Agenda and minutes
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Declarations of Interest
The following Councillors declared an interest in the minutes:
Personal – his son is a student at a local academy
Personal – he used to be employed by an academy chain
Personal - his son is a student at a local academy. One of the academy sponsors is known to him.
Personal – his grandson is a student at a local academy
- Appednix A - Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2016/17 Ideas By Quarter , item 8. PDF 155 KB
- Appendix B - Chairs and Vice Chairs Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme Ideas , item 8. PDF 177 KB
- Appendix C - Update on the 2015-16 Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme , item 8. PDF 44 KB
The Continuous Improvement and Democratic Services Manager presented an update on the overview and scrutiny work programme 2015/16. Members had completed the areas of work they had identified as a high priority, including a review of digital inclusion and community safety. Members had also formed a task and finish group to consider the impact on higher education provision in the town of a decision by the University of Brighton to close its campus in Hastings. The Continuous Improvement and Democratic Services Manager noted that this group would receive a further update at an appropriate time.
Throughout 2015/16 members had also reviewed the structure of the council’s overview and scrutiny function. Following the recommendations of overview and scrutiny members, the council had adopted a single Overview and Scrutiny Committee, combining the responsibilities of the previous Services and Resources committees, from May 2016. Members agreed to form a team to review the new arrangements as part of their quarter 2 activities. Councillors Charman, Howard, Patmore, Rankin and Turner agreed to be part of this review team.
The committee considered the recommendations of the Chair and Vice Chair on priority areas for consideration as part of the 2016/17 work programme. Members were mindful that the council would continue to implement its organisational transformation programme over the next year, by reviewing working practices and exploring new opportunities for income generation to address the significant financial challenges it continued to face. The committee was keen to meet with the Leader and Deputy Leader at an early stage to better understand the corporate prioritising and planning process that would be taking place over the coming months to help inform the production of the corporate plan and budget for 2018/19. Members were also keen to understand how learning from the use of base budgeting as part of the recent cleaning contract procurement process could be applied in future.
Members would also receive an update at quarter 3 on how the application of IT packages, including blockchain technologies, could assist the council’s transformation intentions. The committee acknowledged that this was in line with the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Review of Digital Inclusion, which had been undertaken as part of the 2015/16 work programme. Councillors Dowling, Patmore and Howard also agreed to form a task and finish group to test the council’s new website.
Consideration was given to the implementation of the recommendation of an earlier scrutiny review, which had investigated how the council could work more closely with local schools. Members were advised that a task and finish group of education and non-education partners, chaired by the Leader of the Council, had met at the end of 2015. The task and finish group had recommended examining options to recruit key works to the area. Since then, efforts had been underway with a range of partners in the public and private sector to explore an opportunity for partnership working to support the recruitment and retention of staff.
Discussion took place regarding the impact of the recent referendum ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
Invitation to Lead Members for 2016/17
The Continuous Improvement and Democratic Services Manager asked for the committee’s approval to invite Lead Member’s to the quarterly overview and scrutiny performance monitoring committees for the 2016/17 municipal year.
RESOLVED that Lead Members be formally invited to attend Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings for 2016/17 municipal year