Decisions

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Decisions published

08/02/2019 - Environment Board Action Plan - Update on Progress ref: 503    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

Progress on the Environment Board Action Plan and forward plan was noted.


08/02/2019 - Friday 7 June 2019 at 1.00pm ref: 507    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The date of the next meeting was noted.


08/02/2019 - Developing a West Midlands Natural Capital Investment Strategy and Programme ref: 506    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The approach of developing a West Midlands Natural Capital Investment Strategy and Programme was approved.


08/02/2019 - Update on Developing a Low Emissions Strategy - Air Quality and Carbon Emissions ref: 505    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The progress on the development of the strategy and action plan was noted.


08/02/2019 - Environment Board Action Plan - Update on Regional Targets ref: 504    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

(1)       The approach on regional environment indicators and targets linked to the Environment Board Action Plan priorities was approved.

 

(2)       It was agreed to receive future update and further quantification of the impact these targets would have on increasing healthy lives and jobs.


08/02/2019 - Minutes - 10 September 2018 ref: 502    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were agreed as a correct record.


08/02/2019 - Chair's Remarks (if any) ref: 501    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

None


08/02/2019 - Declarations of Interest ref: 500    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

None


08/02/2019 - Apologies for Absence ref: 499    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Environment Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - Environment Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

Councillor Tony Dicicco (Solihull), Councillor David Hosell (Sandwell), Councillor Jim O’Boyle (Coventry) and Councillor Waseem Zaffar (Birmingham).


08/02/2019 - Friday 22 March 2019 at 11.00am ref: 498    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The date of the next meeting was noted.


08/02/2019 - Investment Board - 21 January 2019 ref: 497    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were noted.


08/02/2019 - Wellbeing Board - 18 January 2019 ref: 496    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were noted.


08/02/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee - 16 January 2019 ref: 495    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were approved.


08/02/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee - 14 January 2019 ref: 494    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were noted.


08/02/2019 - Transport Delivery Committee - 7 January 2019 ref: 493    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were noted.


08/02/2019 - Housing & Land Delivery Board - 20 December 2018 ref: 492    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes were noted.


08/02/2019 - A Common Approach to Cycling and Walking in the West Midlands ref: 491    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

(1)       The approach to investing in cycling and walking in the West Midlands and for raising the profile of cycling and walking through effective leadership was endorsed.

 

(2)       Capital investment was to be focused on the corridors and zones identified by local authorities, as set out in the West Midlands Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

 

(3)       The transition to a West Midlands cycle brand for future cycling initiatives in the West Midlands was endorsed.


08/02/2019 - Leadership Commission: Developing and Delivering a Youth Combined Authority ref: 490    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

(1)       The establishment of a Youth Combined Authority, as recommended by the WMCA Leadership Commission, was approved.

 

(2)       Investment of £50,000 to support the establishment of a Youth Combined Authority was approved.

 

(3)       It was agreed that the Youth Combined Authority would have Observer status on WMCA Board.

 

(4)       It was noted that this investment contributed to meeting recommendation 5a of the WMCA’s Leadership Commission report.


08/02/2019 - WMCA Budget 2019/20 ref: 489    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

(1)       The consolidated revenue budget monitoring position as at 31 December 2018 was noted;

 

(2)       The West Midlands Combined Authority consolidated revenue budget was approved, including:

 

(a)       the budget requirement for transport delivery 2019/20 comprising two elements:

 

(i)         £114.7m a year to be funded from the existing transport levy mechanism; and

 

(ii)        a transfer from earmarked reserves of £1.0m.

 

(b)       the West Midlands Combined Authority operational budget requirement for 2019/20 of £103.1m comprising of six elements:

 

(i)         £84.2m Adult Education spending to be funded for the first time from Adult Education Budget funding devolved by the Department for Education;

 

(ii)        £10.6m to be funded from other devolution deal grants;

 

(iii)       £4.6m to be funded from Constituent Authority fees (fees to remain at the same level as 2018/19);

 

(iv)       £0.4m to be funded from Non-Constituent Authority and Observer fees (fees to remain at the same level as 2018/19);

 

(v)        £2.2m to be funded from other income; and

 

(vi)       a transfer from reserves of £1.1m.

 

(3)       The Mayoral Office budget for 2019/20 of £0.8m, to be funded from existing Mayoral capacity funding of £0.8m, was approved.

 

(4)       It was noted that the Mayor had indicated that there would be no mayoral precept during the remainder of his current term of office.

 

(5)       The Summary Capital Programme was approved.

 

(6)       The planned spend on the Investment Programme over the 5 year period was noted.

 

(7)       The West Midlands Combined Authority indicative 5 year Medium Term Financial Plan was noted.

