Welcome to the October edition of the Member Newsletter!

This newsletter has been produced by the Communications and Information Service to inform all Members of the latest council news and projects taking place across the county. News articles have been ordered by our strategic priorities.

Developing the local economy for the benefit of all

Cambridgeshire County Council fights for fairness by transforming the way we work to bridge our budget gap

Proposals to be discussed by Councillors this October to bridge more than £31.5m of the £37.5m 2018/19 funding gap 

In the past six years, Cambridgeshire County Council has successfully delivered £215 million of savings while still providing good quality services, but we know over the next five years we face a further £100m of pressure on budgets. Delivery of £31m of savings in 2017/18 is on track, and the Council is now working on plans to deliver further savings in 2018/19.

Taken together the Council goes into its budget planning round this autumn with a £37.5 million gap between the money it receives from the government, from council tax, business rates and the income it makes – and the amount it needs to spend on services. 

A set of proposals are to be discussed by Councillors through service committees this October, with proposals to bridge more than £31.5m of the £37.5m 2018/19 funding gap. All budget ideas to be discussed at committees over the coming month are still proposals, and will be subject ongoing discussions by Members. We will also be launching public consultation which will have two stages. Firstly small targeted focus groups to help shape our budget proposals as they develop and subsequently a household survey, online survey and talking to members of the public at community events to get further feedback on ideas and suggestions. 

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Proposals outlined for Children and Young People's Committee budget

Proposals outlined for Council's Economy, Transport and Environment budget

Proposals outlined for Adults Committee

Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Workshop draws in large crowds

We had over 100 participants at our Innovate and Cultivate Fund workshop on 27 September to hear about the refreshed Fund. Further workshops are planned for the spring – watch this space for more information. For more information on the Fund and the work it supports, watch our video at https://youtu.be/1SOGleyBE-4

Find out more about the ICF

Business broadband survey

Where are the gaps in superfast coverage?

Businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being urged to fill in a short survey about their broadband connectivity in a bid to fill remaining gaps in superfast coverage, particularly in rural areas. The online survey is being carried out by the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme, which has already rolled out superfast broadband to thousands of businesses and homes that would not be able to get it otherwise. The programme has previously helped almost 2,000 businesses across the county to get connected, buy the latest technology, gain vital digital skills and create jobs, through Government and European Union funded grant schemes, which have now closed.

Feedback from the survey will be used to support bids for future funding to help more businesses benefit from fast and reliable internet connectivity.

Businesses are urged to complete the survey by 16 October 2017. 

Greater Cambridge Partnership

From 25 September through to November, Greater Cambridge Partnership will be holding a 'big conversation' in the Greater Cambridge area – creating opportunities to have as many conversations as possible. They want to  chat about the Greater Cambridge growth story, how this affects people, how the Greater Cambridge Partnership could help and, most importantly, listen to people's thoughts for the future of the area. 

Find out how you can get involved

Cambridgeshire Energy for Schools programme

Schools benefit from energy saving measures

Energy measures worth £2.2 million have been installed this summer across 14 Cambridgeshire schools and academies.  Works include Solar PV panels, LED lighting upgrades, boiler upgrades, building energy management systems, heating controls, and insulation. To date, 40 schools have signed up to the schools energy programme with a total investment of £8.7M and total energy savings per annum of almost 8000MWh.  Schools benefiting from the programme include 13 secondary schools, 23 primary schools and 4 special schools.

For more details about the schools programme, please contact:

Jane Frank
Project Manager
Energy Investment Unit
[email protected]

Procuring a new service provider for energy performance contracting

New service provider to be secured by November

Energy Performance Contracting is a mechanism that shifts design and performance risk into the private sector through an energy savings guarantee.

The Energy Investment Unit released an Invitation to Tender on 1 August 2017 to procure a new Service Provider under the Greater London Authority’s and Local Partnerships Refit 3 Framework that can design and construct energy projects to improve energy efficiency and generate renewable energy across Cambridgeshire public sector assets including County  Council land assets, buildings and schools.  A provider will be appointed in November 2017.  

For more information, please contact:

Cherie Gregoire
Project Manager
Energy Investment Unit
[email protected] 

Smart Energy Grid

Pilot project drives forward to St Ives Park and Ride

Planning permission was granted in July for a 1MW solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicle charging scheme for the St Ives Park & Ride. This is a pilot project looking to demonstrate a new commercial model for the generation and selling of energy locally direct to consumers to support the development of local energy markets and a scheme to find solutions to the challenge of a constrained local distribution network, an inhibitor to low carbon, green growth. Cambridgeshire County Council have agreed 50% of the funding for the project and are awaiting the outcome of a European Regional Development Fund bid. 

