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					                        BARNSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL

                                                CABINET

                                              12th May, 2004

823.    Present:        Councillors Houghton (Chairman), Bostwick, Denton, Dixon, Gardiner, Lavender,
                        Morgan, Schofield and Thomson.

824. Declarations of Personal Interests

       Councillor Dixon declared a personal interest in Minute No. 841 as a Coopted Member of the
       Barnsley Primary Care Trust Board.

       Councillors Morgan, Schofield and Denton declared personal interests in Minute No. 849 as
       Governors of Schools that would benefit from the Education Capital Programme.

       Councillor Morgan declared a personal interest in Minute No. 852 as her mother is a user of the
       Council’s Services for Older People.

825. Leader of the Council - Call-In of Cabinet Decisions

       The Leader reported that no decisions from the previous meeting held on 28th April, 2004 had been
       called-in.

826. Minutes of the Meeting held on 28th April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.1)

       The minutes of the meeting held on 28th April, 2004 were taken as read and signed by the Chairman
       as a correct record.

827. Minutes of the Dearne South/Dearne Thurnscoe Area Forum Meetings held on 15th March and
     5th April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.2)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Dearne South/Dearne Thurnscoe Area Forum Meetings held on
       15th March and 5th April, 2004 be received.

828. Minutes of the Ardsley/Park/Worsbrough Area Forum Meetings held on 17th March and 7th
     April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.3)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Ardsley/Park/Worsbrough Area Forum Meetings held on 17th
       March and 7th April, 2004 be received.

829. Minutes of the Darfield/Wombwell Area Forum Meetings held on 18th March and 15th April,
     2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.4)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Darfield/Wombwell Area Forum Meetings held on 18th March
       and 15th April, 2004 be received.

830. Minutes of the Cudworth/Brierley/Monk Bretton Area Forum Meetings held on 22nd March
     and 19th April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.5)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Cudworth/Brierley/Monk Bretton Area Forum Meetings held on
       22nd March and 19th April, 2004 be received.

831. Minutes of the Penistone East/Penistone West Area Forum Meetings held on 24th March and
     21st April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.6)

       RESOLVED that the minutes of the Penistone East/Penistone West Area Forum Meetings held on
       24th March and 21st April, 2004 be received.
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832. Minutes of the Hoyland East and Hoyland West Area Forum Meetings held on 22nd March and
     19th April, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.7)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Hoyland East and Hoyland West Area Forum Meetings held on
     22nd March and 19th April, 2004 be received.

833. Minutes of the Central/South West Area Forum Meetings held on 15th March and 5th April,
     2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.8)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Central/South West Area Forum Meetings held on 15th March
     and 5th April, 2004 be received.

834. Minutes of the Darton and Dodworth Area Forum Meetings held on 22nd March and 19th April,
     2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.9)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Darton and Dodworth Area Forum Meetings held on 22nd March
     and 19th April, 2004 be received.

835. Minutes of the Athersley/North West/Royston Area Forum Meeting held on 25th March, 2004
     (Cab.12.5.2004/3.10)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Athersley/North West/Royston Area Forum Meeting held on
     25th March, 2004 be received.

836. Leader of the Council – Minutes of the One Barnsley Meeting held on 17th March, 2004
     (Cab.12.5.2004/3.11)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the One Barnsley Meeting held on 17th March, 2004 be received and
     referred to the Corporate Scrutiny Commission.

837. Environmental Services Spokesperson – Minutes of the Barnsley Community Safety
     Partnership Policy Board Meeting held on 12th March, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.12)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Barnsley Community Safety Partnership Policy Board Meeting
     held on 12th March, 2004 be received and referred to the Public Protection Scrutiny Commission.

838. Social Services Spokesperson – Minutes of the Joint Agency Group Meeting held on 18th March,
     2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/3.13)

     RESOLVED that the minutes of the Joint Agency Group Meeting held on 18th March, 2004 be
     received and referred to the Social Affairs and Health Scrutiny Commission.

839. Decisions of Cabinet Spokespersons (Cab.12.5.2004/4)

     The Record of Decisions taken by Cabinet Spokespersons under delegated powers during the weeks
     ending 30th April and 7th May, 2004 were noted.

840. Petitions Received Under Standing Order 40 (Cab.12.5.2004/5)

     It was noted that no petitions had been received under Standing Order 40.
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841. Choosing Health – Government Consultation Paper on Action to Improve People’s Health
     (Cab.12.5.2004/5a)

     The Chairman of the Social Affairs and Health Scrutiny Commission presented the Commission’s
     report following their consideration of the Government’s consultation paper on Action to Improve
     People’s Health.

     The meeting noted the emphasis placed on smoking cessation by the Wanless report but that this was
     one of many factors which affected people’s health, including healthy eating and exercise but also
     environmental issues such as poor housing and poverty. It was noted that the Council would not be
     seeking to ban smoking in clubs and public houses but needed to engage in health promotion to help
     people choose healthier lifestyles.

