Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 30 March 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

Councillors Ali, Armitage, Clark, Eckhardt, Ellerby and T Foster.

Councillors Barker, Mrs Bromby, Bunyan, Collinson, Sidell, Smith, Wells and Wilson attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b)

Statutory Co-opted Members from the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel had been invited to attend the meeting. Mr P Bacon (Parent Governor Representative) and Mr W Egan (Church Representative) attended the meeting.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

255 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following members declared personal interest in the following matters: –

Nature of Interest
Councillor Armitage 259 Member of Humberside Fire Authority

No whip was declared.

256 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 16 March 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

257 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

258 INTERGENERATIONAL PRACTICE: THE CURRENT SIGNIFICANCE AT NATIONAL AND LOCAL POLICY LEVEL – (i) To receive a presentation from Mr Alan Hatton-Yeo, Chief Executive of the Beth Johnson Foundation – The chair welcomed Alan to the meeting and conducted introductions with all attending. Alan was invited to address the meeting.

Members received a presentation in which they were advised about the development of intergenerational work both at national and local level, received details of intergenerational work and advised how these had contributed towards local authority performance indicators. Alan explained that the key drivers for this type of work were:

  • To increase the achievement of young people
  • To challenge negative stereotyping
  • To promote the positive contribution and citizenship
  • To build better connected communities
  • To improve meeting opportunities for people of all ages
  • To strengthen family relationships
  • To achieve economic benefits
  • To benefit from cross policy collaboration.

Examples of good practice were given, and the panel was advised that the recent decline in the economy had resulted in an improvement in family values and also strengthened the need for intergenerational work. Grandparents had taken over the role of child carer, to enable parents to go to work.

In Europe a number of national networks and programmes had begun to emerge, these included intergenerational houses being built in Germany and home sharing in Spain.

Alan summarised by advising members that 29 April 2010 was the European day for Intergenerational Solidarity, and how the ongoing work was addressing issues such as vulnerability, deprivation, assisting with community cohesion and enhancing the well-being of young and old within the community.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

(ii) Discussion and questions with Mr Alan Hatton-Yeo and Maria Callaghan, Health Improvement Practitioner – Advanced, NHS North Lincolnshire – Further discussion followed the presentation, with Maria Callaghan providing information on the local perspective and how this had developed.

Maria explained that after attending a workshop attended by Alan in 2006, work began to develop the intergenerational link within North Lincolnshire. The panel was advised that the local steering group reported to the Community Resilience board, who subsequently reported to the Local Strategic Partnership. Therefore intergenerational work was deemed to be very much at the forefront of local commitments.

Members received information on the local groups timetable, how they reported to the regional group and also an insight into the celebration event that had been held the previous week.

Roni Wilson, chair of ‘Who Cares’ explained that the local group faced certain barriers and would benefit from a more senior sign-up, the support of the council, and also council’s commitment to the ongoing work. It was explained that at present North Lincolnshire’s intergenerational group did not have a base at which to meet, that there was a need to increase the natural connection between the young and old and the group would benefit from better coordination with the local authority.

Members engaged in further discussions with Alan and Maria.

Resolved – (a) That the Service Director Legal and Democratic attend a future meeting of the intergenerational steering group to give further consideration to their request, (b) that Mr Hatton-Yeo and Maria Callaghan be thanked for their attendance at the meeting and for the informative presentation and discussions, and (c) that the position be noted.

259 (30) LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – THEME QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR COMMUNITY RESILIENCE BOARD – QUARTER 3 – The chair informed the meeting that Tony Parrott, Community Risk Manager for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and the theme lead for the Community Resilience Board had been invited to the meeting to discuss the performance figures for quarter 3.

Tony provided further information on NI 37, NI 189 and NI 33b and the action plans that had been developed to enhance local resilience and sustainability.

Members then discussed with the thematic lead the use of carers and community nurses to identify hazards within residents homes in order to prevent accidents, the new role to address safeguarding vulnerable adults and the ongoing work with adult services, and the recent acquisition of water rescue equipment for the Humberside Fire Service.

The chair suggested that actual performance information would be more beneficial to the panel, rather than the formulated information that is required by the performance management team. It was agreed that this would be provided at future meetings, in addition to the current reporting format.

Resolved – (a) That the information be noted, and (b) that Mr Parrott be thanked for his attendance and for answering members’ questions.

260 HUMBERSIDE POLICE AUTHORITY CITIZENS PANEL – WAVE 1 – NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – To receive a presentation from Paul Cheeseman, Strategic Development Manager for Humberside Police Authority – The Chair welcomed Paul to the meeting and invited him to address the panel.

Paul explained that an independent research company had been used to assist Humberside Police Authority with the recruitment of residents within the region for the Citizens Panel. Paul confirmed that North Lincolnshire was represented by 1500 people on the citizens panel.

Members received a presentation which outlined the results from the first wave of the panel and which had been conducted to consider the local public confidence in the Police and what they perceived to be the main problems locally.

Members discussed the consolidation of the information and the growing involvement of the Neighbourhood Action Teams in addressing local concerns.

It was agreed that Paul would provide details of when the next waves of panel consultation could be expected to the Service Director Legal and Democratic.

Resolved – (a) That Paul be thanked for his attendance to the meeting and for his informative presentation, (b) that Paul be reminded that there was an open invitation for him to attend any scheduled meeting of this panel, and (c) that the position be noted.

261 (31) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – APRIL TO JULY 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for April to July 2010.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be the subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis. Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for April to July 2010 be noted.

262 Aded item – There was no added item for discussion at this meeting.