Fire and Rescue Authority - 13 February 2012

13 February 2012
Headquarters, Shrewsbury

Please note that details of complaints made about, and compliments received by, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are available at every meeting of the Fire Authority for Members to peruse. Please ask either Lynn Ince or Sharon Lloyd if you would like to look at them.

  • 01. Apologies for Absence

  • 02. Declarations of Interest

    Members are reminded that they should declare any personal and/or prejudicial interests at this point and that they should leave the meeting room before any item, in which they have a prejudicial interest, is discussed.

  • 03. Minutes

    Members are asked to agree the minutes, attached marked 3, of the Fire Authority meeting, held on 14 December 2011, and that they be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

    For decision
  • 04. Public Questions

    Members are asked to receive any questions, statements or petitions, of which notice has been received, from members of the public.

  • 05. Standards Committee Minutes

    Members are asked to receive the minutes of the Standards Committee meeting, held on 16 January 2012, attached marked 5, and decide upon the recommendations at item 5. The report relating to those recommendations is attached, marked 5a.

    For decision
  • 06. Strategy and Resources Committee Non-Exempt Minutes

    Members are asked to receive the non-exempt minutes of the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting, held on 19 January 2012, attached marked 6, and consider, and decide upon, the recommendations at items 5, 8 and 10. The reports relating to those items are attached, marked 6a, 6b and 6c respectively. The recommendations at item 9 of the Committee minutes will be considered as part of item 11 on the agenda for this meeting.

    Please note that the appendix to paper 6c (Capital Programmes 2012/13 to 2016/17 and Prudential Guidelines) is an exempt document. It will, therefore, be necessary to move into closed session at this point to consider the recommendation relating to this appendix.

    For decision
  • 07. Local Government Act 1972

    Members are asked to consider a resolution under section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined, by the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) to the Act, by virtue of Paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    For decision
  • 08. Capital Programmes 2012/13 to 2016/17 and Prudential Guidelines (Paragraph 3)

    Members are asked to receive and agree the paper Capital Programmes 2012/13 to 2016/17 and Prudential Guidelines (the appendix to paper 6c), attached marked 8.

    For decision
  • 09. Fire Authority Exempt Minutes (Paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

    Members are asked to agree the exempt minutes, marked 9, of the Fire Authority meeting, held on 14 December 2011, and that they be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

    For decision
  • 10. Strategy and Resources Committee Exempt Minutes (Paragraphs 3 and 4)

    Members are asked to receive and note the exempt minutes of the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting, held on 19 January 2012, attached marked 10.

    For information
  • 11. Revenue Budget, Capital Programme and Medium Term Financial Planning

    This report, attached marked 11, incorporates the recommendations, made by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 19 January 2012, for the Authority’s 2012/13 budget, updates on changes since the Committee met, and confirms the use of assumptions for medium-term financial planning.

    A draft Medium Term Corporate Plan 2012 to 2017 (referred to in section 7 on page 3 of the report) can be found on the Service website at the following link:

    For decision
  • 12. Revenue Budget: 2012/13 Precept

    This report, attached marked 12, seeks Fire Authority approval to a budget for 2012/13; Council Tax levels for 2012/13; and precepts on billing authorities and related matters.

    For decision
  • 13. Draft Service Plan 2012/13

    This report, attached marked 13, sets out proposals for the annual Service Plan 2012/13 to support delivery of the Fire Authority’s ‘Medium Term Corporate Plan'.

    For decision
  • 14. Draft Response to Fire and Rescue Service National Framework Consultation

    The Fire and Rescue National Framework sets out the Coalition Government's expectations for fire and rescue authorities in England. This report, attached marked 14, summarises the Framework and sets out a proposed response on behalf of the Fire Authority to the current consultation exercise.

    For decision
  • 15. Pay Policy Statement

    This report, attached marked 15, puts forward a draft Pay Policy Statement for the consideration of the full Authority, as required under the Localism Act 2011.

    For decision
  • 16. Annual Review of Charges - Special Services

    This report, attached marked 16, presents proposed increases in charges made for special services.

    For decision
  • 17. Process for Approval of the Statemet of Accounts

    This report, attached marked 17, details the review carried out by the Audit and Performance Management Committee of the approval process for the Statement of Accounts, and makes recommendations for its amendment.

    For decision
  • 18. Consultation on Proposed Policy Statement for Part 2 of the Localism Act 2011

    The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on a proposed policy statement for Part 2 of the Localism Act 2011. This report, attached marked 18, provides an executive summary of the statement and sets out the proposed response to the consultation for consideration by the Fire Authority.

    For decision
  • 19. Annual Report of the Human Resources Committee

    This report, attached marked 19, advises of the work carried out by the Fire Authority's Human Resources Committee during 2011.

    For information
  • 20. Information and Communications Technology Update

    Members are asked to note that the recently installed Local Area Network (LAN) and Shropshire Council provided Wide Area Network (WAN) are now fully operational with real-time fallback and disaster recovery arrangements in place at Telford Central. Remedial work on the consolidation of servers for optimisation of performance and enhanced security continues, thus enabling a more reliable and supportable network.

    Developments are now underway to performance test and install new station end equipment, which will be integrated to the new WAN, with the WAN acting as the primary mobilising bearer for the recently deployed command and control system (completion expected end of March 2012).

    Alternative solutions are being evaluated to secure a resilient secondary fallback bearer. A hardware refresh of the wireless network infrastructure is scheduled to improve the consistency, reliability and speed of information updates to the mobile data terminals on fire appliances.

    An announcement on the grant allocation to support Fire Control arrangements post cancellation of the national FiReControl Project is now expected mid-late February 2012. The Government is reviewing 25 bids, 11 from consortia of two or more Fire and Rescue Authorities (of which Hereford and Worcester and this Fire Authority represent one bid) and 14 from single Fire Authorities.

    For information
  • 21. FiReControl

    For your information, on 13 January 2012, the Members (i.e. the 5 fire and rescue authority owners), and separately the Board of Directors, of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Services Regional Control Centre Ltd Company resolved unanimously (a) to return any surplus funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government grant for the Regional Fire Control Company (currently at approximately £145,000) minus all costs and disbursements which have been, or will be, incurred by and on behalf of the Company up to dissolution; and (b) to voluntarily dissolve the Company and empowered the Chairman of the Board and the Company’s legal advisor to complete all necessary administrative steps to dissolve the Company.

    For information

Definitions of Exempt Information

Paragraph 1
Information relating to any individual
Paragraph 2
Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual
Paragraph 3
Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding the information)
Paragraph 4
Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or office holders under, the authority.
Paragraph 5
Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
Paragraph 6
Information which reveals that the authority proposes:

(a) to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or

(b) to make an order or direction under any enactment.
Paragraph 7
Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.

Further information:

sharon [dot] lloyd [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Sharon Lloyd) - Corporate Services Manager

Telephone: 01743 260 210