Decisions

Decisions published

16/09/2021 - Business Support Service: short-term extension ref: 4901    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval to extend delivery of the Council's commissioned Business Support Service, which is due to conclude on 31 September 2021. This will enable a period of contractor mobilisation for a new Business Support Service, which is currently being procured.

Decision Maker: Director of Regeneration and Place

Decision published: 16/09/2021

Effective from: 16/09/2021

Decision:

That the Director of Regeneration and Place, having consulted the Chair and Spokespersons of the Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee, approves a three-month extension of the Business Support Services contract to 31 December 2021.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sally Shah


14/09/2021 - MILTON PAVEMENT SITE APPROPRIATION DECISION 2 ref: 4899    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the appropriation of land owned by the Council to form part of the Milton Pavements development which is then to be developed by Wirral Growth Company.  The appropriation is in accordance with the Option Agreement between Wirral Borough Council and Wirral Growth Company.

Decision Maker: Director of Regeneration and Place

Decision published: 14/09/2021

Effective from: 14/09/2021

Decision:

That the Director of Regeneration and Place approves the appropriation of land comprising part of the Milton Pavements, Birkenhead development, as identified in paragraph 3.3 of this report, for planning purposes.

Lead officer: Sally Shah


13/09/2021 - Wirral School Improvement Strategy 2021-2024 ref: 4898    Recommendations Approved

This report presents the Children, Young People and Education Committee with the School Improvement Strategy 2021-24. The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most challenging emergency the Borough of Wirral and the Council has responded to in recent times. The nature of the pandemic saw the Council and education settings react at speed to implement Government policy and local priorities to limit the spread of the virus, protect the health of all our residents and ensure that our children and young people could continue to access education. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of young people and our educational institutions cannot be underestimated and it is essential that we now focus on a new era of change and support moving forward. The local authority is committed to provide schools with an enhanced school improvement service offer, in recognition of the reduced offer of school improvement, given the need to divert resources to focus on dealing with COVID. This School Improvement Strategy as attached at appendix 1 sets out the Council’s vision and ambition around school improvement. It forms part of a wider multi-factorial Education Strategy which will provide a new transformational and holistic approach to education across all areas, including early years, social care, early help and beyond. The report and strategy are aligned to proposed priorities of Wirral Council’s Plan 2026. -Brighter futures for all regardless of their background.

Decision Maker: Children, Young People & Education Committee

Made at meeting: 13/09/2021 - Children, Young People & Education Committee

Decision published: 14/09/2021

Effective from: 18/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That

 

1)  the School Improvement Strategy 2021-2024 be endorsed.

2)  the approach taken and ongoing support given to the school system by Wirral Council be noted.

3)  an update on progress towards implementation of the strategy be reported back to the Children, Young People and Education Committee in 6 months.

4)  the School Improvement Strategy is identified in the Council’s Corporate Risk Register as the mitigation of educational under attainment caused by the pandemic, the Committee therefore agrees that alongside the three year strategy, it is necessary to develop an 18-month Covid-19 Education Catch Up Plan, to identify key actions, resources, target groups and key performance indicators to ensure that the adverse impact on our children’s life chances that may be caused by the pandemic are minimised, with the plan being reviewed by this Committee in 2022.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: James Backhouse, Hannah Myers


10/09/2021 - CONTRACT VARIATION TO THE HEALTHY CHILD PROGRAMME (FOR 0-19 YEARS) TO FUND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY TO ADDRESS THE CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19 ref: 4896    Recommendations Approved

On the 19th of November 2020, the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee authorised the Director of Public Health to recommission a range of services. Given the nature of this service, it was agreed that this should be formally authorised by the Children, Young People and Education Committee, which took place on the 1st of December 2020. This report provides an update on the recommissioning process and outcome.

The process has concluded, the tenders received have been fully evaluated according to Council procurement rules and the Director of Public Health will take the decision to award the contract to the successful bidder.

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision published: 10/09/2021

Effective from: 10/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That additional funding of £195,112 be allocated from the Public Health Grant for activity to address the consequences of Covid-19.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julie Graham, Dan Sharples


08/09/2021 - National Drug Treatment and Recovery Grant Funding ref: 4893    Recommendations Approved

This report provides the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee with an update on funding received from national government by Wirral Council for Drug Treatment and Recovery services.

 

Wirral Council has received three funding allocations to achieve reductions in drug related deaths, offending and illicit drug use. These are:

 

1. £2.8 million as part of the ADDER/Accelerator programme for which funding has now been provided for a two-year period 2021-2023.

 

2. £111,364 to increase capacity for residential detox for drug misusers during 2021-22. This is the Wirral share of collective funding of £651,991 allocated to Cheshire and Merseyside. Wirral has been put forward as the named lead Council to receive this funding on behalf of the nine Cheshire and Merseyside councils.

 

3. £210,000 to deliver the Individual Placement Support (IPS) scheme, led nationally by Public Health England, supporting drug users into employment. This funding is for 2 years.

