Corporate Scrutiny Panel – 23 May 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Robinson in the chair.
Councillors Armitage, Gosling, P. Vickers and Wardle.

Councillor Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

167  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.

168  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceeding of this panel held on 25 April 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.

169  (1) TERMS OF REFERENCE The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on the Places Scrutiny Panel terms of reference and panel membership which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 14 May 2013.

Resolved – That the panel’s terms of reference be noted

170  (2) MEETINGS OF THE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated dates of future scheduled meetings.  The Chairman explained that it was envisaged that informal meetings or sub-groups would meet in-between formal dates, reporting back to the full panel.

Resolved – (a) That the report be noted.

171  CONNSIDERATION OF THE FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME – The Chairman of the panel asked members to formulate issues for discussion to contribute to the future work programme of the panel, and informed them that Mike Wedgewood the Director of Policy and Resources was attending the next meeting of the panel, along with his Assistant Directors and was waiting for the outcome of those discussions before agreeing on the next scrutiny review.

Resolved – That the action be noted.

172  CONSIDERATION OF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS – The Chairman updated the panel with regards to the discussion item recently brought to this panel on member training and development.  Members were informed that he had hoped that future training models would be both training and signposting, and also include e learning where necessary.  More intense training for new members was also discussed, and it was requested that all members be invited to the meeting when this item is discussed at future meetings.

Resolved – (a) That the discussion be noted, and (b) that this be brought back to a future meeting and all members be invited to attend.

173  (3)  NEW LOCAL WELFARE SCHEMES – LGIU POLICY BRIEFING – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated an update from the Local Government Information Unit on New Local Welfare Schemes.  The briefing covered the background to the changes, the funding of the new arrangements, a summary of what new schemes have been put in place and potential role of third sector financial providers.

Resolved – That the update be noted.

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