Review of Fees & Charges for 2011/12 PDF 54 KB
Sub-Committee received a report which sought approval to increase existing fees
and charges in line with inflation for the following:
Environmental Information, requests for information
regarding potentially contaminated land, requests for environmental
information, environmental health services charges, hackney carriage and private hire charges,
licence fees (other than hackney carriage and private hire charges), Road
Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Town Police Clauses Act, Highways Act 1980,
Highway Searches, Signing, Traffic Signals, Building Act, Street Naming and
Numbering, Road Safety, Traffic Data, CCTV Maintenance, New Roads and Street
Works Act 1991 and miscellaneous.
The Sub-Committee was advised that the increase in fees and
charges also included a number of statutory fees that may increase during the
coming financial year and Members were asked to agree to these increases as
RESOLVED: That delegated authority be given to the Strategic Director in consultation with the Chairman
to amend the attached schedule, to both amend the fees and charges shown and to
include additional items not included.
Waiver of Standing Orders: Extension of Residential Care Contracts for People with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health PDF 40 KB
The Sub Committee
considered a report which sought approval for a suspension of the relevant procurement
standing orders 3.1-3.7 and to authorise the Strategic Director Adults and Community
in conjunction with the portfolio holder for Health to enter into a contract with
the providers of residential care at Wide Cove, Smithy Forge, Leahurst, Woodcroft on a spot purchase
basis from April 2011 to the end of March 2012.
In addition, the
report sought approval to waive procurement standing orders 2.1-2.11 and to authorise
the Strategic Director Adults and Community in conjunction with the portfolio holder
for Health to enter into a contract with the providers of residential care at Holmdale, Glenwood and Bankfield,
on a spot purchase basis, with an option to extend for a period of up to a further
three years from April 2012 to the end of March 2015.
It was noted that
at a previous meeting of the Committee held on 19th November 2009, the
Strategic Director, Adults and Community in conjunction with the portfolio holder
for Health was authorised to enter into “spot purchase” contracts to 31st
Members were advised
that the proposed rates set out in the report were competitive when compared with
regional and national averages. Ongoing monitoring of services would ensure the
standard of quality achieved by these providers was maintained. In addition a full
cost analysis would be conducted to ensure any opportunities for efficiency savings
were being explored by the provider.
It was also reported
that a review of the accommodation and support being offered had been undertaken
throughout 2010 with the residents and provider.
In the exceptional
circumstances set out below, for the purpose of standing order 1.8.2,
procurement standing orders 3.1 – 3.7 be waived on this occasion to permit the
Strategic Director, Adults and Community to enter into contracts on an
individual ‘spot purchase’ basis with the providers of registered Residential
Wide cove, Smithy Forge, Leahurst and Woodcrofts which meet the Council’s quality criteria on the basis that the review of services has concluded that no remodelling
is required at this time;
in the exceptional
circumstances set out below, for the purpose of standing order 1.8.2, procurement
standing orders 2.1-2.11 be waived on this occasion to permit the Strategic
Director Adults and Community to enter into contracts on an individual ‘spot
purchase’ basis with the providers of registered Residential Establishments
Glenwood, Holmdale and Bankfield
on the basis that these non-health services for which commissioning
responsibility transferred from NHS Halton and St Helens to the Council in
April 2009, meet the Councils’ quality requirements; and
the Strategic Director, Adults
and Community be authorised, in consultation with the portfolio holder
for Health, to enter into ‘spot purchase’ contract arrangements at the rates
set out in section 6.1 of this report, for the contract period in line with
other residential contracts in the borough which is one year from April 2011
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Inflationary Uplift for Adult Social Care Contracts PDF 32 KB
Review of Fees & Charges PDF 58 KB
Board received a report of the Strategic Director – Adult and Community which
outlined proposals for increasing fees and charges for Adult & Community Services
from 11th April 2011 to coincide with the date of the annual increase
in Benefits rates.
It was noted that the fees and charges for Social Care
Services listed had been inflated by 2% for 2010 – 2011 for residential
services and non-residential services where a standard charge was applied.
Members were advised that fees and charges for home care, day
care, and direct payments had been frozen. These charges were affected by the
changes to the Fairer Charging for Non-residential Services Policy agreed in 2010-2011.
In addition to the charging policy, homecare charges have remained frozen because
hourly cost to Halton reduced in 2009-1010 due to a re-tender. The homecare charge,
if increased by 2.0% would become higher than the cost to the council.