For more information, please contact:

Sheryl French
Project Director
Energy Investment Unit
[email protected] 

Supporting and protecting vulnerable people

Offender Needs Assessment: Managing Offenders, Preventing Offending

Largest needs assessment on offenders to date publishes full report of results

This year, we collated the largest needs assessment on offenders to date for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The data analysis and report provide key findings and gaps analysis for future development and discussion. The online executive summary draws together some key aspects of needs of all offenders, both adult and juvenile.

The full report will be shortly available on the Cambridgeshire Insight website.

Transforming the way we deliver services for children and young people

Discussions to take place this October

Proposals to transform the way we deliver services for children and young people and bridge the 2018/19 funding gap will be discussed at the Children and Young People Committee at 2pm on Tuesday 10 October.

In Cambridgeshire, children’s services have come under substantial pressure in recent years with a nearly 50% (48.8%) increase in the number of Looked After Children (LAC). Those children who need care have increasingly complex needs which puts pressure on foster care placements and increases the cost of care. Some additional investment will be required in 2018/19 to cope with increasing demand, including in the budget for caring for these children. As with many local authorities we have experienced a steady rise in the number of Looked After Children in recent years. Looking ahead, the number is predicted to increase by around 4% each year and this equates to around 25 more children to care for.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “We have already delivered a significant programme of transformational change across Children’s Services in recent years, in particular through the Children’s Change Programme. This has developed a more efficient and effective service model and helped us deliver multi-million pound savings to contribute to the challenges facing the local authority.

However we are still experiencing high levels of demand with the number of children in care remaining at a higher level than Cambridgeshire has had previously and a rising prevalence of special educational need and disability. The level of demand goes beyond that which can be absorbed within services and so it needs to be met by additional investment, as well as changing the way we do things.”

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Decision on Children's Centre proposal moves to full council

Ambitious plans for the county's Children's Centres are to be decided by the top decision makers

Ambitious plans for the county’s Children’s Centres are to be decided by the top decision makers at full council on 17 October. The decision follows a full and wide ranging consultation on the proposal, which received over 2000 responses from the public and local organisations.

All Cambridgeshire County Councillors will now be able to vote on the proposals and the consultation responses. The full council debate will now replace the previously planned presentation at the Children and Young People’s Committee on 10 October.

The Children's Centre consultation response document, which will be presented at full council, will be available on the Council's website from Monday 9 October.

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National Adoption Week

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption information sessions

National Adoption Week takes place week beginning 16 October 2017. During the week, Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption will be holding two local information sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption. Details are as follows:

  • Tuesday 17 October 2017, 10.30am-12pm - Lincoln House, Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017, drop in event from 4pm-7pm - Priory Centre, St Neots

For more information, please contact:

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption
0300 123 1093
[email protected] 

FairDeal4 - campaign success

Cambridgeshire County Council calling for a fairer deal on funding for adult social care services from the Government

Press release from 19 September 2017

Recent coverage:

Reshaping drug and alcohol services in Cambridgeshire

Have your say

The Health Committee recently approved taking forward a competitive tender for the procurement of a new Cambridgeshire adult integrated drug and alcohol treatment service. The re-tendering will provide the opportunity for transformational change that will more effectively address the emerging needs found in the recent Cambridgeshire Drugs and Alcohol Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and National Drugs Strategy. This includes the changing demographic of service users who have different needs, a strong focus upon recovery, and the particular requirements of vulnerable groups. The aim is to secure evidence based, better value services. The new service will commence in October 2018.  

Please complete the online survey by 9 October 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Val Thomas
Consultant - Public Health
[email protected] 

Schools funding formula

Understanding the implications of new funding formula for Cambridgeshire

On 14 September, Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, announced a new funding formula for schools. Illustrative figures show an overall uplift of funding for Cambridgeshire of approximately £8.8m (2.2%) when compared to 2017/18 baselines.  This is made up of £7.9m in the Schools Block, £0.84m in the High Needs Block and £0.05m in the Central Block. 

County Council officers are analysing the details behind the funding formulae for both Schools and High Needs in order to understand the implications for Cambridgeshire. As there continues to be some local flexibility in how the national funding formula is applied locally; the Schools Forum will be discussing the issues and approach for Cambridgeshire, potentially supported through additional working group meetings. Schools will then be consulted prior to the final schools formula for Cambridgeshire being confirmed for 2018/19 by the Department of Education deadline of January.

New primary school for St Neots

Residents invited to meet organisations bidding to run first of three new primary schools for St Neots

On completion, the St Neots Eastern Expansion will consist of more than 5,200 dwellings. This includes 1,648 dwellings on Loves Farm.  A total of three new primary schools are planned to meet the need of the existing Loves Farm community and resulting from the new housing.

