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Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 6ND

Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Contact: Tim Ward  Committee Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Members are reminded that they must declare their disclosable pecuniary interests and other registrable or non-registrable interests in any matter being considered at the meeting as set out in Appendix B of the Members’ Code of Conduct and consider if they should leave the room prior to the item being considered. Further advice can be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 717 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 14 December 2023

4.

Announcements

To receive such communications as the Chairman, Leader and Head of Paid Service may desire to lay before the Council.

5.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To receive any questions from the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.  Deadline for notification is 5.00 pm on Friday 23 February 2024

Additional documents:

6.

Financial Strategy 2024/25 - 2028/29 - Final (including Capital Strategy and Council Tax Resolution) pdf icon PDF 682 KB

Report of the Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton.  Tel. 01743 258915

Additional documents:

7.

Fees and Charges 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 5 MB

Report of the Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton.  Tel. 01743 258915

 

8.

Treasury Strategy 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 302 KB

Report of the Executive Director, Resources is attached

 

Contact:  James Walton.  Tel. 01743 258915

 

Additional documents:

9.

Shrewsbury North West Relief Road – Funding Delegation pdf icon PDF 708 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Place is attached

 

Contact Mark Barrow Tel: 01743258919

10.

Appointment to Committees

Northern Planning Committee

 

Councillor Ed Potter to be appointed as a substitute member of the Northern Planning Committee

 

Southern Planning Committee

 

Councillor Roy Aldcroft to be appointed as a substitute member of the Southern Planning Committee

 

Councillor David Vasmer to replace Councillor Mark Williams as a substitute member of the Southern Planning Committee

 

Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor Alan Moseley to replace Councillor Ted Clarke as a substitute member of the Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

People Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor Heather Kidd to replace Councillor Bernie Bentick as a substitute member of the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Transformation and Improvement Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Councillor Jeff Anderson to be appointed a substitute member of the Transformation and Improvement Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Audit Committee

 

Councillor Andrew Sherrington to replace Councillor Mark Williams as a substitute member of the Audit Committee

11.

Motions

The following motions have been received in accordance with Procedure Rule 16:

11a

Motion received from Councillor Tony Parsons and supported by the Labour Group

Social Care Costs

 

This Council notes:

In October 2023, Skills for Care estimated that there were 1000 vacancies in the adult social care workforce in Shropshire (a vacancy rate of 8%)[1]. However, in a survey of its care provider members the average staff turnover rate over the last 12 months reported by respondents was 19%, and nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents stated that they are employing less staff than this time last year, with nearly a third (31%) of domiciliary care providers stating that they now employ less staff than a year ago.

 

For much of the past 12 months our local hospitals in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have continued to face the challenge of trying to discharge people back into the community made all the more difficult by the lack of available care. As was the case a year ago, this is not due to a lack of care providers, but their inability to recruit and retain staff as a result of the low wages they can afford to pay their staff due in part to the low fee rates payable by local authorities.

 

This is compounded by significant operational cost pressures over the last 12 months. Inflation as measured by CPI rose by 3.9% in the 12 months to November 2023, but for the period April-September 2023 was significantly higher, ranging from 6.7%-8.7%.

 

The National Living Wage (NLW) is due to increase by 9.8%, from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour, from 1 April 2024 and whilst this is a positive move for care workers will directly impact on care providers’ staff costs. Put simply, if local authority fee rates do not at least cover the increase in NLW this will represent a real terms cut in fee rates.  In addition to staff costs, care providers have continued to face significant financial challenges over the last 12 months relating to staff recruitment, energy/utility costs, PPE and other operating costs including insurance, IT and staff travel.

 

This Council believes:

Both Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council have been awarded additional funding by central Government, through the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), under the Market Sustainability and Improvement Fund for investment in adult social care in 2023/24. Shropshire Council have been allocated an additional £2,119,773.

 

DHSC has stated that “local authorities can choose to use the funding to:

 

                    increase fee rates paid to adult social care providers, particularly as we continue to prepare for the implementation of charging reform.

                    increase adult social care workforce capacity and retention.

                    reduce adult social care waiting times.”

 

Currently this authority has advised that the funding has been invested in building capacity in the local adult social care sector but not increased the fee rates from those they had already agreed for 2023/24 and announced in March 2023.

 

Most local care providers have grave concerns regarding their financial viability and the sustainability of their business in continuing with local authority-funded care going forward without a significant increase in  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11a

11b

Motion received from Councillor Alan Mosley and supported by the Labour Group

Consultation on Car Parking Increases

 

This council notes:

 

The decision by Shropshire Council cabinet this January to raise £2m income through increasing car parking charges seeks to introduce increases of 33% at St. Julian Friars, 50% at Frankwell, 67% at Abbey Foregate and zero at Raven Meadows. This appears to penalise those who park outside of loop, whilst rewarding those who drive into the centre.

 

The cabinet proposals also seek to increase charges in the evening until 8pm and introduce them on Sundays and Bank Holidays

 

The scale of the increases has also sparked a considerable number of objections and concerns raised by the public, residents, workers, businesses and visitors.

 

Recent surveys and submissions by Shrewsbury BID provide evidence that there is considerable concern about the adverse impact on businesses of all types.

 

There has been a lack of any meaningful engagement with businesses or the wider public on the rationale and potential impact of the changes.

 

The proposals as they currently stand could undermine the Shropshire Plan:- “We'll develop Shropshire as a vibrant destination that attracts people to live in, work in, learn in and visit. We'll deliver excellent connectivity and infrastructure, and increasing access to social contact, employment, education, services and leisure opportunities. We will communicate clearly and transparently about what Shropshire Council delivers, signposting to the right places for services and support, and listen to what communities say about their place and what they need.”

 

This council believes:

 

  1. The proposed hikes, ranging from 29% to 67%, could have a profound and serious impact on our Town’s economy and attraction without any other mitigating improvements to town centre access, for example public transport, park and ride, highways infrastructure, active travel. Hence, the new charges pose a significant risk to the Shrewsbury town centre economy and its on-going post- Covid recovery

 

  1. The swingeing increases for Abbey Foregate and Frankwell will have a particularly serious impact on those commuting to work, especially those on low income, where they have no affordable or convenient alternatives.

 

  1. The changes are contrary to proposals within the movement strategy aimed at encouraging parking outside of the river loop.

 

  1. Changes to Sunday and early evening charges could have a particularly seriously impact on the those employed in the night-time, hospitality and cultural economy and on visitors and residents in the town.

 

  1. Many could be deterred from using designated car parks and will seek on-street parking around the town centre, much to the detriment of local residents.

 

This Council:

 

  1. Recognises the need for a new Parking Strategy to be developed and for a review of the role, structure and staff in the Parking Services operation. This needs to be completed and with full public consultation, before such significant proposals are introduced.

 

  1. So the parking increases need to be paused until such consultation has gathered feedback from those affected, and demonstrated mitigation.

 

12.

Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 314 KB

To receive any questions from Members, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2.

Additional documents:

13.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To resolve that, in accordance with the provisions of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and Paragraph 10.4 [3] of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items

14.

Exempt Minutes

To approve as a correct record the exempt minutes of the previous meeting held on 14 December 2023

 

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