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Welcome and introductions

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The Chair, Cllr Kevin Guy, welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Emergency Evacuation Procedure

The Democratic Services Officer will read out the emergency evacuation procedure as set out in the notes.

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The Chair drew attention to the evacuation procedure as set out in the agenda.


Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Alison Born and Richard Samuel.  The Leader explained that Cllr Richard Samuel is currently recuperating having suffered a severe stroke and the Cabinet wished him a swift recovery.


Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting declarations of interest are received from Members in any of the agenda items under consideration at the meeting. Members are asked to indicate:


(a) The agenda item number in which they have an interest to declare.

(b) The nature of their interest.

(c) Whether their interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an other interest, (as defined in Part 2, A and B of the Code of Conduct and Rules for Registration of Interests)


Any Member who needs to clarify any matters relating to the declaration of interests is recommended to seek advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officeror a member of his staff before the meeting to expedite dealing with the item during the meeting.

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There were no declarations of interest.


To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chair

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There was no urgent business.


Questions from Public and Councillors

Questions submitted before the deadline will receive a reply from an appropriate Cabinet member or a promise to respond within 5 working days of the meeting.  Councillors may ask one supplementary question for each question they submit, up to a maximum of two per Councillor.

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There were 36 questions from Councillors and no questions from members of the public.


[Copies of the questions and responses, including supplementary questions and responses if any, have been placed on the Minute book as Appendix 1 and are available on the Council's website.]

Cabinet - Questions and Answers pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Statements, Deputations or Petitions from Public or Councillors

Councillors and members of the public may register their intention to make a statement if they submit a written copy of their statement before the deadline.  Statements are limited to 3 minutes each.  The speaker may then be asked by Cabinet members to answer factual questions arising out of their statement.

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Members of the public made statements as follows:


·  Ms Jenny Newman (a copy of which is attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes).  Ms Newman also presented a petition containing 521 signatures requesting that the Council restores the ponds and streams in The Royal Victoria Park, Bath.


·  A statement was read out on behalf of Ms Shiva Page (and attached as read at Appendix 3 to these minutes). That statement was in accordance with Rule 31 of the Executive Procedure Rules (“A submission under this rule will not be accepted if it is about a matter which has already been lodged with the Council or with another statutory body as a formal complaint") as Ms Page had originally been advised that three paragraphs would be removed from her statement as their subject matter related to live formal complaints.  A decision was subsequently made to allow Ms Page to include these paragraphs if she wished but she decided against this.  (For completeness a copy of the omitted paragraphs is attached as Appendix 4 to these minutes).

Ms Jenny Newman Statement - Appendix 2 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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Minutes of Previous Cabinet Meetings pdf icon PDF 661 KB

To confirm and sign the following minutes as a correct record:


·  Cabinet meeting – 5 May 2022

·  Special Cabinet meeting – 26 May 2022

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the following meetings be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair:


Cabinet Meeting – 5 May 2022

Special Cabinet Meeting – 26 May 2022


Consideration of Single Member Items Requisitioned to Cabinet

This is a standard agenda item, to cover any reports originally placed on the Weekly List for single Member decision making, which have subsequently been the subject of a Cabinet Member requisition to the full Cabinet, under the Council’s procedural rules.

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There were none.


Matters Referred by Policy Development and Scrutiny Bodies

This is a standing agenda item (Constitution rule 14, part 4D – Executive Procedure Rules) for matters referred by Policy Development and Scrutiny bodies.  The Chair of the relevant PDS Panel will have the right to attend and to introduce the Panel’s recommendations to Cabinet.

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There were none.


Single Member Cabinet Decisions Taken since Previous Cabinet Meeting

To note the list of Cabinet Single Member decisions taken and published since the last Cabinet meeting (no debate).

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The Cabinet agreed to note the report.


Bath Clean Air Plan Annual Report 2021 pdf icon PDF 515 KB

The attached report reviews the performance of the first calendar year of the Clean Air Zone in Bath from 15 March 2021 - 31 December 2021.

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Cllr Sarah Warren introduced the report, moved the officer recommendation and made the following statement:

“Air pollution is estimated to cause around 80 deaths a day across the UK, with approximately 80 per year in Bath and North East Somerset. Bath’s Clean Air Zone was the first such charging zone outside London, when it was introduced on 15th March 2021, and is designed to tackle high atmospheric levels of the dangerous pollutant nitrogen dioxide, which largely originates from traffic in our city, and affects the health of our most vulnerable residents. The aim of the zone is to bring annual nitrogen dioxide levels below the legal limit value of 40g/m3, by deterring the most polluting vehicles from entering the city centre.