In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 2011, we are required to seek sponsors for the school to be run as either a Free School or an Academy. Applications to sponsor and operate the school have been received from The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust, which operates seven schools including The Round House Primary Academy at Loves Farm, and St Neots Learning Partnership Trust, which operates Longsands and Ernulf academies in St Neots. 

The final decision on which Trust will be the sponsor of the new school will be taken by the Secretary of State.

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Helping people live healthy and independent lives

The Hub

A new way to support young people who have been in care

The Hub provides support for young people who have been in care, who over time, can become distrusting of positive relationships, can disengage from education and training and be vulnerable to patterns of risky behaviour.

The aim is to give young people the stability, skills and support they need to manage the transition to adulthood, while reducing the need for them to re-enter care.

The Hub comprises:

  • a support service - a dedicated team providing support for young people
  • placement provision - including residential care, foster carers and a budget to support young people away from home

Every young person in the Hub is given one key worker, supported by a single team of trusted and skilled workers. Social care staff can refer young people to the Hub.

For more information, please email [email protected]

New emotional health and wellbeing provider for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

From January 2018, CHUMS are to begin delivery of emotional health and wellbeing services for young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A competitive procurement was undertaken to ensure there was continued service provision for young people when the existing contracts with Centre 33, YMCA and Stars end at the end of December 2017. The new service will benefit from additional investment from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG.

For more information, please contact:

Holly Hodge
Public Health Manager - Mental Health
[email protected]

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

Annual measurement of height and weight of each child in Reception and Year 6

Over 90% of eligible children in Cambridgeshire take part each year in the Programme. It provides reliable and robust information to help build an understanding of national and local trends in child weight.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Reed
Health Improvement Specialist - Nutrition
[email protected] 

Also of interest

Winning at chess in Cherry Hinton

A primary school is Cambridge explores the power of chess to unlock pupils' concentration and critical thinking skills

Cherry Hinton C of E Primary School and Nursery received £250 funding for chess tuition from the charity Chess in Schools and Communities and this has been renewed for the 2017/18 academic year.

In Year 3, all pupils receive chess tuition and many opt to join the chess club too. The school has a chess team that scooped third place in the county championships. Chess is proving so popular at the school that they plan to establish a second team. 

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards winner of the APSE Service Awards 2017

The newly merged Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service won “Best service team of the year” at the prestigious Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards on 7 September in the category for Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Regulatory Services. The award recognises the impact the service is having, locally, regionally and nationally. 

The library presents...Arts Alive!

Autumn programme brings arts to libraries across our county

The programme has been put together by Library Friends and Local Community groups from each of the 10 libraries taking part. Events include theatre, music, magic, art, literature and puppetry. There is something for everyone to enjoy! Tickets are now on sale for the events and available to purchase through our website or the host libraries.

For a full list of events and to find out how you can get involved, please visit the Arts Alive webpage.

The Library Presents ... Arts Alive is funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon Arts.

Cambridgeshire Archives, Ely

Looking at further value through design

Following the results of the MS4 pricing tender exercise, CCC officers have been meeting with Coulsons and with Faithful and Gould/Atkins to identify further value engineering opportunities within the design. A report on this work is scheduled to be presented to Commercial and Investment Committee on 20 October.

St Ives Park and Ride receives gold award

Our St Ives Park and Ride has received a gold award for the best area of sustainable / drought resistant planting in the whole Anglia region!

Earlier this year, the main thoroughfare into St Ives Park and Ride facility was given its annual lease of life. The hard work by the volunteers has been rewarded, as the St Ives in Bloom initiative was presented with the regional Gold Prize for the ‘Drought Garden and Sustainable Planting’ award at the ‘Anglia in Bloom’ 2017 ceremony, held at Gorleston-on-Sea.

And it didn’t stop there. St Ives also scooped the ‘floral display by an individual or community’, as well as nominations in the top four ‘grow your own category’, and the Westwood Road Cemetery arrangement, achieving the Silver Gilt award. 

Gritters ready to rock and roll!

All 37 of the Council's gritters are now safely back home in Cambridgeshire

All 37 of the Council’s gritters are now safely back home in Cambridgeshire following their summer checks and clean up.

Every summer the gritters, which are all named by local schools, make the journey up to Ripon in Yorkshire to their manufacturer Econ Engineering Ltd where they are cleaned and serviced ready for the cold winter months.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways Maintenance Manager Jonathan Clarke said “Brad Grit is now safely back in his usual spot next to Gritney Spears and we’re fully equipped to grit the roads when winter does arrive. Don’t be surprised if you start to see some of our gritters out and about - all our drivers are now being trained on any new technology that’s been added making sure they’re ready to help keep the county's roads moving during any cold weather we might get.”

Watch a video of our gritters coming home

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