People Scrutiny Panel – 4 November 2014
PRESENT: – Councillor Marper in the Chair.
Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Clark, Godfrey and Ogg.
Statutory Co-opted Members: Mrs P Whittaker, Mrs D Senior (Parent Governor Representatives) Mr W Egan and Mr P Thompson (Church Representative).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
283 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations or whip declared.
284 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.
285 FREE SCHOOL MEALS – The Chairman welcomed Chris Matthews, Assistant Director Community Services, and Sharon Seddon Head of Catering and Cleaning to the meeting. Following on from previous meetings with the People Scrutiny Panel, Chris and Sharon updated the members on current progress and arrangements since the implementation of the free school provision for all key stage 1 pupils in September 2014.
At previous scrutiny meetings they had informed the panel of arrangements that had been put in place to accommodate what they envisaged to be a bigger take up in pupils having school meals from September 2014. They updated the panel on progress since September and that they were very pleased with the work of all staff associated with implementing requirements to provide good hot school meals to an extra 2248 pupils every week. The service was now responsible for providing 7600 school meals across North Lincolnshire every day, and this had been a considerable increase on the figures forecasted.
Chris also informed members that all staff had worked very hard to ensure that a good school meals service continued to be provided even with the increased volume in number. He indicated that all staff had be written to and thank for their initial and continuing efforts.
Resolved – (a) That the situation be noted, and a further report be submitted to the panel next year, and (b) that the panel would also like to acknowledge and thank staff for all the hard work, and contributions made in the implementation of the free school meals for key stage 1 pupils.
286 SCRUTINY REVIEW – CARE HOMES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Chairman highlighted and discussed with the panel the progress made on the review of care homes to date. She updated the panel on arrangements that were being made for
287 FUTURE MEETINGS – The panel also discussed interviews that had been carried out with stakeholders, and the next stages of the review
Resolved – That the progress be noted.
288 ADDED ITEMS – No added items were requested.