Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Tuesday, 24th April, 2012
Time:
9.30am
Place:
Lecture Hall, Stockton Library, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mick Stoker (Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown, Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Eileen Johnson, Cllr Tracey Stott, Cllr Norma Wilburn
Officers:
B Brown (C); K Fulton (PIE); J Danks, D Hurwood (R); G. Birtle, T Harrison, N Hart, S McDonald, J Trainer (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr David Coleman (Cabinet Member for Access and Communities), Cllr David Harrington (Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Terry Laing
Item Description Decision
Public
CSI
5/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CSI
6/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 6TH MARCH 2012
AGREED that the minutes be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CSI
7/12
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION - SERVICE OVERVIEW
AGREED that:

1. The update reports be noted.

2. Details of out of hours Members' ICT assistance be circulated to all Members.

3. The Customer Services annual report include information on the type of queries received and timescales for completion.

4. The Council's sickness absence monitoring and Council Tax be benchmarked against other authorities.

5. Information relating to the outcomes of petitions submitted under the Council's scheme be circulated to Members of the Committee.
CSI
8/12
REVIEW OF OUTSIDE BODIES
AGREED that:

1. the report be noted.

2. further information as described above be provided.
CSI
9/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. The Scrutiny Officer will arrange an additional meeting of this Select Committee in July 2012.
CSI
10/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
9.30 - 11.30am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CSI
5/12
There were no declarations of interest.
CSI
6/12
The minutes of the meeting were signed as a correct record.
CSI
7/12
Members were reminded that in the last 12 months, as a result of a number of EIT reviews undertaken across the Resource's service areas, there had been some structural changes and consolidation of office accommodation.

Members received an update highlighting the key achievements, challenges, emerging issues of the following service areas:

-Communications
-Human Resources
-Customer Services and Taxation
-Finance
-Policy, Improvement and Engagement
-Xentrall Shared Services

During consideration specific discussion took place with regard to the following:-

- Members' opportunity to access out of hours IT assistance.
- Queries received by the contact centre and performance in responding to them.
- Benchmarking of sickness absence and Council Tax.
- Members' printer consolidation in Municipal Buildings. The Committee indicated its support for this approach and noted that MAP would be considering a report in the future.

Members were also provided with an update highlighting key achievements, challenges and emerging issues within the Democratic Services Unit's areas of responsibility:

- Democratic and Member Services
- Civic Services
- Community Engagement
- Electoral Services
- Scrutiny

Information relating to the impact of the Democratic Service's EIT Review was also provided, together with details of a recent restructuring of the service's management team.

During consideration of the report the Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance urged that, those members who had not already done so, should complete their Personal Development Plans prior to the Council being assessed for Member Development Charter Plus.

Further information was also requested, by the Committee, on the outcomes of petitions submitted under the Council's scheme.
CSI
8/12
Further to information requested at the Corporate and Social Inclusion meeting held on 6th March 2012, Members were provided with further details of the bodies selected for the review, the research plan which included an outline of the survey questions, a suggested list of those to be interviewed and the categories by which a value for money exercise of the outside bodies within the scope, would be accessed.

It was explained that criteria had been identified to determine which organisations would fall within the scope of the review. One of the criterion suggested that only bodies attracting Council spend in excess of 3000 should be included. Members queried the number of bodies falling below the 3000 ceiling, which may, collectively, have a significant impact on Council resources. It was noted that officers would provide this information at the next meeting.
CSI
9/12
The Scrutiny Officer advised that the Carers and Independent Living Services Scrutiny report would be presented to Executive Scrutiny on 8th May 2012, followed by Cabinet on 17th May 2012.

The next Committee meeting, to be held on 22th May 2012 would consider Legal Services overview and the Review of Outside Bodies.

Members were advised that the timetable for the Review of Energy Supplies would consist of the Tripartite on 18th June with the scope and project plan being presented to Committee on 26th June 2012. The Scrutiny Officer suggested an additional meeting be arranged in July to accommodate the review prior to the August recess.

Members were advised that a presentation of the Review of Impact of Welfare Reform would be given at this Committee meeting on 26th June 2012.
CSI
10/12
The Chair had nothing to report.

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