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To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillor N. Emmott
Declarations of Interest
Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider the attached report of the Monitoring Officer
The Cabinet considered a report of the Monitoring Officer advising Members of the findings of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to which the Cabinet had a duty to respond, including as to whether the Council accepted the recommendations within the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s report. The report also sought approval for consultation on a revised Special Guardianship Support Policy. Members noted too the Council’s full compliance with the recommendations for the compensatory payments to Mr and Mrs B.
1. That the draft Special Guardianship Policy is approved for consultation.
2. That the Cabinet approve to backdate payments for 3 years with a cap at £10k for all those eligible for Special Guardianship Allowance payments within the period.
3. That the Director of Children’s Services and Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services be delegated authority to establish a governance procedure for the administration of back payments to Special Guardians.
Reason for resolution
With consideration to the Council’s financial position and the legal considerations contained within the submitted report, it was considered that the compensation package agreed would provide a fairly generous payment for all Special Guardians whether they have brought a case or a complaint against the Council or not.
Members could have determined to agree to the recommendations of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman at a cost of £903,000; to backdate for 3 years with no cap at a total cost of £619,000; to backdate 3 years with a cap at £7,500 per Special Guardian and a total cost of £516,000; or, to not accept the recommendations of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.