Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Wallasey Town Hall

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Members' Code of Conduct - Declarations of Interest

Members of the Cabinet are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary and/or any other relevant interest, in connection with any item(s) on this agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.


No declarations of interest were received.



The minutes of the last meeting have been printed and published.  Any matters called in will be reported at the meeting.


RECOMMENDATION:  That the minutes be approved and adopted.




That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 17 July 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.


Resident Parking Scrutiny Review pdf icon PDF 97 KB

At its meeting on 4 July, 2017, the Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee referred the Scrutiny Review on Resident Parking to the Cabinet. A covering report, Overview and Scrutiny Committee minute and Scrutiny Review are attached.

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Councillor Phil Davies reported that this item of business had been deferred.


Executive Key Decisions Taken Under Delegated Powers

Key Decisions – taken under delegated powers. Period 7 July, 2017 to date. No item(s) to report.



The Cabinet noted that no Key Decisions had been taken under delegated powers during the period 7 July 2017 to the date of agenda publication (23 August 2017).  


National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief 2017/18 - Supporting Business in Wirral pdf icon PDF 317 KB


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Councillor Janette Williamson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Income Generation, said:


A priority in the Wirral Plan is that we are a place where employers want to invest and businesses are able to thrive.  Encouraging small businesses to develop and grow is at the heart of this and as business rates represent a significant cost to them, we are keen to ensure small businesses in particular can access rate relief.


The Council already operates a discretionary rate relief policy, which was approved for 2017/18.  With the detail behind the government’s proposals for three other schemes now announced, the Council’s policy is being amended in order to provide support for more than 600 businesses and 100 public houses in Wirral this year.


This is a real demonstration that Wirral is a welcoming and supportive place to do business, with a local authority that aims to give them the best possible chance to succeed”.


Councillor Janette Williamson introduced a report by the Revenues Senior Manager which informed that the impact of the 2017 Business Rates Revaluation had been intended to be fiscally neutral.  However, the Revaluation resulted in significant variations for some businesses.  In recognition of this impact, the Government, in the Spring Budget 2017 had announced the availability of additional funding for businesses affected by the increase.  Since then further details had been announced by the Government on the implementation of the proposals.


The report sought approval of additions to the Council’s National Non Domestic Rates Discretionary Rate Relief Policy effective from 1 April 2017 which was appended.  The changes related to the Government’s announcements in respect of Supporting Small Businesses, the Discretionary Fund and Support for Public Houses.  With the detail behind the initial Government announcement now available, the Policy was recommended for amendment to enable the financial benefits to be given to businesses.


Councillor Williamson reported that the Council had made the process to be followed as simple as possible for all of those who qualified for this discretionary relief and was updating its computer software as quickly as possible in respect of this.


Councillor P Davies informed the Cabinet that he considered that this was a positive report that was picking up the pieces of the Government’s re-evaluation exercise.  He was pleased that the Council was able to help over 600 small business and 100 public houses this year. The additional funding provided by the Government was welcomed and it was noted that this may be the difference between some businesses’ surviving rather than going under.


This was a Key Decision and affected all wards within the Borough.




(1)  the National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief Policy be amended to incorporate the changes in respect of Supporting Small Businesses, the Discretionary Fund and Support for Public Houses; and


(2)  the National Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Relief Policy as detailed in the Appendix to the report be approved for 2017/18.


Making Wirral's Communities Safe - The Safer Wirral Hub pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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Councillor George Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety said:


Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, making sure Wirral residents feel safe and are safe, could not be more important.  Our residents have told us repeatedly that this should be among our top priorities and I am delighted and proud we have been able to create such an innovative and potentially powerful new approach.


For many years, we have worked in close partnership with our colleagues at Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – working together to prosecute offenders, to tackle problem areas and issues, and doing all we can to make our communities safer places to live and visit.  Last year we launched the Wirral Plan and two of its twenty pledges laid out ambitious five year strategies to tackle Domestic Violence and to ensure our neighbourhoods are safe.


Now, we are going much further, and creating a fully integrated Police and Community Safety Service – the Safer Wirral Hub.  The first of its kind in our region, our new combined unit will allow for more visible presence in communities, more joined up approaches to tackling issues such as domestic violence, anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood nuisance. 


I believe this is a hugely important step.  It will help make Wirral safer, it will help tackle the issues our residents tell us are a problem, and – even in times of continuing austerity and cuts to resources – it is an imaginative and radical plan to deliver a better service to our residents”.


Councillor George Davies introduced a report by the Strategic Commissioner - Environment that contained the following quote (from Ensuring Wirral’s Neighbourhoods were Safe, March 20169):


“Success in building safer neighbourhoods is beyond the ability of the Police or the Council alone and requires an even greater partnership approach within and across all partner agencies communities.” 


The Cabinet was aware that the Wirral Plan: A 2020 Vision set out a shared partnership vision to improve outcomes for Wirral residents.  Delivery of the priorities and outcomes described in the Plan were underpinned through the development and implementation of a set of key strategies and a delivery plan.


It was noted that the communities of Wirral were increasingly diverse and complex, which required a more sophisticated response to the challenges faced both now and in the future.  Whether it was child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cybercrime or new and emerging threats from serious and organised crime such as human trafficking or terrorism, the leaders of the Wirral Partnership acknowledged that if they were to meet their community’s needs, they must continue to review and adapt available resources to ensure the maximum benefit to its citizens.


Attached to the report was the Safer Wirral Hub Full Business Case, a key community safety document which articulated how Wirral’s community safety and safeguarding partners would come together to provide services which were critical to supporting the delivery of the Wirral Plan, specifically, but not exclusively Pledge 7 (Zero tolerance towards  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.