Governance Scrutiny Panel – 14 June 2019

Chairman:   Councillor Robinson
Venue:  Room FO1, Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe
Time:    2 pm
E-mail:  matthew.nundy@northlincs.gov.uk

AGENDA

1. Substitutions.

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.  Governance Scrutiny Panel

4.1 Terms of Reference and Membership of the Governance Scrutiny Panel
4.2 Future meeting dates of the Governance Scrutiny Panel
4.3 Training Requirements
4.4 Future Work Programme and Priorities.

5.  North Lincolnshire Council Financial Support for Town and Parish Councils

6.  Added Item (if any).

7.  Any other items that the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances that must be specified.

MINUTES 

PRESENT: –  Councillor Robinson in the chair.

Councillors Gosling (Vice-Chair) and Longcake.

The panel met at Church Square House, Scunthorpe.

DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) –

The following member declared a personal interest –

Member Minute Nature of Interest
Councillor Gosling 7 Member of Gunness Parish Council
Councillor Longcake

 

7 Member of Bottesford Town Council
Councillor Robinson 7 Former member of Epworth Town Council

No whip was declared.

PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK There were no requests received.

TERMS OF REFERENCE AND PANEL MEMBERSHIP The Director: Governance and Partnerships briefed members on the Governance Scrutiny Panel terms of reference and panel membership which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 20 May 2019.

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

MEETINGS OF THE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Director: Governance and Partnerships circulated dates of future scheduled meetings.

Resolved – That the future meetings of the scrutiny panel be noted.

 TRAINING REQUIREMENTS – The Chairman invited members to contact the Director: Governance and Partnerships should they require member development on any aspects of the panel’s terms of reference.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME Members discussed their future work programme and priorities for the 2019/20 municipal year.

Resolved – That the panels work programme be formulated, incorporating suggestions put forward by members at the meeting.

NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TOWN AND PARISH COUNCILS – The Chairman welcomed Peter Fijalkowski and Jason Whaler to the meeting, the council’s Head of Financial Services and the Head of Council Strategy, Information and Outcomes respectively. Mr Fijalkowski and Mr Whaler had been invited to the meeting to discuss with members the role of town and parish councils and how they were funded.

The Head of Service delivered a presentation to members, before the Chairman facilitated a discussion between the scrutiny panel and Mr Fijalkowski and Mr Whaler.

Resolved – (a) That Mr Fijalkowski and Mr Whaler be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions, and (b) that the Head of Council Strategy, Information and Outcomes be invited to the next meeting of the panel to discuss with members the council’s self-service online portal.

ADDED ITEM – The Chairman informed the members that an added item had been received from Councillor Collinson on the council’s overview and scrutiny process. The added item would be scheduled at a future scrutiny panel meeting.