Agenda and decisions

Executive - Thursday, 26th November, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting. View directions

Contact: Anne Hunter  Democratic and Electoral Services Lead Specialist


No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 537 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Executive Meeting held on 29 October 2020.



Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest


Public Question Time

To answer any public questions


A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for members of the public to ask questions submitted under notice.


The Council welcomes questions from members of the public about the work of the Executive


Subject to meeting certain timescales, questions can relate to general issues concerned with the work of the Council or an item which is on the Agenda for this meeting.  For full details of the procedure for submitting questions please contact the Democratic Services Section on the numbers given below or go to



Member Question Time

To answer any member questions


A period of 20 minutes will be allowed for Members to ask questions submitted under Notice


Any questions not dealt with within the allotted time will be dealt with in a written reply



Andy Croy asked the Executive Member for Finance and Housing the following question:



Why does the Council consult the public on cuts to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme but not on Councillor pay rises?



Lindsay Ferris asked the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Services the following question:



We are aware that there have been a number of issues within Optalis over the past months.  Have the relations between RBWM and WBC now improved?



Rachelle Shepherd-DuBey asked the Executive Member for Planning and Enforcement the following question:



Have you received any notification of changes to planning for the future proposals by Ministry for Housing Community and Local Government as has been hinted at by the news media due to MPs revolting against the Government white paper?


Imogen Shepherd-DuBey asked the Executive Member for Business and Economic Development the following question:



Under our 'Love Wokingham' brand, Wokingham Town Council has setup a virtual access point for many of our local businesses in the town, which directs people to the online presence for our local shops and businesses. We have our own website and regularly promote these businesses on social media. During the lockdown windows we have been putting out lists of restaurants who are delivering takeaway food. A sort of virtual High Street, which we have not been charging for.


I can see that Wokingham Borough Council have decided to start up a Virtual Christmas Market for small local traders on a Facebook feed, for which they are, rather shockingly charging £20-£50 to use. Considering that there is clearly no web site development and this looks like a very minimal service, I am wondering what value it offers.


What is Wokingham Borough Council actually investing in to promote and support ALL virtual businesses across the Borough?


Tahir Maher asked the Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Services the following question:



Will the Council set up specific arrangements to assist with Loneliness, which is currently impacting on many residents across the Borough?  It not only impacts on the older population, but during this pandemic it is impacting on younger people as well. Existing issues that were present before are now becoming increasingly chronic.


This Council needs to consider and work at three levels to address loneliness: -

One to one:

  • Launch a local campaign to raise awareness of the health effects of loneliness and isolation amongst target risk groups. Make sure this information is available both off and online;



  • Support the voluntary and community sector to further strengthen referral partnerships with frontline healthcare staff and social workers;



  • Agree a long-term plan to act to prevent and reduce loneliness, so that it is part of the Council’s strategic intent; to regularly measure loneliness and mapping need through Needs Assessment and/or lifestyle surveys. Results of this can be used to monitor the impact of interventions.


Fees and Charges pdf icon PDF 282 KB

Additional documents:




1)            the schedule of fees and charges, as set out in Appendix A to the report, be approved to be effective from the dates listed on the schedule;


2)            Wokingham’s discretionary fees and charges for the Public Protection Partnership be approved and the statutory charges be noted, as set out in Appendix B, effective from 1 April 2021;


3)            an ongoing policy of free Saturday car parking in Council car parks during the run up to Christmas in December, this year being Saturday the 5th, 12th and 19th December, supported by a supplementary estimate of up to £20k be approved.



Support and Care Procurement pdf icon PDF 460 KB

Additional documents:


That full Council be recommended to approve:


1)            Officers to proceed with the Support and Care procurement, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report;


2)            Officers to create a compliant framework, from which to call off support and care packages;


3)         The Director of Adult Social Services to have delegated authority to approve business cases to enter into call off agreements with successful organisations for individual or block contracts where price and quality benefits are achieved.


Supplementary Estimate 20/21 – Monitoring Customer Satisfaction pdf icon PDF 827 KB




1)            a Supplementary Estimate for £20,000 be approved;


2)            the ongoing annual costs of £12,500 per annum for a further 2 years be noted.