Tonight, we are considering the 2021 annual report on air quality, vehicle compliance, and traffic displacement, which covers the calendar year 2021, the first calendar year during which the Clean Air Zone was live.

During the year, we saw overall traffic levels return from lockdown to pre-covid levels in the city, with light goods vehicles reaching 112% and heavy goods vehicles 110% of their pre-covid numbers, owing to pandemic-related changes in shopping patterns. Over this period, we have also seen business thriving, with footfall in the city’s shops returning close to pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year.

A key purpose of the zone is to encourage the upgrade of the most polluting vehicles, and we were able to make substantial funds available through grants and interest-free finance to support this. As at the end of December, some 722 of the most polluting vehicles had been replaced through this route, rising to 859 by the end of May this year.

Throughout much of 2021, we saw dramatic changes to traffic flows around the city centre arising not only from lockdown, but also from the complete closure of Cleveland Bridge, which normally carries some 17,000 vehicles per day. We have, of course, been monitoring roads around the CAZ carefully to establish whether there is evidence of the displacement of traffic from the zone, wherever the public have expressed concern, as early modelling of the CAZ suggested displacement might be possible. The analysis of this data so far shows no ongoing significant displacement impacts due to the introduction of the scheme. However, monitoring will continue at some of these sites for some time, as traffic flows settle down following the various disruptions of the last couple of years.

Notwithstanding recent changes to traffic flow, the really great news is that overall, air quality continues to improve both within and outside the zone, with average reductions in nitrogen dioxide levels of 21% inside, 22% in the urban area outside the zone, and 18% in the rest of Bath & North East Somerset over the year, compared to the calendar year 2019 before the pandemic. By the end of 2021, we observed that over 90% of HGVs and taxis, 100% of scheduled bus services, and 80% of vans driving in the zone  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.


Youth Justice Plan 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 210 KB

The Local Authority has a statutory duty, in partnership with Health, Police and Probation, to produce an annual Youth Justice Plan. The Plan sets out how services are to be organised and funded and what functions they will carry out to prevent youth offending and re-offending across Bath and North East Somerset. The Cabinet is asked to recommend full Council to approve the Plan.

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Cllr Dine Romero introduced the report, moved the officer recommendation and made the following statement:


“As you will know the Local Authority has a statutory duty to produce an annual youth justice plan which is submitted to the national board.

The main objective of the youth justice system is to prevent offending by 10–17-year-olds.

The plan before you has been drawn together with input from the multi-agency team including police, social services, education, probation and health.

These partners have a shared responsibility not only for the plan itself and the part they play within it but for resourcing the youth offending service. The council pays the most, 54% of the budget. We are reliant on core national funding from ministry of justice and as far as I am aware we’re still waiting the actual sign off but have been told it won’t be less than before

In terms of how well we are doing again at the statutory purpose, the Youth Offending Service worked with 89 out of 36.7k children in B&NES in 2022 which is fewer than in previous years but there is concern that opportunities to intervene may have been missed and more children may enter the formal justice system in the future as a result.

Despite such low numbers and like many other places across the country a greater proportion of those entering the youth justice system are from black backgrounds, and as you will recall from my answer to Councillor Kumar earlier, the board are proactively looking at how we can increase representation on the board, and also within partner organisations to understand better why this is the case.

There is much more that I could draw your attention to but hope having read the plan cabinet are happy to endorse the plan, to appreciate the work that has gone into drawing it up, and finally but most importantly be supportive of the child first principle that is underpinning work in the youth justice system locally and nationally.”


Cllr Tim Ball seconded the motion and stressed the importance of keeping children out of the youth justice system and out of trouble.  He also highlighted the need to recognise conditions such as autism, ADHD and poor mental health.  He thanked all those working with children in the Youth Justice system and those working to prevent children from entering the system in the first place.


RESOLVED (unanimously):  To recommend approval of the Youth Justice Plan to full Council, conditional on satisfactory confirmation of the budget.


Health & Social Care - New Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 248 KB

The Health and Care Act 2022 has passed through the Parliamentary process. The Act creates the Integrated Care System (ICS) which has been established to ensure better integration between Health and Social care with the aim being to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across Bath & North East Somerset.  The attached report outlines the proposed representation on both the Integrated Care Board and the Integrated Care Partnership and seeks Cabinet’s endorsement of the arrangements.

