Corporate Services Cabinet Member – minutes – 29 May 2008

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135 (1) ADMINISTRATION OFFICER POST – HIGHWAYS AND PLANNING – The Service Director Highways and Planning submitted a report seeking approval for the regrading of an Administration Officer in the Policy and Performance team, and to recruit a suitable applicant into the post following a formal interview process.

In April 2007 a number of similar administrative posts were transferred from the Planning and Regeneration Service into Highways and Planning as a result of the Chief Executive’s review. The current grading structure did not provide an opportunity to accommodate Modern Apprentices or young applicants into the council, unless they had the experience and qualifications to meet the requirements of the current job description.

A situation had arisen in the service where two Modern Apprentices, following an external advertisement, were the only applicants who met the essential criteria for the Administration Officer post. However, they both fell short at the interview with regard to some of the tasks, although they performed well in others.

In order to fill the vacancy and provide an opportunity for a Modern Apprentice it was proposed to amend the grade as detailed in the report, and appoint the favoured candidate to the post following the formal interview. To provide similar opportunities in the future, it was also proposed to amend the other administrative posts if/when the current postholders vacated their posts.

Resolved – (a) That the Administration Officer post be regraded as set out in the report, (b) that other administrative posts be amended in the same way if/when they become vacant, and (c) that the current post be offered to the favoured candidate following the formal interview.

136 (2) PROPOSAL TO CHANGE AN EXISTING POST (HPDC0005) FROM A TWO-YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT TO A PERMANENT FULL TIME POST – The Service Director Highways and Planning submitted a report seeking approval to ensure funding was available to retain the post of Senior Development Control Officer on a permanent basis.

The Planning Delivery Grant (PDG) was introduced in 2003 and provided incentives for councils to invest in staff and IT in order to raise performance in the delivery of planning services. The Government had now phased out the PDG meaning that councils needed to continue to find resources from elsewhere to maintain the significant improvements in performance which had been achieved by the team.

The council had used some of the funding to appoint a Senior Development Control Officer on a two year, fixed term contract, this was due to expire in June 2008. It was proposed that the post be made permanent in order to maintain improvements in service delivery and make it easier to retain qualified, experienced staff that had been trained and developed as application case officers.

Resolved – That the proposal to change the post of Senior Development Control Officer from a fixed term, two year to a permanent contract be approved.

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