Neighbourhood, Environmental and Communities Cabinet Member – Minutes – 29 July 2008

46 (7) OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICE PLAN 2008-09 – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for the Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2008-09.

Mandatory guidance from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) required the council to make adequate arrangements for the health and safety enforcement function. The guidance stipulated an enforcement framework that had to be adopted to enable the council to demonstrate that adequate arrangements were being made.

The Plan had to be approved in order for it to have the appropriate status as a strategic document on occupational health and safety.

The Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2008-09 was appended to the report and detailed how the available resources would be deployed to deliver the broad range of activities which constituted the council’s arrangements for heath and safety enforcement in North Lincolnshire.

Resolved – That approval be given to the Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2008-09.

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47 (8) LICENSING STRUCTURAL REVIEW – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for a proposed restructure of the Licensing division.

The Licensing function provided a statutory service licensing, permitting and registering activities in accordance with appropriate legislation. The income received from its activities should cover the costs of providing the service and should not make a profit.

Since 2001 new legislation had added responsibilities. These included Alcohol and Gambling issues, and in addition to the added responsibilities brought about by the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 and the repeal of Section 75(1)(b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, there had been an increase in workload brought about by other statutory changes. A revised structure was required for the section to perform its statutory functions in the most efficient and effective way.

Further information along with current and proposed structures were set out in the report and its appendices.

Resolved – (a) That the revised structure as set out in Appendix B of the report be supported, and (b) that the report be referred to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.

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