Decisions

Decisions published

19/05/2022 - Ukrainian Refugee Support ref: 1867    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for two contract variations to enable additional support to be provided to Ukrainian refugees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Adult Social Care Delivery

Decision published: 19/05/2022

Effective from: 27/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

1.    ratify a decision by the Deputy Director of Public Health to modify the council’s contract with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) relating to the provision of a Gloucestershire Refugee Resettlement Programme by adding the provision of support services to Ukrainian refugees to the services already provided thereunder.  Such modification was necessitated by the unforeseeable nature the Ukrainian refugee crisis.  The term of such modification will continue for an initial period of one year and include an option to extend such term for a further period of one year;

 

2.    delegate authority to the Executive Director: Adult Social Care and Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Delivery to determine whether to exercise such option to extend on the expiry of the initial one year period;

 

3.    ratify a decision by the Deputy Director of Public Health to modify the council’s contract with Prepaid Financial Services Ltd (PFS) for the provision of Prepaid Card Account Services by adding the delivery and administration of “Welcome Payments” by card to Ukrainian refugees to the services already provided thereunder. Such modification was necessitated by the unforeseeable nature the Ukrainian refugee crisis and will continue for a period of six months.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Siobhan Farmer


17/05/2022 - Approval to establish a new special school and identify a suitable academy trust to operate the new 60 place special school for children aged 4-11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties ref: 1865    Recommendations Approved

That the Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

1. approves the establishment of a new 60 place special school for children aged 4- 11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties, to open in September 2023, and delegates authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills to:

(i). conduct a free school presumption competition process in accordance with Section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the Department for Education’s “The free school presumption” Departmental advice for local authorities and new school proposers in order to identify a suitable Academy Trust to sponsor such school.

(ii). recommend to the Secretary of State for Education following the conclusion of such competition process, the Council’s findings from its assessment of such prospective sponsors in order to enable him/her to decide upon the most suitable Academy Trust proposer to take forward the new school.

2. delegates authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills to conduct a procurement process in accordance with rules of a public sector designed and managed framework agreement known as the “GCC procurement framework” for the purpose of awarding a contract for capital improvement works required at former Severn View Primary Academy site

The opportunity to utilise the former Severn View Primary Academy site to meet the increasing demand for special school places has arisen earlier than had been expected, now it is confirmed that temporary accommodation is not required for Brook Academy. The purpose of seeking to include all these elements of approval into one Individual Cabinet Member decision is to allow officers to progress the matter sooner than would otherwise be the case if taken to a Cabinet meeting later in the year. Individual Cabinet Member approval at this earlier stage provides the opportunity for a Trust to be appointed as early as September 2022 and for pre-opening activities to start in good time for a September 2023 opening.


Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Decision published: 17/05/2022

Effective from: 25/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itselfand also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

1. Approve the establishment of a new 60 place special school for children aged 4- 11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties, to open in September 2023, and delegate authority to the Executive Director of Children’s Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills to:

 

(i) Conduct a free school presumption competition process in accordance with Section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and the Department for Education’s “The free school presumption” Departmental advice for local authorities and new school proposers in order to identify a suitable Academy Trust to sponsor such school.

(ii) Recommend to the Secretary of State for Education,following the conclusion of such a competition process, the Council’s findings from its assessment of such prospective sponsors in order to enable him/her to decide upon the most suitable Academy Trust proposer to take the new school forward.

 

2. Delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Asset Management and Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, to conduct a competitive procurement process in accordance with rules of a public sector designed and managed framework agreement and using the approved GCC major works procurement framework for the purpose of awarding a contract for capital improvement works, estimated to be in the region of £0.65m, required at the former Severn View Primary Academy site.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Clare Medland


16/05/2022 - Consultation in respect of plans to commission early intervention mental health services (including a Self-Harm Helpline) for over 18s ref: 1864    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval to carry out a consultation process with service users which will inform the council’s plans to commission early intervention mental health services (including a Self-Harm Helpline) for adults before such commissioning plans are submitted to Cabinet for approval.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Public Health and Communities

Decision published: 16/05/2022

Effective from: 24/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itselfand also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

  1. delegate authority to the Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health to approve and implement the Consultation Plan for a 6-week consultation with service users that will inform plans to commission early intervention mental health services for adults and the provision of a Self-Harm Helpline;

 

  1. approve the implementation of a soft market engagement exercise that will provide the Council with a greater understanding of the early intervention mental health services market.

 

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Professor Sarah Scott


12/05/2022 - Variation to Microsoft Enterprise Licence Agreement Contract to include data migration ref: 1862    Recommendations Approved

To obtain approval for a contract variation to the Microsoft Enterprise Licence Agreement provided by Bytes Software Services Ltd for the procurement of a Microsoft 365 data migration partner and ancillary services, in relation to recommendations (a) and (c) detailed in the Procurement of a Microsoft 365 Implementation Partner Decision dated 27/07/2021.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Finance and Change

Decision published: 12/05/2022

Effective from: 20/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself.  

