Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford South Area Committee
Thursday, 30th November, 2017 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Yusuf Patel 

Items
No. Item

26.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

In the interest of transparency Councillor Dodds declared interests in the highways matter on the agenda (Minute 30) as her daughter was employed by the service and she is a Board Member of the Greenmore Big Local Programme (Minute 32).


ACTION: City Solicitor

 

 

27.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2017 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Yusuf Patel – 01274 434579)

Minutes:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2017 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

28.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Yusuf Patel - 01274 434579)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

 

 

29.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

To hear questions from electors within the District on any matter this is the responsibility of the Committee. 

 

Questions must be received in writing by the City Solicitor in Room 112, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY, by mid-day on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

 

(Yusuf Patel - 01274 434579)

 

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by the public.

 

 

30.

LOCAL HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE - DEVOLUTION UPDATE & FUNCTION OVERVIEW pdf icon PDF 403 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “L”) which details how the service currently manages the Local Highway Maintenance (LHM) function and allocates resources.

 

It also updates the Committee with regard to current operations being undertaken on the network and the indicative costs of works undertaken in the current financial year.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the Bradford South Area Committee notes the current operational methods adopted for Local Highway Maintenance.

(2)       That the Bradford South Area Committee notes the indicative costs to date for the current financial year.

(3)       That the Bradford South Area Committee approves the list of current and proposed CAT3/4 works as shown in Appendices 5 and 6 to Document “L”.

(Overview and Scrutiny Area: Environment and Waste Management)

(Andrew Whelan - 01274 434409)

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director, Place submitted a report (Document “L”) which detailed how the service currently managed the Local Highway Maintenance (LHM) function and allocated resources.

 

It also updated the Committee with regard to current operations being undertaken on the network and the indicative costs of works undertaken in the current financial year.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the current operational methods adopted for Local Highway Maintenance be noted.

(2)       That the indicative costs to date for the current financial year be noted.

(3)       That list of current and proposed CAT3/4 works as shown in Appendices 5 and 6 to Document “L” be approved.

ACTION: Strategic Director, Place

 

 

31.

COMMUNITY LED SUPPORT pdf icon PDF 104 KB

The Strategic Director Health and Wellbeing will submit a report (Document “M”) which outlines the work of the Department of Health and Wellbeing on developing a departmental culture that encompasses Community Led Support. This focusses on social care support being delivered in ways that are determined by people directly delivering services along with local partners and members of the communities they are serving.

 

Recommended –

 

The content of the report should be noted. We would welcome the active involvement of Elected Members in a community leadership role.

 

(Overview and Scrutiny Area: Health and Social Care)

 

(Julie Robinson-Joyce - 01274 434143)

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Health and Wellbeing submitted a report (Document “M”) which outlined the work of the Department of Health and Wellbeing on developing a departmental culture that encompassed Community Led Support. This work focused on social care support being delivered in ways that were determined by people directly delivering services along with local partners and members of the communities they were serving.

 

Following a synopsis of the report by the Commissioning Manager, a question and answer session ensued:

·         What costs were associated with this support?

o   The cost to the work was trivial in comparison to the sharing of services;

·         In order to gain support, did families have to go through their GP?

o   Presently yes, but this the service was trying to change the point of access; and,

·         Where had this work been undertaken?

o   At the Richard Dunne Sports Centre.

 

During the discussion, the Committee and made the following points:

·         Community Led Support would become a front line service within 2 years and therefore this work had to strategically align with other areas due to other challenging areas in the social field;

·         It was paramount that all Bradford South area Members were kept up to date with relevant community services;

·         A lot of families were being given with expensive services and this obstacle could be avoided with community services working closely with families through early intervention;

·         It would be of great advantage if all services were aligned together;

·         Getting Social Workers out into communities would be ideal in engaging with families; and,

·         It was clear that this service was the way forward in assisting families in a different way and it was about recognising the fact that not everyone was in need of a paid service. It was about picking up different threads and aligning together for the purpose of delivering a better quality of life.

 

The Chair closed the discussion of the item by stating that this service was an exceptionally good start with long term goals but just like many other services, would take time to progress.

 

Resolved –

 

That the content of the report be noted and officers welcome the active involvement of Elected Members in a community leadership role.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director, Health and Wellbeing

 

 

32.

