Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD
Contact: Hannah Harding 01344 352308
Link: This meeting will be a Hybrid meeting
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There were no declarations of interest.
To consider and approve the minutes of the meeting of the Executive held on 29 September 2022.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Executive on 29 September 2022 together with the accompanying decision records be confirmed as a correct record.
Executive Decisions and Decision Records PDF 70 KB
The Executive considered the following items. The decisions are recorded in the decision sheets attached to these minutes and summarised below:
Provide the Executive with an update on the
current year’s predicted spending against budget and an
outline of future financial prospects.
RESOLVED that the Executive:
i. notes the identified best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Council’s
current year financial position summarised in Table 1 and detailed in Annex A of the Executive Director: Resources report.
ii. approves drawing the full £1.5m from the earmarked reserve for Inflationary
Costs to support the current year’s budget, as proposed in paragraph 5.3 of the Executive Director: Resources report.
iii. Endorses the actions agreed by the Corporate Management Team to help
contain expenditure in the current year as set out under paragraph 5.5 of the Executive Director: Resources report.
iv. Supports the proposed responses to immediate budget priorities set out in the
report and specifically:
a) approves drawings from reserves to meet time-limited costs proposed for
core foster care allowances (£0.154m in 2022/23, paragraph 5.10), social
worker recruitment and retention subject to detailed review by the
Employment Committee (£0.190m, paragraph 5.15) and SEND support
service staffing (£0.271m + £0.197m + £0.022m, paragraphs 5.25, 5.27 and
b) approves inclusion in the Commitment Budget 2023/24 funding of £0.371m
for core foster care allowances (paragraph 5.10), additional funding and
associated savings of £0.115m and -£0.179m respectively related to the
enhanced foster care approach, £0.456m for social worker recruitment and
retention proposals (paragraph 5.15) and £0.052m for SEND support service
staffing (paragraph 5.28).
v. Notes the Council’s predicted medium-term financial prospects detailed in
paragraphs 5.29 to 5.53 and summarised in Table 3 of the Executive Director: Resources report.
vi. Reaffirms its support for the 7 key principles to guide budget preparations set
out under paragraph 5.54 of the Executive Director: Resources report.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Overview and Scrutiny Review PDF 124 KB
To consider the recommendations of the review
into Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The review seeks
to understand the response by the Council and their partners to the
outcome of the SEND Ofsted inspection.
RESOLVED that the Executive agrees the Education, Skills and Growth Overview & Scrutiny Panel’s recommendations as set out in the Panel report and paragraph 5.8 of the report, taking into account the comments of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer
Financial Hardship Action Plan and Household Support Fund (Phase 3) distribution PDF 110 KB
To seek approval on the distribution plans for
the third phase of the Household Support Fund grant, provided by
the Department for Work and Pensions. To brief the Executive on the
operational action plan for reducing the longer term impact of
financial hardship for residents.
i. the distribution of the Household Support Fund (Phase three)
through the following routes be approved.
a. Supermarket vouchers to Free School Meal pupils at Bracknell Forest schools, ages 5-16.
b. Offering the local foodbanks additional funding, including to provide fuel vouchers and fresh food.
c. Purchase supermarket vouchers to distribute to low-income households receiving income based council tax reduction or housing benefit but not the benefits, such as universal credit, which would qualify them for the £650 national cost of living payment.
d. Enhancing the Local Welfare Scheme provision, allowing applications from households in hardship who would not otherwise automatically qualify for support.
ii. the financial hardship action plan (2022-2024) for operational implementation is endorsed.