 

(8)       Surplus cash balances generated from the Collective Investment Fund were approved to be used to support the West Midlands Combined Authority operational budget, thus minimising Constituent and Non-Constituent Authority contributions.

 

(9)       Authority was delegated to the Interim Director of Finance in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for Finance & Investments to make any final changes that may result from the final Local Government Finance Settlement;

 

(10)     The following policies and strategies were approved, as required by statute:

 

(a)       the West Midlands Combined Authority Pay Policy Statement;

 

(b)       the West Midlands Combined Authority Treasury Management Strategy; and

 

(c)        the West Midlands Combined Authority Prudential Indicators, Minimum Revenue Provision Strategy and Capital Strategy.


08/02/2019 - Forward Plan ref: 488    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The plan of items to be reported to future meetings was noted.


08/02/2019 - Minutes - 11 January 2019 ref: 487    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting were agreed.


08/02/2019 - Chair's Remarks (if any) ref: 486    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

(a)       Councillor Steven Claymore (Tamworth)

Members observed a minute’s silence following the recent death of WMCA Board and Housing & Land Delivery Board member Councillor Steven Claymore.

 

(b)       Mayoral Statement

The Mayor made a personal statement regarding social media comments published in his name during the previous day.

 

(c)        Future Governance of the West Midlands Fire Service

The Mayor referred members to a briefing note circulated earlier in the week setting out the latest position regarding the proposed governance changes for the West Midlands Fire Service. A full report would be submitted to the next meeting of the WMCA Board on 22 March.


08/02/2019 - Apologies for Absence ref: 485    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: WMCA Board

Made at meeting: 08/02/2019 - WMCA Board

Decision published: 12/02/2019

Effective from: 08/02/2019

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Jonathan Browning (Coventry & Warwickshire LEP), Councillor Steve Eling (Sandwell), Councillor David Humphreys (North Warwickshire), Councillor Julie Jackson (Nuneaton & Bedworth), Councillor Peter Nutting (Shropshire), Councillor Michael Stokes (Rugby), Stewart Towe (Black Country LEP) and Councillor Ian Ward (Birmingham).


16/01/2019 - Forward Plans ref: 484    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

It was recommended to the WMCA Board that:

 

(1)  Items on the Overview & Scrutiny forward plan be noted.

(2)  Comments regarding other boards / committees be noted.

(3)  Boards & Committees who had not implemented forward plans to provide an estimated date indicating when a forward plan would be available.

 


16/01/2019 - Inquorate meeting ref: 478    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

In accordance with the WMCA’s constitution, the meeting was inquorate. The recommendations contained within the minutes would be submitted to the WMCA Board on 8 February 2019 for formal approval and adoption.


16/01/2019 - Low Emissions Strategy ref: 482    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

It was recommended to the WMCA Board that:

 

(1)  The content of the report and its appendices be noted.

(2)  The comments made by committee in relation to the strategy be noted.

 


16/01/2019 - Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Extension Project Update ref: 483    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

It was recommended to the WMCA Board that:

 

(1)  The contents of the report be noted.

(2)  The comments made by committee in relation to Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro Extension Project be noted.

 


16/01/2019 - Response to Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Mayor's Question Time: Policy ref: 481    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

It was recommended to the WMCA Board that:

 

(1)  The responses provided be noted.

(2)  The comments made by committee in relation to the Mayoral Capacity Fund to be noted.

 


16/01/2019 - Minutes of the previous meetings ref: 479    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Made at meeting: 16/01/2019 - Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Decision published: 07/02/2019

Effective from: 16/01/2019

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held of the 20 November 2018 were confirmed as a correct record subject to an amendment to minute no. 20 whereby the minutes should reflect that Councillor Ian Shires was in attendance and had not sent apologies and with this amendment the minutes of the meeting held of 26 November 2018 were agreed as a true and accurate record. 

 


14/01/2019 - Declaration of Interest ref: 477    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Committee noted that Councillor Adam Aston was Chairman of the Governance and Transformation Committee at the West Midlands Fire Authority dealing with the transfer of governance and that Councillor John O’Shea was Chair of the West Midlands Police & Crime Panel.


14/01/2019 - Health & Safety Internal Audit Update ref: 469    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The update on progress made against recommendations identified during the internal audit of Health & Safety Arrangements be noted.

(2)  A further update on progress on outstanding commitments made to ARAC in December 2018 to be provided at committee on the 15 April 2019 and any slippage be reported back ARAC by the accountable Director for Health & Safety.

 


14/01/2019 - Financial Monitoring Report 2018/19 ref: 476    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  That the consolidated revenue budget monitoring position as at 30 November 2018 as set out in the Financial Monitoring Report for November 2018 be noted.

(2)  That the Chair be informed immediately if there were significant variances within the budget.


