Scrutiny Co-ordinating Panel (Special Meeting) – 26 January 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the chair.

Councillors Barker, Mrs Bromby, Cawsey, Smith, Waltham, Wardle, Wells and Wilson.

Councillor Collinson attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b)

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

94 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

95 (8) COMPREHENSIVE AREA ASSESSMENT FOR NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The chair welcomed Simon Driver, Chief Executive of North Lincolnshire Council and chair of the Local Strategic Partnership and Matt Cridge, Local Strategic Partnership Manager to the meeting. Mr Driver and Mr Cridge had been invited to discuss the recently published North Lincolnshire Area Assessment.

The CAA was a new approach to assessing the performance of local public services in the area. It replaced the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA).

The Audit Commission and other inspectorates had produced the report. It aimed to provide residents with a “big picture” view of the area, focusing on how well services provided by the Local Strategic Partnership (comprising the council, NHS North Lincolnshire, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire, third sector organisations and local businesses) were addressing local priorities and what results were being achieved.

The report used red and green flags to illustrate how well local issues were being tackled. A green flag represented exceptional performance and a red flag signalled concerns about performance and highlighted where something different needed to be done. The area assessment was one of 152 reports produced, which cover the whole of England.

This area had received no green flags. However, it did receive a red flag for health inequalities.

The chair then invited members to question Mr Driver and Mr Cridge on the North Lincolnshire Area Assessment.

Resolved – (a) That Mr Driver and Mr Cridge be thanked for their attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the position be noted.

96 SCRUTINY REPORT ACTION PLANS – The Chair reminded members that the council’s constitution required the Executive to produce action plans in response to individual scrutiny panel report recommendations. There were currently nine scrutiny reviews without action plans.

The chair then invited members to comment on the missing action plans and identify any solutions to address the problem.

Resolved – (a) That individual scrutiny panels write to the relevant Service Director and Cabinet Member requesting an update on the progress of each action plan within their terms of reference, and (b) that Scrutiny Report Action Plans be a standard agenda item on all meetings of this panel.