Decision Maker: Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Made at meeting: 08/09/2021 - Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 15/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That

 

1)  The planned proposals for spending the £2.8million ADDER/Accelerator Programme grant funding as set out within the report and in more detail in Appendix 2 be agreed.

2)  the £651,991 in-patient drug detox grant funding allocated on behalf of the 9 Cheshire and Merseyside councils and the £111,364 share for Wirral Council be accepted.

3)  the funding of £140,000 per annum for two years granted to Wirral Council to deliver the national Individual Placement Support (IPS) into employment scheme be accepted.


08/09/2021 - PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION AND ADVICE SERVICE COMMISSION ref: 4894    Recommendations Approved

The report seeks agreement from the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee to progress Public Health’s proposed commissioning intentions for information and advice services.

Decision Maker: Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Made at meeting: 08/09/2021 - Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 15/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That

 

1)  The Director of Public Health be authorised to re-commission the Wirral Information and Advice service totalling up to £2,332,898 (£1,166,449 per annum) for an initial one-year contract (1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023) with the option of a one-year extension.

2)  Delegated authority be given to the Director of Public Health to award the tender to the successful bidder following the tender process.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nicola Jones


09/09/2021 - PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSIONING INTENTIONS FOR AN AFTERCARE SERVICE FOR SURVIVORS OF RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ref: 4895    Recommendations Approved

This report provides details on Public Health’s intention to jointly commission an Aftercare Service for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault across Merseyside with the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), NHS England and Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens Councils.

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision published: 09/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That agreement be given to jointly commission with the Merseyside PCC, NHS England and Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens Council a three-year contract (1st April 2022 – 31st March 2025) with the option of two one-year extensions, within the approved budget of £250,000 (£50,000 per annum) for the provision of a Merseyside Aftercare Service for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hayley Clifton


07/09/2021 - Weed Control Options Appraisal ref: 4892    Recommendations Approved

Options appraisal exercise carried out for future weed control operations.

Decision Maker: Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee

Made at meeting: 07/09/2021 - Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee

Decision published: 07/09/2021

Effective from: 15/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved:

That the Committee does not support the option presented in the report to procure a weed control contract for a term of up to 4 years and wishes to have more information before deciding on a long term option for weed control.

Committee would like further information on a fully integrated in-house service, covering all aspects of edge of highways and street maintenance including but not necessarily limited to grass cutting and weed control.

Committee therefore requests that the Director of Neighbourhoods reports back to the Committee as soon as possible with the above information. In the meantime the Committee agrees to the commencement of a tender process for the procurement of a weed control services contract for a period of one year with an option to extend for 1 year.

The Committee also agrees to give delegated authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods to award the one year contract with an option to extension for 1 year within approved budget and in accordance with the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criteria.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mike Cockburn


06/09/2021 - Treasury Management Annual Report 2020/21 ref: 4891    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 06/09/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/09/2021

Effective from: 06/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved - That the recommendations contained within minute 26 of the Policy and Resources Committee of 28 July 2021 be agreed in that:

The Treasury Management Annual Report for 2020/21 be agreed


06/09/2021 - Capital Outturn Report 2020/21 ref: 4890    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 06/09/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/09/2021

Effective from: 06/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That the recommendations contained within minute 24 of the Policy and Resources Committee of 30 June 2021 be agreed in that:

(1) the additional year end re-profiling of £27.4m from 2020/21 to 2021/22 be noted;

(2) the financing of the Programme for 2020/21 be noted;

(3) the approval of the virements referred to in Appendix 3 of the report;

(4)  the Programme for 2021/22 and beyond be kept under review to ensure it is realistic, deliverable and affordable.


06/09/2021 - Revenue Outturn Report 2020/21 ref: 4889    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 06/09/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/09/2021

Effective from: 06/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That the recommendations contained within minute 23 of the Policy and Resources Committee of 30 June 2021 be agreed in that:

1.  Council approved the 2020/21 budget of £46.574m in relation to Covid-19 funding for Council use and note the additional £22.963m of funds that is to be made available to the Council for onward relay to other organisations as passported funding. This recommendation follows on from the recommendation made by Policy & Resources Committee on 17th February 2021, following the recent notification of additional funding; and 

2.  the debts in excess of £10,000 included within Appendix 2 be approved for write off against the Provision for Bad Debts.

 


03/09/2021 - Award of Contracts Discharge to Assess Community Beds ref: 4888    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of the report is to inform of the Director of Care and Health’s decision in respect of the Award of the Discharge to Assess Community beds following a procurement exercise.

 

Provider D  Lot 1 – 22 Nursing Beds

Provider B   Lot 2 – 8 Residential EMI beds

 

Decision Maker: Director of Care and Health

Decision published: 03/09/2021

Effective from: 09/09/2021

Decision:

Resolved – That

 

1)  the award of the contract to the highest scoring tender within the approved budget and in accordance with the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criteria be approved.

2)  the progression to give notice of the award of the contract be approved.