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135.

Declarations of Interest

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None.

136.

Addresses and Questions by Members of the Public

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None.

137.

Councillor Addresses on any item for decision on the Cabinet agenda

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None.

138.

Councillor Addresses on Neighbourhood Issues

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None.

139.

Items raised by Cabinet Members

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None.

140.

Scrutiny reports pdf icon PDF 317 KB

Scrutiny Committee met on 12 April 2022.  The following reports are expected and will be published as a supplement, together with any other recommendations to Cabinet from that meeting:

·       Procurement Update

·       Oxfordshire 2050 Plan

·       DSS Discrimination Motion Update

·       Tenant Involvement and Empowerment (NB No Cabinet response is expected to this item until the first Cabinet meeting after the election)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Tom Hudson, scrutiny Officer, presented reports which had been considered by Scrutiny Committee at its informal meeting on 12 April and prior meetings.

Procurement Update

Scrutiny Committee had considered potential changes to the Council’s Procurement Strategy, which was currently under review.  The Committee’s considerations had focused on social value in procurement and learning from good practice, most notably from Preston Council.  It had also considered ways of broadening the impact by working with other anchor institutions across the City in order to develop the social value and community wealth-building approach.  Recommendations made in relation to specific policies included ensuring that the definition of ‘value for money’ within the policy was consistent with the community wealth building agenda, and that the Council undertook ethical due diligence checks to ensure compatibility of commercial partners with its own standards.

In the absence of Councillor Turner, Deputy Leader (Statutory) - Finance and Asset Management, the Chair replied that the response which had been provided by the Cabinet Member was broadly in support of the recommendations, and they had been taken on board.

Oxfordshire 2050 Plan

Scrutiny had considered a report on the progress of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050; in particular looking at responses to the most recent consultation exercise.  The recommendations had largely centred around two main categories, which were (i) greater transparency and representation in the consultation exercises; and (ii) specific policies around water treatment; parks, play areas and nature reserves; and inequality and deprivation.  Scrutiny would be considering a further report in June or July; the recommendations before Cabinet therefore represented an interim response.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery, responded that whilst he generally supported the recommendations, he had also included some clarifications.  Although the consultation process was important - and the recommendation for a wider demographic mix was accepted – it was not a referendum on options.  The tests which a Local Plan had to pass in order to be found sound were set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and were not contingent on the number of representations received. 

One of the recommendations had referenced local policies on issues such as play areas, parks and nature reserves.  The Cabinet Member responded that these were issues for Local or Neighbourhood Plans, rather than the overarching Oxfordshire 2050 Plan.

The recommendation that the Council works with partners to ensure alignment between Thames Water’s future investment plans for water treatment works and those areas outlined in Oxfordshire for growth was endorsed, and the Chair undertook to raise this with the Future Oxfordshire Partnership.

DSS Discrimination Motion Update

The Housing and Homelessness Panel had considered an update report on progress made against actions sought by Council in a motion passed in July 2021 to strengthen safeguards against DSS discrimination.

The Panel had heard that good progress had been made in almost all areas.  The main outstanding action related to the setting up of a tenants’ forum, although this was underway.  Two recommendations had been made which had related  ...  view the full minutes text for item 140.

141.

Affordable Housing Delivery Programme pdf icon PDF 276 KB

The Head of Housing Services has submitted a report to seek further project approvals and delegations to enable the continued delivery of more affordable housing.

Cabinet is recommended to:

1.      Note the 64 affordable homes that have already been acquired from OCHL as per Table 1, and the 111 affordable dwellings that are currently in delivery as listed in Table 2, in accordance with the previous Cabinet approvals in February 2017 and May 2019.

 

2.      Give project approval for the continued acquisition of affordable dwellings developed by OCHL for which budgetary provision has been made in the Council’s Housing Revenue Account in respect of:

 

a)      The 6 affordable dwellings listed in rows 6 to 10 in Table 3, and

b)      The development of 80 affordable homes at Almonds Farm, Mill Lane, Marston as laid out in paragraphs 6 to 10. 

