View Dumfries and Galloway Council Agenda

Date:
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries (Reports)
Contact:
Fiona Brown
Tel No:
(01387) 260031
Council Priorities:

Build the Local Economy

  • Improve the level of skills within our communities and workforce
  • Support our small and medium sized businesses to be established and grow
  • Invest in our key infrastructure
  • Provide an attractive location to do business
  • Develop a diverse economy that creates sustainable, high wage job opportunities

Provide the best start in life for all our Children

  • Ensure early intervention, in particular to keep our region's most vulnerable children safe
  • Invest in creating schools fit for the 21st century which are at the heart of our communities
  • Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities
  • Support children to be healthy and active

Protect our most vulnerable people

  • Tackle the causes and effects of inequality and poverty
  • Help older or vulnerable people live healthy and independent lives
  • Ensure our older or vulnerable people receive the care and support they need
  • Keep our communities safe

Be an inclusive Council

  • Ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making
  • Empower our communities to make the most of their assets
  • Increase equality of opportunity

 

 

 

Dates of Meetings in 2017
28 Feb,
28 Mar,
28 Mar
ItemDescription
 
PUBLIC
1. SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
3. MINUTE OF MEETING OF 15 DECEMBER 2016
4. MINUTE OF MEETING OF 29 DECEMBER 2016
5. MINUTE OF MEETING OF 28 FEBRUARY 2017
6. DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL RESPONSE TO POLICE SCOTLAND CONSULTATION ON SERVING A CHANGING SCOTLAND - OUR 10 YEAR STRATEGY FOR POLICING IN SCOTLAND - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Members are asked to review and agree the draft response at Appendix 2 as the Dumfries and Galloway Council response to the Police Scotland consultation on Serving a Changing Scotland - Our 10 Year Strategy for Policing in Scotland.

7. CHILDREN'S SERVICES PLAN - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Members are asked to:- (1) note the progress made through the previous planning period and external confirmation of progress by the Care Inspectorate as identified in paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2; (2) note previous and ongoing investment in policy/project initiatives as identified in paragraph 3.3; (3) agree the Dumfries and Galloway Children’s Services Plan 2017– 2020 as detailed at the Appendix; (4) agree the reporting arrangements for the Plan as detailed at paragraph 3.6.; (5) note the multi-agency focus on protecting and supporting our most vulnerable, reducing inequality and intervening early (Priorities 1-4); (i) We will ensure that children and young people are safe and free from harm; (ii) We will ensure children and young people get support at the earliest appropriate time through prevention and early intervention; (iii)  We will improve the wellbeing and life chances of our most vulnerable children and young people; and (iv) We will work to reduce or remove barriers so that all children and young people have equality of opportunity; and (6) note our ambition for high quality Universal Services delivery to support all young people (Priorities 5-6); (v) We will deliver the best possible health and wellbeing for all children and young people; (vi) We will raise attainment and be ambitious for all children and young people; and (7) note that the Plan is to be considered by Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board on 03 April 2017; and (8) note that a summary document is to be developed to ensure accessibility of information for interested parties and, in particular, our young people

 

8. DIGITAL SCOTLAND SUPERFAST BROADBAND UPDATE - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Members are asked to:- (1) note the current position of 76.8% of premises having access to Broadband across Dumfries and Galloway compared to 26% without project intervention as referenced in sections 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 (2) note the additional reinvestment by Digital Scotland to enable an additional 1,038 premises to have access to fibre broadband and a further 2,114 premises to have access to speeds of greater than 24Mbps, beyond that originally planned to be delivered under the main contract as referenced in section 3.4.1, (3) note that the final planned coverage by December 2018 which is supported by the Councils £12.6m investment will be 96.3% against an ambitious planned target of 95%; and (4) agree that our Council continues to lobby the Scottish and Westminster Government’s for the delivery of improved mobile and broadband infrastructure in our Region. Particularly to prioritise the delivery of broadband to those 3,200 (3.7%) of premises who are not planned to benefit from the main Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme as referenced in section 3.5.2

