Latest news from Cambridgeshire County Council
Messages being heard
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP confirmed on BBC East's Sunday Politics Show that he has heard messages from our Fair Funding campaign and agrees the current funding formula is out of date and needs reviewing. Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, was interviewed as part of the programme.
You can watch the interview on the BBC website until the end of December 2017.
The consultation to support the County Council's budget planning is now available online. The feedback from the survey, which includes district focus groups, will be discussed at our General Purposes Committee on 19 December 2017.
School funding update from Cllr Steve Count
"The Government's response to its National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools and high needs is on the face of it positive, although in reality for Cambridgeshire it is a mixed picture.
The additional £1.3 billion investment into education funding that the Government has confirmed is clearly welcome and we do see the benefit of this flowing through to Cambridgeshire schools with an increase of £7.9 million (2.4%) in 2018/19 in our Schools Block Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocation with a further £5.7 million increase expected in 2019/20. The fact that the final formula has increased the basic entitlement per pupil (i.e. the non-additional needs aspect of the formula) is also positive in that it reflects the feedback in this area that Cambridgeshire County Council and other groups such as f40 provided.
I accept the arrangements are fairer in the sense that the same formula is being calculated and applied nationally to every single school so every school does generate its funding in the same way. However, where historical funding is included either specifically or by way of protection against baselines, this is not fair and can and should be dealt with through top-up, tariff or transitional arrangements. In analysing the new units of funding that the Department for Education (DfE) has set for each authority, Cambridgeshire continues to be at the bottom end of funding for both our primary and secondary children..."
Dates for your diary
Keeping in touch with Cambridgeshire County Council
Following on from your feedback at the breakfast meeting in September 2017, we have arranged future Cambridgeshire MP briefings in London and after Prime Minister's Questions. Cllr Steve Count and Chief Executive Gillian Beasley will be hosting the meeting at 1pm in Room M at Portcullis House on:
- Wednesday 7 February 2018
- Wednesday 21 March 2018
- Wednesday 20 June 2018 (House of Commons venue to be confirmed)
Reminders will be sent nearer the time. For further information, please contact our Executive Officer George Hakes - [email protected].
(With thanks to the office of Heidi Allen MP for supporting setting up the arrangements)
Focusing on the frontline
Councils explore further sharing options
Cabinet Members at Peterborough City Council and members of Cambridgeshire County Council's General Purposes Committee have tasked joint Chief Executive Gillian Beasley and her management teams to look at how the two authorities might further develop their close working relationship to reduce costs to serve, avoid duplication and ensure that outcomes for people are firmly at the heart of service delivery.
Reaction from Cambridgeshire County Council
We have done a lot of work locally on the Cambridge South Station and the announcement of £5 million is good news. There is a lot of work still to be done and we will play an important part in the process as the plans develop.
The Chancellor also announced funding to build the Western Section of East West Rail, while promising further money to progress the missing link between Bedford and Cambridge.
Work to repair sections of more than 40 miles of drought damaged roads in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will start in January 2018. The scheme, which will include 21 sections of road, has been made possible thanks to a joint bid by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to the Department for Transport.
New "all-through" school planned for Chatteris
Councillors at the Children and Young People (CYP) Committee on Tuesday 5 December 2017 agreed a novel approach to provide more primary school places in Chatteris. Councillors agreed to convert Cromwell Community College in the town to an "all-through" school for children aged 4-19 - the first one of its kind in the county. It will be sponsored by the Active Learning Trust (ALT) who took over Cromwell Community College in September 2017 and also manage one of Chatteris' two existing primary schools - Kingsfield Primary School.
An extensive local consultation on the changes will now take place.
New academy sponsors announced
New sponsors have been confirmed for two new schools near Huntingdon.
Following the recommendation made by the Children and Young People Committee on 14 November 2017, Spring Common Academy Trust has been given Secretary of State approval to sponsor the proposed new special free school in Alconbury Weald. The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust will sponsor the new free school at Wintringham Park, which will serve new communities in the east of St Neots.
'Brad Grit', 'Gritney Spears' and the rest of Cambridgeshire County Council's 37 strong gritting fleet are fully equipped to grit the roads when the temperatures drop. Our gritter crews have been out gritting already this year treating the primary routes which cover 44% of our roads.
View the full list of council gritting routes.
396 households signed up to Cambridgeshire's Energy Switch auction in October 2017 and are now able to make savings on household energy bills. Residents who missed out on the October auction will have another chance in February 2018.
Broadband demand survey
The superfast broadband rollout has now reached more than 95% of the county and is aiming for 99% coverage by 2020.
Residents can use the Connecting Cambridgeshire postcode checker to check the position in their area, and find out how to upgrade or improve broadband speeds.
Those who want superfast broadband but cannot access it yet are being asked to complete a short online broadband demand survey before the end of February 2018.
Progress on the Ely Bypass
We send regular updates to local residents, businesses and stakeholders on this major project.
- 15 December 2017 - Commercial and Investments Committee will consider full options for Shire Hall as part of a range of options for accommodation for council staff
- 19 December 2017 - General Purposes Committee will receive public consultation feedback on its budget planning and business plan
- 23 January 2018 - General Purposes Committee will recommend a budget for 2018/19
- 6 February 2018 - Full Council will set the Cambridgeshire County Council budget
You can follow full council meetings on our live web stream.