People Cabinet Member – Minutes – 28 July 2014

As part of the council’ strategic planning framework an annual directorate plan was produced to provide an overview of each directorate, detailing the contribution to support delivery of the council’s strategic aims.

The directorate had worked hard to deliver the priorities and actions set out in the previous year’s plan.

The People Directorate performed well against its 24 key performance indicators that were reported against the Council Strategy in 2013/14, 18 of which met or exceeded the target and 5 within the agreed tolerances. The final position for each indicator was shown in Appendix 1.

The Council Strategy had been reviewed and updated and the new strategy retained the four council priorities but the delivery actions which explained how the priorities would be achieved had been revised.

Further details were outlined within the report and its associated appendices.

Resolved – That the Directorate Plan 2014/15 and the proposed key performance indicators, targets and tolerances for 2014/15, for reporting progress against the Council Strategy, be approved.

143      (7) PEOPLE DIRECTORATE UPDATE OF CAPITAL PROGRAMMES PROPOSED NEW STARTSThe Director of People submitted a report which sought approval to proceed with the proposed outline schemes for 2014-15 as detailed within the approved capital programme for 2014-18 for the People Directorate.

The capital programme for 2014-18 was approved by Council on 24th February 2014 and amended as part of the Finance Performance Outturn 2013-14 Budget Review Report by Cabinet on 2 July 2014.

The capital programme was funded by a combination of internal council funding and external contributions and grants (outlined in appendix 1 to the report).  The report set-out the updated schemes following the revised 2014-15 programme (outlined in appendix 2 to the report).

Resolved – (a) That the proposed schemes in Appendix 2 be approved, and (b) that the decision for approving the priority order based on feasibility outcomes and resources availability be delegated to the Assistant Director (Prevention and Commissioning).

144      (8)  OFSTED INSPECTIONS FOR SCHOOLS IN THE LOCAL AUTHORITY AREA – The Director of People submitted a report to inform the Cabinet Member of the outcomes of the Ofsted inspection for Oasis Academy Parkwood (Primary).

The school had been inspected under the Section 5 Ofsted inspection schedule for schools.  A full copy of the report had been placed in the political group offices.

Resolved – That the Cabinet Member writes to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors/Interim Executive Board of the school regarding the outcome of their inspection.

145      (9) SHORT BREAKS FOR DISABLED CHILDREN INFORMATION STATEMENT 2014-2017The Director of People submitted a report which sought approval to publish an updated Short Breaks for Disabled Children Information Statement for 2014-2017 as required by regulation.

The statement had been refreshed to take account of the developing agenda in respect of disabled children and young people and feedback from service users. The proposed Short Breaks for Disabled Children Information Statement 2014-17 continued to ensure that all children in North Lincolnshire with a disability had access to a Short Break.

The ‘Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011’ provided the framework for the development of short breaks and placed statutory duties upon all local authorities (LAs).

A steering group made up of parents / carers, PIP group representatives, providers and the short breaks team oversaw the development of the short breaks and had ensured that the voice of parents, children and young people continued to be heard.

Resolved – That the refreshed Short Breaks for Disabled Children Information Statement 2014- 2017 be published in line with regulations.

146      (10)  RE-APPOINTMENT OF AUTHORITY SCHOOL GOVERNORS – The Director of People submitted a report which sought consideration of the re-appointment of suitable candidates to serve as authority governors.

Authority governors were expected to play a key role regarding school improvement by supporting the council’s ambitions and policies, which would help raise standards and improve outcomes for children and young people.

When an authority governor’s term of office was near completion, the incumbent governor may request re-appointment.  Governors’ requests for re-appointment were, therefore, submitted to the Cabinet Member for consideration.

Resolved – (a) That the following persons be re-appointed as Authority School Governors on the schools listed, subject to the relevant CRB checks:

Mr N Jacques                                                  Baysgarth

Mr A Gosling                                                  Berkeley Infant

Mr A Talliss                                                     Brumby Junior

Mr M Choudhury                                            Diversity Service Advisory Group

Mrs H Graham                                                Eastoft CE Primary    

Ms R Wood                                                     Eastoft CE Primary

Mr R Cranidge                                                Frodingham Infant

Mr P Ironman                                                  Killingholme Primary

Mrs L Williamson                                            Leys Farm Junior

Dr H Beverley                                                 St Hugh’s

Mr I Andrew                                                   Westcliffe Primary

Mr F Jervis                                                      Winterton CE Infant

(b) That the following person be nominated for re-appointment as Local Authority Governor on the school listed, with an Instrument of Government introduced after 1 September 2012, subject to the relevant CRB checks:

Cllr J Collinson                                                Frederick Gough

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 147 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

147      (11) REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT SERVICE PEOPLE DIRECTORATEThe Director of People submitted a report which sought approval of the proposed staffing structure for Applications and Customer Support Services.

It was explained that the new structure would enable delivery of functions and responsibilities inrespect of Applications Support, Maintenance & Developments; Customer Support; Business Support and Information and Engagement and created aservice that was equipped to provide high quality customer services.

Full details of the proposed changes were outlined within the report and associated appendices.

Resolved – That the changes to the establishment as detailed in appendix A to the report be approved and made with effect from 1 August 2014.  

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