Closed Consultations

  • School Admission Arrangements 2013-14

    The Local Authority has to determine admission arrangements for the September 2013 admission round by 15th April 2012. The Authority has already consulted with school governing bodies and others in the Autumn Term. The purpose of this document (attached below) is to set out the final consultation on: Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for 2013-14; Within-Year Transfer Policy 2013-14; Admission Policy for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2013-14; and... More
    Closed 16 March 2012
  • Shop Fronts and Security Shutters Supplementary Planning Document

    Following the riots in August 2011, local authorities were advised by the government of the importance of ensuring a balance between maximising property security and protecting the look and character of our high streets; planning authorities were asked to review their existing planning policies in this regard. Additionally, the existing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) dates from 1995. Whilst much of the design guidance is equally relevant today, it does not take account of changes... More
    Closed 8 May 2012
  • Pennines Green Infrastructure Action Plan Consultation Draft

    Green infrastructure is the natural outdoor environment around us and is part of the life support system of the community. It includes all the green spaces from gardens, playing fields, parks and street trees to the wider countryside surrounding the borough. It also includes open water features such as canals, streams and lakes. These spaces provide a number of essential benefits that support our quality of life, health and well-being by providing opportunities for sport and recreation,... More
    Closed 25 May 2012
  • Former Balderstone Technology College - Land Disposal Consultation

    Residents’ views sought over future of school site Members of the public are being invited to comment on plans to redevelop part of the former Balderstone Technology College site in Queen Victoria Street, Rochdale. It will be vacant from August 2013 when Kingsway Park High School, which currently occupies the land, relocates to Turf Hill Road. As the current school site will then no longer be needed for educational purposes, Rochdale Borough Council is planning to... More
    Closed 13 July 2012
  • Rochdale Draft Core Strategy August 2012

    The Core Strategy is a borough-wide strategic framework for growth and development up to 2028. It includes policies that set out the broad scale and location of new housing and employment development, transport and environmental policies and policies for determining planning applications. We have produced a Draft Core Strategy to give residents and stakeholders the opportunity to comment on our propsals. This will give the Council the opportunity to make any necessary changes arising from... More
    Closed 24 September 2012
  • Park Satisfaction Survey

    The Environmental Management service at Rochdale Council manage your public parks. Over the last few years we have obtained many accolades for excellent management, with Green Flag Awards being won by 8 parks and other open spaces in 2011. The Green Flag Awards are achieved through an independent inspection with the scheme being run by “Keep Britain Tidy”. We need the comments from members of the public to make sure we continue to deliver the best public parks and other open... More
    Closed 30 September 2012
  • Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2013-2016

    Tri-annual review of council policy under s349 of the Gambling Act 2005. This authority has now commenced its consultation and the updated Policy is now available. Should you have any comments on the suggested amendments or indeed you wish to propose other alterations to the policy please place them in writing no later than Thursday 1st November 2012. Contact Mrs Beverley Wilkinson Service Manager Licensing Rochdale Borough Council P O Box 32 Telegraph... More
    Closed 1 November 2012
  • Healthwatch Survey

    Rochdale MBC wants to hear your views about Local Healthwatch. This is a new organisation being set up to provide information, advice and support about health and social care services. Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion for both health and social care. It will exist in two distinct forms – Local Healthwatch at local level (from April 2013), and Healthwatch England at a national level (from October 2012). Until April 2013 Local Involvement Networks (LINks) will... More
    Closed 21 November 2012
  • SFL104 - Review Skills Budget for Foundation Learning

    Outline of Proposal Rochdale Borough Councils has a statutory duty to work with a range of partners and providers to ensure the mix and balance of Education, Employment and Training meets the needs of its young people from 16-19 (up to 25 for Learners with Learning Disability and Difficulty (LLDD)). In previous years funding has been provided to Local Authorities through grant funding to lead the drive to ensure adequate Foundation Learning Provision (below L2) is in place for those... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL108 - Review Sure Start Commissioning Budget

    Outline of Proposal In Rochdale Borough over 95% of antenatal and postnatal appointments take place in children’s centres, which enables Sure Start staff to access parents both prior to and after the birth. Sure Start had a service level agreement (SLA) with Pennine Acute NHS Trust in relation to the midwifery service and the registration of new births. Parental consent would be gained enabling children’s centres to then act on this information. The SLA with Pennine Acute NHS... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC106 - Review of Community Safety Commissioning Budget - contingency / community alcohol

