Customer Services, Sport & Leisure Cabinet Member – Minutes – 31 December 2012

11 (11)  START4LIFE PROGRAMME – The Director of Places submitted a report for consideration of the development of a Start4Life programme.  It was anticipated that the programme would contribute to reducing childhood and maternal obesity in North Lincolnshire.

The report identified some of the key background issues associated with the Start4Life Programme and the outcomes it aspired to achieve.  These included –

  • Reducing maternal and childhood obesity by increasing levels of physical obesity,
  • That North Lincolnshire maternal and childhood obesity was above the national average,
  • The 2010/11 National Child Measurement programme showed that 24% of children at reception age were overweight or obese,
  • Between 2009 and 2011, 58% of expectant mothers in North Lincolnshire were of an unhealthy weight.

Following consultation with midwives and health visitors it had been agreed that there was a need to increase the levels of physical activity to address the situation.

The Cabinet Member was advised that it was proposed to use the funding available to create a new fixed term post of Start4Life Coordinator for a period not exceeding fifteen months. This new post would take responsibility for putting in place the Start4Life programme.

Resolved – (a)  That the offer of funding from NHS North Lincolnshire of £28,806 to deliver the Start4Life Programme be accepted, and (b) the appointment of a Start4Life Activator on a fixed term contract for 15 months be approved.

12 (12)  FUNDING OF POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICERS – The Director of Places submitted a report which outlined the costs and arrangements for the deployment of three additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) for 2013/14. 

The council had allocated monies for the development of additional Crime Prevention Initiatives and this included funding for a number of additional Police Community Support Officer (PCSO’s) posts in North Lincolnshire.  The proposed start date for the three posts was 1 April 2013 as this would provide sufficient time for necessary training and induction.

Discussion had taken place with the Police Senior Management Team who had set out plans for the best use of the three additional posts.

Resolved – (a) That the progress made on this issue be noted, and (b) that the development of further publicity and communication about the posts after February 2013 be agreed.

13 (13)  COUNCIL TAX RELIEF FOR SPECIAL CONSTABLES – The Director of Places submitted a report which provided an overview on the practical, financial and legal implications of providing a discount on Council Tax for Special Constables and sought the approval of the implementation of the scheme from April 2013 for Special Constables who met the criteria detailed within the report.

It was explained that Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 provided local authorities with discretion to reduce the amount of Council Tax payable that was not covered by statutory discounts and exemptions.  This discretion could be exercised in relation to individual cases or by determining a class of case.  The reduction could be for a specific period of time.

Details of the proposed scheme were outlined within the report and it was considered that the allowance would improve recruitment and retention of Special Constables who patrolled and lived in the North Lincolnshire area.

Resolved – That the scheme as set out in the report be approved.

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