Corporate Scrutiny Panel – 12 July 2012

PRESENT:  Councillor Robinson in the chair.
Councillors Wilson (vice-chair), Allcock, L Foster and Wardle.

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

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

93  DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests –

No whip was declared.

94  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceeding of this panel held on 21 June 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.

95  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

96  PROPOSED CHANGES TO COUNCIL EMPLOYEES CASUAL AND ESSENTIAL USER MILEAGE RATES – The Chairman welcomed the council’s Chief Executive and Assistant Director Human Resources to the meeting.  Mr Driver and Ms Manderson had been invited to discuss with members the proposed changes to council employees casual and essential user mileage rates.

The Chairman outlined why the scrutiny panel had agreed to investigate the issue and updated members on meetings he had had with officers on this issue on behalf of the scrutiny panel.

The council’s Chief Executive and Assistant Director then guided members through the following –

  • The outcome of consultation with trade union colleagues
  • The findings from a bench marking exercise undertaken with neighbouring Yorkshire and Humber local authorities
  • The findings from the council’s risk assessment
  • The outcome of the recent trade union ballot for industrial action
  • Mileage rates paid to employees by providers commissioned by the council to deliver services on its behalf.

Following the verbal update, the Chairman facilitated a discussion between the scrutiny panel and the Chief Executive and Assistant Director Human Resources.  The discussion included suggestions from members as to how in future consultations on similar issues should be co-ordinated.

Resolved – (a) That on behalf of the scrutiny panel, the Chairman write to the Chief Executive with recommendations as to how future employee consultations should be undertaken, and (b) that the Chief Executive and Assistant Director Human Resources be thanked for their attendance and for answering members questions.

97  ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.