People Scrutiny Panel (Special Meeting) – 28 November 2011

PRESENT:  Councillor Mrs Bromby in the chair.

Councillors Barker (Vice-Chair), Ali, Collinson, Evison, Godfrey, Robinson, and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Members: Mrs A Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representative).

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

35  DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Cllrs Ali, Barker, Collinson, Glover, Waltham and Wells, and Mrs Dunkerley declared personal interests as school governors.

No whip was declared.

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

37  (5) ITEM REQUESTED FOR CALL-IN IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 22 OF PART D RULE 5 (OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES) OF THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION – Minute 40 of the Children and Adult’s Services Cabinet Member meeting held on 23 November 2011 – Procedure for the Selection and Appointment of Authority Governors.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited the members who had requested the call-in to introduce their reasons for calling-in the decision taken by the Children and Adult’s Services Cabinet Member.  These were based on the following:

  • A perceived lack of consultation, including with schools,
  • That a previous scrutiny report on governors should have been taken into account when drafting the policy,
  • That the appointment of authority governors solely by the Cabinet member potentially puts a great deal of responsibility on one person.

The Chairman then invited other members to take part in the discussion and to hold the Cabinet Member to account.  Members of the panel asked the Cabinet Member and officers a range of questions relevant to the report, including the process of decision-making, training and support for governors, existing guidance and legislation and the recruitment process.

It was then –

Moved by Councillor Barker and seconded by Councillor Collinson –

That the decision be referred back to the decision maker for reconsideration within 5 working days and either (i) confirm the original decision, or (ii) agree to change the decision having considered the representations made by the scrutiny panel.

Moved by Councillor Glover and seconded by Councillor Evison as an amendment –

That no further action be taken, and the above decision of the Corporate and Community Cabinet Member (minute 40 refers) be implemented with immediate effect.

Amendment Carried
Substantive Motion Carried