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9.1 The Lead Member approved as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2018.
Disclosures of interests
Disclosure by all Members present of personal interests in matters on the Agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Member regards the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct
10.1 Councillor Trevor Webb declared a personal non-prejudicial interest in that he is a coordinator of a Hastings music group.
11.1 The report referred to below is included in the minute book.
Report by Director of Children’s Services
12.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services regarding the East Sussex Music Service and the proposed next steps for this service.
12.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to –
1) note and welcome the identification of new additional savings of £49,095 in 2018/19 (full year effect of £84,346 from 2019/20) which will put the service in a sustainable position to balance the budget and retain the small group and individual instrumental tuition service within the Music Service; and
2) agree that officers proceed with further exploration of making the Music Service sustainable in the longer term by considering whether to award a concession contract for the provision of the County’s music service as detailed in the report.
We knew that the decision to consult on the closure
of the instrumental part of the service would result in widespread
public debate. Without a public consultation it is unlikely that we
would have been able to find a positive way forward for the
Instrumental tuition service.
first task was to close the budget gap. This has been achieved by
continuing with the plans to implement part of the proposals that
had previously been consulted on and by the identification of new
savings which emerged through the public consultation. This will
result in a balanced budget from 2019/20 which would allow time to
explore an alternative business model in more detail. The number of
people indicating that they would be prepared to pay more for
lessons, in order to retain the instrumental tuition service,
highlights the degree to which the service is valued and now
provides us with greater confidence that we could potentially
offset future modest increases in cost or loss of income.
proposals that provided an alternative to closure were welcomed,
having reviewed the Hounslow/Croydon model we do not consider this
to be the best option for the future of the service as it would not
deliver a substantial reduction in operating cost, would
potentially reduce efficiency of delivery that has been achieved
since restructuring in 2014 and would result in a loss of
teachers’ terms and conditions and a drop in salary for the
majority of teaching staff.
of interest that emerged through the public consultation, which has
led to the option of awarding a concession contract, potentially to
an existing music service, provides the opportunity to explore a
model that would deliver significant efficiency in management and
administration, providing a more robust financial position for the
new organisation. It would also release funds to improve the offer
to children and young people, particularly those in challenging
circumstances, ensuring the Hub meets the government’s
requirement to support social mobility.
5) We have been appreciative of the private providers that came forward and of the thought they had clearly put into how they could scale up their current offer to children and young people across the county should the instrumental tuition part of the service ... view the full minutes text for item 12.