Corporate Scrutiny Panel – 4 July 2013

PRESENT:  Councillor Robinson in the chair.

Councillors Wilson (Vice-Chair), Jawaid MBE, P Vickers, and Wardle

The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

184  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.

185  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceeding of this panel held on 13 June 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the Chairman.

186  PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

187   CORPORATE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Chairman welcomed the Assistant Director – Business Support and the Council’s Commercial Manager to the meeting to provide an update on the council’s commercial strategy.  The panel was informed that the Cabinet had agreed a new commercial policy in December 2012 and at the same time the Commercial Manager was appointed.  Since then numerous developments had taken place along with the publication of a new commercial business guide, which had lead to positive leads and contracts at recent events. Specialised advice was now provided to all directorates and teams, along with help on the development of business plans.

Following the update, the Chairman invited members to question the council’s Assistant Director Business support and the Commercial Manager.

Resolved – That the Assistant Director Business Support and the Commercial Manager be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions.

188  (7)  WORK PROGRAMME – The Chairman invited members to discuss issues they might want to suggest for inclusion in the future work programme of this panel. He highlighted the council’s ‘employee survey 2013’ as a topic discussed at the last meeting, and circulated a copy of the survey that was distributed to all staff in March 2013. He indicated that the survey took place every two years and this year saw a response rate of 60%. Discussions were held around looking in depth at the survey and if there were any apparent trends from the previous survey completed in 2010, in particular at service levels.

Resolved – (a) That a copy of the employee survey results be circulated at the next meeting, and (b) that the Assistant Director Human Resources be invited to attend the next meeting.

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