Agenda, decisions and draft minutes
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Declarations of Interest
Cabinet Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 16 October 2023.
The minutes of the meeting held on 16 October 2023 were agreed as a correct record.
Questions from the Public
To receive questions from the public in accordance with the Constitution.
Questions, of no longer than 50 words, can be submitted to the Democratic Support Unit, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions must be received at least five clear working days before the date of the meeting.
There were no questions from members of the public.
Chair's Urgent Business
To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.
There were no items of Chairs urgent business.
The Leader made the following announcements:
The Council, Plymouth University and Freeport led a successful bid
to become one of Innovate UK’s national innovation launch
pads, covering Digital Health, Net Zero, Agri-tech, Food and
Maritime and Marine;
Working with Plymouth University, the Economic Development team
organised the city’s first ever Offshore Floating Wind
Conference which helped build on the work done to develop the first
ever Port Strategy;
A Memorandum of Understanding was agreed with Brittany Ferries and
Associated British Ports which would see Millbay become a Net Zero
port by 2030;
National Lottery Trustees investigation had reached its final stage
and would go to the Board in December for decision, funding a
£22 million project to transform the Mount Batten Centre and
Peninsula, Tinside, Mount Edgcumbe, Firestone Bay and Ernesettle
A Marine Engagement Programme would start in January including, a
large schools programme, multiple community-based programmes, major
nature boost projects, heritage interpretation and a large digital
Plymouth would be hosting the UK’s largest outdoor promoter,
Live Nation, on the Hoe;
25,000 people attended Bonfire Night celebrations on Plymouth Hoe,
which had been brought back as part of the cost of living action
The Box had had 660,000 visitors since its opening, and over
half-term there were 11,000 visitors, which was a 20% increase from
A film by British Artist, John Akomfrah would be launched on 29
j) Richard Pyshorn gave a presentation at the Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee about the inspirational work being done with veterans;
A video was shared regarding the Armada Way consultation
Cabinet Member Updates
Councillor Haydon (Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Libraries, Cemeteries and Crematoria) provided the following update:
Libraries would start to sell a small selection of stationary items
including pens, envelopes, bulldog clips and document holders and
the additional income would be used for the library
‘Donate a Coat’ programme would be added to the library
service in which the public would donate a coat to someone in need,
coat racks with the donated articles would be shown at the Central
Library and Plympton, Plymstock, St
Budeaux and Southway libraries with a book and a Christmas Card
in the pocket for vulnerable people to take;
The library service would also be
offering 11 spaces across the city for keeping people warm and to
d) 16 Days of Activism for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) would start on 25th November, starting with the Orange Plymouth Peace Walk;
Councillor Dann (Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport, Leisure and HR & OD) provided the following updates:
£21 million would be invested into the
Brickfields sports site with three planning applications submitted,
one for Brickfields, one for the hockey pitch at Stoke Damerel and one for Petanque;
2500 people had still accessed the cost of living
hub over the past four weeks proving the need for welcoming
Talk Money week took place to encourage people to
access financial help rather than struggling;
Warm Spaces Programme had stared and encouraged
smaller places to apply to the Household Support fund to access
funding which would help open community spaces for people to go and
Third Food Club had been opened, where the public
would pay a small amount to be a member to access good quality food
at a more reasonable price and the Public could receive lessons in
food and how to manage a budget;
Plymouth Active Leisure came second for the Best
Marketing Campaign category at the UK Active Awards;
The Fit and Fed programme offered 1,966 family swims
at the Life Centre during October half term;
l) The Life Centre offered numerous events including youth climbing series, swim leagues, a Plymouth Raider’s basketball match and a boxing event at the sports hall.
Councillor Aspinall (Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care) provided the following update:
Adult Safeguarding Awareness week would take place 20 – 24
November 2023 and would include the following: partnership
representatives spending time in the City’s health and
wellbeing hubs, raising awareness of people’s experiences and
A video would be posted highlighting safeguarding issues that
adults may face and how help and support could be provided,
focusing on abuse, neglect, wellbeing, homelessness, and promoting
the message: ‘Everyone had the right to live their lives free
from violence, fear and abuse’.
Councillor Penberthy (Cabinet Member for Housing, Cooperative Development and Communities) provided the following update:
o) Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Advisory Group on Child Poverty would look at longer term solutions ... view the full minutes text for item 62.
The Leader introduced the item and highlighted the following points:
a) The Local Government Association (LGA) had promoted a smoke free society, highlighting issues around vaping and the litter that had come from it, as well as the public health issues that had arisen.
Pressures in Children’s Social Care had been
felt through Council’s nationally as costs had increased by
13.5% across the country;
LGA members reported a 20% increase in Council
budgets to support homelessness;
d) The LGA had said the Government needed to expand the list of accepted ID documents to remove barriers to voting as the ID changes at the prior election caused disadvantages to certain groups of people.
Councillor Aspinall (Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care) added:
e) Professor Whitty (Medical Officer of Great Britain) had confirmed money would be made available to support the vaping issues.
