Agenda, decisions and minutes

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 9th July, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Remote Virtual Meeting

Contact: Mustansir Butt 

No. Item


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. 



Cllr Pollard for Cllr Bibby.



(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.




(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.



No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.



Recommended –


That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January, 6 February and 12 March 2020 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).


(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)



The minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2020 were signed as a correct record.



(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. 


(Fatima Butt - 01274 432227)



There were no appeals submitted to review decisions to restrict documents.



The Committee is asked to note any 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.



There were no referrals to the Committee.



Verbal discussion with officers relating to COVID19 and how the pandemic has affected the areas of Corporate and Safer and Stronger Communities.


 (Joanne Hyde – 01274 432131)

 (Steve Hartley – 01274 434748)

 (Ian Day – 01274 433507)

 (Chris Chapman – 01274 432124)

 (Anne Lloyd – 01274 433710)

 (Bev Maybury -  01274 432900)

 (Sarah Muckle – 01274 432805)



Question 1


What is the breakdown on ethnicity relating to Covid-19 deaths. Nationally people from the BAME Community are more likely to die from it, and it will be good to know how Bradford is doing?



Ethnicity is not recorded on a person’s death certificate. This is a national issue and in the Public Health England report on COVID-19 inequalities, one of its 7 recommendations including having ethnicity recorded on death certificates to accurately monitor the impact on BAMES communities


Question 2


Around our reaction to Public Health England’s report : The Wellbeing Board is expected to analyse the findings for Bradford, how will the results of this analysis be circulated and is it envisaged that a final report will be done following the final  report,  breaking down the information into faith and ethnic groups , to be completed in July.




We are not aware of a requirement for the Health and Wellbeing Board to analyse the findings of the PHE report for Bradford. The council supports the recommendations but they require a broad range of cross District action, for example:

  • Mandate comprehensive and quality ethnicity data collection and recording as part of routine NHS and social care data collection systems, including the mandatory collection of ethnicity data at death certification, and ensure that data are readily available to local health and care partners to inform actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.


  • Support community participatory research, in which researchers and

community stakeholders engage as equal partners in all steps of the research process, to understand the social, cultural, structural, economic, religious, and commercial determinants of COVID-19 in BAME communities, and to develop readily implementable and scalable programmes to reduce risk and improve health outcomes.


  • Improve access, experiences and outcomes of NHS, local government and integrated care systems commissioned services by BAME communities including: regular equity audits; use of health impact assessments; integration of equality into quality systems; good representation of black and minority ethnic communities among staff at all levels; sustained workforce development and employment practices; trust-building dialogue with service users.


§  Accelerate the development of culturally competent occupational risk assessment tools that can be employed in a variety of occupational settings and used to reduce the risk of employee’s exposure to and acquisition of COVID-19, especially for key workers working with a large cross section of the general public or in contact with those infected with COVID-19.Beyond the Data: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on BAME Communities.


  • Fund, develop and implement culturally competent COVID-19 education and prevention campaigns, working in partnership with local BAME and faith communities to reinforce individual and household risk reduction strategies; rebuild trust with and uptake of routine clinical services; reinforce messages on early identification, testing and diagnosis; and prepare communities to take full advantage of interventions including contact tracing, antibody testing and ultimately vaccine availability.


  • Accelerate efforts to target culturally competent health promotion and

disease prevention programmes for non-communicable diseases promoting healthy weight, physical activity, smoking cessation, mental  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.


RESOLUTION TRACKING 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Document “A” presents the progress made against the resolutions passed by the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, during the 2019-20 Municipal Year.




That members consider and comment on the recommendations made in the 2019-20 Municipal Year, with particular focus on recommendation areas where no or insufficient progress has been made.


                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)


Additional documents:


The Overview and Scrutiny Lead presented to members the progress that has been made against the resolutions passed by Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee, during the 2019-20 Municipal Year.


Members commented on the progress made against the recommendations and also made suggestions as to how progress against recommendations made by Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee could be presented in the future.



Resolved –


That Members discussed and commented on the outcomes in relation to the recommendations made in 2019-20.


ACTION:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead     (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)



Document “B” includes proposed items for the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee DRAFT work programme for 2020/21.  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 to be carried forward into this municipal year.


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


(3)       That the work plan for the committee be approved.



                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)


Additional documents:


The Overview and Scrutiny Lead presented the work programme.


Members were in agreement that the ongoing detailed scrutiny reviews into Managing Attendance, Fireworks and Hate Crime should be completed.  As well as this, members felt that the Domestic Violence Scrutiny review should commence upon the completion of these scrutiny reviews, particularly in light of the rise in domestic violence cases during COVID19.


Members discussed the work programme and made amendments.


Resolved –


That Members discussed and agreed the Committee’s Work Programme for 2020/21.

ACTION:  Overview & Scrutiny Lead     (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)