 improvements.

·       Development of cycling and walking infrastructure plans to support active travel

·       Working with the LEP to help grow the skills agenda (17k supported over 7 years).

·       Development of a Skills Strategy for North Yorkshire with City of York Council and looking post-Covid at the future skills needs of the economy in North Yorkshire with the University of York.

·       NYCC have spent £215m with local businesses in the county on goods and services. Preston is an example of a local authority that has made a commitment to buy local. It is felt there will be a bigger opportunity to buy local more as part of the new unitary council.

·       Supporting Government plans around ELMS (Environmental Land Management Scheme) to help reduce carbon emissions and help the development of an environmentally friendly future.

·       Enhanced broadband connections for residents, with town centre Wi-Fi now up and running across the county (21 in total), plus developing 5G plans.

 

As part of Local Government Reorganisation, an Economic Development Strategy workstream is set up and led by Trevor Watson from Harrogate Borough Council to review existing economic data, looking at plans and policies and to commission work on a new Economic Growth strategy. There will be opportunities to access funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund, Towns Deals and the Transforming Cities fund.

 

Members discussed the report and made the following comments:

 

County Councillor Paul Haslam felt a more joined up approach with the LEP was needed, particularly around the pillars of environment, social, governance. He also noted that there was no mention of the Circular Economy in the report, and suggested NYCC support local businesses as much as possible, for example buying from local farmers as part of school dinner ingredients.

 

County Councillor David Staveley noted that the existing District and Borough Councils already have established economic growth plans in place for their areas, and whether there would be a process of bringing them all together as part of the new authority, given that each area has its own individual issues.

 

In response, Liz Small commented that all councils area are represented on the workstream group set up and that the best practices of the districts and boroughs should be reflected in any plans put forward.

 

County Councillor Paul Haslam reiterated this, feeling that the new authority should ensure the best of everything is kept and councillors are involved in steering this work. He also felt a commercial approach will be required and this may take time to get right.

 

County Councillor Stanley Lumley asked about the bounce back of the North Yorkshire economy in the year ahead. Liz Small responded that a strong summer for domestic accommodation and hospitality is expected, however there could be difficulties for the farming sector as part of the introduction of the ELMS. This had also been considered as part of the work of the Rural Commission.

 

Mark Kibblewhite added that nationally GDP is almost back to pre-pandemic levels, but the recovery has reached a shelf, with the rise in National Insurance and household bills kicking in. He also noted that following Covid a trend has developed of people retiring earlier and reassessing their work/life balance, therefore the labour market is shrinking. County Councillor David Staveley added that retaining staff is a real issue for businesses to continue providing services, as this will hold back the recovery of the economy.

 

County Councillor Karl Arthur made a comment about finding a balance between raising interest rates to combat rising inflation and not going too far and causing a financial crash.

 

County Councillor Stanley Lumley asked about the town centres in North Yorkshire with less people working in offices regularly and the knock on effect this has on local businesses. Liz Small responded that this is an issue that Directors of Development have been discussing, to repurpose town centres to become more leisure based in the future.

 

County Councillor Stanley Lumley summed up and thanked the officers for attending the meeting.

 

Resolved:

 

1)    That an update report on the North Yorkshire County Council Plan for Economic Growth be brought back to the committee in 12 months.


22/04/2022 - Household Support Grant ref: 1714    Recommendations Approved

To agree the local eligibility framework to be used to distribute the Household Support Fund

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Stronger Communities

Decision published: 22/04/2022

Effective from: 22/04/2022

Decision:

• That the County Council will deploy a second Household Support Fund (HSF) allocation (April – September 2022) of £3,537,549.92, in order to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support, and to help with significantly rising living costs.
• That in line with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) guidance published on 20 April 2022, the County Council will ensure that at least 1/3 of the funds are made available to households with children, and at least 1/3 on households which include a person who has reached state pension age through a locally developed eligibility framework.
• Funding will be provided through supermarket vouchers, food banks, Warm and Well, and NYLAF.

Lead officer: Neil Irving


21/04/2022 - Local Code of Corporate Governance ref: 1713    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Executive Officer

Decision published: 22/04/2022

Effective from: 21/04/2022

Decision:

The Chief Executive Officer recommended formal approval, under his emergency delegated decision making powers, of the Local Code of Corporate Governance (Appendix A to the report) “Corporate Governance” which was considered at the informal meeting of Audit Committee Members on 21 March 2022.

In this decision, the Chief Executive Officer is providing formal approval of the Local Code of Corporate Governance under paragraph 4.1(m) of the Officers’ Delegation Scheme, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Executive Member for Central Services, the Corporate Director Strategic Resources and the Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services).

By whom: Richard Flinton (Chief Executive Officer), under his emergency delegated powers and after consultation with Members and External Members of the Audit Committee.

Lead officer: Julie Robinson


19/04/2022 - Holiday Activities and Food Programme ref: 1712    Recommendations Approved

To give approval to enter into procurement arrangements for delivery of the Holiday Activity Programme for 2022 – 2024

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision published: 19/04/2022

Effective from: 27/04/2022

Decision:

To give approval to enter into procurement arrangements for the delivery of the coordination contract for the Holiday Activity and Food Programme for the next three financial years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25.

Lead officer: Howard Emmett


19/04/2022 - School catchment area decision following the closure of Baldersby St James Primary School ref: 1711    Recommendations Approved

In January 2022 the Secretary of State confirmed that Baldersby St James Primary School will close in August 2022.
Executive will be required to determine the future arrangements for the Baldersby St James’ catchment area in as far as they concern NYCC maintained schools.
if there are no objections to the proposals, the Executive Member for Education and Skills
Report to Executive 12 October 2021 refers.

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Education and Skills, including early years, schools, apprenticeships, FE colleges & UTC`s, and engagement with the skills agenda of the LEP

Decision published: 19/04/2022

Effective from: 28/04/2022

Decision:

That from September 2022 the catchment area of Dishforth CE Primary School be expanded such that it includes the southern part of the Baldersby St James School catchment area (Rainton with Newby Civil Parish)

That the necessary application be made to the Schools Adjudicator to secure approval for this variation to the admissions arrangements for 2022/23 in respect of Dishforth CE Primary School.

Lead officer: Andrew Dixon


19/04/2022 - Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding - Expression of Interest ref: 1710    Recommendations Approved

Approval to submit expression of interest to the Local electric vehicle infrastructure (LEVI) pilot funding and to delegate authority to the Corporate Director (Strategic Resources) to accept any successful funding

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Access

Decision published: 19/04/2022

Effective from: 19/04/2022

Decision:

The Executive Member for Access in consultation with the Corporate Director – BES and the Corporate Director - Strategic Resources approves that an Expression of Interest is submitted for the LEVI Fund, which if successful will enable us to make a full bid for funding in June 2022 potentially bringing in £2.7m of capital funding into NYCC

Lead officer: Keisha Moore