Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 6.00 pm


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Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to indicate at this stage in the proceedings any items on the agenda in which they intend to declare an interest. Members are reminded that if the interest is a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct) they must leave the room for the whole of that item. If the interest is not a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest, but is such that a member of the public could reasonably regard it as being so significant that it is likely that it would prejudice their judgment of the public interest (as explained in the Code of Conduct) then they may make representations, but then must leave the meeting for the remainder of the item.


Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 394 KB

Minutes of the last meeting held on 16 December 2020 attached to be signed as a correct record.


Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 261 KB

A copy of the Cabinet Forward Plan for the period 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021 attached for information.


Urgent Decision Taken Due to COVID-19 Pandemic pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Report of the Shared Services Lead – Democratic, Scrutiny and Electoral Services attached.


Housing Assistance Policy Review pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Report of the Director of Communities attached.

Additional documents:


Resolved (unanimously):- That the amendments proposed in the report to the existing Housing Assistance policy be approved.



Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider the exclusion of the press and public for the following items of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.


By Virtue of Paragraph 3: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)


Information is not exempt if it is required to be registered under-

The Companies Act 1985

The Friendly Societies Act 1974

The Friendly Societies Act 1992

The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 to 1978

The Building Societies Act 1986 (recorded in the public file of any building society, within the meaning of the Act)

The Charities Act 1993

Information is exempt to the extent that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed development for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town & Country Planning General Regulations 1992(a).





Resolved (unanimously): – That the press and public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.




Future management of Leisure Centres

Report of the Director of Communities attached.


Resolved (unanimously):-


1.That Cabinet recommends to Full Council that the future management of the Council’s Leisure Centres be taken back to an in-house management arrangement. This will mean the Council decides not to extend its current leisure management contract with Serco Leisure Operating Ltd at the end of March 2021.


2. Subject to approval by Full Council on the above recommendation, officers will bring a further report to Cabinet as to how the proposed new in-house management arrangement will operate. This will balance the requirement for the council to maintain influence over the borough’s leisure services whilst ensuring the most financially efficient approach is undertaken.


3.     That Cabinet requests that officers continue working with SERCO to finalise any compensation payable to Serco Leisure Operating Ltd with respect to loss of income in relation to the closure of the Leisure Centres and delegates that decision to the Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure in consultation with the Section 151 Officer of the Council.