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Cllr Kevin Guy introduced the report, moved the officer recommendation and made the following statement:

“The report before you outlines the new, statutory, governance arrangements for health and social care in B&NES. These arrangements came into force on 1 July and stem from the new Health and Care Act. 

Under the new arrangements, an Integrated Care System (ICS) – known as BSW Together – is replacing our previous partnership arrangements. The new ICS covers the three local authority areas of B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire. It gives us the opportunity to build on our strong track record of working with local health services, developed over the last few years, with an overall goal of delivering integrated services, improving health outcomes and reducing inequalities. 

The BSW Together partnership is made up of local health and care organisations including Councils, hospitals, GPs, mental health service providers, an ambulance trust, community health providers and voluntary organisations. They will all work together to plan and organise the delivery of health and care services and are committed to giving local people and communities a louder voice in how services are provided.

A new Integrated Care Board will replace the previous Clinical Commissioning Group across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Board and take the lead on planning and coordinating how £1.5 billion of health and care services are delivered.

The Integrated Care Partnership will develop strategy for health and social care and the Integrated Care Alliance will be a local ‘delivery mechanism’ setting and overseeing delivery of strategy at Bath & North East Somerset level.  

We are asked to agree the Council’s participation in the Integrated Care System, approve proposals for the Council’s representation on the new structures, as laid out in the report, and endorse the overall governance arrangements. 

These new arrangements provide an opportunity to work even more closely with our partners and our communities to provide the services that people need, further to integrate health and social care, and to tackle health inequalities. They also provide greater opportunities for preventative work to improve residents’ health, helping people stay healthy and independent for longer. They align closely with our overall corporate purpose of ‘improving people’s lives’. 

I would like to thank our Council officers and Councillor Alison Born for their hard work.”

Cllr Dine Romero seconded the motion and made the following statement:

“I am happy to second this paper, and support of the formation of the Integrated Care Board. As an area we have a strong track record of working with partners especially the local health services. This new arrangement should be even more beneficial for our residents provide the services they need but also as we will be able to collaborate more closely, we will have greater opportunities to integrate health and social care, address inequalities and in the longer term delay the need some may have of these services.”

RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To agree that the Council participates in the Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bath, Swindon  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.


Revenue and Capital Outturn 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 886 KB

The attached report presents the revenue and capital outturn for 2021/22.

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Cllr Tom Davies introduced the report and moved the officer recommendation.  He stated that this has been one of the most challenging and unpredictable years and that it is a huge testament to the strong financial leadership provided by Cllr Richard Samuel and the Council’s senior officers that the report presents a £4m favourable result for the last financial year.  This was the second year of the Covid pandemic and there was considerable pressure on the budgets for both adult and children’s services.  The favourable position enables the Council to build resilience for this and future years so that investments can be made in services to improve the lives of all B&NES residents.  For example, £2.7m will be invested to provide the Park and Ride service and the strong position will also help the Council to manage the extraordinary increase in energy prices without impacting on services.  He also thanked Andy Rothery, Chief Finance Officer, and the finance team for producing such clear and transparent reports.  Sound financial management enables the Council to remain resilient in the face of current challenges and to continue to invest in the priorities of residents.


Cllr Manda Rigby seconded the motion.


RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To note the revenue budget outturn on budget position for 2021/22, after allowing for carry forwards and transfers to reserves.

(2)  To approve the revenue carry forward proposals listed in the tables in paragraph 3.30 of the report.

(3)  To approve that all other over budgets are written-off as an exception to the Budget Management Rules for 2021/22.

(4)  To approve the transfer of £4.03m to corporate earmarked reserves, the breakdown of which is detailed in paragraph 3.31 of the report.

(5)To note the revenue virements for 2021/22 reported for information in Appendix 2(i) of the report.

(6) To note the reserve positions and the use of flexible capital receipts shown in paragraphs 3.40-3.43 of the report.

(7)  To note the outturn position of the 2021/22 capital programme in paragraph 3.52, and the funding outlined in paragraph 3.54 of the report.

(8)  To approve the capital rephasing and write-off of net underspends as listed in Appendix 3 of the report. This reflects the outturn spend position on projects against final budgets as detailed in Appendix 4(ii) of the report.


Revenue & Capital Budget Monitoring, Cash Limits and Virements – April to June 2022 pdf icon PDF 704 KB

This report presents the financial monitoring information for the Authority as a whole for the financial year 2022/23, using information available as at the end of June 2022.

