Attached is the report scheduled for consideration by the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 8 September 2021, which will be held subsequently to the publication of the agenda for the meeting of Cabinet on 14 September 2021.
Cabinet is therefore asked to give due consideration to this report, together with the outcomes or any recommendations arising from the meeting of the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 8 September 2021.
Purpose of report
To provide Cabinet with an opportunity to review the proposed staffing restructure of the Arts, Culture and Events Service to realise immediate savings.
(1) Agrees to implement option 2, as set out in the report, as a proposed staffing restructure for the Arts, Culture and Events Service.
(2) Agrees that the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources be asked to authorise the use of the Council’s invest to save reserve in order to financially support the implementation of the revised staffing structure, with the amount required being determined by the final costings and agreed with the Chief Executive and Section 151 Officer.
Other options considered and rejected
Other options considered and rejected in relation to proposed staffing structures were set out in the report and exempt appendices.
Reason for decision
The Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy presented a report which outlined the outcome of an independent review of the Arts, Culture and Events Service. It had been highlighted that the service currently required a subsidy of 11% of the Council’s budget, with approximately £1 million spent on staffing. She made it clear, however, that there continued to be a great desire to continue to develop the Council’s programmes in relation to art, culture and events..
Feedback from the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cabinet and other elected Members, as well as that from other key stakeholders, had been considered to help understand what a reasonable staffing solution may consist of.
A special meeting of the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 3 August 2021 considered the final copy of the independent review report into the Arts, Culture and Events Service. Further information in relation to the financial implications of those staff affected by proposed new operating structures was considered at a meeting of the Culture and Visitor Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 8 September 2021 where it agreed to:
- Recommended option 2 as a specific staffing restructure for the Arts, Culture and Events Service to Cabinet for approval.
- Review the three centres (Bourne, Grantham and Stamford), with a view to determining a future operating model to enable the Council to decide on the direction of the Arts, Culture and Events Service in terms of objectives, who to target and the development of key performance indictors.
- For officers to return to the Committee during the next year with more detail regarding the different ways the Arts, Culture and Events Services could be delivered in the future.
- At the appropriate time, support the preparation of an amended Arts and Culture Strategy to clarify exactly what it was the Council wished to achieve.
The Leader of the Council reiterated that arts and culture were a vital part of what South Kesteven District Council delivered as an authority and was recognised as a priority. He made it clear that none of the centres in South Kesteven were at risk of closure as they were so important to the communities where they were located. Some of the buildings in particular were extremely historic and there was a commitment to continue preserving them alongside delivering these services.
At this stage of the meeting it was proposed, seconded and AGREED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting under Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that if they were to be present exempt information could be disclosed to them as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.
Cabinet considered Appendix 2 of the report, which set out proposed options for staffing restructures.