Councillor Lowry (Cabinet Member for Finance) introduced the report and highlighted the following points:
There was a net forecast overspend for quarter two
of £4.766 million which had decreased from £7.5 million
in quarter one;
Children’s Services projected overspend was
£6.138 million which equated to an additional cost close to
10% of the budget and was not sustainable;
David Northey (Interim Section 151 Officer) had
worked closely with the Tracey Lee (Chief Executive) who had
chaired the Children’s Services Transition Board to ensure
children would get the care they required alongside ensuring the council’s finances would remain
Adult Social Care had an overspend of £3.7
million which hadn’t increased since quarter one;
There had been a significant increase of £1.5
million in home to school SEND public transport;
Homelessness had a projected an overspend of
£2.423 million pounds since the beginning of the 2023-24
£5.86 million of budget savings had been
identified corporately which helped to offset the pressure which
came from specific areas of the council;
The original saving targets within budget were
£23 million and from period seven
the projected forecast for savings were for £19 million, the
remaining £4 million to be saved would hopefully be achieved
in the coming months;
The Capital Forecast Budget for 2023-28 had
increased from £5.57 million to £6.29 million for the
five year period;
j) The Capital programme had a substantial increase to include £1.3 million for Plymouth and South Devon Freeport Terminal Development, £2.98 million for Tinside pool, the National Marine Park and other Marine projects, and a further £8.64 million for the Freeport.
David Northey (Interim Section 151 Officer) added:
k) The Capital section of the report would go forward to Council at the next meeting on 20 November 2023.
The Cabinet agreed to -
1. Note the forecast revenue monitoring position at Period 6 as set out in this report in the sum of £4.766m.
2. Note the Capital Budget 2023-2028 is revised to £629.924m as shown in Table 1 and agreed to recommend these amendments to Full Council for approval.
Councillor Lowry (Cabinet Member for Finance) introduced the report and highlighted the following points:
National inflation, energy costs, increased demands,
rising social care costs, homelessness had all continued to
increase and therefore had a significant impact on setting the
Additional allowance had been made in the budget to
ensure there was adequate funding to repair potholes and keep the
Additional funding had also been allocated to grass
cutting due to the significant number of complaints
d) The council would have a shortfall of £2.358 million of funding in 2024-25 which would need to be closed;
The Commitments made in the Labour Council Manifesto
(less potholes, streets would be cleaner and greener, increase
greener transportation, build more homes and invest in the green
infrastructure) had been set out in the budget:
Next steps would include public engagement with
businesses and the community to ask for their views and opinions on
the budget. The budget would follow the scrutiny process for
further consideration on 6 and 7 December 2023;
g) After those steps had been taken, Cabinet would consider a further report in January and February 2023, which would then go to the Full Council on 26 February 2024.
The Cabinet agreed to note the report and acknowledged that the report would be subject to change in line with any Government Autumn Statement, Provisional Settlement adjustments and changes required as proposals are developed.
Councillor Penberthy (Cabinet Member for Housing, Cooperative Development and Communities) introduced the report and highlighted the following points:
Plymouth had the second highest veteran population
of all local authorities in the Country;
The first Community Covenant was signed in 2012
which saw the appointment of the Council’s first Armed Forces
and Veteran’s Champion;
The Council achieved Silver Recognition in the
Employment Recognition Scheme;
New legislation changed the Covenant from voluntary
to an organisational commitment, and this had changed the way
covenants looked throughout the country, and since this had been
changed the Council had received Gold Employment Recognition
The proposal for the new Covenant would go beyond
legislative requirements and as an organisation; the council had
already gone beyond the legislative requirements.
Councillor Murphy (Armed Forces and Veterans Champion) added:
The Armed Forces Covenant was a commitment from the
nation to those who serve, or have served in the British Military
and to their families. By signing, the council committed to
acknowledge and understand those who serve, or have served, in the
armed forces, and their families, would be treated with respect and
fairness in all of the services the Council offered, and the unique
and selfless sacrifice associated with service would be
Emphasis was put on supporting young people with
their mental health due to the conditions their parents would work
in, and the accommodation provided not being adequate;
The new Covenant would outline a criteria that all
businesses who had signed would offer a guaranteed interview for
spouses of military personnel;
Over 70 businesses had signed the
j) The Navy would become more involved in the new Covenant.
Cabinet asked that Officer’s correct an error in the document to remove reference to “Her Majesty’s” and replace with “His Majesty’s”.
The Cabinet agreed the renewal of the Armed Forces Covenant by Plymouth City Council subject to the above amendment being made.
Violence Against Women and Girls Update
Councillor Haydon (Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Libraries, Cemeteries and Crematoria) introduced the item and provided the following update:
The Violence Against Women and Girls Domestic Abuse
and Sexual Violence Strategy and Action plan was signed off by
Safer Plymouth and would be launched on 7 December 2023;
One of the main actions of the strategy would be to
be the first area in the UK to achieve a Coordinated Community
Response Accreditation which would be pioneered by the charity,
The council had recommissioned the Domestic Abuse
and Refuge service which would help provide safe accommodation and
community support for individuals and families in the Plymouth
A Healthy Relationship Alliance had been introduced
which would increase education for young people;
E-learning and Workforce Development training would
be launched alongside a refreshed Domestic Abuse Policy for the
Councillor Reilly added:
The 16 days of Activism against Gender-based
Violence would take place 25 November – 10 December and would
include Turning Plymouth Orange, an art installation by
Trevi and a youth conference with VAWG
at its focus;
Large organisations such as Babcock helped
facilitate connections to Trevi and
First Light which promoted awareness of resources;
MAN Culture held a conference in September and had
conversations about the attitudes of men with respect to
In response to questions, supported by Meghan Field (VAWG Strategic Lead), it was explained:
‘Plymouth says enough to Violence Against
Women and Girls, Plymouth says enough to Domestic Abuse and Sexual
Violence’ was the agreed message for the 16 days of Activism
The Enough Campaign would have a QR code where the
public would access relevant information and the council would be
able to track the data regarding how many people accessed the
k) Interviews and surveys would take place with people with lived experiences, which would gauge the effect of 16 days of Activism and the Enough Campaign in three to six months.
Cabinet thanked Councillor Reilly and Officer’s for the update.