Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Tuesday, 22nd May, 2012
Time:
9.30am
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Library, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees.
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Tracey Stott (In the Chair), Cllr Derrick Brown, Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Eileen Johnson, Cllr Norma Wilburn
Officers:
Kate Fulton (PIE); Graham Birtle, Julie Grant, Tanya Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr David Harrington (Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mark Chatburn, Cllr Terry Laing, Cllr Mick Stoker
Item Description Decision
Public
CSI
11/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CSI
12/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 5TH APRIL 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CSI
13/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 24TH APRIL 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CSI
14/12
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION - SERVICE OVERVIEW
AGREED that the report be noted.
CSI
15/12
REVIEW OF OUTSIDE BODIES
AGREED that the report be noted.
CSI
16/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. Welfare Reform will be on all Corporate and Social Inclusion Agenda's until the completion of the review.
CSI
17/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
9.30 - 11.30am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CSI
11/12
Cllr N Wilburn declared a personal non prejudicial interest in relation to the Corporate and Social Inclusion Service Overview item as she was Chaiman of the Employee Appeals Committee.
CSI
12/12
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 5th April 2012.
CSI
13/12
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 24th April 2012.
CSI
14/12
Members were presented with an overview of Legal Services. Members noted some of the key achievements of the service:

- Northshore Academy - Design and Build Contract
- Billingham House
- Stockton Campus
- High volume of child protection cases
- Ordinary Residence cases
- White water Course
- Reviewed Transport Licensing Policy
- Housing Regeneration
- The Globe - Funding Agreement

Members noted that the service was facing a number of challenges including budget reduction, increasing workloads and implications of EIT Reviews.

Members then discussed a number of emerging issues:

-Family Justice Review - Aim to bring the two types of family court together and reduce timescales for adoptions and care orders.

-Localising Council Tax

-Equality Impact Assessments - There was growing case law on the need to comply with equality duties.

-Supreme Court Application - To change current case law on child protection in relation to the threshold of significant harm.

-Reforming the Law of Taxi and Private Hire Services - To bring the two under the same regulations.

-Adult Social Care.

-Standards Regime - new code of conduct.

-Academy Conversions - Academies had opted to use Stockton Council's legal services.

-Land Charges/Environmental Information - The Local Government Association was managing litigation as a result of conflict between two sets of regulations.

-Yarm Town Council - Judicial Review was in progress.

-Health and Well Being Functions

-Special Educational Needs - consultation was underway.

During consideration of the presentation members discussed a number of issues:

- Loss of footpath on the grounds of the North Shore Academy

-Ordinary Residence and the transfer of liability for care costs between neighbouring authorities.

- Successful Employment Tribunal

- Compulsory Purchase Orders and the assistance provided to those who were displaced by such orders.

- External legal costs and the capacity of the in house team.
CSI
15/12
Members received an update report regarding the Review of Outside Bodies and noted that, as had been agreed, a number of interviews had taken place with officers and members on this matter. Members were informed of a number of emerging issues.

Members were also provided with Financial data relating to Memberships and Subscriptions for 2011/12.

Once all interviews and research had been concluded an analysis would be developed for members, to assist their consideration and formation of recommendations.
CSI
16/12
Consideration was given to the project plan and it was noted that the Scrutiny Officer would be having a meeting with officers to begin to scope the review of Energy Supply.

Members requested that Welfare Reform be on all agendas during the lead up and then completion of that review.
CSI
17/12
The Chair had submitted his apologise as he could not attend the meeting and it was noted that there was nothing to report.

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