Agenda and decisions

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 6th February, 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - 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.

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)

 

4.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The following referrals have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda.

 

The Committee is asked to note the referrals listed above and decide how it wishes to proceed, for example by incorporating the item into the work programme, requesting that it be subject to more detailed examination, or refer it to an appropriate Working Group/Committee.

 

5.

HANSON SCHOOL'S FINANCIAL POSITION pdf icon PDF 124 KB

The Committee previously requested a report on the financial circumstances relating to Hanson School’s overspend. A report was presented to the Committee on 10 October 2019.

 

The Strategic Director, Children’s Services will submit a report (Document “Z”) which a follow up report.

 

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 –

 

An update on the School’s Financial position be presented to the Committee at a future meeting.

 

                                                                        (Marium Haque – 01274 431078)

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Children’s Services

6.

QTR. 3 FINANCE POSITION STATEMENT FOR 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 532 KB

The Director of Finance will submit a report (Document “AA”) which provides Members with an overview of the forecast financial position of the Council for 2019-20.

 

It examines the latest spend against revenue and capital budgets and forecasts the financial position at the year end. It states the Council’s current reserves and forecasts school balances for the year. 

 

Recommended –

 

That the Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee review and comment on the Qtr 3 Finance Position Statement for 2019-20.

 

(Andrew Cross - 01274 436823)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Members thanked officers and looked forward to receiving future Finance Position Statements.

 

                                                            (Andrew Cross – 01274 436823)

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Finance

7.

COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION pdf icon PDF 171 KB

The Strategic Director Corporate Resources will submit a report (Document “AB”) which sets out the Council’s performance in, and the challenges for, the collection of Council Tax.

 

Recommended –

 

That this committee notes, and gives its view on, progress in the collection of Council Tax.

 

(Martin Stubbs - 01274 432056)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

This Committee requests that officers take into consideration the comments raised by members.

 

                                                                        (Martin Stubbs – 01274 432056)

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Finance

8.

BUSINESS RATE COLLECTION pdf icon PDF 133 KB

The Strategic Director Corporate Resources (Document “AC”) which sets out the Council’s performance in, and the challenges for, the collection of Business Rates.

 

Recommended –

 

That this committee notes, and gives its view on, progress in the collection of Business Rates.

(Martin Stubbs - 01274 432056)

Decision:

Resolved –

 

The committee provided views in relation to the progress of collection in Business Rates, for consideration by Officers.

 

                                                                        (Martin Stubbs – 01274 432056)

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Finance

9.

PERIOD AND HYGIENE POVERTY pdf icon PDF 171 KB

The Director of Health and Wellbeing will submit a report (Document “AD”) which provide an update to the Corporate Overview and in the Bradford District Scrutiny Committee regarding the provision of support services for women and girls in the Bradford District who may be experiencing period and/or hygiene poverty.

 

Recommended –

 

It is recommended that; 

 

(1)       That members of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee       note the contents of the report and request a future report be        prepared for the committee including more detailed information on service needs and responses re period poverty locally.

 

(2)       That officers are asked to liaise and work with The Red Box       Project; The Storehouse; Fareshares and other local         organisations to understand the impacts of period poverty

 

(3)       That officers are asked to work closely with current providers    across the district to better understand the impacts of period         and/or hygiene poverty and that a further report be prepared for       this committee in 12 months time.

 

(Sarah Possingham - 01274 431319)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)          A report be presented to this Committee which includes more detailed information relating to service needs and responses re-period poverty locally.

 

(2)          That officers are asked to work with current providers across the District to better understand the impacts of period poverty and/or hygiene poverty and that a further report be presented in 12 months.

 

(3)          This Committee requests that the work undertaken by the Red Box Project be further developed.

 

(4)          That future reports should also specifically focus on the take-up from schools across the District, of the Department of Education offer.

 

(5)          That officers provide information to all Councillors, to assist them in promoting the Red Box offer with schools and GP surgeries in their wards.

 

(Sarah Possingham – 01274 431319)

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director of Health and Well Being

10.

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 “AE”) 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 be kept under review.

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

 

ACTION:  Overview and Scrutiny Lead