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Decisions of the PCC - February 2020

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable, this will be updated as soon as practicable.


Decisions of the PCC - February 2020
Decision Ref No. Decision Title  Decision Summary Date Authorised 
2019-192554  Strategic Assessment and Fixed Term Appointment of Chief Constable Richard Lewis   

Chief Constable Richard Lewis was appointed as Chief Constable on a Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) commencing 29 April 2019, running for five years to 29 April 2024.

We both indicated at the time of appointment that we recognised the importance to Cleveland’s public not only of exceptional strategic leadership but also of the need for long term stability in the role.

In June 2019 I issued a Strategic Direction which amongst other matters, require the Chief Constable to deliver a Strategic Assessment of the Force and a plan for addressing the necessary changes to restore the Force to sound operational and corporate health. Mr Lewis has done so. We have discussed – and I have considered – an extension to his FTA and I have determined that it is in the public interest to extend an offer to extend the term to the maximum extent permitted by law, which is three further years.

Mr Lewis accepted that offer. Mr Lewis has further agreed that:

1. In accordance with my Strategic Direction, a shared vision will be embedded in respect of openness, transparency and effective co-working between Cleveland Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. This will underpin good governance and form the basis of an enhanced ability for the current and future PCC to hold Cleveland Police to account in the public interest.

2. He will deliver a regular review of the Chief Constable’s Strategic Assessment with an annual report to the Police & Crime Commissioner.

3. There will be alignment of the Chief Constable’s personal Performance and Development Review objectives to the Road to Improvement and the Strategic Assessment, allowing the Police & Crime Commissioner to hold the Chief Constable personally and corporately to account for delivery of the unprecedented range of improvements necessary in respect of the Force.

Accordingly this Decision Record Form records my decision to extend the FTA in respect of Chief Constable Lewis, to expire on 29 April 2027.

The following appendices accompany this Decision Record Form and are published by way of amplification of my decision in this regard:

• Appendix A – Chief Constable’s letter of 24 January 2020
• Appendix B – Chief Constable’s Strategic Assessment
• Appendix C – My letter to the Chief Constable of 29 January 2020
• Appendix D – Chief Constable’s reply to my letter of 29 January 2020

2020-00194997 VCAS 12-month contract extension

The Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS) commenced on 1 April 2016 (Decision Reference 101-2015) following a joint commissioning exercise with Durham PCC.

Delivered by Safe in Tees Valley, the latest performance information between April 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019, shows that across Cleveland, 1,070 victims received a full victim's needs assessment to understand support requirements following their victimisation, while many more received telephone advice and support.

The current contractual arrangements with Safe In Tees Valley come to an end on March 31, 2020, and the Commissioners in both Cleveland and Durham intend to make an extension of 12 months.

The rationale for this is to:

1) Retain a quality service and to ensure continuity of service provision throughout the PCC election period, ensuring the incoming Commissioners (post May 2020) are not committed to a long-term contracual arrangement for victim services. The risk of re-procuring this service for a short period of time may result in limited interest from the market.

2) Enable pilot work to take place to inform a future service model based on work completed over recent months in relation to the victim's journey throughout the Criminal Justice System.

Decision: To approve a 12-month extension to the VCAS contract from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021 up to the value of £364,500 for the Cleveland area.

2019-00197886 Approval of 2020-2021 Budget and Association Paper  

This is a Decision Record Form outlining the PCC’s Budget and Capital Plans for 2020/21 and the Long Term Financial Plans to 2023/24.

There is a legal requirement for the PCC to set a budget prior to the 1st March each year for the following financial year. Approving this Decision will ensure that the PCC’s obligations in this area are met for 2020/21.

The Revenue Budget for 2020/21 is based on the approved £10 increase in precept for a Band D property for 2020/21 and sets out how the £155,475k of revenue funding to be received by the PCC in 2020/21 will be spent. The decision also sets out a capital programme of just over £5.5m for 2019/20 and provides details of how this will be spent.

To support this decision are the following attached papers:

  • Report on the Robustness of Estimates and Adequacy of Financial Reserves – including Reserve Strategy
  • LTFP 2020/21 to 2023/24 and Capital Plans 2020/21 to 2023/24
  • Cleveland Police LTFP 2020/21 to 2023/24
  • Treasury Management and Prudential Indicators 2020/21 to 2023/2024 - which includes the Investment Strategy
  • Minimum Revenue Provision Strategy
  • Capital Strategy

It is recommended, by the PCC’s Chief Finance Officer, that the PCC approves the Budget and Capital Plans for 2020/21 as attached to this Decision along with the Long Term Financial Plans to 2022/23. In approving this decision the Commissioner is agreeing to the allocation of resources set out within this decision and the associated appendices, and also the detailed recommendations contained within all of the attached papers. These LTFP papers were the subject detailed discussion at the Executive Board on the 17th February 2020.

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