14/01/2019 - Update on the Transfer of West Midlands Fire Service Governance ref: 475    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The update provided in the report and endorsement of progress made to date be noted.

(2)  That the delegation of any final arrangements were to be agreed with the Chair and Vice-Chair of committee before presenting to WMCA Board.


14/01/2019 - Update on the consultation from the Transfer of West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner Functions ref: 474    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The update provided on the consultation for the transfer of West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner functions be noted.

 


14/01/2019 - Investment Portfolio Governance Audit Update 2018 ref: 473    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  That the progress made to date against the original actions in the Internal Audit Report be noted.

(2)  That the timescales for implementation of the enhanced Governance & Assurance Framework be noted.

(3)  That an update be provided to committee on the amber actions and accountability in June 2019.


14/01/2019 - External Audit Plan ref: 472    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  That the overview provided to committee on the planned scope and timing of statutory audits of WMCA and West Midlands ITA Pension Fund for those charged with governance be noted. 

(2)  That the external audit partner advised he had gone beyond the PSAA five year recommended period and he had dispensation to carry on for a further two years.

 


14/01/2019 - WMCA Strategic Risk Register ref: 471    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  That the top three Strategic Risks included within the Strategic Risk Register be noted.

(2)  That the status of Directorate Risk Registers be noted.

(3)  That an update on the position of the action against the strategic risk to be provided to committee in June 2019 be noted.

(4)  Committee be provided with further information surrounding the conflict of interest being identified through a specialist third party on the devolvement of Adult Education Budget.

(5)  That committee to receive copy of the report presented at WMCA Board on the devolution of the Adult Education Budget 2019/20 for information only purposes.

(6)  Committee to receive a report at a future meeting regarding the gender pay gap.

(7)  Supporting evidence for improved scoring of risks to be provided with future updates.

 


14/01/2019 - Draft Internal Audit Plan 2019 - 2020 ref: 468    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The current draft Internal Audit Plan for 2019-2020 be noted.

(2)  The final draft Internal Audit Plan be submitted for approval at committee on the 15 April 2019.

(3)  A clear timescale for completion of the internal audits to be included within the plan for 2019/20.

(4)  Internal audits completed summary in advance of committee to be circulated to members subject to the approval of the chair.


14/01/2019 - Internal Audit Update ref: 467    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The contents of the latest Internal Audit Update report was noted.

(2)  A timescale for completion of the Internal Audits be included within the plan for 2019/20 for approval by committee.

(3)  The Chair’s approval to be sought on any slippage / delay on audit completion in a timely manner on behalf of committee.

(4)  An update regarding the amber recommendations made against the workforce planning internal audit to be brought to committee in June 2019.


14/01/2019 - Assurance Report - Arm's Length Companies: Assurance & Governance Arrangements ref: 470    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The assurance arrangements that had been established to confirm the governance and assurance established for all WMCA’s arm’s length companies be noted as satisfactory.

(2)  It was noted that the WMCA Growth Company was an investment in which WMCA had a 5.3% stake and that Senior Leadership Team were currently reviewing the performance information from the Growth Company with a view to sharing the updated governance and assurance arrangement with committee.

(3)  It was noted that WMCA had secured a bid to host a pilot of testing 5G technology with discussions taking place with Department of Culture, Media and Sport to look at delivery options and potential operating structures. Once the company has been established committee would receive information on its assurance and governance arrangements. It was expected that the arrangements for these companies will be reviewed again within the next 12 months, with an appropriate review cycle to be confirmed with the Interim Director of Finance.

(4)   That the Monitoring Officer to provide committee with a briefing on the roles and responsibilities for each board / committee at a future committee.


14/01/2019 - Forward Plan ref: 466    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  Items of business to be reported at future meeting were noted.


14/01/2019 - Matters Arising ref: 465    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(1)  The appointment of the Designated Independent Panel to be reviewed January 2020.


14/01/2019 - Chair's Remarks ref: 463    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

·         Chair confirmed that the meeting was quorate and thanked members for their attendance.

·         Chair congratulated Linda Horne on being appointed as the S151 Officer and Interim Director of Finance.

·         The following points were raised at WMCA Board on 11 January regarding Committee:

o   Continued issues around meeting the quorum as echoed by the Chair of Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

o   The need to ensure a report was made to WMCA Board for approval on health & safety arrangements in consideration of the absorption of Fire & Rescue Service.

 


14/01/2019 - Minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2018 ref: 464    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 12 November 2018 were agreed as a correct record.

 


14/01/2019 - Apologies for Absence ref: 462    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Made at meeting: 14/01/2019 - Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee

Decision published: 30/01/2019

Effective from: 14/01/2019

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Michael Gough (Solihull) and Councillor Kerrie Carmichael (Sandwell).