Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

62.

Apologies for Absence, Declarations of Interest and Any Other Communications from Members

Decision:

Apologies had been received from Marais Leenders, Mel Tatters and Jackie Willis.  Chris Hill gave apologies that he would leave the meeting at 7.30pm.

 

The Chair welcomed Paul Enright to his first meeting as the representative of the RC Diocesan Board.

 

The Chair advised members that Farley Marsh had resigned from the Committee.  Roger Shortt agreed to organise an election for a replacement representative from a maintained Primary School.

Minutes:

 

Apologies had been received from Marais Leenders, Mel Tatters and Jackie Willis.  Chris Hill gave apologies that he would leave the meeting at 7.30pm.

 

The Chair welcomed Paul Enright to his first meeting as the representative of the RC Diocesan Board.

 

The Chair advised members that Farley Marsh had resigned from the Committee.  Roger Shortt agreed to organise an election for a replacement representative from a maintained Primary School.

63.

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 December 2015 and matters arising pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 December 2015 were agreed as a true and accurate record and were signed by the Chair.

 

Matters arising:

a)    Item 58 – Clarification on the remit in regard to school balances

Resolution to update members at the January 2016 meeting on DfE advice – this item is deferred to the February 2016 meeting.

 

b)    Item 59 – Proposals for Early Years Block Funding

The Chair would draft a letter to the DfE to raise the concerns of Schools’ Forum that the DSG funding was not reasonable, particularly taking into account the pressure being caused by the High Needs Block.

 

c)    Item 60 – Possible savings within the High Needs Block

Bid to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - Shabana Kausar advised members that her bid for £900K had not yet been agreed, but that the CCG wished to discuss the matter further with her.  Shabana Kausar will report back to Schools’ Forum on progress at the February 2016 meeting.  Alan Adams requested that Shabana Kausar meet with relevant Children’s Services officers prior to meeting with the CCG.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 December 2015 were agreed as a true and accurate record and were signed by the Chair.

 

Matters arising:

a)    Item 58 – Clarification on the remit in regard to school balances

Resolution to update members at the January 2016 meeting on DfE advice – this item is deferred to the February 2016 meeting.

 

b)    Item 59 – Proposals for Early Years Block Funding

The Chair would draft a letter to the DfE to raise the concerns of Schools’ Forum that the block funding for Early Years was not reasonable.

 

c)    Item 60 – Possible savings within the High Needs Block

Bid to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - Shabana Kausar advised members that her bid for £900K had not yet been agreed, but that the CCG wished to discuss the matter further with her.  Shabana Kausar will report back to Schools’ Forum on progress at the February 2016 meeting.  Alan Adams requested that Shabana Kausar meet with relevant Children’s Services officers prior to meeting with the CCG.

64.

Confirm the terms of office for maintained school representatives (Michael Marks)

Decision:

Resolved:

To agree terms of office for maintained schools’ representatives, so that 50% of these would serve 2 years. This was necessary for current members only, to ensure that there would be continuity of membership, with staggered replacement.  Elections of members from 2017 onwards would be for a term of 3 years.

 

This was unanimously agreed.  At the end of the meeting, maintained schools’ representatives agreed the terms of office given in the table below.

 

Mike Nicholls

2 years

 

Chris Hill

3 years

Verity Coates

2 years

 

Jackie Willis

3 years

Vacancy

2 years

 

Sue Tysall

3 years

Roger Shortt

2 years

 

Lorna Goodwin

3 years

 

 

Minutes:

Michael Marks asked that representatives of maintained schools agree to vary their terms of office for this initial period, with 50% serving for 2 years, and the remainder for 3 years.  This would ensure that there was some continuity of experience at all times.  The Chair informed members that Academy representatives had split terms of office at the election stage.

 

Resolved:

To agree terms of office for maintained schools’ representatives, so that 50% of these would serve 2 years. This was necessary for current members only, to ensure that there would be continuity of membership, with staggered replacement.  Elections of members from 2017 onwards would be for a term of 3 years.

 

This was unanimously agreed.  At the end of the meeting, maintained schools’ representatives agreed the terms of office given in the table below.

 

Mike Nicholls

2 years

 

Chris Hill

3 years

Verity Coates

2 years

 

Jackie Willis

3 years

Vacancy

2 years

 

Sue Tysall

3 years

Roger Shortt

2 years

 

Lorna Goodwin

3 years

 

65.

Approval of DSG allocation for 2016/17 (Shabana Kausar) pdf icon PDF 767 KB

The report will follow (hard copies will be available at the meeting)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

To agree the recommendations in the Report attached as a supplementary report to Agenda item 3.