9. EQUALITY ACT 2010 - STATUTORY REPORTS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) approve the Council’s Equalities Action Plan Progress Report (Appendix 2b) and Mainstreaming Equalities Report for 2015-17 at Appendix 3a, noting the significant improvements achieved in relation to profile and diversity awareness through campaigns and events and the Council’s relationship with diversity groups; (2) approve the workforce information for the Mainstreaming report 2015-17 at Appendix 3b; (3) agree updated Equalities Outcomes for 2017-21 for publication as set out at 3.9; and (4) approve the Council’s Gender Pay Gap report, the Occupational Segregation reports, the Equal Pay Statement and Improvement Plan for publication, noting the Gender Pay Gap in 2016 is 6.23% for main staff groups and a reduction of 5.76% has been achieved since 2013 (Appendix 4)
 

10. TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AND PRUDENTIAL INDICATORS - REPORT BY HEAD OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT

Members are asked to:- (1) agree the Prudential Indicators, as detailed at Appendix 1, as the underlying framework to support the Council's Capital Investment Strategy; (2) agree the Council's Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2017/18, as detailed at appendix 2; and (3) note that both the prudential indicators and treasury management activities will be subject to continual monitoring and, where appropriate, amendment during the course of the upcoming financial year

11. HOUSING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 SCHEME OF ASSISTANCE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to: (1) note that the funding recommendations set out below were considered at the 6 March 2017 meeting of the Council’s Housing Sub Committee and were recommended to be referred to Dumfries and Galloway Council for agreement; (2) agree the transfer of £1.198 million from the Council to the Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board to support the ongoing delivery of the Care and Repairs Service as detailed at section 3.2 of this report; (3) agree to an allocation of £149k to the Integration Joint Board to fund the Small Repairs and Home Support Services as detailed at section 3.3 of this report; and (4) agree to an allocation of £37,400 to the Integration Joint Board to fund Food Train Extra as detailed at section 3.4 of this report.

 

12. HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMMES FOR SCOTLAND: AREA BASED SCHEME 2017/18 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Members are asked to:- (1) agree to withdraw delegation from Housing Sub Committee; (2) subject to 2.1 above, note the funding allocation of £1,916,545 for the Dumfries and Galloway Council Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland – Area Based Scheme in 2017/18; and (3) agree the projects for 2017/18 detailed at 3.4 of the report

13. LIVING WAGE FOR ADULT SOCIAL CARE WORKERS AND THE ETHICAL CARE CHARTER - REPORT BY HEAD OF SOCIAL WORK/CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Members are asked to: (1) note the arrangements in place to ensure that the Living Wage is maintained for all adult social care workers as detailed in paragraph 3.10; and (2) note the activities to date which both incorporate UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter and promote and encourage suppliers and employers across the sectors to adopt good practice (Appendices 1 and 2).
 

14. SHAPE OF THE COUNCIL - FURTHER PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Members are asked to note the progress achieved in the period since December 2016

15. PROCUREMENT STANDING ORDERS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to: (1) revoke the current Procurement Standing Orders, effective from 29 March 2017; and (2) approve the adoption of the Procurement Standing Orders provided at the Appendix of this report, effective from 29 March 2017.
 

16. AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to consider the proposed amendments to Standing Orders as detailed at paragraphs 3.3.3; 3.3.4; 3.3.5 and 3.4 in the report.

17. SCRUTINY AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE REVIEW: ACCESS TO SERVICES AND USE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to consider the findings and agree the recommendations from the Scrutiny and Performance Committee Review of Access to Services and Use of Public Buildings as detailed in the Appendix

18. SCRUTINY AND PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE REVIEW: TOWN AND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS- REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to consider the findings and agree the recommendations from the Scrutiny and Performance Committee Review of Town and Village Improvements as detailed in the Appendix

19. ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Issue Date:- 21 March 2017 at 11:44