Agenda and decisions

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 16th January, 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

ALTERNATE MEMBERS (Standing Order 34)

The City Solicitor will report the names of alternate Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members. 

 

2.

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.

 

3.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

 

4.

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)

 

5.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

No referrals were made at the time of the publication of the agenda.

6.

GAMBLING IN THE BRADFORD DISTRICT pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “N”) which updates Members on the recommendations of Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee, following the meeting of 12 September 2019.

 

Recommended –

 

The committee is invited to comment on the current draft Local Area Profile and other action points detailed at Section 2 of Document “N”.

 

(Melanie McGirk 01274 431873)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          This Committee would like to thanks officers for their efforts in this area and to Rob Burkett from the Gambling Commission, for his attendance and input.

 

(2)          This Committee requests that the Cross Departmental and Cross Organisational Plan be presented to this Committee in 6 months.  The departments involved in the development of the Plan should include but not limited to, Public Health, Children’s Social Care and Adults Social Care.

 

(3)          That the Public Health Framework be circulated to members of the Committee.

 

Melanie McGurk – 01274 431873

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Place

7.

ANTI-POVERTY COORDINATION GROUP PROGRESS REPORT pdf icon PDF 337 KB

The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 15 November 2019 received a report that presented a draft of the Bradford District Anti-poverty Co-ordination Group’s Approach for Tackling Poverty, along with data measures that would be used to evidence the impact of activity across the District.

 

The District Anti-Poverty Co-ordination Group’s Approach for Tackling Poverty was subsequently approved by Council Executive of the 8 January 2019.

 

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “O”) which presents a progress update on the District Anti-poverty Co-ordination Group’s delivery plan, along with a table of key data used to evidence:  changes in poverty across the district and evidence of impacts from interventions.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Committee:

 

(1)       Accept the report.

 

(2)       Suggest additional actions or areas for consideration by the Anti-Poverty Co-ordination Group.

 

(3)       Receive a further progress report in 12 months time.

 

(Helen Johnston – 01274 434401)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  This Committee requests that a more focused report on how peoples lives are being improved through the work of the Anti-Poverty Co-ordinating groups, be presented within 12 months.

 

(2)  That the Leader of Council be requested to write to the Schools Minister about plans to put current school uniforms guidance on a statutory footing, so that no child is ever priced out of going to a school that meets their needs.

 

 

Helen Johnston – 01274 434401

 

ACTION: Strategic Director of Place

 

8.

BREXIT PREPARADENESS - VERBAL UPDATE

Members will receive a verbal update on the Council’s preparedness for Brexit. 

(Phillip Witcherley – 01274 431241)

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

The Committee would like to thank officers and look foreward to receiving future updates.

 

                                                                        Philip Witcherley – 01274 431241

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Corporate Services

9.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

Recommended –

 

That the public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion of the Not for Publication report and appendices relating to ISG on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the proceedings, that if they were present, exempt information within Paragraph 3 (financial or business affairs) of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) would be disclosed and it is considered that, in all the circumstances, the public interest in allowing the public to remain is outweighed by the public interest in excluding public access to the relevant part of the proceedings for the following reasons:

 

It is in the public interest in maintaining these exemptions because it is in the overriding interest of proper administration that Members are made fully aware of the financial implications of any decision.

 

(Yusuf Patel – 01274 434579)

10.

INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP (ISG) - FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE UPDATE

The Strategic Director Corporate Services will submit a report (NOT FOR PUBLICATION DOCUMENT“P”) which provides an update to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the current financial performance of ISG and future plans for the organisation.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The views of the Committee on the actions already being taken by       management and the Steering Board as set out in Appendix 1 to    Document “P” are requested.

 

(2)       To advise officers on when any future reports will be required,   and in particular the timing for an update on progress made           following this report.

(Peter Keeley - 01274 431103)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          The Committee would like to thanks officers for their efforts in the work undertaken.

 

(2)          This Committee requests that the Portfolio Holder investigates the purchases of Council assets, to support ISG.

 

(3)          This Committee requests a further update in 12 months.

 

Peter Keeley – 01274 431103

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Finance

11.

HANSON SCHOOL'S FINANCIAL POSITION pdf icon PDF 123 KB

The Strategic Director Children’s Services will submit a report

(Document “Q”) which is a follow up report on the financial circumstances relating to Hanson School’s overspend.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Committee is asked to consider and to note the information provided in the report.

 

(2)       An update on the School’s financial position be presented to the Committee at a future meeting.

 

(Marium Haque - 01274 431078)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

As all the individuals who were due to present this item were not present, this report has been deferred to the meeting taking place on Thursday 6 February 2020.

 

                                                                        Marium Haque – 01274 431078

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Children’s Services

12.

CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - WORK PROGRAMME 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee will submit a report (Document “R”) which sets out the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee work programme for 2019/20.  The Committee is asked to consider which items it wishes to include in the work programme.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That members consider and comment on the areas of work        included in   the work programme.

 

(2)       That members consider any detailed scrutiny reviews that          they may wish to conduct.

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That the work programme continue to be reviewed.

 

                                                                        Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574

 

Action:  Overview and Scrutiny Lead