Corporate Scrutiny Panel – 2 August 2012

PRESENT: Councillor Robinson in the chair.

Councillors Wilson (vice-chair), Godfrey, P Vickers and Wardle.

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

98  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.

99  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceeding of this panel held on        12 July 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.

100  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

101  (5)  PROCUREMENT ALLIANCE BETWEEN NORTH AND NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCILS – The Chairman welcomed Mike Wedgewood and Jason Whaler to the meeting, the council’s Director of Policy and Resources and Assistant Director Business Support respectively.  The Director and Assistant Director had been invited to discuss the performance of the Procurement Alliance North and North East Lincolnshire (PANNEL) for the financial year 2011-2012.

Members discussed the performance of PANNEL, as well as the PANNEL procurement delivery plan for 2012-2013.  In addition, the Assistant Director guided members through the procurement strategies deployed by the council, its procurement tactics for acquiring items it wished to buy and how procurement planning could help the council achieve a balanced budget.

Resolved – (a) That the Director of Policy and Resources and Assistant Director Business Support be thanked for their attendance and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the officers be invited to a meeting pre-budget setting to discuss category management and how this was assisting the council in delivering a balanced budget.

102  PROPOSED CHANGES TO COUNCIL EMPLOYEES CASUAL AND ESSENTIAL USER MILEAGE RATES – The Chairman informed the panel that further to Minute 96, he had written to the council’s Chief Executive outlining how members wished future employee consultation be undertaken, to which he was awaiting a reply.

Resolved – That a copy of the Chairman’s letter and any subsequent reply to forwarded to panel members for their information.

103  ADDED ITEM – The Chairman informed the members that he wished to add ‘Community Led Plans to the panel’s work programme for the municipal year.  This was to allow the panel to scrutinise the impact of Community Led Plans in individual wards.