Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: natasha.clark@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221589

Items
No. Item

18.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

19.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 8 July 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 8 July 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

20.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Martin Henry, Executive Director Finance (S151 Officer) back to South Northamptonshire Council and commented that Members looked forward to working with him.

21.

Homelessness Reduction Act - 12 Months On pdf icon PDF 417 KB

Report of Executive Director Operations

 

Purpose of report

 

To update Cabinet on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) at South Northamptonshire Council.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended to note:

 

1.1           the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA).

 

1.2           how we are meeting the new legislative duties.

 

1.3           the positive outcomes being delivered and best practice that is emerging.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) be noted.

 

(2)            That how South Northamptonshire Council is meeting the new legislative duties be noted.

 

(3)            That the positive outcomes being delivered and best practice that is emerging be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director Operations submitted a report to update Cabinet on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) at South Northamptonshire Council.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA) be noted.

 

(2)            That how South Northamptonshire Council is meeting the new legislative duties be noted.

 

(3)            That the positive outcomes being delivered and best practice that is emerging be noted.

 

Reasons

 

The HRA represents a significant culture change in homelessness, with the focus on homelessness prevention and greater duties to assist applicants regardless of priority need or local connection.

 

Whilst the volume of customers accessing the service hasn’t vastly increased with the introduction of the HRA, the intensity and resource needed for each applicant is higher. The proactive approach adopted by the council has resulted in homelessness being prevented before an applicant becomes roofless, in line with the intentions of the Act. 

 

We will need to continue to monitor the impact of the Act and ensure that we have adequate resources to ensure we are providing an excellent prevention focussed service to our residents.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: As this is report is submitted for information, no further options have been considered. However, members may wish to request that officers provide additional information.

 

22.

Authority to Approve Prosecution Action pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of Executive Director: Resources

 

Purpose of report

 

To amend the procedure for approving prosecutions under the Council’s food enforcement policy.

 

Recommendation

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1     To amend the procedure for approving prosecutions under the Council’s food enforcement policy, so that they may be approved by officers under general delegation.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the procedure for approving prosecutions under the Council’s food enforcement policy be amended, so that they may be approved by officers under general delegation.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director Resources submitted a report to amend the procedure for approving prosecutions under the Council’s food enforcement policy.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That amend the procedure for approving prosecutions under the Council’s food enforcement policy be amended, so that they may be approved by officers under general delegation.

 

Reasons

 

The proposed change to the food enforcement policy would allow prosecution action to be considered more efficiently and quicker and would bring it in line with the overarching enforcement policy and the other service-specific policies.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: Do nothing – this would mean that all recommendations for prosecution action under the food enforcement policy would continue to come to Cabinet, which was not the case for the overarching enforcement policy and the other service-specific policies. This was considered inefficient and was therefore rejected.

 

23.

Monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report - July 2019 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of Assistant Director: Customers and Corporate Services and Head of Finance and Procurement

                

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1     To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

Minutes:

The Assistant Director: Customers and Corporate Services and Head of Finance and Procurement submitted a report which summarised the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

 

Reasons

 

The Council is committed to performance, risk and budget management and reviews progress against its corporate priorities on a monthly basis.

 

This report provides an update on progress made so far in 2019-20 to deliver the Council’s priorities through reporting on Performance, the Leadership Risk Register and providing an update on the financial position.

 

Alternative options

 

Option 1: This report illustrates the Council’s performance against the 2019-20 business plan. As this is a monitoring report, no further options have been considered. However, members may wish to request that officers provide additional information.

 

 

 

24.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

To consider any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.