Council Cabinet met on Wednesday 7th December to consider a number of reports. The meeting, which was chaired by the Deputy Leader of the Council, Martin Rawson, was also attended by Councillors Holmes, Skelton and Graves in their capacity as Group Leaders.
Care Homes and Day Centres
Cabinet approved a report by the Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care, which proposed the sale of five Council-run care homes. It was noted that soft-market testing had been undertaken to identify organisations who may be interested in taking over the running of the homes.
Councillor Martin Repton said:
We are constantly looking for alternative ways to deliver social and day care services to vulnerable adults. We have made a commitment to the residents at these homes that they will be guaranteed care for the rest of their lives at no additional cost, while our hard-working employees will be transferred to any new operator.
This decision will allow residents of the homes to continue to receive the support they deserve, while allowing the Council to address its difficult financial position.
Cycle Hire Scheme
Proposals for a public cycle hire scheme in Derby were also approved. Cabinet agreed a preferred delivery model, which would involve a ‘public private partnership’ with the University of Derby.
Cabinet delegated authority to the Strategic Director of Communities and Place to enter into negotiations to allow the delivery of the scheme.
The Bemrose School
A report by the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills to expand The Bemrose School, was approved. The recommendation, which would see an additional 105 primary places and 200 secondary places made available, was welcomed by those in attendance.
Councillor Sarah Russell said:
I am delighted that these proposals to expand The Bemrose School have been agreed, as the consultation process showed clear support for our recommendations. These proposals will help to meet the demand for school places at both a primary and secondary level in the years ahead.
All recommendations to Cabinet by the Corporate Scrutiny and Governance Board were accepted, including using capital receipts from the sale of care homes to support the provision of social care in the city.
To view the full meeting, visit the Derby City Council YouTube channel.
To view the agenda and reports, visit the Committee Management Information System.
The next meeting of Council Cabinet is due to be held at 6.00pm in the Council House on Wednesday 18th January.