Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Tuesday, 16th October, 2012
Time:
9.30am
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, 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 Michael Clark, Cllr Tracey Stott, Cllr Norma Wilburn
Officers:
Stephen Calvert, Neil Ellison, Linda Stephenson (DNS); Kate Fulton (PIE); Angela Lench (R); Graham Birtle, Tanya Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
Nicola Shelley, Ian Taylor (NEPO)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mark Chatburn, Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Terry Laing
Item Description Decision
Public
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42/12
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
CSI
43/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CSI
44/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 26TH JUNE 2012 AND 17TH JULY 2012.
 
CSI
45/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 4TH SEPTEMBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
CSI
46/12
REVIEW OF MEMBERSHIP TO OUTSIDE BODIES
AGREED that the Action Plan be approved.
CSI
47/12
REVIEW OF ENERGY SUPPLY
AGREED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. Details of other Local Authorities best practice and models in relation to Energy Supply.

3. Details from South Lakeland Council regarding their collective switching model.
CSI
48/12
REVIEW OF IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORM
AGREED that the report be noted.
CSI
49/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that consideration is given to the scope of the review.
CSI
50/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
9.30 - 11.15am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CSI
42/12
The evacuation procedure was noted.
CSI
43/12
There were no declarations of interest.
CSI
44/12
The minutes of the meetings held on 26th June 2012 and 17th July 2012 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CSI
45/12
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 4th September 2012.
CSI
46/12
Members were presented with the Action Plan setting out how the agreed recommendations from the Review of Membership to Outside Bodies would be implemented and target dates for completion.
CSI
47/12
Members received information regarding the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) from Ian Taylor (NEPO Director) and Nicola Shelley (Senior Regional Category Specialist at NEPO) which included:

-Who NEPO were
-NEPO's Remit
-NEPO Energy Procurement
-NEPO Energy Customer Breakdown
-Breakdown of Electricity Costs for 2012
-Electricity Market
-Flexible Energy Procurement
-Fixed Price Contract
-Flexible Purchasing
-Buying and Risk Management
-Savings
-Benefits to its Members
-Future Developments related to Energy

The main issues discussed were as follows:

-Costs to Authorities
-Responsibility for the infrastructure
-Sleeving (Direct Purchasing from Energy Generators)
-Future Development Policies
-Flexible contract better than fixed
-Collective Switching (A community negotiating cheaper energy bills)
-Spreading risk through joint working

The Committee requested the following further information:

-Details of other Local Authorities best practice and models in relation to Energy Supply.
-Details from South Lakeland Council regarding their collective switching model.
CSI
48/12
Members received information regarding Local Council Tax Scheme Consultation Feedback which included:

-Consultation Feedback
-Impact Assessment Information

The main issues discussed were as follows:

-Questionnaire Responses
-Reach of the questionnaire
CSI
49/12
The Scrutiny Officer made Members aware of a Centre for Public Scrutiny Welfare Reform Policy Briefing. This suggested different approaches of scrutiny review.

The Scrutiny Officer requested that Members considered which approach they wished to take when the review commenced.
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50/12
The Chair had nothing to report.

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