Corporate Scrutiny Panel – 7 June 2012
Councillors Wilson (vice-chair), England, Jawaid MBE and K Vickers.
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
77 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests –
No whip was declared.
78 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 14 May 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.
79 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – The Chairman advised members of the panel that a request had been received from Nic Dakin MP, member of Parliament for Scunthorpe constituency to address the panel and share his concerns about the recent open letter to all employees from Simon Driver, North Lincolnshire Council Chief Executive about proposals to remove the essential user lump sum and the introduction of a standard rate of 45 pence per mile for both essential and casual users.
Mr Dakin explained that he had been approached by Trade Union colleagues to address the scrutiny panel to air their concerns that were these proposals to be accepted, it would have an adverse affect on service users, the provision of services the council would provide and a financial impact on the employees directly affected.
Following Mr Dakin’s presentation, the Chairman facilitated a discussion on the proposal to change council employees mileage rates.
Resolved – (a) That Mr Dakin be thanked for his attendance and contribution at the meeting, and (b) that the members explore further the council’s proposal to remove the essential user lump sum and the introduction of a standard rate of 45 pence per mile for both essential and casual users.
80 (1) TERMS OF REFERENCE – The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on the Corporate Scrutiny Panel terms of reference which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 15 May 2012.
Resolved – That the panel’s terms of reference be noted.
81 (2) MEETINGS OF THE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated dates of future scheduled meetings. The Chairman explained that it was envisaged that informal meetings or sub-groups would meet in-between formal dates, reporting back to the full panel.
Resolved – That the report be noted.
82 (3) OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES – The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on the changes to the overview and scrutiny procedure rules which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 15 May 2012.
Resolved – That the overview and scrutiny procedure rules be noted.
83 CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME – Members discussed their future work programme and priorities for the 2012/13 municipal year. .
Resolved – That a detailed list be prepared by the Director of Policy and Resources for consideration at the next meeting.
84 CONSIDERATION OF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS – The Director of Policy and Resources enquired as to whether members had any specific training needs they wished to address. Members engaged in a discussion as to panel specific training they would wish to participate in.
Resolved – That consideration of this item be deferred to a future meeting.
85 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.