Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Andy Cottell  01273 481955

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Items
No. Item

7.

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

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Minutes:

7.1       The minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 29 June 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

8.

Reports

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Minutes:

8.1       Copies of the reports referred to below are included in the minute book.

 

9.

Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources - State of the County pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Report by the Chief Executive

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Minutes:

9.1       The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Executive.

 

9.2       It was RESOLVED to:

 

1)            note the evidence base on demographics (appendix 1) and the national and local policy outlook (appendix 2);

 

2)            agree the revised Medium Term Financial Plan as the basis for financial planning (appendix 3);

 

3)            agree officers review the Capital Strategy and Programme as set out in appendix 4;

 

4)      agree the priority outcomes and delivery outcomes (appendix 5) as the basis of the Council’s business and financial planning, subject to the amendment set out in paragraph 4.4 of the report; 

 

5)            agree to receive reports on more detailed plans for 2022/23 and beyond in the autumn when there is greater certainty about future resources; and

 

6)            request officers bring forward proposals in the autumn for a financial strategy that includes options for further investment in highways, infrastructure and climate change.

 

Reason

9.3       The State of the County report is part of the Council’s Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources (RPPR) process, its integrated business and financial planning cycle. The report sets out the current context and provides an overview of the latest position in preparation for more detailed planning for 2022/23 and beyond. It builds on our recent year-end monitoring report to reflect on our achievements over the last year, the challenges in the year ahead arising from both local and national factors and, in light of this, begins to refine our plans to guide our business planning and budget setting processes.

 

9.4       The report contained the normal elements included in the State of the County report: the demographic evidence base; the national and local policy context; Medium Term Financial Plan and Capital Programme. It gives our up to date understanding of how we will need to continue to respond to the wide range of policy, demographic and financial drivers which influence the outlook for the Council, including the implications of Covid-19, both in the short and longer-term.

 

 

 

10.

Highway Services Re-procurement Project pdf icon PDF 267 KB

Report by Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

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Minutes:

10.1     The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.

 

10.2     It was RESOLVED to:

 

1)            note the findings of the Detailed Business Case;

 

2)            agree Option 2, Integrated Contractor & Designer Contract as the preferred Service Delivery Model because it presents the best opportunity and the least risk to the Council to successfully deliver its statutory responsibilities for highways maintenance as well as the delivery of improvements to the County’s transport networks in the most efficient, effective and economic manner;

 

3)            agree the contract duration option of an initial term of 6 years 11 months + 7 years optional extension; and

 

4)     agree that a contract is developed and prepared for tendering based on NEC4 form of contract that reflects the Council’s requirements and clearly defines the service requirements and the Service Provider’s responsibilities.

 

Reason

 

10.3     To inform Cabinet of the outcomes and recommendations from the Detailed Business Case for the Highway Services Re-procurement Project. The Cabinet has agreed the preferred Service Delivery Model and the contract duration option. A contract will now be developed for tendering that reflects the Council’s requirements and clearly defines the service requirements and the Service Provider’s responsibilities

 

11.

Internal Audit Annual Report and Opinion 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Report by Chief Operating Officer

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Minutes:

11.1     The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer.

 

11.2     It was RESOLVED to note the internal audit service’s opinion on the Council’s control environment.

 

Reason

 

11.3     The report gives an opinion on the adequacy of East Sussex County Council’s control environment as a contribution to the proper, economic, efficient and effective use of resources.  The report covers the audit work completed in the year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 in accordance with the Internal Audit Strategy for 2020/21. Reasonable assurance can be provided that East Sussex County Council had in place an adequate and effective framework of governance, risk management and internal control for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

12.

Items to be reported to the County Council

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Minutes:

12.1     It was agreed that item 5 should be reported to the County Council.

[Note: The item being reported to the County Council refers to minute number 9]