Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Corporate, Adult Services & Social Inclusion Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 15th September, 2009
Time:
9.30am
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees. TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mick Stoker (Chairman), Cllr Mrs Lynne Apedaile, Cllr Aidan Cockerill, Cllr Mrs Suzanne Fletcher, Cllr Maurice Frankland (Vice Councillor Mrs Jean O'Donnell), Cllr Miss Tina Large and Cllr Roy Rix
Officers:
Mrs B Brown (R); Mrs T Harrison and Mrs J Trainer (LD)
In Attendance:
A member of the public was present
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Andrew Larkin, Cllr Mrs Jean O'Donnell, Cllr Mick Womphrey,
Item Description Decision
Public
CAS
19/09
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
CAS
20/09
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 27TH JULY 2009
CONCLUDED that the draft minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2009 be agreed as a correct record and be forwarded on to Council for consideration.
CAS
21/09
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF COMMUNICATIONS, CONSULATION AND ENGAGEMENT
CONCLUDED that:

1. The Report be noted.

2. Members will provide officers with suggestions for recommendation to be considered at the meeting on 1st October 2009.

3. Officers will provide Members with the response rates of the employee survey by departments.
9.30 - 10.45am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CAS
20/09
Members considered the draft minutes of the meeting held on 27th July 2009.
CAS
21/09
Members received baselining information on Consultation and Engagement.

Members requested that officers circulated possible recommendations highlighted from the evidence presented to the Select Committee prior to the next meeting to enable Members to formulate their own ideas on recommendations without duplicating officer's recommendations.

Members made the following observations:

- The Youth Forum and over 50's Forum were valuable engagement Forums but could not be relied on as the only engagement method with young people and the over 50's.
- Adequate consultation periods should be allowed.
- Joint agency arrangements could be beneficial, however Stockton Borough Council needed to ensure that it was able to exercise an appropriate level of control especially in relation to consultation.
- Should have officers in related areas who were trained in consultation and engagement who could provide additional support when required.

Members commented that there needed to be analysis on the impact of the funding provided to organisations from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and whether it benefited the community to inform future decisions.

Members advised that constructive engagement was required with employees, throughout the EIT process and suggested that employee forums could be established to address their concerns and issues.

Members requested a breakdown of the employee survey and were advised that officers would provide the response rates by department.

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