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Agenda and decisions

Venue: To be held in the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

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Welcome and Housekeeping

The Chair to welcome attendees to the meeting and outline basic housekeeping and fire safety arrangements.

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Apologies for Absence

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Exclusion of Press and Public

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

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Public Questions and Petitions

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public

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Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee Overview

Presentation by Executive Director, People Services

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Work Programme pdf icon PDF 779 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance

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Fee Increases for Bereavement Services pdf icon PDF 486 KB

Report of the Executive Director, Operational Services

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This report seeks approval for the proposed fee increase for Bereavement Services in 2022-23. Bereavement services proposes to increase fees by 4% for burials, cremations, and memorials (rounded up to the nearest £5), with some exceptions as outlined in the report. Fees are rounded to keep prices straight forward and a cap of 5% has been applied to ensure no item is disproportionately affected.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee agrees a general 4% increase (rounded up to the nearest £5 and capped at 5%) to Bereavement Services fees and charges, alongside the specific changes listed in the report.



Reasons for Decision




Raising fees as outlined is recommended to offset additional costs caused by significant rises in inflation and the cost of living, notably on items such as gas, fuel, machinery and supplies.








Alternatives Considered and Rejected


Increasing fees by 2% would not generate the additional income required to respond to budget challenges and would require a reduction in the quality of services provided.

































Parkwood Springs Lease Update

Report of Executive Director, Operational Services

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Application for Trailblazer Status for New Programme Funding pdf icon PDF 657 KB

Report of Director, Communities

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To gain the approval for Sheffield to apply for TRAILBLAZER status in the upcoming new government funded programme. See details below regarding Family Hub & Start for Life programme. At the autumn budget, the government committed £300 million for 75 upper-tier local authorities to deliver Family Hubs / Start for Life services over the next 3 financial years




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee gain approval for Sheffield to progress to the application stage for Trailblazer status. Key contacts from the Local Authority have been part of the focus group for information about trailblazers and Sheffield is seen as having positive outcomes with regards to family centres development, infant feeding support and parenting programmes across the city.



Reasons for Decision




Some additional funding in year one to enable rapid delivery on the menu of options for the funded services.




Join a network of England wide trailblazers where they can share learning and troubleshoot.




Be identified by central government as a national leader in the implementation of the programme.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected


If the decision is not approved then Sheffield will receive allocated funding for the programme with no enhanced opportunities for the communities and the city































Month 1 Monitoring, Financial Position and Budget Timetable pdf icon PDF 461 KB

Report of Director of Finance and Commercial Services

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This report brings the Committee up to date with the Council’s financial position as at Month 1 2022/23. The report also reports the proposed budget timetable for the development of the 2023/24 budget.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee:-


1. Note the Council’s challenging financial position and the Month 1 position.

2. Note the budget timetable set out in this report including the requirement for the Committee to plan to develop budget proposals over the course of the summer.


3. Note that the Strategy and Resources Committee was recommended at its 31 May 2022 meeting to “require any Policy Committee that is forecasting an overspend on their budget to develop an action plan to address the overspend in-year and ask the Finance Sub-Committee to monitor both the development of any required action plans and delivery against them”.


4. Continue closely to manage and monitor expenditure in line with budget expectations and ensure forecasts represent current financial conditions.


5. Ensure that the spend in the community response team that is unfunded for 23/24 is managed with this in mind.


6. Reaffirms the approach approved by the FC on 1st June 2022, that to act as a balance to the Corporate Risk Register, there should be a Corporate Opportunities Register, detailing new funding opportunities, partnership opportunities and initiatives that will help deliver the Council's objectives, such as supporting those affected by the cost of living crisis.



Reasons for Decision




By the law the Council must set and deliver a balanced budget, which is a financial plan based on sound assumptions which shows how income will equal spend over the short- and medium-term. This can take into account deliverable cost savings and/or local income growth strategies Page 54 Page 11 of 11 as well as useable reserves.



Alternatives Considered and Rejected


The Council is required to both set a balance budget and to ensure that in-year income and expenditure are balanced. No other alternatives were considered.