    Outline of Proposal The Community Safety section of Customers and Communities is responsible for commissioning a range of services to minimise crime and disorder in the borough. Some of the budget is earmarked for expenditure which can’t be predicted in advance (a contingency fund) such as the costs of handling far-right demonstrations, repairing CCTV equipment which goes faulty during the year and specific research and intelligence projects, such as Domestic Homicide Reviews. It is... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL109 - Review Sustainability Grants

    Outline of Proposal This proposal is to reduce the Sustainability grant available for Private, Voluntary and Independent childcare providers in the borough. The Sustainability grant is a small grant allocated by Sure Start in order to support childcare providers who are experiencing a temporary challenge to their business sustainability. The purpose of the grant is to enable providers to stay in business where the supply of places is needed to meet the Council’s Duty under the... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL111 - Review Out of School Start up Grant

    Outline of Proposal Sure Start has funding available to support the development of new out of school childcare provision to meet the council’s duties under the Childcare Sufficiency Act. To ensure sufficient provision locally we do not need to stimulate supply and so the grant allocated can be reduced. General Impact Minimum demand is now placed on the budget and the council does not need a high level of expansion to meet its duties under the Childcare Sufficiency Duty (Childcare... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL113 - Review School Improvement (Secondary)

    Outline of Proposal The School Improvement Team offers challenge and support to all schools in the Rochdale Borough in order to improve educational provision and raise standards for all learners. The council has a statutory duty of intervention where there is serious underperformance. From 1 September 2012, all secondary schools will be members of The Pioneer Trust in partnership with the council. The Pioneer Trust, rather than the council, will co-ordinate school improvement in its... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL202 - Review the cost of SEN Home to School/College Transport

    Outline of Proposal The council has a statutory duty to make sure that children and young people with special needs / a disability are provided with a school/college place suitable to their needs. If this is not the nearest school/college to their home address (for example a special school/college) then the council has a duty to make sure the child reaches this provision. Historically this has been via the provision of free home to school / home to college transport. It is now... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL204 - Review Skills Budget – Apprenticeships

    Outline of Proposal Having researched best practice and met with a number North West Local Authorities with established Apprenticeship Programmes, a series of revisions and recommendations to RMBC’s scheme have been agreed, which mean we can reduce the budget by £82k. RMBC Skills Team has aligned other funding streams such as the GM Commitment to Youth Unemployment and The Youth Contract to ensure the momentum to increase numbers of young people accessing Apprenticeship opportunities... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL208 - Review of Staffing and Provision made by Children with Disabilities (CWD) Team

    Outline of Proposal Many of the children known to the CWD Team are also known to specialist health services. It is proposed work is undertaken to look at how the CWD Team might be more closely integrated with the work of health agencies, to address the needs of children and their families as well as avoiding duplication and realising savings. This will result in the work being able to be commissioned jointly by the council and the new Clinical Commissioning Groups which are run by GPs. ... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • ASC304 - Changes to the funding arrangements for the provision of Mental Health Advisory Services

    Outline of Proposal Adult Care has historically funded a specialised Mental Health Advice Worker post in the councils Advice Service. The service is currently being remodelled. Rather than have one post to provide specific advice it is proposed that all advisors are trained to help meet the needs of people with mental health issues. General Impact We expect the proposal to have an impact on the level and breadth of advice provided. This impact will be kept to a minimum whilst... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC115 - Review of Staffing in Revenues and Benefits and Customer Access

    Outline of Proposal The re-structure and integration of the existing Revenues and Benefits and Customer Access functions. A review of the Community Language Service, with the intention of ensuring a cost effective solution is in place, to meet the reduced needs of a smaller Council from 2013/14 onwards. There is already a strong relationship between the Customer Access and Revenues and Benefits services, with the receipt of benefits evidence at front line customer service centres... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC109 - Review of Voluntary Sector Grants - Housing

    Outline of Proposal The Council currently commissions a range of services for homeless people, or those at risk of becoming homeless, through Voluntary Sector grants. The proposal is to save £300k as phased reduction over 2 years. Grants would be reduced by 25% in 2013-14 and 75% in 2012-15. A review of the services provided will be carried out in 2013-14. Any reduction in 2012-15 will be subject to the outcome of this review. General Impact The services offer opportunities... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • OPS105 - Review of Catering Service at Touchstones

