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15.1 The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 18 July 2023 were agreed as a correct record.
16.1 Copies of the reports referred to below are included in the minute book.
Report by the Chief Executive.
17.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Executive.
17.2 It was RESOLVED to:
1) note the latest monitoring position for the Council;
note the addition of the new Prudential Indicators
information at Appendix 2 of the report
undertake a broader engagement exercise in autumn
2023 to inform RPPR planning for 2024/25 and beyond.
17.3 The report sets out the Council’s position and year-end projections for the Council Plan targets, Revenue Budget, Capital Programme, and Savings Plan, together with Risks at the end of June 2023.
Report by the Assistant Chief Executive.
18.1 The Cabinet
considered a report by the Chief Executive.
18.2 It was RESOLVED
note the report of the Local Government Association’s
Corporate Peer Challenge (Appendix 1 of the report) and agreed its
publish the Council’s response to the recommendations within
it, as set out in Appendix 2 of the report.
As a key part of its sector-led support programme, the Local
Government Association (LGA) offers a Corporate Peer Challenge
(CPC) to all councils, approximately every five years. LGA CPCs are
intended to be a robust and effective continuous improvement tool
managed and delivered by the sector, for the sector, with local
government officers and members – as ‘peers’ - at
the heart of the process. They help councils with their development
by providing a ‘practitioner perspective’ and
‘critical friend’ challenge.
Following discussions with the LGA, East Sussex County Council
(ESCC) commissioned a CPC to take place in June 2023, including a
site visit from 20-23 June. The review offered a timely opportunity
to check in on progress over the recent challenging years,
including the impact of the pandemic, and to provide an external
perspective on how ESCC has been approaching future challenges and
whether we are capturing all we can from national best
18.5 It is an expectation of the CPC process that the report produced by the CPC team is published by the relevant council alongside a response to the recommendations in the form of an action plan. The LGA will also publish the CPC report on its website. The publication of the report and the response is an opportunity to celebrate and publicise the positive feedback received and to set out our plans for the coming months to strengthen our approach further in tackling the challenges ahead.
Report by the Assistant Chief Executive.
19.1 The Cabinet
considered a report by the Assistant Chief Executive and a report
by the Director of Adult Social Care and Health with observations
on the Scrutiny Committee’s report.
19.2 It was RESOLVED
1) note and welcome the report of the Scrutiny Committee;
recommend the County Council to welcome the report of the Scrutiny
Committee and to agree the response of the Director of Adult Social
Care and Health to the recommendations and their implementation as
set out in the action plan as found at Appendix 1 of the
19.3 The Scrutiny review has been welcomed as it provided an opportunity to review Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care and Health.
Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport and the Chief Operating Officer.
The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Communities,
Economy and Transport and the Chief Operating Officer.
It was RESOLVED to note the progress report.
20.3 The Council has recognised the severity of the climate crisis by declaring a climate emergency, by setting a clear science-based target and by committing an additional £9.9m of funding up to March 2025 to cutting corporate carbon emissions. The scale of the Council’s functions and the diversity of providers the Council works with makes this a complex and substantial task. Significant work has already been undertaken to reduce emissions and will continue to be undertaken. This report sets out the further progress made during 2022-23.
Report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.
21.1 The Cabinet
considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and
It was RESOLVED to:
agree, subject to the approval of
Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park
Authority, that the Proposed Modifications to the Submission draft
of the Waste and Minerals Revised Policies document, and its
supporting documents, is published for a representation period of
agree that a revised draft of the
Council’s Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is
published for consultation.
21.3 With the Waste
and Minerals Revised Policies document now at the Examination
stage, it is clear that the Authorities are at a significantly
advanced stage in the preparation of this Plan. To enable the Examination to be concluded, and a
positive outcome to be reached by the Planning Inspectors, some
modifications need to be made to the version of the Plan that was
originally submitted for Examination.
The Authorities need to give interested parties the opportunity to
comment upon these proposed modifications and, should such comments
be forthcoming, it will be for the Inspectors to consider these as
part of their considerations of the Plan.
21.4 Approval to
publish and consult on the proposed modifications will therefore
allow the Authorities to progress the Waste and Minerals Revised
Policies towards adoption, thereby ensuring an up-to-date Plan
exists in which to consider relevant planning applications
21.5 Approval to consult on a revised draft of the Statement of Community Involvement will ensure that the County Council is compliant with the relevant legislation concerning this matter.
Report by the Chief Operating Officer.
The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Operating
It was RESOLVED to:
1) note the 2022/23 Outturn for the Conservators’ Core and Countryside Stewardship budgets; and
2) approve the contribution of £23,013 to
offset the deficit on the Conservators’ Core Budget for
While the Council has a statutory obligation to meet
the shortfall between expenditure and income of the
Conservators’ Core Budget, it also has the responsibility for
approving the level of expenditure. It is recognised that the
2022/23 deficit in the Core Budget has arisen primarily from the
delay in implementing the car park charging scheme, the provision
for a potential H&S Executive claim and the write off of
historical bad debt which was not wholly foreseeable when the
budget was agreed.
22.4 A financial contribution to the Conservators of Ashdown Forest of £23,013, being the adjusted Core Budget operational deficit of £82,861 less the adjustments for non-cash accounting items and the provision for the HSE penalty totalling £59,848 will offset the deficit on the Conservators’ Core Budget for 2022/23
To agree which items are to be reported to the County Council
23.1 It was agreed that items 5, 7, 8, and 9 should be reported to the County Council.
[Note: The items being reported to the County Council refer to minute number 17, 19, 20 and 21.]