Agenda, decisions and minutes

Executive
Wednesday 21st March, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Gayle Roach  01900 702502

Items
No. Item

400.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday 21 February 2018 of Executive pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2018.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2018 were signed as a correct record.

 

401.

Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

None declared.

 

402.

Questions

To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.

Minutes:

None received.

 

403.

Members' Announcements

Minutes:

None received.

 

404.

Corporate Business Plan 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Chief Executive submitted a report for members to approve the 2018/19 Corporate Business Plan which set out the specific activity that would be undertaken over the next 12 months to work towards achieving the objectives in the Council Plan.

 

Councillor A Smith moved the recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor M Fryer. The recommendation was unanimously agreed. 

 

Alternative options considered

 

Not to approve the draft Plan or to make any other amendments.

 

The reason for the decision

 

Members approval of the Corporate Business Plan for 2018/19. The Plan was to be the proposed vehicle by which the Council would report progress against the Council Plan 2015-2019 commitments.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That the draft Corporate Business Plan 2018/19, as presented at Appendix A of the report, be approved.

 

405.

Setting Equality objectives 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

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Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Policy Manager (Corporate, Performance and Information) submitted a report asking members to agree a refreshed set of equality objectives in line with the Councils statutory requirements to have them in place under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Councillor A Smith moved the recommendations in the report. This was seconded by Councillor M Fryer. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Alternative options considered

 

Not to approve the draft equality objectives or to make any other amendments.

 

The reason for the decision

 

The Councils previous equality objectives were out of date and due for a refresh in line with new regulations.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That:

 

1.  The equality objectives, as set out in paragraph 3.6 of the report, be agreed

2.  The Councils equality objectives be reviewed again during 2018/19 alongside the development of the new Council Plan to ensure that in future the equality objectives were fully aligned to the Council Plan and council planning cycle.

 

406.

Allerdale Social Impact Investment Fund pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Policy Manager (Economic Growth) submitted a report which sought members to agree the process for the allocation of funds from the Allerdale Social Impact Investment Fund which included the creation of an Allerdale Loans Fund from April 2018 onwards.

 

Members welcomed the report which in their view demonstrated the Council’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the local area. 

 

Councillor M Fryer moved the recommendations in the report. This was seconded by Councillor A Smith. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Alternative options considered

 

To continue to administer the fund as was.

To administer the loan scheme internally.

To use an accredited provider to manage the loans fund on the council’s behalf.

 

The reason for the decision

 

In April 2014 The Board of Sellafield Ltd agreed to allocate up to £1,000,000 per annum of funding for use by Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council to support projects and initiatives that delivered social conditions for growth through Britain’s Energy Coast.

The allocation of monies, straight from Sellafield from April 2017, must be in line with the objectives of the Sellafield Socio Economic Strategy and Energy Act, in addition to the Council’s own Council Plan priorities.

Members were asked to agree the process by which the Council allocated money from the Social Impact Investment Fund for 2018/19 onwards.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That:

 

1.  Members agreed to the allocation of funds from the £500,000 per annum Social Impact Investment Fund, which was provided by funding from Sellafield Ltd annually along the lines outlined below:

  • A loans fund of £500,000 was proposed. Initially, this would be built up by contributions over 2 years of £250,000 - 2018/19 and 2019/20 - subject to funding provided annually by Sellafield. This would be topped up annually thereafter by up to £250,000, until external funding ceased, i.e. Sellafield Board decided not to award £500,000 each to the Council and Copeland Borough Council.
  • £100,000 to support businesses up to three years of age with capital grants of up to £10,000 with decisions delegated to the Head of Strategy, Policy and Performance in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, subject to funding provided annually by Sellafield.
  • £150,000 to support the delivery of projects that support the delivery of the Council’s Business Growth Strategy with decisions delegated to the Corporate Director in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth subject to funding provided annually by Sellafield.

 

2.  Members agreed to enter into a Legal Agreement with Enterprise Answers to administer the Loans Fund on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council.

 

3.  The finalisation of the Legal Agreement with Enterprise Answers be delegated to the Head of Governance and the Head of Strategy, Policy and Performance in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth.

 

407.

Cumbria Healthy Weight Declaration pdf icon PDF 65 KB

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Minutes:

The subject of the decision

 

The Head of Housing and Health submitted a report which sought members’ approval to commit to signing up to a Cumbria Healthy Weight Declaration.

 

The Healthy Weight Declaration was a statement of intent for a local authority to put obesity reduction and promotion of healthy options at the heart of its policies and activities.

 

Councillor C McCarron-Holmes moved the recommendations in the report. This was seconded by Councillor M Fryer. The motion was unanimously agreed.

 

Alternative options considered

 

Not to sign up to the Cumbria Healthy Weight Declaration.

 

The reason for the decision

 

To demonstrate the council’s commitment to health, and to work with the other local authorities and council partners to improve healthy weight within local communities thereby improving lives.

 

The decision

 

Resolved:

 

That:

 

1.  The signing up to the Cumbria Healthy Weight Declaration be agreed

2.  The Leader of the Council and Chief Executive sign on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council.