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision:

That the council vary its contract with Bytes Software Services Ltd to support the cleansing and migration of data from their on-premises environment to the M365 Azure Cloud.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Mandy Quayle


11/05/2022 - Approval to publish a statutory notice to permanently extend the age range of Widden Primary School from 4-11 to 2-11 from October 2022. ref: 1859    Recommendations Approved

Following a period of consultation, we seek permission to publish a statutory notice to permanently extend the age range from 4-11 to 2-11 at Widden Primary School from October 2022.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Decision published: 11/05/2022

Effective from: 19/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

Approve the publication of the Statutory Notice proposing to permanently extend the age range from 4-11 to 2-11 years at Widden Primary School from October 2022.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Chris Spencer


11/05/2022 - Proposal to extend the age ranges of St James’ & Ebrington C of E Primary School; and Longborough C of E Primary School. from 4-11 to 2-11 years from 1 September 2022. ref: 1860    Recommendations Approved

To delegate authority to the Director of Education, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

1. To publish a statutory notice on a proposal to permanently extend the age range of St James’ & Ebrington C of E Primary School and Longborough C of E Primary School from 4-11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st September 2022.

2. If no materially significant representations are received to the statutory consultation set out in Recommendation 1, to determine the proposal to permanently extend the age range for the schools from 4-11 to 2-11 with effect from 1st September 2022 subject to the Department for Education (DfE):

• issuing an Academy Order for the School and
• agreeing the date on which the school converts to academy status

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Decision published: 11/05/2022

Effective from: 19/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision:

 

To delegate authority to the Director of Education, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

 

1.    To publish statutory notices on proposals to permanently extend the age range of Longborough C of E Primary School and St James’ & Ebrington C of E Primary School from 4-11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st September 2022.

 

2.    If no materially significant representations are received to the statutory consultations set out in Recommendation 1, to determine the proposal to permanently extend the age range for the schools from 4 -11 to 2- 11 with effect from 1st September 2022, subject to the Department forEducation (DfE):

 

·         issuing academy orders for the schools and

·         agreeing the date on which the schools convert to academy status

 

The decision to consider such representations shall be determined by a Cabinet Member if materially significant objections are received to the consultation exercises set out in Recommendation 1

 

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Chris Spencer


11/05/2022 - Proposal to extend the age range of Watermoor C of E Primary School from 4-11 to 2-11 years. ref: 1861    Recommendations Approved

To delegate authority to the Director of Education, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

1. To publish a statutory notice on a proposal to permanently extend the age range of Watermoor C of E Primary School from 4- 11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st July 2022.

2. If no materially significant representations are received to the statutory consultation set out in Recommendation 1, to determine the proposal to permanently extend the age range for the school from 4-11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st July 2022 subject to the Department for Education (DfE):

• issuing an Academy Order for the School and
• agreeing the date on which the school converts to academy status

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Education, Skills and Bus Transport

Decision published: 11/05/2022

Effective from: 19/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision:

 

To delegate authority to the Director of Education, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills:

 

1.    To publish a statutory notice on proposals to permanently extend the age range of Watermoor C of E Primary School from 4-11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st July 2022.

 

2.    If no materially significant representations are received to the statutory consultation set out in Recommendation 1, to determine the proposal to permanently extend the age range for the school from 4 -11 to 2-11 years with effect from 1st July 2022, subject to the Department for Education (DfE):

 

·         issuing an academy order for the school and

·         agreeing the date on which the school convert to academy status

 

The decision to consider such representations shall be determined by a Cabinet Member if materially significant objections are received to the consultation exercise set out in Recommendation 1.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Chris Spencer


10/05/2022 - Appointment to Stroud Valleys Canal Company ref: 1858    Recommendations Approved

To appoint a representative of Gloucestershire County Council to the board of the Stroud Valleys Canal Company

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 10/05/2022

Effective from: 18/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself.

 

Having fully considered all of the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision:

 

That Cllr Nicholas Housden be appointed as the Council’s representative to the board of the Stroud Valleys Canal Company.

 

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Rob Ayliffe


09/05/2022 - Extension to Geometric Results International Limited, (GRI), current supplier of temporary agency staff by three months. ref: 1857    Recommendations Approved

- The current contract with Geometric Results International Limited, (GRI) commenced on 1st September 2021 and was procured for a period of one year with the provision for a three-month extension.

- The procurement process for the new contract as agreed in the Cabinet paper dated 23rd June 2021 will commence in April 2022.

- This three-month extension, commencing on 1st September to 30th November 2022, will maintain the service delivery on the terms of the existing contract for a short period to enable the mobilisation of the new contract.

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Finance and Change

Decision published: 09/05/2022

Effective from: 17/05/2022

Decision:

In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Digital and People Services to exercise an option to grant a three (3) month extension to the term of the temporary agency staff call-off contract with Geometric Results International Limited.

 

For the reasons set out in the report.

 

Lead officer: Mandy Quayle