People Scrutiny Panel – 20 March 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Marper in the Chair.
Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Ellerby, Evison, and Wells.

Statutory Co-opted Members:  Mrs Angela Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representative) Mr W Egan and Mrs W Witter (Church Representatives).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

183  DECLARATIONS OF DISCOSABLE 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.

184   PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

185  REVIEW OF CHILDHOOD WEIGHT IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE –  The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a document from the Local Government association for member’s information on tackling obesity. As part of Local Governments new public health role it felt appropriate to bring it to this panel and as part of the current scrutiny review.  The document highlighted the facts that the number of obese people in England has been rising sharply for the best part of 20 years.  Today one in four adults are obese, according to the Health Survey for England, compared to less than 15 per cent in 1993.  By 2050 these figures are predicted to have more than doubled.  Members discussed the document and were concerned with the rise in obesity rates for children, and although there were some signs that this had started to level off in recent years, the statistics still show 18 per cent of 10 –11 year olds are obese.

Resolved – That the report be noted.

186  ADDED ITEM – As requested by Councillor Collinson an update was brought to the meeting on the changes with regards to safeguarding and domestic violence.  Deborah Winning the Domestic Violence co-ordinator attended the meeting and gave an oral update, and answered member’s questions.

Resolved – (a) that Deborah be thanked for her attendance, and (b) that the position be noted