Agenda and minutes

Executive - Tuesday, 26th July, 2022 6.30 pm, NEW

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Joanne Beecham and Craig Warhurst.




Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and / or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.


There were no declarations of interest.




Leader's Announcements


The Leader advised that at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on Thursday 21st July, Members pre-scrutinised the UK Shared Prosperity Fund report.  The Committee endorsed the recommendations detailed in the report and an extract from the minutes of that meeting had been included in a supplementary pack issued for the Executive Committee’s consideration.  The Leader urged Members to refer to the discussions at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting when debating this item.




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the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on 12th July 2022 be approved as a true and correct record and signed by the Chair.




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This report is due to be pre-scrutinised at a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee scheduled to take place on 21st July 2022.  Any recommendations arising from the Committee’s debate in respect of this item will be reported in a supplementary pack for the consideration of the Executive Committee.


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The Chief Executive presented a report on the subject of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund for Members’ consideration.


The UK Shared Prosperity Fund was part of the Government’s Levelling Up programme and replaced the EU Structural Fund.  There were three key pillars in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund:


·             Communities and Place

·             Supporting Local Business

·             People and Skills


There were also up to 41 interventions that had been identified by the Government that Councils could address in spending the funds.  Councils were not obliged to link all of the projects that received funding in the local area to all of the interventions available.  Instead, Officers had selected those interventions considered most likely to meet the needs of local communities in the Borough.


Funding had been allocated over a three-year period, from 2022/23 to 2024/25, in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  The amount of funding available over the course of these three years increased from £303,647 in 2022/23 to £1.591 million in 2024/25.  In total, £2.5 million had been allocated to Redditch over the three years. 


The Council had consulted with local partner organisations, to review how the funding allocated to Redditch should be spent.  The funding allocated to Redditch was guaranteed to be received.  However, the Council needed to submit an Investment Plan to the Government detailing how this funding would be spent.  As part of the proposals detailed in the plan, the Council needed to outline how the funding would be allocated to each of the three key pillars of the programme.  In Redditch, it had been decided, based on the outcomes of consultation and local knowledge, that 40 per cent of the funds should be allocated to Communities and Place and 30 per cent each to Supporting Local Business and People and Skills respectively.  The Government had subsequently indicated that Councils would be able to vary the allocation of funding to each of these pillars by up to 30 per cent to ensure that there was flexibility built into the scheme.


Local authorities could allocate a proportion of the funding to administering the scheme.  In a context in which there were capacity issues within local government, officers were proposing that a small amount of the funding should be allocated to the administrative process.


Following the presentation of the report, Members discussed the interventions that had been highlighted in the report for the delivery of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund programme in Redditch.  Questions were raised about the potential for perceptions of attractions to be added to the list of interventions selected locally, taking into account recent successful events in the town centre.  Members were advised that events and attractions in the town centre would be supported by the work of the Redditch Business Improvement District (BID).  Work on investing in attractions would include allocating support to cultural and artistic venues.  Whilst this had not been included in the current round of interventions, there would be scope to review this at a later date if considered to be necessary.


Reference  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.


Minutes / Referrals - Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Executive Panels etc.

To receive and consider any outstanding minutes or referrals from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Executive Panels etc. since the last meeting of the Executive Committee, other than as detailed in the items above.


Councillor Nyear Nazir, the Council’s representative on the Corporate Parenting Board, provided a verbal update on the latest work of the Board.


At a meeting of the Board held on Tuesday 12th July 2022, Members had considered the content of the Independent Reviewing Officer’s (IRO’s) Annual Report for 2021/22.  The Board had been advised that 98 per cent of looked after children in Worcestershire had had reviews.  The remaining 2 per cent of children had not received reviews because they did not wish to have reviews, although agencies continued to engage with these children.


During this meeting, the Board had been advised that 294 looked after children from Worcestershire had been placed outside the county.  Concerns had been raised about this, although the Board had been informed that this was a relatively low figure.  In many cases, children had been placed outside the county so that they could live with relatives or close family friends. 


Members were informed that at the Board meeting, Councillor Nazir had been appointed District Champion for employment in care leavers for Worcestershire.  There would be a need for Members to work together to ensure that care leavers received appropriate support, including help securing employment, education and training opportunities.