Agenda and minutes

Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability
Friday, 14th September, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: CC1, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

Contact: Aaron Sams  01273 335274

Items
No. Item

9.

Decisions made by the Lead Cabinet Member on 16 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Minutes:

9.1     The Lead Member approved as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2018.

10.

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

Minutes:

10.1     Councillor Trevor Webb declared a personal non-prejudicial interest in that he is a coordinator of a Hastings music group.

11.

Reports

Minutes:

11.1     The report referred to below is included in the minute book.

12.

East Sussex Music - Proposed next steps pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Report by Director of Children’s Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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.

 

Reason

12.3

1)        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.

2)       The 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.

3)       Although all 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.

4)       The expression 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.