Decisions

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Decisions published

29/11/2023 - PLACE23 0900 - The Bothy, Cusworth Hall – Structural Works ref: 2912    Recommendations Approved

This Bothy is in the grounds of Cusworth Hall, it is Grade II listed building and of historical and cultural interest. Following concerns about the safety of the building a structural survey was commissioned and the following works were advised to be completed within 6 months to ensure the safety of the Bothy at Cusworth Hall until further decisions are made regarding its future use:
• Remove the brickwork supported by a roof truss.
• Check for any water ingress through the roof during rainfall. Employ a timber specialist to advise on the extent of rot to the truss in the living accommodation and any other areas where there is evidence of leakage and water staining.
• Replace/repair the rotten floor joist over the garage.
• Remove the Acrow prop from the garage. Consider the probability of a significant impact causing the failure of the steel posts in the garage and, if considered high, remove the posts and install new steel beams.
• Remove the corroding fixings in the stone mullion.
• Connect the drainage at the front to the underground system
• Tie the front elevation back to the internal walls and check/repair arched lintels, lintels over internal walls and pulling out of timber beams from the front elevation.
• Make good the masonry/lintels to the rear small alcove and the external attached wall.
Further works are likely following the results of a timber survey. An estimate of these costs is included in the amount of the bid.
There is insufficient revenue budget to meet the cost of these repairs, so a request has been submitted and supported for use of capital funding.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Decision published: 18/12/2023

Effective from: 29/11/2023

Decision:

To approve the structural works to the Bothy at Cusworth Hall estimated at ****
To add the project to the Place 2023/24 Capital Programme, where this scheme will be delivered and monitored.

Lead officer: Janine Porter


06/12/2023 - PH 43 2023 Healthchecks - Decision to Award Doncaster NHS Health Checks Contract ref: 2896    Recommendations Approved

The NHS Health Checks programme is a nationally mandated Public Health Programme in England under the responsibility of Local Authorities. It is one of the largest prevention programmes of its kind in the world, designed to help prevent and detect early signs of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes or dementia and offer support and advice to help reduce of manage the risk.
Although it is a national programme, Doncaster wishes to commission a Service that best meets the needs of the local population and communities. Statistical comparison data shows the health of Doncaster’s population is generally worse than the regional and national averages. The Covid-19 Pandemic has further revealed and amplified the inequalities in health and there are clear socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in risk mortality.


Decision Maker: Deputy Director of Public Health

Decision published: 14/12/2023

Effective from: 06/12/2023

Decision:

To award Randox Health London Ltd the Contract to deliver the NHS Health Checks Service in Doncaster commencing 5th February 2024. The Service will provide NHS Health Checks to identified eligible individuals to meet the needs of the local population. A key focus of the Service is to prioritise those most at risk and to contribute to the aim of reducing health inequalities in Doncaster.
Following approval through a key decision and options appraisal to the Portfolio holder (Councillor Nigel Ball), the Council sought to commission a new Provider in November 2021 and then again in November 2022. Although there was some initial interest, engagement from the Market was low and did not meet the requirements specified. This coupled with the current climate, and recommendations from PHE regarding the future transformation of the NHS Health Check programme; the Council made the decision not to award the Contract.
Further extensive research was undertaken with neighbouring local authorities and some market testing with potential providers and the decision was to go out to tender again on a reduced financial envelope and corresponding scaled down targets of numbers of checks. This was comparable to our local statistical neighbours.
In the absence of the new Provider Selection Regime procurement rules, approval was granted in April 2023 to hold a soft market engagement event with a view to undertaking a third Procurement in Summer 2023.
A key emphasis of the new Service will be to offer flexible and innovative ways of delivering this Service and prioritise and engage with those most at risk of developing cardio-vascular disease; those most affected by COVID-19 and those that engage less well with Primary Care. The prime focus will be around the Core20Plus 5 approach in the newly promoted Service to tackle the health inequalities and focus on the most at risk.
As a result of an open Invitation to Tender (ITT) process which closed in September 2023, an evaluation panel of three representatives from The Council’s Public Health Teams and the South Yorkshire ICB, went through a rigorous evaluation and moderation process to assess the quality of the bids received. The outcome agreed that Randox Health London Ltd had exceeded the quality score and demonstrated they had the capability to provide the Service as described in the Specification.

Lead officer: Louise Robson


29/11/2023 - LO&S: CYPF- 23241040 - Providers fee uplift request ref: 2895    Recommendations Approved

Please see table in the attached Officer Decision Record detailing a request for a price increase of the current cohort placed at the North Bridge Enterprise College. This request relates to day education placements commissioned through the Council’s Alternative Provision Framework that will be in place for one academic year from the 1st September 2023.
The provider has demonstrated to the Council justification for such increases citing various reasons which generally relate to unavoidable cost pressures of inflation, National Living Wage increase, National Insurance increase and pension costs.
See attached Officer Decision Record for further details.

Decision Maker: Assistant Director - Education, Skills, Culture and Heritage

Decision published: 14/12/2023

Effective from: 29/11/2023

Decision:

To agree price increase requests which have been received for North Bridge Enterprise College Block booking cohort.

Lead officer: Jessica Whitworth


04/12/2023 - PLACE23 0901 - Allocation of Service Transformation Funding to meet additional demands on Home Options Service 2023/24 ref: 2888    Recommendations Approved

The housing market is grappling with critical issues of national importance. House prices have risen in recent years, private sector rent levels are at a record high nationally and there is growing disparity between Local Housing Allowance rates and actual rent prices is forcing non-working tenants and low-income households out of the housing market.

This, in turn, has led to an overwhelming demand for council housing. However, council housing accounts for less than a fifth of the housing stock in the city, resulting in a severe imbalance between supply and demand.

To compound these issues, the cost-of-living crisis and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic have placed an unprecedented burden on the Home Options Service based in St Leger Homes Ltd.

In 2022, an officer decision record was signed allocating extra one-off funding of £1,001,457 (Ref; 2022/24/PHRoughSleepergrant) to St Leger Homes. A “Journey to Excellence” improvement programme was created as a result of the funding, but this funding has now ceased, and external pressures are still affecting the service through the number of people asking for housing assistance.

This funding is to be used for additional staffing and resources required to combat current challenges and continue the improvement work under the “Journey to Excellence” programme.

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 13/12/2023

Effective from: 04/12/2023

Decision:

To approve the payment of £112k to St. Leger Homes of Doncaster for the Home Options and Homelessness Services from the Service Transformation Fund Reserve for 2023/24.

Lead officer: Mark McEgan



06/12/2023 - Investment Zone Designation and Business Rates Retention Opportunity. ref: 2881    Implemented

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/12/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/12/2023

Effective from: 06/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Bucknall


06/12/2023 - Housing Retrofit - Gainshare Funding Award. ref: 2885    Implemented

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/12/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/12/2023

Effective from: 06/12/2023

Wards affected: Adwick and Carcroft; Conisbrough; Edlington and Warmsworth; Norton and Askern;

Lead officer: Richard J Smith


06/12/2023 - 2023-24 Quarter 2 Finance and Performance Improvement Report. ref: 2883    Implemented

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/12/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/12/2023

Effective from: 06/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Matthew, Smith, Sennette Wroot


06/12/2023 - St. Leger Homes of Doncaster Limited (SLHD) performance and delivery update Quarter 2 ended 30 September 2023 (2023/24). ref: 2884    Implemented

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/12/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/12/2023

Effective from: 06/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julie Crook