People Scrutiny Panel – 23 July 2012
PRESENT: Councillor Marper in the Chair.
Councillors Collinson (Vice-Chair), Clark, Godfrey and Wardle.
Statutory Co-opted Members: Mrs A Dunkerley (Parent Governor Representative) and Mr W Egan and Mrs W Witter (Church Representatives).
Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
110 DECLARATIONS OF DISCOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – The following members declared a personal interest –
|Member||Minute||Nature of Interest|
|Councillor P Clark
Councillor J Collinson
Councillor J Evison
Mrs A Dunkerley
Mrs W Witter
| 112 and 113
112 and 113
112 and 113
112 and 113
|Daughter works for the Youth Service.
Partner is employed by Children’s Services.
Partner is employed as a teacher, and has children at a local school.
111 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.
112 REVIEW OF ENSURING YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE RELEVANT SKILLS TO MOVE INTO EMPLOYMENT – The Chairman welcomed Pete Thorpe, the council’s Assistant Director School Improvement, to the meeting to discuss the ongoing work on employability of young people in North Lincolnshire. Pete explained that relatively deprived pupils need to be the focus of attempts to increase employability, as unemployment can be tracked from a relatively early age. Pete also explained that boys continued to perform worse than girls, taking into account their deprivation levels, and that they subsequently make up the largest group of young people not in education, employment or training.
A number of other issues were discussed, including work experience, careers advice, secondments from industry, methods of raising aspiration and engagement with local employers.
Resolved – (a) That Pete Thorpe be thanked for his presentation, and (b) that the position be noted.
113 REVIEW OF PLAY, PLAYGROUNDS AND OPEN SPACES IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Chairman introduced the above draft report, before asking for comments and suggestions from amongst the members of the panel.
Resolved – That the report be agreed and adopted by the scrutiny panel and passed to cabinet for discussion and a response.
114 DEVELOPMENTS IN CHILDREN’S AND ADULT SERVICES – Members received a short, verbal update on developing issues relevant to the panel’s terms of reference.
Resolved – That the position be noted.
115 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.