Manchester City Council



Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Contact: Rachel McKeon 


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Urgent Business

To consider any items which the Chair has agreed to have submitted as urgent.

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To consider any appeals from the public against refusal to allow inspection of background documents and/or the inclusion of items in the confidential part of the agenda.

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To allow Members an opportunity to [a] declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests they might have in any items which appear on this agenda; and [b] record any items from which they are precluded from voting as a result of Council Tax/Council rent arrears; [c] the existence and nature of party whipping arrangements in respect of any item to be considered at this meeting. Members with a personal interest should declare that at the start of the item under consideration.  If Members also have a prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they must withdraw from the meeting during the consideration of the item.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2019.

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Updated Financial Strategy and Budget Reports 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Report of the Chief Executive and the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer


This report provides an update on the Council’s overall financial position and sets out the next steps in the budget process, including scrutiny of the draft Budget proposals and Budget report by this Committee. Each Scrutiny Committee will receive a budget report aligned to its remit, showing the main changes proposed to delivery and funding. The services to be considered by each scrutiny committee are shown at table four. The report also outlines the officer proposals for how the Council could deliver a balanced budget for 2020/21, the details of which will be discussed at the relevant scrutiny committees.

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Council Business Plan 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Report of the Chief Executive


This report presents the draft Council Business Plan for 2020/21.

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Children and Education Services Budget 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 462 KB

Report of the Strategic Director for Children and Education Services


This report sets out the directorate’s medium term financial plan and budget proposals and strategy for 2020/21.  The report should be read in conjunction with the Council’s Business Plan report. 


The proposed budget for 2020/21 makes proposals to apply £6m of additional social care grant announced as part of the Spending Round and seeks approval for year two of the additional non-recurrent resource from the Social Care reserve of £10.674m to ensure there is sufficient resources to meet the care and placement needs of those children who are looked after by the Council.


The Council’s budget proposals for 2020/21 will be subject to further refinement following feedback from public consultation and scrutiny committees.  The figures may be subject to change following the contents of the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement which has been delayed from 5th December 2019 as a result of the decision to call a General Election.  At this point an indicative date has not been provided for the likely publication of the Settlement. Final budget proposals will be made to Scrutiny and Executive in February 2020.

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The Manchester Inclusion Strategy - Preventing Exclusion and Supporting Children and Young People to Thrive Implementation Update pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Children and Education Services


This report provides a further update on the Manchester Inclusion Strategy which was formally launched in November 2019. The report provides a brief overview of activities to implement the strategy and provides a more detail on the Every Child Project which is working with nine Secondary Schools. The report provides information about the Strategy Steering Group and key areas of work going forward. 

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Out of School Settings pdf icon PDF 209 KB

Report of the Director of Education


This report updates the Committee on the DFE (Department for Education) Pilot Project on Out of School Settings which aims to:- 

·         Support Local Authorities to test approaches to mapping, identifying, and intervening in out of school settings

·         Improve understanding of risks and intervention approaches in out of school settings; and

·         Consider how existing legal powers can be best utilised, and identify any gaps in the current legislative framework.


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Delivering the Our Manchester Strategy pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Report of the Executive Member for Children and Schools


This report provides an overview of work undertaken and progress towards the delivery of the Council’s priorities as set out in the Our Manchester Strategy for those areas within the portfolio of the Executive Member for Children and Schools.

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Overview Report pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit


This report provides the Committee with details of key decisions that fall within the Committee’s remit and an update on actions resulting from the Committee’s recommendations. The report also includes the Committee’s work programme, which the Committee is asked to amend as appropriate and agree.

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