Economic Development and Corporate Issues Scrutiny Panel – 1 November 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Jawaid MBE in the chair.

Councillors Glover (vice-chairman), Bainbridge, Barkworth, Bunyan, Ellerby, Poole.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

182 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUCICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interest.

No whip was declared.

183 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 18 October 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

184 PUBLIC SPEAKING – There were no requests received.

185 (8) FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME – The chair led a discussion on the panel’s priorities for the remainder of the 2010/11 year. The previously agreed topics of Employee Development Reviews and a revisit of the review into ‘support for small businesses in North Lincolnshire’ had now been completed.

In addition, members were to receive an update on the ‘worksmart’ initiative as well as re-visit the review into ‘North Lincolnshire markets’ at the panel’s next scheduled meeting.

Resolved – That a revisit of review on the ‘Property Trading Account be added to the scrutiny panel’s work programme for 2010-2011

186 (9) ABOLITION OF LOCAL AREA AGREEMENTS – The Service Director Legal and Democratic updated the panel on a letter from the Secretary of State to the council confirming that Local Area Agreements were to be abolished with immediate effect. The government’s intention was to publish an agreed single list of Whitehall data requirements. The Chair then led a discussion on how overview and scrutiny might deal with performance monitoring in the future.

Resolved – (a) That the position be noted, and (b) that members of the panel be invited to the next scheduled meeting of the Scrutiny Co-ordinating Panel where relevant officers from within the council had been invited to discuss the issue further.

187 BUDGET REVIEW DECEMBER 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic informed the meeting that due to existing diary commitments, the Service Director was unable to attend the panel’s meeting at 2pm on Monday 20 December 2010. However, the Service Director could attend the meeting if it commenced earlier, say at 1pm.

Resolved – That in line with the council’s constitution, and being agreed by all members, the start time of the meeting timetabled for 20 December 2010 be 1pm

188 (10) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – NOVEMBER 2010 TO FEBRUARY 2011 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for November 2010 to February 2011.

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.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for November 2010 to February 2011 be noted.

189 ADDED ITEM – The Chair informed the panel that in accordance with the council’s constitution, the Service Director Legal and Democratic had informed him that Councillor Poole had requested an added item to be included on a future agenda. The item was titled ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’.

Resolved – That a relevant report be prepared by appropriate officers and, in consultation with the Chair, the issue be included on a future agenda for consideration by this panel.