Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 7:00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Barking

Contact: Alan Dawson, Head of Governance & Electoral Services 

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2.

Declaration of Members' Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Members are asked to declare any interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.

3.

Minutes (19 April 2022) pdf icon PDF 73 KB

4.

Draft Provisional Revenue and Capital Outturn for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Note the provisional revenue outturn for the General Fund for 2021/22, including individual service variances, as detailed in Appendix A to the report;

 

(ii)  Note the provisional outturn for the Council’s subsidiary companies BDTP and Be First, as detailed in Appendix A to the report;

 

(iii)  Approve the transfers to and from reserves as detailed in section 3 and Appendix B to the report;

 

(iv)  Note the provisional outturn for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), reflecting an underspend of circa £11m, as detailed in Appendix C to the report;

 

(v)  Note the provisional outturn for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) and Schools, as detailed in Appendix D to the report;

 

(vi)  Note the provisional outturn for the 2021/22 Capital Programme, as detailed in section 6 and Appendices E and F to the report;

 

(vii)  Approve the carry forward of slippage of £34.861m General Fund, £49.032m Investment Strategy and £19.231m HRA capital budget into 2022/23 and the revised total Capital Programme of £644.936m for 2022/23, as detailed in Appendices E and F to the report; and 

 

(viii)  Note the update on Transformation and Capital Receipts in section 7 of the report and approve the allocation of capital receipts of £5.5m from the sale of the Film Studio land to part-fund the transformation and ERP projects.

5.

Rent Guarantor Scheme for Care Leavers pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet resolved to agree the proposal to pilot the Rent Guarantor Scheme for a period of 12 months beginning 1 August 2022, with a view to informing a wider policy change to the Council’s Local Offer for Care Leavers, in accordance with the strategy set out in the report.

6.

Fit-Out Loan Funding for Two Council-Owned Properties pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Approve a loan of up to £440,000 (plus rolled up interest) to Care City Innovation CIC to help fund the fit-out of Council-owned premises at Axe Street, Barking, to be leased by Care City, on the terms set out in paragraph 2.1 of the report;

 

(ii)  Approve a loan of up to £250,000 (plus rolled up interest) to Make it Bow Limited (part of the Make it Group) to help fund the fit-out of Council-owned premises at Roycraft House, Linton Road, Barking, leased to Make it Bow, on the terms set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report; and

 

(iii)  Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Inclusive Growth, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, the Director of Finance and Investments and the Chief Legal Officer, to agree and enter into any agreements and other documents to fully implement and effect the proposals set out in the report.

7.

Treasury Management Annual Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 333 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet resolved to recommend the Assembly to:

 

(i)  Note the Treasury Management Annual Report for 2021/22;

 

(ii)  Note that the Council complied with all 2021/22 treasury management indicators;

 

(iii)  Approve the actual Prudential and Treasury Indicators for 2021/22, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

(iv)  Note that the Council borrowed £140.0m from the Public Works Loan Board in 2021/22.

8.

Contract for the Provision of Supported Accommodation at The Vineries pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Agree that the Council proceeds with the procurement of a four-year contract for the provision of Supported Accommodation for 16- to 19-year-old Looked after Children, Care Leavers and Vulnerable Homeless Young People in accordance with the strategy set out in the report; and

 

(ii)  Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Children’s and Adults, in consultation with the relevant Cabinet Members, the Director of Finance and Investment and the Chief Legal Officer, to conduct the procurement and award and enter into the contracts and relevant extension periods and all other necessary or ancillary agreements with the successful bidder, in accordance with the strategy set out in the report.

9.

Contract for the Provision of Supported Accommodation for Older People (Extra Care) pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Agree that the Council proceeds with the procurement of a contract for the provision of an Extra Care service in accordance with the strategy set out in the report; and

 

(ii)  Delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Children’s and Adults, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, the Director of Finance and Investment and the Chief Legal Officer, to conduct the procurement and enter into the contract and extension documents with the successful bidder in accordance with the strategy set out in the report.

10.

Social Value in Procurement - Impact Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Note the continued positive impact of the Council’s Social Value in Procurement policy in terms of suppliers’ social value commitments and associated outputs;

 

(ii)  Approve the updated Social Value Toolkit 2022 as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, reflecting the change from five Social Value themes to the three themes and top-level ambitions of:

 

Investment in Local People: A resilient population. Supporting higher levels of local employment, income, independence, and wellbeing in the borough.

 

Investment in Local Economy: A vibrant, future focused local economy. A resilient economy that meets the needs of the local population.

 

Environmental Sustainability: Better outcomes for all. An environmentally sustainable economy with improved air quality and reduced transport, waste, and packaging.

 

(iii)  Note the Council’s plan to pilot a programme focussing on work experience for young people and those disadvantaged in the workplace.

11.

Debt Management Performance 2021/22 (Quarter 4) pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Decision:

Cabinet resolved to:

 

(i)  Note the performance of the debt management function carried out by the Council’s Revenues service, including the improvement of collection rates and the continued recovery techniques applied to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;

 

(ii)  Note that a review of the number of businesses that qualified under the Council’s COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) policy, approved by Minute 94 (22 March 2022), meant that the level of Business Rates relief awarded to the 716 qualifying businesses was able to be increased from 90% to 100% for the 2021/22 financial year, as detailed in section 4 of the report; and

 

(iii)  Note the arrears project started in April 2022, as detailed in section 11 of the report.