With regard to direct payments, hourly rates have been
uplifted by 2% in accordance with the approved inflation allowances allocated
by the Council.
pitch charges for Riverview Gypsy site and Warrington Road Transit site had been
inflated by 2.0% in accordance with the approved inflationary allowances allocated
by the Council. However, the water and sewerage charges for Riverview Gypsy Site
had increased significantly in 2010/11 and to keep the charge as the actual charge
this had been inflated by 16.8%.
It was noted
that a new charge for 2011/12 was proposed for the appointee service where weekly
payments of personal allowance are made through the Post Office Payout Service.
The proposed charge was to recover the actual cost made by the Post Office to provide
RESOLVED: That the proposed changes in fees and charges as outlined
in the report be approved.
Request for the waiver of Standing Orders in order to enable the Authority to progress the development of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Bangor University PDF 36 KB
Committee noted that the Council in conjunction with NHS St Helens and Halton
PCT and Knowsley Borough Council had established a
specialist community service for children and adults with learning disabilities
whose behaviour challenges services. This service had been designed to deliver
significant savings to the partner agencies as well as to radically improve the
quality of life for some of the most vulnerable service users.
considered a request to suspend tendering Standing Orders in order to
collaborate with Bangor
University in a bid for
funding under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme. The KTP involved
a partnership between an organisation, in this case St
Helens and Halton PCT, Knowsley Borough Council and
Halton Borough Council, an institution Bangor
University and an associate i.e. an
individual undergoing training at Bangor
University. The purpose
of the KTP was to enable the associate to work within the organisation to
further its aims and expertise, drawing upon the best research available in the
chosen field of activity. It would create a reciprocal relationship between
academic expertise and front line practice and could last for a period of three
The waiver of
standing orders was requested as:
the School of Psychology
in Bangor University
is a leading international centre for the study and practice of Applied
Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and the recognised lead in the UK in this field;
researchers in Bangor are the only team in the UK who are a part of a UK
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) five star academic department now firmly
ranked as in the top 10% of UK psychology departments for research (RAE
currently runs the largest masters programme in ABA in the UK (currently
60-70 students registered for study at any one time), and only one of two
active programmes in the UK fully approved by the Behaviour Analysts
Certification Board; Bangor University also has the largest concentration of BCBAs on staff (all qualified to the highest
BCBA-doctoral level) in a UK University.
Bangor's School of Psychology
has been the lead base for ABA in the UK
for the past four decades.
the Bangor team are expert in the use of ABA with children and adults with autism
and/or intellectual disability, and especially those with challenging
is also the closest to Halton in the UK. The only other centres for ABA within the UK
are at Cardiff, Swansea,
Kent, and Ulster.
the Strategic Director, Adults and Community be
authorised to enter into an arrangement with Bangor University to bid for the
funding of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) proposal; and
on this occasion, in the light of exceptional
circumstances, due to the need to have an agreement in place with a specific
provider in advance of the bidding process Standing Orders 3.1 relating to
Tendering for Contracts be waived pursuant to Standing Order 1.8.
SCHEDULE 12A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ACCESS TO INFORMATION) ACT 1985
(1) whether Members of the
press and public should be excluded from the meeting of the Board during
consideration of the following items of business in accordance with Sub-Section
4 of Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 because it was likely that,
in view of the nature of the business to be considered, exempt information
would be disclosed, being information defined in Section 100 (1) and paragraph
3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972; and
the disclosure of information was in the public interest, whether any relevant
exemptions were applicable and whether, when applying the public interest test
and exemptions, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed
that in disclosing the information.
RESOLVED: That as, in
all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, members
of the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of
the following items of business in accordance with Sub-Section 4 of Section
100A of the Local Government Act 1972 because it is likely that, in view of the
nature of the business, exempt information will be disclosed, being information
defined in Section 100 (1) and paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local
Government Act 1972.
MERSEY GATEWAY - APPOINTMENT OF SPECIALIST INSURANCE ADVISERS
The Sub Committee considered
a request from the Mersey Gateway Team to authorise the
appointment of Heath Lambert who will provide specialist insurance advisory
services to the Mersey Gateway Project Team on specialised insurance matters
during the procurement phase.
RESOLVED: That the request to appoint Heath Lambert as specialist insurance advisory
service to the Mersey Gateway Project Team and the to waive standing orders 3.1
relating to the procurement of goods/services under paragraphs 1.8.2 (a), (b),
(c) and (e) of HBC standing orders be approved.
MINUTES ISSUED: 21 March 2011
CALL IN: 28th March 2011
Any matter decided by the
Executive Board Sub Committee may be called in no later than 28th