Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Corporate and Social Inclusion Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 30th April, 2013
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 Derrick Brown, Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Jean Kirby, Cllr Terry Laing, Cllr Tracey Stott
Officers:
Beccy Brown, Julie Danks, Debbie Hurwood (R); Lesley King (P.I.E); Tanya Harrison, Michelle Jones, Margaret Waggott (LD)
In Attendance:
none
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Cherrett and Cllr Wilburn
Item Description Decision
Public
CSI
1/13
EVACUATION PROCEDURES
 
CSI
2/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CSI
3/13
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 27TH NOVEMBER 2012 AND 5TH MARCH 2013
 
CSI
4/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 5TH MARCH 2013
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CSI
5/13
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION - SERVICE OVERVIEW
AGREED that the reports be noted.
CSI
6/13
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the update be noted.
CSI
7/13
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
09.30 - 11.15am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CSI
1/13
The evacuation procedure was noted.
CSI
2/13
There were no declarations of interest.
CSI
3/13
The minutes of the meetings held on 27th November 2012 and 5th March 2013 were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
CSI
4/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 5th March 2013.
CSI
5/13
Consideration was given to the scrutiny overview of Corporate and Social Inclusion Select Committee from the previous twelve months which included Resources and Democratic Services.

The Corporate Director of Resources, Head of Human Resources and Communications, Head of Customer Services and Head of Policy, Improvement and Engagement, delivered a presentation to Members which highlighted the main achievements and Challenges Communications and Resources had faced over the year.

The main issues that were discussed were:

- Changes to legislation
- Policy Implementations
- Budget/resource reductions
- Maintaining communications whilst addressing financial changes
- Provide clear communications for welfare reform
- Empty Property Rate Avoidance
- Absence Policy, would be undertaken along with other policy matters to check the Policy was fit for purpose and check the reasons behind absence
- Pension Review would be looked into
- Challenge of working with voluntary and community centre, encouraging a change in method and thinking.
- Development of a new Council Plan
- Consider a new approach when dealing with community.

The Head of Democratic Services also delivered a presentation to Members highlighting the main achievements and challenges Democratic Services had faced over the year.

The main issues that were discussed were:

- Community and engagement Strategy, maximising public awareness and build upon the success of the current strategy.
- Great War Centenary, consideration how the Borough could support the Centenary.
- Individual electoral registration requiring big changes to business systems, IT infrastructure and existing interface with electorate, contractors and third parties. Generating additional long term workload.
- Continued impact of national health and Police reform in the context of the Scrutiny arrangements and work programmes. New regulations extending the scope of health scrutiny powers to all relevant health service providers
- Budget reduction targets would, if approved would impact on management and delivery of the current service.
CSI
6/13
The Scrutiny Officer advised that all review from Legal Services and monitoring. Outstanding reports, hopefully some would be signed off.

The next topic for review would be NEPO and Procurement for which there would be a presentation.

The next meeting would be 11th June 2013.
CSI
7/13
The Chair had nothing to report.

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