    Outline of Proposal In 2003 when Touchstones Heritage Centre opened, Facilities Management was asked to provide an on site café for six months whilst it was tendered under the Best Value initiative. The café was tendered but no company or individual expressed an interest in operating it. Facilities Management continued to operate it in partnership with Link4life. The partnership operates on a shared risk/profit basis based on an agreed Service Level Agreement (SLA). However, the café... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • TS204 - Remodel Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Input

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed to delete one social worker post within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health team (CAMHS). By appropriate screening of referrals it is anticipated that the service will be able to offer appropriate levels of support to those children and young people most in need. Lower level support will be offered by other services where required, often by professionals who already work with the child in question, and these professionals will be able to access advice... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL101 - Review Youth Service Provision

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed that the Youth Service is restructured and that: The numbers of senior management posts are reduced as well as a small number of front line youth work posts and admin support. The budget allocated for commissioning of adult volunteering with the Youth Service is reduced. Cleaning and caretaking costs across Youth Service managed sites is reduced The number of mobile facilities is reduced from 3 to 2. General... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • PR103 - Public Protection

    Outline of Proposal This proposal comprises four elements: Withdrawing the Stray Dog Service Withdrawing from a Greater Manchester (AGMA) initiative for inspecting low risk food premises Two proposals relating to staff changes General Impact The ending of the Stray Dog Service will have an impact specific to those parts of the Borough where there are problems of stray dogs which is described in the EIA. The withdrawal from the AGMA scheme will cease... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC113 - Review of Advice Services

    Outline of Proposal This report proposes: The removal of £100,000 from total social welfare advice budgets, leaving a remaining advice budget in 2013/14 of £346,000, a reduction on the 2012/13 budget of just over 22%. Note that if proposal ASC304 is approved, this commissioning budget would reduce to £307,000. The removal of employment and immigration from the scope of Council funded advice services in order to focus remaining resources on debt, housing and welfare... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL103 - Information, Advice and Guidance

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed that the budget for commissioned 13 – 19 (up to the age of 25 for Learning Difficulty and Disability) Information, Advice and Guidance Service is reduced from April 2013. Changes to councils statutory duties for the delivery of Careers Education Advice and Guidance (from September 2012) mean that Rochdale Borough Council no longer has to provide a ‘universal’ service to all 13-19 year olds, as was previously statute. The changes include: ... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC106b - Review of Contribution to Youth Offending Team

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed to reduce the provision of funding from the Safer Communities budget to the Youth Offending Team (YOT). This funding is used to commission the Include project, where YOT workers work intensively with young people with a view to reducing anti-social behaviour and deflect young people away from criminal activity. The proposed ongoing reduction is 23% (ie £30,000 from a current annual commitment of £130,000). General Impact The reduction in funding... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • SFL105 - Increase income generation - Education Psychology

    Outline of Proposal Councils have a statutory duty to identify and assess those children whose needs require additional educational provision (educational provision that is over that which is normally available in a mainstream school). In order to fulfill this statutory duty the council is required to maintain an Educational Psychology Service which is sufficiently flexible. Over the last year, the service has investigated and found that schools would be willing to enter into a... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • CC106a - Review of Partnership Business Group (PBG) Operational Budget

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed to reduce the provision of funding to the operational budget of the Partnership Business Group (PBG) by £15,000. The PBG is a multi-agency group made up of police and council officers. It aims to co-ordinate action across all agencies with a view to reducing crime and disorder across the borough. Levels of Crime and Disorder have been falling across the Borough and officers feel that a reduction of 25% in this budget is appropriate. General... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
  • TS109 - Collaborative Delivery of Youth Offending Team Services between Rochdale MBC and Bury MBC

    Outline of Proposal It is proposed as a basis for consultation that the Rochdale Youth Offending Team manage Bury Youth Offending Team and provide a number of integrated services, including the triage service, across both boroughs. The courts and the custody suites that are available to young people from Rochdale Borough are now based in Bury, following the closure of this provision in Rochdale. It is more effective to offer a unified triage service, aimed at diverting young people... More
    Closed 12 December 2012
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