Agenda

Agenda

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Items
Note No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

15 mins

3.

Addresses and Questions by Members of the Public

4.

Councillor Addresses on any item for decision on the Board's agenda

10 mins

5.

Councillor Addresses on Neighbourhood Issues

6.

Items raised by Board Members

7.

Scrutiny Committee Reports

Scrutiny Committee meets on 14 January. Any recommendations to Cabinet from that meeting will be published as a supplement to this agenda.

8.

Connecting Oxford pdf icon PDF 375 KB

The Executive Director, Development has submitted a report to support further scheme and business case development of Connecting Oxford proposals. 

 

Recommendations: That Cabinet resolves to:

 

Endorse the overall approach proposed as the basis for further scheme and business case development of Connecting Oxford proposals in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council.

 

Additional documents:

9.

Use of s106 and Retained Right to Buy Receipts to increase the provision of more affordable housing pdf icon PDF 257 KB

The Head of Housing Services has submitted a report to seek project approval and delegations to enable the spending of Retained Right to Buy Receipts and s.106 funding for the purpose of delivering, or enabling the delivery of, more affordable housing, through new build or acquisition activity.

 

Recommendations: That Cabinet resolves to:

 

1.    Give project approval to the proposals, to purchase accommodation or issue grants, as set out in this report, and within the allocated capital budgets, for the purpose of delivering more affordable housing in Oxford;

2.    Note that the proposals set out in this report, in relation to Retained Right to Buy Receipts (RRTBRs) - £13.2m in the HRA in 20/21, and £2.35m in 21/22; Recycled Capital Grant Funds (RCGF) - £370k in the HRA in 20/21; and s.106 funds - £3m in the General Fund in 20/21; have informed the budget setting process and that the implications for budgets are included within the 2020/21 consultation budget;

3.    Recommend to Council that a capital budget for £3m of expenditure, subsidised using RRTBRs, is approved in 2019/20, to enable an off-plan purchase of Social Rented homes, this sum being effectively brought forward from the overall £13.2m identified in 2020/21 in the consultation budget, which would then reduce to £10.2m in 20/21 accordingly;

4.    Delegate authority to the Director of Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing; the Head of Financial Services/Section 151 Officer; and the Council’s Monitoring Officer, to enter into agreement for the award of grant, contractual arrangement and/or spend, for the provision of additional affordable housing in perpetuity, using Retained Right to Buy Receipts or Recycled Capital Grant funding;

5.    Delegate authority to the Head of Planning Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing; the Head of Financial Services/Section 151 Officer; and the Council’s Monitoring Officer, to enter into agreement for the award of grant, contractual arrangement and/or spend, for the provision of additional affordable housing in perpetuity, using s.106 funds; and

6.    Delegate authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Finance and Asset Management, and Affordable Housing, to approve any property or development purchases over £500,000 for affordable housing, within this project approval.

 

Additional documents:

10.

Energy & Water Supply Procurement 2020 – 2024 pdf icon PDF 464 KB

TheTransition Director has submitted a reportto approve parameters and approach for the procurement of energy and water for the period period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2024 with a view to Oxford City Council becoming a net zero carbon council in terms of energy usage.

 

Recommendations: That Cabinet resolves to:

 

1. Approve the procurement strategy of seeking the purchase of certified renewable electricity and renewable gas supplies;

2. Authorise officers to explore options to better stimulate investment in new local renewable energy generation through a corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) approach for the council’s energy supplies; 

3. Approve (subject to 2 above) the use of the Kent County Council energy procurement framework via its trading arm LASER (the specialist public sector energy buying organisation) for up to a further four years (2020-2024) to procure the Council’s energy and water contracts from October 2020;

4. Approve the continuation of the energy purchasing approach - a flexible contract for larger electricity and gas supplies, and a fixed term fixed price contract for smaller energy consuming sites and water supplies;

5. Approve the purchase of appropriate offset products to mitigate the impact of vehicle fuel purchase;

6. Note the continuing  impact of the Council’s Carbon Reduction Programme in reducing the need for offsetting in the future and the overall energy and fuel requirements to support the council’s operation; and

7. Note that with the combination of the procurement of renewable energy, certified and verifiable offsetting of fuel impacts and a programme to reduce energy consumption in place the Council can rightly claim to be Net Zero in terms of Green House gases associated with its operations.

 

 

Additional documents:

11.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 352 KB

The Head of Financial Services has submitted a report to consider the feedback from the recent consultation on the proposed changes to the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme and to agree the principles of the new scheme to be drawn up for approval by Council on 27th January.

 

Recommendations: That Cabinet resolves to:

 

1.    Note the outcome of the consultation on the proposed Council Tax Reduction Scheme;

2.    Delegate authority to the Head of Financial Services  to draft the details of the new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020/21 in accordance with paragraphs 6-9 of this report, so that it can be submitted to Council for approval at its meeting on the 27th January 2020; and

3.    Recommend Council to resolve to adopt the new Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020/21.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

12.

Flag flying on World Refugee Day pdf icon PDF 127 KB

The Head of Law and Governance has submitted a report to seek approval to fly the "City of Sanctuary" flag annually on 20 June for World Refugee Day and 18 December for International Migrants’ Day, following a cross-party motion passed by Council on 22 July 2019.

 

Recommendations: That Cabinet resolves to:

 

Authorise the flying of the City of Sanctuary flag annually on 20 June for World Refugee Day and 18 December for International Migrants’ Day.

Additional documents:

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 439 KB

Recommendation: The City Executive Board resolves to APPROVE the minutes of the meeting held on 19 December 2019 as a true and accurate record.

14.

Dates of Future Meetings

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

 

·         12 February

·         11 March

·         15 April

·         10 June

·         15 July

·         12 August

 

All meetings start at 6pm.