BIG LOCAL - SCHOLEMOOR AND LIDGET GREEN pdf icon PDF 694 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “N”) which informs Bradford South Area Committee on progress to develop the GreenMoor Big Local Programme.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That Bradford South Area Committee welcomes the report and thanks all those involved in the Greenmoor Big Local project on    the progress made.

 

(2)     That a further report is presented to the Area Committee in 12       months time.

 

(Overview and Scrutiny Area: Corporate)

 

(Mick Charlton – 01274 431155)

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “N”) which informed Bradford South Area Committee on progress to develop the GreenMoor Big Local Programme.

 

It was highlighted that the Big Local was an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas, in three waves of which Scholemoor and Lidget Green were in the second, around England to use at least £1m over 10 years to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It worked in Councils and other key stakeholders to develop a partnership approach to bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.

 

A question and answer session ensued:

·         What plans had been put into place for the money?

o   To consult with local people for the following 2 / 3 years;

·         Were task groups meeting and regularly and were they accessible?

o   Meetings were regularly held and information such as forward plans and associated costs was sent to the local people;

·         What was the cost associated with being involved with CNET?

o   £30,000;

·         In relation to capacity building, how would poverty and unemployment issues be addressed in the areas?

o   There was not a significant amount of money and therefore significant efforts would be invested in small project working to tackle such concerns; and,

·         What work had been planned to be undertaken at the top end of GreenMoor?

o   More money had been spent in Scholemoor than Lidget Green at present but in terms of going forward, the Board agreed to look at better skills and jobs and more engagement work was planned with the Eastern European community at the top end of GreenMoor.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)  That the report be welcomed and all those involved in the GreenMoor Big Local project be thanked for the progress made.

 

(2)  That a further report be presented to the Area Committee in 12 months time and this to include more details regarding match funding coming into as a result of the Big Local.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director, Place

 

 

33.

PREVENTION AND EARLY HELP - A PROPOSED NEW MODEL TO SUPPORT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE pdf icon PDF 2 MB

On the 7 November 2017, Executive was asked to approve a period of consultation on a proposed new Prevention and Early Help delivery model

 

The Strategic Director Children’s Services will submit a report (Document “O”) which asked the Bradford South Area Committee to consider and comment on the report as part of formal consultation.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the Area Committee notes formal consultation is underway           from   15 November 2017 until 12 February 2018 with all      interested parties   as outlined in Appendix 12 to Document “O”.

 

(2)       That the Area Committee consider and comment on the report.

 

(3)       Note that Executive will receive a further report in April 2018       following formal consultation.

 

(Overview and Scrutiny Area: Children’s Services)

 

(Judith Kirk – 01274 431078)

 

Minutes:

On the 7 November 2017, Executive was asked to approve a period of consultation on a proposed new Prevention and Early Help delivery model.

 

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services submitted a report (Document “O”) which asked the Bradford South Area Committee to consider and comment on the report as part of formal consultation.

 

The Deputy Director, Children’s Services was present and introduced the report. She highlighted that the Council was facing unprecedented pressure on its budgets whilst the demand and costs for services were rising.  Government cuts had meant that the resources that were to be spent on Prevention and Early Help would reduce by £13.3m or more than one third, from £37.1m in 2016/17 to £23.8m in 2020.  These cuts were in addition to the ones the Council had already had to make.  It meant that from 2010 to 2020, the overall funding the Council had available would be have halved whilst demand and costs were on the increase.

 

The report further outlined the need for proposed changes to how the Council delivered services in order to ensure how to target resources at a time of increasing demand to avoid a detrimental impact on outcomes to children.  The Council could not continue to deliver services in the way it was presently with the anticipated level of government cuts. The focus would now depend on proposed partnership approach which would more be targeted to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities for children and young people across the District.

 

On the 7 November 2017, Executive was asked to approve a period of consultation on a proposed new Prevention and Early Help delivery model.

 

The Committee made the following comments:

·         Due to real anticipated crisis, this model would be best for the district during government cuts;

·         The proposed model would bring people and services together in delivering a better streamlined service to the district;

·         There were other models being considered but if Executive was to approve this one then it would start in April 2018;

·         There were many resources in communities that could be accessed in order to assist in driving this model forward;

·         The Police were already in the heart of early intervention; and,

·         The proposed model would not be an overnight accomplishment and significant work would be entailed for an overall success across all wards in the district.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)  That the formal consultation which commenced on 15 November 2017 and to conclude on 12 February 2018 with all interested parties, as outlined in Appendix 12 to Document “O”, be noted.