3.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Development,in consultation with the Executive Director for Communities and People; the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery; the Head of Financial Services/ Section 151 Officer; and the Head of Law and Governance,to approve and facilitate the sale of the council owned site, to facilitate the OCHL development and the subsequent acquisition of affordable dwellings by the HRA, within this project approval for Mill Lane, Marston.

 

4.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Communities and People,in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, Housing Security and Housing the Homeless; the Head of Financial Services/ Section 151 Officer; and the Head of Law and Governance,to enter into agreements and facilitate the agreed purchase by the HRA of all the affordable housing units from OCHLwithin this project approval, for Mill Lane, Marston (as recommended at 2b above) and the extensions (as recommended at 2a above).

 

5.      Give project approval to the proposals, to accept and distribute grant; enter into funding agreements; and any other necessary agreements or contracts, as set out in paragraphs 11 to 13 of this report for Gibbs Crescent, for the purpose of delivering more affordable housing in Oxford, through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal programme.

 

6.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery; the Head of Financial Services/Section 151 Officer; and the Council’s Monitoring Officer, to enter into funding and other necessary agreements for the purpose of delivery affordable housing through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal programme, within identified budgets, for the Gibbs Crescent scheme listed in this report.

 

7.      Recommend to Council that it approves a revision to the general fund capital budget of £2,150,000 to fund the grant payable for the additional 43 affordable homes on the Gibbs Crescent scheme, all of which will be funded by capital grant income from Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal (OGD). This to be profiled as £1,935,000 (90%) in 2022/23 for the initial grant payment, and the balance of £215,000 in 2024/25.

 

8.      Give project approval to the proposals to  ...  view the full agenda text for item 141.

Minutes:

The Head of Housing Services had submitted a report to seek further project approvals and delegations to enable the continued delivery of more affordable housing.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery, highlighted the continuing need for affordable housing within the City and presented the recommendations in conjunction with Councillor Diko Walcott, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, Housing Security and Housing the Homeless.

Cabinet resolved to:

1.      Note the 64 affordable homes that have already been acquired from OCHL as per Table 1, and the 111 affordable dwellings that are currently in delivery as listed in Table 2, in accordance with the previous Cabinet approvals in February 2017 and May 2019.

 

2.      Give project approval for the continued acquisition of affordable dwellings developed by OCHL for which budgetary provision has been made in the Council’s Housing Revenue Account in respect of:

 

a)      The 6 affordable dwellings listed in rows 6 to 10 in Table 3, and

b)      The development of 80 affordable homes at Almonds Farm, Mill   Lane, Marston as laid out in paragraphs 6 to 10. 

 

3.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Development,in consultation with the Executive Director for Communities and People; the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery; the Head of Financial Services/ Section 151 Officer; and the Head of Law and Governance,to approve and facilitate the sale of the council owned site, to facilitate the OCHL development and the subsequent acquisition of affordable dwellings by the HRA, within this project approval for Mill Lane, Marston.

 

4.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Communities and People,in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, Housing Security and Housing the Homeless; the Head of Financial Services/ Section 151 Officer; and the Head of Law and Governance,to enter into agreements and facilitate the agreed purchase by the HRA of all the affordable housing units from OCHLwithin this project approval, for Mill Lane, Marston (as recommended at 2b above) and the extensions (as recommended at 2a above).

 

5.      Give project approval to the proposals, to accept and distribute grant; enter into funding agreements; and any other necessary agreements or contracts, as set out in paragraphs 11 to 13 of this report for Gibbs Crescent, for the purpose of delivering more affordable housing in Oxford, through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal programme.

 

6.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Development, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery; the Head of Financial Services/Section 151 Officer; and the Council’s Monitoring Officer, to enter into funding and other necessary agreements for the purpose of delivery affordable housing through the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal programme, within identified budgets, for the Gibbs Crescent scheme listed in this report.

