Agenda

Venue: The Breckland Conference Centre, Anglia Room, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE

Contact: Democratic Services  Tel: 01362 656870

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence. 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2022.

3.

Declaration of Interests

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

4.

Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 142 KB

5.

Leader's Announcements

To receive a verbal update from Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of the Council.

 

6.

Questions on Notice under Standing Order No 6 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

7.

Questions without Notice under Standing Order No 7

8.

Motion Received under Standing Order No. 8

Motion proposed by Councillor Terry Land

Seconded by Councillor Philip Morton 

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) 

As at 15th November 2022, there are 332 people in the Breckland District waiting to be assessed by Occupational Therapists for DFG adaptations. 175 people have already been assessed but are waiting for funding to become available to implement the assessment’s findings. On average, there are 15 new enquiries per week. On this basis, there could be a further 240 on the DFG waiting list by 1stApril 2023, more than 750 in total. It is likely that when the funding is refreshed in the new financial year, it will be entirely inadequate to cope with this level of backlog. 

There is clear evidence for the effectiveness of the use of Disabled Facilities Grants in reducing the risk of harm and also in reducing costs in health and social care.  

·         The average Disabled Facilities Grant of £7,000 saves on average four years of residential care at £28,000 a year (£112,000). 

·         The Disabled Facilities Grant helps reduce the cost of care at home. For every £1 spent on a DFG, £7.14 is saved on health and social care costs. 

It is widely recognized that the amount available for disabled facilities grants from central government, is not enough for the demand in Breckland. It is more than likely that we will be in this position again next year if the allocation from central government is not increased. In the Government’s recent policy paper an increase of funding was pledged, but Breckland’s allocation did not increase this financial year and we do not know if there will be an increase next year.

Council therefore resolves to: 

·         Allocate an additional £100,000 from the Inclusive Growth Reserve to the Disabled Facilities Grant budget in the 2022/23 financial year to tackle the backlog of adaptations that have been assessed as being required.

 

·         Write to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to highlight the problem of insufficient funding to complete the required number of adaptations to people’s homes and the inevitable knock-on effect that this has on other aspects of the health and social care system.

9.

Minutes (for information only)

To note the following Minutes:

9a

Cabinet: 21 November 2022 pdf icon PDF 244 KB

9b

Overview & Scrutiny Commission: 20 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 183 KB

9c

Governance and Audit Committee: 29 September 2022 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

9d

Planning Committee: 4 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 245 KB

9e

Planning Committee: 1 November 2022 pdf icon PDF 382 KB

9f

Committee of the Licensing Authority: 19 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

9g

Licensing Committee: 19 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

10.

Appointment of Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Report of Rob Walker, Deputy Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer.

11.

Political Group Regulations pdf icon PDF 220 KB

Report of Rob Walker, Deputy Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer.

12.

Nominations for Committee and other Seats

To receive nominations for any changes to Committee and other seats from political groups.

13.

Amendments to the Constitution (if any)

14.

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent

NOTE: No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the items(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency.

15.

Exclusion of Press & Public

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

 

PART B – ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED

 

16.

Restricted Cabinet Minutes: 21 November 2022