Agenda and decisions

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 14th October, 2021 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - 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 22 July 2021 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Yusuf Patel - 01274 434579)

 

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

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.

 

6.

BRADFORD COUNCIL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY 2015-21 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

The report of the Director, Human Resources, (Document “K”) sets out the progress made in further developing the Council’s approach to developing the workforce. 

 

Member are requested to note the contents of Document “K” and provide any feedback that they wish to do so to enable the HR & OD team to incorporate those views in the ongoing work.

 

(Tahmima Tahir - 01274 436730)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.    This Committee requests that the new Workforce Development Strategy be presented to this Committee in 12 months.

 

2.    That a report relating to the use of agency staff and contracted staff, in relation to the changing nature of their work and developmental opportunities, be presented to this Committee.

 

(Tahmima Tahir – 01274 436730)

7.

ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT pdf icon PDF 179 KB

The Director, Human Resources, will present a report, (Document “L”) which provides an update on the Managing Attendance Scrutiny Review which was considered at Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee on 22 October 2020.

 

Members are requested to consider the contents of Document “L” and provide any feedback that they wish to do so to enable the HR & OD team to incorporate their views in ongoing work.

 

(Simon Jenkins – 01274 432978)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

The Committee thanked the officers for the work undertaken, in response to the Scrutiny Review recommendations.

 

                                                            (Simon Jenkins – 01274 432978)

8.

EQUALITY PLAN 2021-2024 - PROGRESS REPORT pdf icon PDF 131 KB

On 1st December 2020 the Council’s Executive approved a new Equality Action Plan and instructed officers to report progress against the Plan to Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on a regular basis. The report of the Interim Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Executive, (Document “M”) sets out the key actions and activities undertaken to date to progress delivery of the Council’s Equalities Plan and the priorities for the year ahead that will ensure on-going delivery against objectives.

Members are requested to consider the progress reported in Document “M” and the next steps set out in the Equity Plan.

 

(Khalida Ashrafi – 07816082796)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.    This Committee requests that the delivery of the outcomes, in relation to the Equality Action Plan be presented to this Committee in February 2021.

 

2.    That quarterly performance reports be presented to this Committee.

 

3.    This Committee requests that a report be presented to this Committee in February 2022, in relation to the Stonewall Quality Standard and the process and costs associated with this.

 

 

(Khalida Ashrafi – 07816 082796)

9.

FIREWORKS SCRUTINY REVIEW pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The report of the Chair, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, (Document “N”) presents the draft findings from the Fireworks Scrutiny Review.

 

Recommended –

 

That the findings contained within the draft Fireworks Scrutiny Review, appended to Document N, be adopted by the Committee.

 

(Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.    The Committee agreed the findings and recommendations contained within report and also agreed the following additional recommendations:

 

-       This Committee requests that the Leader write to events venues, reminding them of their responsibilities in relation to fireworks being used by individuals who are hiring their premises for events;

-       This Committee requests that the Executive asks Council officers to undertake legal action with the powers available to them, where there is evidence against those individuals who are inappropriately using fireworks;

-       For Trading Standards to undertake test purchases of fireworks;

-       That key partners explore the use of barcoding fireworks.

 

 

                                                            (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)

10.

CORPORATE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The Chair of the Committee will provide a report (Document O”) which presents the Committee’s work programme for 2021/22. 

 

Recommended –

 

1.    That Members consider if they wish to choose to add to or amend the topics included in the 2021-22 work programme.

 

2.    That Members consider any detailed scrutiny reviews that they may wish to consider.

 

(Mustansir Butt - 01274 432574)

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Members disucussed and ammended the work programme.

 

                                                                        (Mustansir Butt – 01274 432574)