Decisions

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Alternatively you can visit the officer decisions page for information on decisions that have been taken by council officers through the Decision Book.

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Decisions published

30/06/2020 - 606 Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Control Plan ref: 424    Recommendations Approved

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services
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The decision book can be accessed on the Council’s website – www.reading.gov.uk/decisionbooks.

The officer reports accompanying the decisions are attached.

Contact: Richard Woodford Committee Services
Tel: 0118 937 2332
e-mail: richard.woodford@reading.gov.uk

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 06/07/2020

Effective from: 30/06/2020

Decision:

This report sets out the decision to agree the Reading COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan (‘the Plan’).

The report summarises how Reading Borough Council has engaged with other agencies to develop the Plan, which meets national requirements and addresses the particular issues and risks which COVID-19 poses for Reading. The Plan sets out how partners will work together to keep residents safe from COVID-19 pending the development of more effective treatments and/or a vaccine.

Plans to respond to COVID-19 in England have been set nationally to date. However, as national restrictions are lifted, local action is likely to prove necessary to respond to localised outbreaks and to prevent further spread.

It is the decision of the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Lead Councillor, to approve the summary Reading COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan as attached at Appendix A.


Lead officer: Richard Woodford


26/06/2020 - 605 Green Park Primary School ref: 422    Recommendations Approved

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

The decision book can be accessed on the Council’s website – www.reading.gov.uk/decisionbooks.

The officer reports accompanying the decisions are attached.

Contact: Richard Woodford Committee Services
Tel: 0118 937 2332
e-mail: richard.woodford@reading.gov.uk

Decision Maker: Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services

Decision published: 26/06/2020

Effective from: 26/06/2020

Decision:

This report sets out the decision to enter into a Lease (the Lease) made between Reading Borough Council (The Council) and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (The Secretary of State) for a term of 125 years from the date of the grant of the Lease and a Supplemental Agreement in respect of a new primary school at Green Park Village.

It is the decision of the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services in consultation with the Lead Councillor for Education that the Lease is entered into and the Supplemental Agreement is completed

Lead officer: Richard Woodford


25/06/2020 - 604 New Directions College – Learner Management System/Database ref: 421    Recommendations Approved

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

The decision book can be accessed on the Council’s website – www.reading.gov.uk/decisionbooks.

The officer reports accompanying the decisions are attached.

Contact: Richard Woodford Committee Services
Tel: 0118 937 2332
e-mail: richard.woodford@reading.gov.uk


Decision Maker: Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services

Decision published: 25/06/2020

Effective from: 25/06/2020

Decision:

This report sets out the decision to award a contract to supply a Learner Management System and database via the KCS procurement framework.

This report is being published in the interest of transparency.
The contract awarded to Capita is for 3 years. It is expected to commence in July 2020. The total contract value is £227k.

It is the decision of the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Lead Councillor for Education to award a service contract to Capita for the provision of a database (Unit E) for the purposes of completing Adult Education Board (AEB) funding returns.

Lead officer: Richard Woodford


24/06/2020 - 603 Reading Museum Access Policy Adoption ref: 420    Recommendations Approved

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

The decision book can be accessed on the Council’s website – www.reading.gov.uk/decisionbooks.

The officer reports accompanying the decisions are attached.

Contact: Richard Woodford Committee Services
Tel: 0118 937 2332
e-mail: richard.woodford@reading.gov.uk

Decision Maker: Executive Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services

Decision published: 24/06/2020

Effective from: 24/06/2020

Decision:

This report sets out the decision to adopt the Reading Museum Access Policy.

This revised policy is consistent with professional museum practice and is a requirement of the Museum Accreditation Scheme – The UK Standard for museums and galleries. The regular review of this policy is good practice and is a requirement of the Museum Accreditation Scheme. This policy supersedes any previous policy in this area of the Museum’s work.

It is the decision of the Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services, in consultation with the Lead Councillor for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, that the attached Access Policy is adopted by Reading Museum to ensure that it continues to meet with the requirements of the Accreditation standard for UK museums.

Lead officer: Richard Woodford


19/06/2020 - 602 One Reading Community Hub – Operating Days Options ref: 419    Recommendations Approved

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

The decision book can be accessed on the Council’s website – www.reading.gov.uk/decisionbooks.

The officer reports accompanying the decisions are attached.

Contact: Richard Woodford Committee Services
Tel: 0118 937 2332
e-mail: richard.woodford@reading.gov.uk

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 19/06/2020

Effective from: 19/06/2020

Decision:

This report sets out the decision to reduce the One Reading Community Hub call centre, triage and food operation from 6-days a week (weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm) to 5-days a week (weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends and Bank Holiday closed).

As context to this, the report provides an overview of One Reading Community Hub operation to date, the Hub having been set up to take calls from the public to:

(a) Support those who were shielded with food parcels
(b) Pass on requests to voluntary sector partners from those who
were not shielded but required support regarding access to food, benefits advice, befriending and assistance with collection of prescriptions etc

The report focuses on the numbers of calls to the Hub during the week versus weekends, the resulting caseload being managed by the Triage team and the cases that are then passed to the Food Distribution centre at the Hexagon to supply food parcels to those who are shielded. This information is provided in the context of seeking a further review of operating days of the Hub, an initial review and agreement to operation reduction having been approved 24 April 2020.

The report also notes the transition arrangements for the Hub Call Centre operation due to the current contract for the Hub call centre provision (with Huntswood), which expired Saturday 13 June.

It is the decision of the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to reduce the One Reading Community Hub call centre, triage and food operation from 6-days a week (weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-1pm) to 5-days a week (weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends and Bank Holiday closed) with effect from 1 July 2020.

Lead officer: Richard Woodford