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Cllr Tom Davies introduced the report and moved the officer recommendation.  He thanked the finance team for presenting this information in such a timely manner.  He highlighted the challenges faced by the Council and, in particular, the forecast for a £2.3m overspend in children’s services due to staffing pressures and the high cost of placements.  The fact that this information is being presented now will enable officers and Cabinet Members to manage the situation and the Cabinet will continue to monitor this very closely.  This is a particularly challenging time to manage and provide core services.  The combinations of Brexit, the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the failure of the Government to provide appropriate funding to local authorities have placed enormous pressure on Councils.  He highlighted the investment plans set out in the capital programme including improvements to Midsomer Norton High Street, the Radstock Healthy Living Centre, Bath Quays North and the further development of the Bath Western Riverside and the final element of the Sydney Gardens project.


Cllr Sarah Warren seconded the motion and made the following statement:

“Continued financial resilience here at the council allows us to invest in our capital projects, such as the site redevelopment of Pixash recycling centre, with its exceptionally strong sustainability credentials; our liveable neighbourhoods programme that aims to make residential areas safer to move around on foot and by bike; and the refurbishment of Cleveland Bridge. Thanks of course should go to not only to Cllr Samuel and his team for their ongoing excellent management of the budget in these very unpredictable times; and of course, to Cllr Davies for picking up this work at short notice and bringing forward these papers.”

Cllr Tim Ball noted the importance of future investment in Council services and the excellent financial prudence demonstrated by Cllr Richard Samuel and the finance team.

RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To note the 2022/23 revenue budget position (as at the end of June 2022).

(2)  To note the revenue virements listed for information only in Appendix 3(i) of the report.

(3)  To note the capital year-end forecast detailed in paragraph 3.21 of the report.

(4)  To note the changes in the capital programme including capital schemes that have been agreed for full approval under delegation listed in Appendix 4(i) of the report.


Treasury Management Outturn report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The attached report gives details of performance against the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy and Annual Investment Plan for 2021/22.

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Cllr Tom Davies introduced the report and moved the officer recommendation.  He noted the excellent position of the Council and stated that the excellent cashflow management had led to savings of over £1m.  Investments regularly performe above the relevant benchmark.  The two ESG investments have been particularly successful providing above average returns.  The Council is in a strong position with regard to its treasury management.


Cllr Wood seconded the motion.


RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To note the Treasury Management Report to 31 March 2022, prepared in accordance with the CIPFA Treasury Code of Practice.

(2)  To note the Treasury Management Indicators to 31 March 2022.


Treasury Management Performance Report to 30th June 2022 pdf icon PDF 1016 KB

This report gives details of performance against the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy for 2022/23 for the first three months of 2022/23.

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Cllr Tom Davies introduced the report and moved the officer recommendation.  He pointed out that the two ESG funds are performing well.  The Council is now starting to receive some extra income due to the increase in interest rates.  He thanked officers for their hard work in relation to treasury management. 


Cllr Kevin Guy seconded the motion.


RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To note the Treasury Management Report to 30 June 2022, prepared in accordance with the CIPFA Treasury Code of Practice.

(2)  To note the Treasury Management Indicators to 30 June 2022.


Quarter 4 year end 2020/21 Corporate Performance report pdf icon PDF 333 KB

The attached report gives an update on the progress made against a key set of strategic performance measures, which assess the Council’s progress on delivering the Corporate Strategy and key aspects of service delivery.

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Cllr Kevin Guy introduced the report, moved the officer recommendation and highlighted the following achievements of the administration which have been possible due to strong financial management:


·  Building a new state of the art recycling hub

·  Investing £14m to improve and maintain highways

·  17,894 calls received by the Community Wellbeing Hub

·  Developing 6 new residents’ parking zones

·  A reduction of 66% in carbon emissions from Council buildings since 2010

·  Investing over £900k in cleaner green neighbourhoods

·  Recruiting more foster carers

·  3.100 new homes including 700 affordable homes in the last 3 years

·  Allocating more than £38m over the next 5 years to drive down carbon emissions

·  33,000 trees planted on Council and private land since 2020

·  Building the first ever Council homes for a generation


He thanked all Council staff and Cabinet members for their hard work in delivering these achievements.


Cllr Tom Davies seconded the motion.  He stated that the report contains a vast amount of interesting information about the work of the Council which demonstrates how much is going on.


RESOLVED (unanimously):


(1)  To note progress on the delivery of key aspects of the Council’s service delivery, details of which are highlighted in section 3.6 and Annex 1 of the report.


(2)  To note the level of service activity for 2021/22 highlighted in the infographic presentation at Annex 2 of the report.