     RESOLVED that authority be given for the Chief Executive to respond to the Government’s
     Consultation Paper ‘Choosing Health’ taking on board the issues raised in the Scrutiny Commission’s
     report.

     (Note: The above item was accepted by the Chairman as an urgent item for consideration by the
     meeting in view of the need to formulate a response on behalf of the Council to meet the
     Government’s deadline for consultations of 28th May, 2004).

842. Cabinet Spokesperson without Portfolio – Sub-Regional Appointment of a Representative to
     the Regional Energy Forum (Cab.12.5.2004/6)

     RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL ON 15th JULY, 2004:-

     (i)    that, insofar as this Authority is concerned, approval be given to the appointment of Councillor
            W. H. Newman as a sub-regional representative on the Regional Energy Forum;

     (ii)   that attendance at meetings of the above be confirmed as an approved duty.

843. Finance Spokesperson – Annual Investment Strategy 2004/05 (Cab.12.5.2004/7.1)

     RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL ON 15th JULY, 2004 that approval be given to the Authority’s
     2004/05 Annual Investment Strategy, as detailed in the report.

844. Finance Spokesperson – Capital Programme Monitoring 2003/04 (Cab.12.5.2004/7.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)    that the position on the 2003/04 – 2005/06 Capital Programme, as detailed in the report, be
            noted;
     (ii)   that the variations to the scheme costs shown in Appendix 1, Section 2A of the report be
            approved.
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845. Corporate Services Spokesperson – Progress Report on Current Best Value Review
     Programme (Cab.12.5.2004/8.1)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the evaluation of activity which has taken place since the time of the last Best Value
             Review Programme progress report, in respect of Year 2, 3 and 4 Reviews, as detailed in the
             report, be noted;

     (ii)    that the list of planned and active inspections, as set out in the report, be noted;

     (iii)   that services undertake the necessary actions to expedite completion of Year 2 and 3 Reviews
             and progress Year 4 Reviews in line with the agreed project plans;

     (iv)    that the pending report in respect of the proposed new 5 Year Programme be noted;

     (v)     that the proposed review of the Best Value Review process during Spring 2004 and the
             associated consultation with all key stakeholders be approved.

846. Corporate Services Spokesperson – Service Performance Reviews (Best Value) and Corporate
     Improvement Programme 2004 – 2009 (Cab.12.5.2004/8.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that approval be given for the inclusion of Year 5 Review activity (due 2004/05) of the first
             formal programme, as Year 1 of the second 5 Year Programme period;

     (ii)    that the principle of developing a differentiated approach to the undertaking of ‘Best Value
             Reviews’, with a focus on service performance and delivering improved outcomes, be
             approved;

     (iii)   that the proposals set out at Section 10 of the report be approved and specifically, the proposed
             programme of Best Value Reviews and corporate improvement activity presented in Appendix
             1 to the report, be approved;

     (iv)    that the past Review activity and outstanding issues, as set out in Appendices 2 and 3 of the
             report, be noted;

     (v)     that the Explanatory Notes contained in Appendix 1 to the report be noted and the Senior
             Management Team be requested to continue to have regard to the identified issues and amend
             the 5 year programme accordingly at the time of the next annual review.

847. Environmental Services Spokesperson – Use of the Building Safer Communities Fund and the
     Basic Command Unit Fund to Reduce Crime and Disorder in Barnsley 2004/05
     (Cab.12.5.2004/9)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the proposed use of the Building Safer Communities Fund allocation to Barnsley
             Community Safety Partnership for 2004/05, as set out in the report, be supported;
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     (ii)    that approval be given for the Authority to act as the financial accountable body for this fund
             and the associated programme;

     (iii)   that the capital expenditure be included within the approved Capital Programme and funding be
             released in accordance with Financial Regulation 2.7(a);

     (iv)    that the following existing posts be extended to the end of March, 2005:-

             (a) A full time post of Administrative Assistant on the grade of Scale 3;

             (b) A full time post of Partnership Performance Officer on the grade of PO1,
                 pending the current re-evaluation of the grade for this post;

     (v)     that the Service Level Agreement previously developed with Barnsley Victim Support under
             the Safer Communities Initiative to oversee the co-ordination of target hardening work, linked
             to the Council’s Public Service Agreement (PSA) on reducing Domestic Burglary, be
             extended;

     (vi)    that Voluntary Action Barnsley be commissioned to employ a part-time post of a Community
             Development Assistant to support the capacity of community groups in relation to Community
             Safety work;

     (vii) that any variations to the Building Safer Communities Fund and the Barnsley Police Basic
           Command Unit (BCU) fund be delegated to the Executive Director, Environmental Services
           and the District Commander, South Yorkshire Police and other members of the Barnsley
           Community Safety Partnership Budget Board, in line with the terms and conditions of the
           grant;

     (viii) that the willingness of Barnsley Police to make resources available from the Barnsley
            Command Unit Fund to finance this work be welcomed.