 

7.      Recommend to Council that it approves a revision to the general fund capital budget of £2,150,000 to fund the grant payable for the additional 43 affordable homes on the Gibbs Crescent scheme, all of which will be funded  ...  view the full minutes text for item 141.

142.

Award of a Works Contract for Concrete and Guard Rail Repairs to Balcony Walkways and Access Stairs to Five Apartment Blocks at Blackbird Leys pdf icon PDF 137 KB

The Executive Director (Communities and People) has submitted a report to seek Cabinet approval for concrete and guard rail repairs to balcony walkways and access stairs at five apartment blocks at Blackbird Leys; and delegation to authorise, sign and award a works contract.

Cabinet is recommended to:

1.      Approve the awardof a contract forconcrete and guard rail repairs to balcony walkways and access stairs to 5 apartment blocks at Blackbird Leys; and

 

2.      Delegate authority to the Executive Director of Communities and People to award the concrete repairs contract to suppliers following completion of the procurement competitive closed compliant tender process described in the report.

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Minutes:

The Executive Director (Communities and People) had submitted a report to seek Cabinet approval for concrete and guard rail repairs to balcony walkways and access stairs to five apartment blocks at Blackbird Leys; and delegated authority to authorise, sign and award a works contract.

In presenting the report, Cllr Diko Walcott, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, Housing Security and Housing the Homeless, thanked housing officers for their work in identifying sources of funding and enabling the repairs to be progressed.  She commented that the work was badly needed, and once completed would improve the living conditions of residents.

Cabinet resolved to:

1.        Approve the award of a contract for concrete and guard rail repairs to balcony walkways to five apartment blocks at Blackbird Leys; and

 

2.        Delegate authority to the Executive Director (Communities and People) to award the concrete repairs contract to suppliers following completion of the procurement competitive closed compliant tender process described in the report.

143.

Authority to Tender Contract for Insurance Services pdf icon PDF 162 KB

The Head of Financial Services has submitted a report to seek approval to invite tenders in respect of the proposed Insurance Services contracts to start on1 January 2023, as required by the Council’s Contract Rules, and delegated authority for the Head of Financial Services in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance to award a contract(s) following a compliant procurement exercise.

Cabinet is recommended to:

1.    Approve commencement of a procurement project to renew the insurance contract for the Council and its companies; and

 

2.    Delegate authority to the Head of Financial Services in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance to award a contract for the provision of insurance services to Oxford City Council and group companies from 1st January 2023 for a period of 3 years with an option to extend for up to 2 years (1+1), following a compliant procurement exercise.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Financial Services had submitted a report to seek approval to invite tenders in respect of proposed insurance services contracts to start on 1 January 2023, as required by the Council’s Contract Rules, and delegate authority to the Head of Financial Services in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance to award a contract(s) following a compliant procurement exercise.

Cabinet resolved to:

1.       Approve commencement of a procurement project to renew the insurance contract for the Council and its companies; and

 

2.       Delegate authority to the Head of Financial Services in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance to award a contract for the provision of insurance services to Oxford City Council and group companies from 1 January 2023 for a period of 3 years with an option to extend for up to 2 years (1+1) following a compliant procurement exercise.

144.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 416 KB

Recommendation: That Cabinet resolves to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2022as a true and accurate record.

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Minutes:

Cabinet resolved to approve the minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2022as a true and accurate record.

 

145.

Dates of Future Meetings

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

 

15 June 2022

13 July 2022

10 August 2022

14 September 2022

19 October 2022

16 November 2022

14 December 2022

 

All meetings start at 6.00pm.

 

Minutes:

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

 

15 June 2022

13 July 2022

10 August 2022

14 September 2022

19 October 2022

16 November 2022

14 December 2022

 

All meetings start at 6.00pm.