 

Votes were taken on each recommendation as listed below; every vote was unanimously carried.

 

1.     Noted the 2016/17 Provisional DSG and Funding Shortfalls as set out in Section 8 of the Report and:

a.    No change is being proposed to an centrally commissioned budgets (frozen at 2014/15 levels) which have historically been funded from within the schools’ block [section 5.8]

b.    The 2016/17 provisional budget and funding pressure on Early Years Block and agree for officers to return at the next meeting (subject to census data being released) with a draft budget [section 6.0].

 

2.    Agreed and recommended to the Lead Member for Education and Children’s Services to approve:

a.    Changes to the current deprivation funding formula factor in 2016/17, thereby adopting IDACI bands 2 to 5 [Report section 4.2.6]

b.    Revised Growth Fund for 2016/17 up to a maximum of £1.275m [section 5.3]

c.    The additional savings identified within High Needs Block of £0.77m [section 7.4.1]

d.    The provisional DSG budget for 2016/17 to be presented to Council in February 2016 [section 8.1]

e.    To put in place a sub-working group consisting of Schools’ Forum members and Lead Officers from the Council to review the funding formula [section 8.4.1]

f.     Maintaining DSG unallocated reserves of between £1.5m - £2m, subject to funding budget pressure in 2016/17 [section 8.4.4]

g.    Any growth approved across High Needs and Early Years is retained centrally and released following School Forum approval, in line with the new proposed budget monitoring approach [section 9.2].

Minutes:

Shabana Kausar apologised that papers relating to this item had been circulated at short notice (supplementary report).  Information from the DfE had been received late in December 2015, which contained significant changes to the DSG allocation, particularly in terms of the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) factor.  The Report outlined the key changes affecting the Funding Formula and options that were open to Schools’ Forum.

Estimates of Early Years (EY) and High Needs (HN) pressures were included, in order to assist members to look for solutions to plug the gap in funding.

 

Shabana Kausar led members through a presentation, which has been added as a further supplementary report to the meeting documentation, and circulated to members.  She highlighted the following points:

 

(Page 4)  In the Government’s Autumn Statement in November 2015, it was announced that the schools’ budget would be protected in real terms between 2015/16 and 2019/20.  However, this is a per-pupil protection, with no allowance for inflation; the only increase will be in response to pupil numbers.  It does not apply to the EY and HN blocks, which are funded separately.  More information is awaited on the increase in EY provision from 15 to 30 hours per week.  There will still be a shortfall in funding, as the allocation is based on a national average, which does not work for London.  The Education Services Grant (ESG) will also be reduced: this is the budget allocated to the Local Authority (LA) to provide the statutory elements, and is outside the DSG.

 

(Page 5)  The DfE have announced that two consultation exercises will take place in early 2016: (a) formula funding for EY and HN; (b) the national funding formula.  The LA has already started preliminary work to collect data in anticipation of these consultations; this will return to Schools’ Forum for further discussion in due course.

(Pages 6,7) There is no change to the way in which the DSG blocks work.

 

[Verity Coates arrived at 6.16pm]

 

The Minimum Funding Guarantee (MFG) remains effective at -1.5%. There has been an increase in the HN Block funding nationally of £92.5m; EY rates will be maintained at 2014/15 levels.

 

(Page 8) The final formula proforma had to be submitted to the DfE, having been approved by Schools’ Forum, by 20 January 2016.  The DfE had confirmed that this was a statutory deadline with no leeway.

 

(Page 11) There was no change to the per pupil amount (£5197) Schools Block Unit of Funding for Hounslow.

 

(Page 12) Although the High Needs DSG was increased by 1.5% (£476K), £200K of this had been recouped by the EFA to fund out of borough post-16 and non-maintained special school placements.

 

The key data change affecting the Schools Block funding was in IDACI.  The Government update IDACI datasets every five years.  The change for 2010 to 2015 has been significant, with the level of IDACI in the London Boroughs falling by 25% (only 2.9% outside London).  Hounslow’s IDACI has fallen by 27.9%.

 

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66.

Schools' Forum Forward Plan (Shabana Kausar)

Decision:

This item was deferred to the February 2016 meeting.

Minutes:

This item was deferred to the February 2016 meeting.

67.

Date of Next Meeting - 22 February 2016

The next meeting of the Schools forum will be held on

Decision:

The next meeting will take place in Committee Room 3, Civic Centre, at 6pm on Monday 22 February 2016.

Minutes:

The next meeting will take place in Committee Room 3, Civic Centre, at 6pm on Monday 22 February 2016.