848. Education Spokesperson – OFSTED/Audit Commission Inspection Report on Barnsley LEA,
     January, 2004 (Cab.12.5.2004/10.1)

     RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL ON 15th JULY, 2004:-

     (i)     that the findings and recommendations contained in the OFSTED/Audit Commission
             Inspection Report on Barnsley Local Education Authority (LEA), January, 2004, be accepted;

     (ii)    that the support and requirements of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) be
             welcomed and acknowledged;

     (iii)   that the LEA’s post-inspection action plan be produced by the Executive Director, Education
             and submitted to the DfES by 30th July, 2004;

     (iv)    that the six-point plan of action, proposed by the Leader of the Council, as set out in Appendix
             A to the report, be endorsed;

     (v)     that a further report detailing the LEA’s action plan be submitted to Cabinet by the end of June,
             2004.
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849. Education Spokesperson – Education Capital Programme 2004/05 (Cab.12.5.2004/10.2)

      RESOLVED:-

      (i)      that the proposed schemes listed in Appendices B, C and D to the report be approved to form
               the basis of the 2004-05 Schools Capital Programme and the schemes be financed from the
               range of capital allocations as listed in Appendix A;

      (ii)     that the Executive Director Education, in consultation with the Education Cabinet
               Spokesperson, be authorised to vary the programme of works, and to approve additional
               schemes, in light of tenders received;

      (iii)    that the financial implications arising from the report be included in the Capital Programme
               and funding be released in accordance with Financial Regulation 2.7(a).

850. Education Spokesperson – School OFSTED Reports: Autumn 2003 (Cab.12.5.2004/10.3)

      RESOLVED:-

      (i)      that the information in respect of the OFSTED reports for those schools inspected between
               September and December, 2003, as set out in the report, be noted;

      (ii)     that it be noted that similar reports will be made available on a termly basis.

851. Social Services Spokesperson – Planning and Commissioning Function for Health and Social
     Services – Best Value Review Step Four Report (Cab.12.5.2004/11.1)

      RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL ON 15th JULY, 2004 that approval be given to the Best Value
      Review of the Planning and Commissioning Function for Health and Social Services Step 4 Report,
      attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

852. Social Services Spokesperson – Eligibility Criteria for Adult Services (Cab.12.5.2004/11.2)

      RESOLVED that approval be given for the continuation of the Eligibility Criteria for Adult Services,
      in line with Fair Access to Care Services, as agreed by Cabinet on 2nd April, 2003 and as now
      attached to the report.

853. Exclusion of the Public and Press

      RESOLVED that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the
      following items, because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as described by the specific
      paragraphs of Part I, of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as follows:-

      Item Number                  Type of Information Likely to be Disclosed

        854.                                    Paragraph 9
        855.                                    Paragraph 9
        856.                                    Paragraph 9
        857.                                    Paragraph 9
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854. Finance Spokesperson – Asset Management Plan – Planned Maintenance Programme 2004/05
     (Cab.12.5.2004/13.1)

     This item was withdrawn.

855. Finance Spokesperson – Proposed Sale of Land at Burton Road, West Green to Ben Bailey
     Homes Limited (Cab.12.5.2004/13.2)

     RESOLVED that the Acting Assistant Director Property and Procurement be authorised to negotiate
     terms for the sale of land at Burton Road, West Green, as identified in the plan attached to the report,
     to Ben Bailey Homes Limited, in consultation with the Cabinet Spokesperson, Finance and Cabinet
     Support Member, subject to detailed planning permission being obtained prior to completion of the
     transaction.

856. Development Spokesperson – Proposed Sale of Land at Thornton Road, Chestnut Crescent and
     Poplars Road, Kendray to Keepmoat (Haslam Homes) (Cab.12.5.2004/14.1)

     RESOLVED that the Acting Assistant Director Property and Procurement be authorised to arrange
     the sale of land at Thornton Road, Chestnut Crescent and Poplars Road, Kendray, as identified in the
     plan attached to the report, to Keepmoat (Haslam Homes), subject to planning permission being
     obtained, prior to completion of the transaction.

857. Development Spokesperson – Proposed Sale of Land at Birk Road/Birk Crescent/Gerald Close,
     Kendray to Chevin Housing Association Limited (Cab.12.5.2004/14.2)

     RESOLVED:-

     (i)     that the Acting Assistant Director Property and Procurement be authorised to arrange the sale
             of land at Birk Road/Birk Crescent/Gerald Close, Kendray, as identified in the plan attached to
             the report, to Chevin Housing Association Limited;

     (ii)    that the Building Works Depot on Birk Crescent be transferred as part of the sale and Building
             Works occupy the depot under a Licence Agreement until March, 2005;

     (iii)   that it be noted that a replacement facility will be considered as part of the Building Works
             rationalisation, which will be subject to a separate report to Cabinet in due course, consistent
             with the Kendray Housing Strategy (Minute No. 353 of 13th December, 2001).



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