Agenda item

Reports from Cabinet

 

To receive a summary of decisions, reports from and to deal with any subsequent questions in relation to the following Cabinet Portfolios:

 

a) Leader of the Council Cabinet and Portfolio (Economy) Report (pages 19-24)

 

b) Cabinet Member for Resources (pages 25-29)

 

c) Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities (pages 31-35)

 

d) Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing (pages 37-45)

 

e) Cabinet Member for Children Education and Skills which includes the Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report 2019-2020 – (pages 47-99)

 

f)  Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways (pages 101-108)

 

g) Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health including Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board minutes  (pages 109-126)

 

h)  Cabinet Member for Growth and Infrastructure (pages 127-129)

 

(i) Cabinet Member for Leisure Tourism and Sport (pages 131-135)

 

Minutes:

Councillor Courts – Leader of the Council

The Leader advised Council of the decisions taken at the Cabinet meetings on 1 October, 5 November and 3 December 2020 and provided a summary of the meetings and activities he had been involved in on behalf of Solihull and the West Midlands, as well as an update on the economic strategy responsibilities of his portfolio.

 

Councillor K Thomas asked how many Council employees would continue to work from home long term and what would the free office space be used for. The Leader confirmed that there was an expectation of 40% of the workforce returning to the office in the future, and the spare space would be used initially for staff based in other buildings.

 

Councillor Sleigh – Cabinet Member for Resources

The Cabinet Member for Resources advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision sessions on 20 October and 1 December 2020.

 

Councillor Rolf – Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities

The Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 27 October 2020, and provided a summary of activities since the last Full Council meeting.

 

Councillor Cole asked about the plans to reopen smaller libraries within the Borough, with a focus on Kingshurst Library. The Cabinet Member confirmed that libraries would reopen slowly to ensure maximum safety, and would provide a written response on the specific query.

 

Councillor Mackiewicz – Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at decision sessions on 29 October and 12 November 2020.

 

Councillor Meeson – Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills.

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at decision sessions on 21 October and 30 November 2020 and presented the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report.

 

Councillor McCarthy asked what percentage of EHCP Annual Reviews were overdue. The Cabinet Member advised he would provide a written response.

 

Councillor Hawkins – Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at decision sessions on 13 October and 25 November 2020.

 

Councillor K Grinsell – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and the minutes of the Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at decision sessions on 15th October and 26th November 2020 and the minutes of the Health and Wellbeing board held on 10th November 2020. The Cabinet Member also provided an update on the current COVID-19 situation locally.

 

The Leader of the Council thanked everyone who worked to support the COVID-19 effort.

 

Councillor Richards – Cabinet Member for Growth and Infrastructure

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 22 November 2020.

 

Councillor Tildesley – Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport

The Cabinet Member advised Council of the decisions taken at the decision session on 2nd November 2020.

 

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