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Agenda and decisions

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Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall, Kingston KT1 1EU

Contact: Jean Cousens, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 0208 547 5023/email  jean.cousens@kingston.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Public Question Time

A period of up to 30 minutes for public questions on matters relevant to the Committee’s remit which are not related to items featuring on the agenda.  Advance notice of question is preferred but not essential.

2.

Apologies for Absence and Attendance of Substitute Members

3.

Declarations of interest

Members are invited to declare any pecuniary interests and any non-pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on the agenda.

4.

Petitions

5.

Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2018.

6.

Home to School Travel Policy for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider two travel options within the existing Home to School Travel Policy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) ie collection points on selected school routes; and targeted independent travel training. To agree a minor amendment to the existing policy in relation to an enhanced Parent Pay offer to those parents and carers who organise their child’s own transport to and from school.

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Decision:

Resolved that –

 

1.            subject to consideration by the Director of Children’s Services (in consultation with the Portfolio Holder) of the responses from the targeted consultations referred to in paragraph 12 of the report, collection points are implemented on selected routes to improve efficiency and, wherever possible, reduce journey times for pupils;

2.            targeted independent travel training is implemented for young people with SEND to promote independence, life skills and their future employability;

3.            an enhanced parent pay offer is implemented which supports families to arrange transport between home and school for their own child, by increasing the payment rate from 47 pence per mile to £1 per mile where appropriate and agreed; and

4.            it be noted that agreement to the recommendations above would create a stand-alone SEN Transport policy for the RB of Kingston upon Thames, replacing the existing AfC SEN Transport policy which covers the LB of Richmond also.

7.

Kingston Adult Education pdf icon PDF 252 KB

1 - To transform the existing Council-operated Kingston Adult Education service in the

short to medium-term, in order to ensure key outcomes are met and to make the service

operationally more efficient and flexible.

 

2 - To scope and understand the potential for provider(s) to deliver adult education for

Kingston in the medium-term, with Committee approval to undertake a scoping exercise of

potential providers and opportunities.

Decision:

Resolved that -

1.            Officers take forward proposals in the short to medium-term to make the current Kingston Adult Education service more efficient and to continue to deliver effective learner outcomes (ref para 25 of the report);

2.            a scoping exercise can be undertaken to understand adult education provider(s) for Kingston adult education over the medium-term; and

3.            a detailed report with the findings is submitted to this Committee by June 2019 (subject to timeframes).

8.

Fostering Allowances pdf icon PDF 205 KB

To align fostering fees across Richmond, Kingston and Windsor and Maidenhead as part of the successful registration of the Independent Fostering Agency.

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Decision:

Resolved that the local offer (fees and allowances) to foster carers as set out in paragraph 13 of the report is approved to take effect from 1 April 2019.

9.

Older People's Accommodation: transforming bed-based care for Older People and those with dementia and complex needs pdf icon PDF 429 KB

To report progress on the development of a specialist dementia nursing home for older people to be built, subject to planning approval, by the Council in Brown’s Road, Surbiton, KT5 8SP and authorise further work to develop the options for a Council Owned trading company to operate the home.

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Decision:

Resolved that -

1.            the Director of Adult Social Services is authorised to progress the project as described in paragraphs 8-29 of this report; and

2.            the Finance and Contracts Committee is RECOMMENDED to approve additional capital funding of £5.26m (ref paras. G & H of the report) to support the project.

10.

Kingston & Richmond LSCB Annual Report 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To receive the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) 2017/18 Annual Report to be presented at the Committee meeting by the LSCB Chair, Chris Robson.

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Decision:

Resolved that -

1.            the LSCB Annual Report for 2017/18 and safeguarding assessment is accepted and approved; and

2.            the Committee’s comments on the priorities of the LSCB are referred to the Chair of the LSCB.

11.

Admission Arrangements 2020/21 for all community schools and co-ordinated admissions schemes pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To fulfil the statutory duty for the local authority to approve school admission arrangements

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Decision:

Resolved that the proposed school admission arrangements for 2020-21, as set out in Annexes 1 to 4 to the report are agreed.

12.

Urgent Items authorised by the Chair

13.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following resolution is included as a standard item which will only be relevant if any exempt matter is to be considered at the meeting for which the Committee wish to resolve to exclude the press and public:

 

To exclude the public from the meeting under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that it is likely that exempt information, as defined in paragraph x of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act, would be disclosed and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

In the event of exclusion being agreed, members of the public and press are to withdraw to the Reception on the ground floor of the Guildhall to await re-admission to the Chamber.