 

(2)  That having discussed Document “O”, the Committee’s comments be noted during this formal consultation process.

 

(3)  That the Executive to receive a further report in April 2018 following formal consultation be noted.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director, Children’s Services

 

 

34.

YOUTH OFFER - BRADFORD SOUTH AREA pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “P”) which informs the Area Committee of the progress made in relation to the Youth Offer across the Bradford District and specifically in the Bradford South Area during the past twelve months. 

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       Bradford South Area Committee notes the achievements of the             Youth Offer Working  Group, and the Youth Sector as a whole, as outlined in the Action Plan (Appendix A of this report) and     receives a further update in respect of this work in 12 months’   time.

 

(2)       Bradford South Area Committee considers and comments on the         shared direction of travel set out in this report and the reshaping           of the             Youth Service to maximise its contribution to making a difference to young people in Bradford South as part of   developing the Youth Offer.

           

(Overview and Scrutiny Committee Area: Children’s Services)

 

(Mick Charlton - 01274 431155)

 

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “P”) which informed the Area Committee of the progress made in relation to the Youth Offer across the Bradford District and specifically in the Bradford South Area during the past twelve months.

 

The Commissioner for Youth Provision was in attendance and was accompanied by young people who had played a pivotal role in contribution of services.

 

The Commissioner for Youth Provision explained that a Youth Offer Working Group oversaw the implementation of the Youth Offer Action Plan which supported the Council’s budget considerations in relation to Youth Work and its future in the district. There had been closer working relationships developed across the Youth Sector with representation from the Voluntary Sector, the Council, the Police, Community and Faith sectors, and working together to develop and lead the Youth Offer Action Plan. The Youth Offer Action Plan and achievements for 2016-17 are detailed in Appendix A of this report.

 

The young people present highlighted their journey through to their participation with Youth Work, as follows:

 

·         Young people from the Wibsey Ward highlighted that they had nothing to do in their spare time and on most occasions had got themselves into trouble. Ultimately had found out about a Youth Club in Wibsey to which they started to attend and eventually through guidance, had started to help other young people. During their time with the Youth Service, they had enjoyed many activities such as, face painting, singing, bike riding and socialising on different levels through various activities.

 

·         Young people of the Queensbury Youth Forum were present and stated that they had enjoyed participating in maintaining a safe environment; that they had become Friends at Russell Hall Park; that two of the young people had become part of the Russell Hall Friends Committee which was the result of being involved with youth activities; that they had raised money; learnt how to bake; and, had worked with Tesco’s.

 

·         Young people of the Buttershaw Ward were also present and highlighted their activities. They had  been engaging with the young people of the Buttershaw Estate to assist in becoming positive; through the assistance of Tesco’s, they were assisting other young people of various ages to become positive role models for their communities; they met as a group on Thursdays to discuss ways forward of helping others and addressing further activities;

 

·         Young people from the Holme Wood area were also in attendance and highlighted that most people thought young people who had bad behaviour were the attendees of Youth Clubs and this was a stereo typical incorrect perception. The attendees of Youth Clubs were above this and had vision. Members were also assisting the communities with various tasks and Church related tasks.

 

·         The Sandhill/Woodside Youth Group stated that they met twice a week to serve food to people who needed it; looked after younger children during activities.

 

A question and answer session ensued:

·         What was the purpose of young people collecting money in the Queensbury Ward?

o   The collection was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

2016/17 BRADFORD SOUTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CHEST GRANTS pdf icon PDF 191 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “Q”) which details the Youth and Community Chest Grants awarded from applications received prior to the 31January 2017 deadline.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the wide range of applications from groups, organisations             and individuals across Bradford South are noted and welcomed.

 

(2)       That the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office continue to             ensure the effective allocation of the Youth and Community Chest          budget by providing appropriate advice and support to applicants.

 

(Overview and Scrutiny Area: Corporate)

 

(Mick Charlton – 01274 431155)

Minutes:

The Strategic Director, Place submited a report (Document “Q”) which detailed the Youth and Community Chest Grants awarded from applications received prior to the 31January 2017 deadline.

 

Resolved –

 

That the wide range of applications from groups, organisations and individuals across Bradford South be noted and welcomed.

 

That the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office continue to ensure the effective allocation of the Youth and Community Chest budget by providing appropriate advice and support to applicants.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director, Place