People Scrutiny Panel – 11 October 2016
Chairman: Councillor Marper
Venue: Function Room 1, Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
Time: 1 pm
2. Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).
3. Public speaking requests (if any)
4. Supporting Looked After Children into Education, Employment and Training.
4.1 Informal discussion with Lesley Potts, Head of Policy and Research
4.2 Next stages
5 Added Item (if any).
6. Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.
PRESENT: – Councillor Marper in the Chair.
Councillors Bainbridge, Clark, L Foster and Ogg.
Statutory Co-opted Member: Mr W Egan (church representative) and Mr S Milner and Mrs P Whittaker (Parent Governor Representatives).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
377 DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – Mrs Whittaker declared a personal interest on item 379 as a Foster Carer for North Lincolnshire Council.
No whip was declared.
378 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK– There were no requests received.
379 SUPPORTING LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN INTO EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING – The Chairman welcomed Lesley Potts, Head of Policy and Research, to the meeting. Lesley had been invited to attend the meeting to discuss the Festival and Skills and Opportunities that had been arranged by the council. The festival comprised of a series of events to celebrate children and young people, encourage and signpost them into education, employment and training, and to raise aspirations. Lesley explained that some elements of the festival were aimed at looked after children or other vulnerable or at-risk individuals.
Lesley provided context for the Festival, including local statistics on the skill and qualification base, take-up rates of Jobseekers Allowance, and the level of engagement.
Members asked a series of related questions, including topics such as career’s advice, school take-up levels, how information is disseminated, and the role of governors.
Resolved – (a) That Lesley Potts be thanked for her attendance, presentation, and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the situation be noted.
380 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.