Knowsley Council’s Cabinet will meet on Wednesday 19th June at 5pm, here’s a quick summary of what’s on the agenda:
2018/19 Revenue Budget Monitoring
Cabinet will hear that the council continues to operate on a sound financial basis and has good foundations to develop its financial strategy over the coming years. The budget position has improved with the overall council’s operational budgets position for 2018/19 showing a small surplus of £40,000. A range of one-off resources – totalling £4.9m – were outlined in the 2019/20 Budget Report. Members will consider a proposal to invest £1.9m of these funds into a range of new projects to enhance Knowsley’s parks, highways and footpaths; prepare for Knowsley’s year as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in 2022; improve the facilities in Knowsley’s schools; support foster carers and promote the continued regeneration of the borough. Due to the uncertain financial climate facing the council, the remaining £3m will remain uncommitted and will be considered later in the year as part of the ongoing Financial Strategy.
Implementation and publication of new safeguarding children arrangements
In response to legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, local safeguarding children’s boards will be replaced with new local safeguarding children arrangements.
This legislation will bring about some changes in the ways in which children are safeguarded and protected. Cabinet will be asked to endorse the structure and governance arrangements around the new Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership and publish the “Publication of Arrangements” document, which has been prepared to comply with the requirements of new legislation.
Corporate Plan and Strategic Risk Monitoring Update
Members will review the progress made towards the Council’s Corporate Plan and Strategic Risks, and how well the authority is achieving its goals, despite cuts to its budget and increased demand for services such as adult social care. The meeting will hear that the council is making good progress in improving children’s social care; has exceeded its annual target for new homes; and has managed to ensure there is sufficient Extra Care housing provision in the borough to cover demand until 2030. It will also set out those areas which remain significant challenges, including improving education in the borough and delivering redevelopment of Kirkby Town Centre.
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