Governance Scrutiny Panel – 28 November 2019
Chairman: Councillor Robinson
Venue: Room FO3e, Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe
Time: 2.00 p.m.
2 Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and personal or personal and prejudicial interests and declarations of whipping arrangements (if any).
3 To take the minutes of the meeting of the panel held on 23 July 2019 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
4 Public speaking requests, if any.
5 Support for individuals who are or are at threat of being homeless over the winter period
5.1 Discussion and questions with Liz Webster, the council’s Group Manager – Environmental Health and Housing and James Jellinek, the council’s Assistant Group Manager – Housing and Support
5.2 Next stages, if any.
6 Added Item (if any).
7 Any other items that the Chairman decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances that must be specified.
PRESENT: – Councillor Robinson in the chair.
Councillors Gosling and Longcake.
The panel met at Church Square House, Scunthorpe.
19 MINUTES SILENCE – As a mark of respect, the committee observed a minutes silence for the passing of Councillor John Collinson.
20 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.
21 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 26 July 2019, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.
22 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.
23 SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OR ARE THREAT OF BEING HOMELESS OVER THE WINTER PERIOD – The Chairman welcomed Liz Webster and James Jellinek to the meeting, the Council’s Group Manager – Environmental Health and Housing and the Council’s Assistant Group Manager – Housing and Support respectively.
The Group Manager and Assistant Group Manager had been invited to the meeting to answer member’s questions on the following –
- What help was available from the Council and other responsible authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless?
- How does the council intend to promote this support?
- Whether a rough sleeper count had been undertaken in North Lincolnshire in 2019 and if so, what support had the council offered to those individuals?
- What support was available from the council to those individuals who require emergency accommodation?
The Group Manager delivered a verbal presentation to members, before the Chairman facilitated a discussion on homelessness between the Scrutiny Panel and the Group Manager and Assistant Group Manager.
Resolved – (a) That the Group Manager – Environmental Health and Housing and Assistant Group Manager – Housing and Support be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering scrutiny panel members questions, and (b) that Council officers be invited to a future meeting to provide a further update.
24 ADDED ITEM – The Chairman informed the members that the added item submitted by Councillor Collinson on the Council’s overview and scrutiny process would be considered at a future meeting of the panel.