Agenda, decisions and minutes

(Extraordinary), Cabinet - Tuesday, 12th April, 2022 8.15 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill

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Declarations of interest pdf icon PDF 3 KB

Members in any doubt about such declarations are advised to contact Legal or Democratic Services in advance of the meeting


There were no declarations of interest made in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

Executive Non-Key Decisions

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Peer Review pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To provide an update on the recent Corporate Peer Challenge and seek endorsement for the associated Action Plan

Additional documents:


Decision Notice D220045CAB


The report of the Chief Executive provided an update on the recent Corporate Peer Challenge and presented an Action Plan (attached at Annex 2) which illustrated how the Borough Council aimed to meet the recommendations of the Peer Team.


Overall, feedback had been positive and it was recognised that the Borough Council was dependable, creditable and trusted.   However, a number of recommendations designed to strengthen, complement and add value to the Borough Council’s performance had been identified.


There was in-depth discussion in respect of the Corporate Peer Challenge report and how communication and co-operation with other political Groups could be a valuable tool in supporting political stability.  Other views expressed related to strengthening partnerships, local leadership for the benefit of residents and communities and governance arrangements


It was indicated that the recommendations and actions set out in the Action Plan would be carefully considered by the Borough Council and all options would be explored.


In conclusion, it was recognised that without challenge there was no opportunity to identify areas of improvement which supported a modern, efficient and effective organisation.


RESOLVED:   That the Peer Review Action Plan, as set out at Annex 2 of the report, be endorsed.


Matters submitted for Information

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Ukrainian Refugees pdf icon PDF 3 KB

This matter will be a verbal update due to the ongoing changing position.


Members were advised of the current position in relation to Ukrainian refugees and the Borough Council’s role in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme was outlined.


The following points were noted:


§  Home visits and inspections of potential host families were undertaken by Borough Council Officers;

§  DBS and welfare checks were the responsibility of Kent County Council, with Clarion Housing commissioned to provide ‘wraparound’ support for Ukrainian families;

§  The Community Hub Helpline had been reinstated to provide advice and guidance and local community groups had offered to support where required.


Attention was drawn to the potential risks around points of failure and breakdown in sponsor arrangements, which could result in families approaching the Borough Council seeking alternative accommodation and creating a pressure on housing services.


Particular concern was expressed in respect of the Ukraine Family Scheme and further guidance and clarity on addressing a number of concerns was being sought from Government.



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Decisions Taken Under Emergency or Urgency Provisions pdf icon PDF 111 KB

The decisions taken under emergency and/or urgency provisions since the last meeting of Cabinet are attached.


Details of the Decisions taken in accordance with emergency and/or urgency provisions were presented for information.


RESOLVED:  That the report be received and noted. 

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Exclusion of Press and Public pdf icon PDF 4 KB

The Chairman to move that the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting during consideration of any items the publication of which would disclose exempt information.



There were no items considered in private.