Agenda

Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC - Monday, 12th July, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Meeting Space - Block 2, Floor 2 - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Greally 

Items
No. Item

1.

MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Committee are asked to note the following membership and terms of reference for the Communities and Place OSC which were agreed by Council on 26 May 2021

 

Membership and Terms of Reference

 

10 Members (5:3:1:1)

 

Quorum – 3

 

Chair: D. Bawn

 

Vice Chair: L. Dunn

 

Conservative

Labour

Independent Group

Liberal Democrats

Green Party

Ind Non-Grouped

D. Bawn

L. Dunn

C. Taylor

 

 

M. Robinson

J. Beynon

M. Murphy

 

 

 

 

D. Carr

A. Wallace

 

 

 

 

P. Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

N.Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms of reference:

(1)      To maintain an overview of the Council’s Annual Budget and Budgetary Management via the Medium Term Financial Plan.

(2)      To review the state of Northumberland and the County Council’s activity in delivering its Corporate Plan.

(3)      To maintain an overview of the Council’s performance management arrangements; highlighting areas of poor performance and monitoring recovery delivery plans.

(4)      To maintain an overview of the Management Agreements in place between the Council and Advance Northumberland.

(5)      To monitor, review and make recommendations about:

·       Corporate Services: Organisational Development, Health and Safety, ICT Strategy, Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Procurement Strategy, Risk Strategy, Shared and Traded Services

·       Partnership development coordination with local organisations 

·       Relationships with external bodies

·       Regeneration and Economic Development

·       Strategic Transport Network and Infrastructure

·       Employability, Skills, and removing barriers to work

·       Capital Programme and Asset Management

·       Support to VCS organisations and the Council’s relationship with town and parish councils.

 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Minutes of the meetings of the Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC held on 8 March 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman. 

4.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room. NB Any member needing clarification must contact Legal Services, on 01670 623324. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

5.

FORWARD PLAN OF CABINET DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To note the latest Forward Plan of key decisions.  Any further changes made to the Forward Plan will be reported to the Committee. 

 

6.

BORDERLANDS pdf icon PDF 443 KB

This report will outline to Cabinet the implications of the Borderlands Place Programme for those towns prioritised in the Business Case approved by the Government to prepare a Place Plan to identify economic projects eligible for investment from the Borderlands Growth Deal. 

7.

WORKFORCE REPORT pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The purpose of this report is to provide an annual position statement in relation to strategic workforce related areas of assurance, workstreams/associated action plans and progress to date within key areas for Northumberland County Council for the full financial year of 2020/21.

 

To provide assurance to the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Overview & Scrutiny Committee that there is provision and monitoring in place to achieve necessary Key Performance Indicators relating to the workforce on an ongoing basis.

 

To provide elected members with an overview of the strategic direction for the Council’s workforce related matters as part of the Covid-19 recovery plans for the county as these continue to evolve.

 

To provide members with an overview of the monitoring and actions taken during the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 in accordance with the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy for employees. Members are asked to note that other aspects of Whistleblowing which are not employee related are logged and maintained by the Council’s Monitoring Officer

 

 

 

8.

DEBT RECOVERY pdf icon PDF 317 KB

The purpose of this report is to provide the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee with information relating to the level of outstanding debt owed to the Council so that the Committee may satisfy itself as to the efficiency and effectiveness of its collection and recovery policies and systems.  

 

The Write-Offs report is circulated for information only. 

 

Additional documents:

9.

WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 93 KB

The Committee is asked to review and note the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme and Monitoring Report for the 2021/22 council year.  

10.

URGENT BUSINESS

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chair, should, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency. 

PART II

It is expected that matters included in this part of the Agenda will be dealt with in private.  Reports referred to are enclosed for members and officers only, coloured pink and marked "Not for Publication".

11.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is invited to consider passing the following resolution:?? 

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(a) That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the?following items on the?Agenda?as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act, and? 

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(b) That the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure for the following?reasons:-??? 

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Agenda Item

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Paragraph of Part I of Schedule 12A

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3?-?Contains information relating to business affairs of any?particular person?(including the authority holding that information).? 

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The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the interest in disclosure because it contains confidential information which is subject to commercial Non-Disclosure Agreements?and?because disclosure could adversely affect the business reputation or confidence in the person/organisation, and?could adversely affect commercial revenue.? 

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3?-?Contains information relating to business affairs of any?particular person?(including the authority holding that information).? 

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The public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the interest in disclosure because it contains confidential information?disclosure?of which?could adversely affect the business reputation or confidence in the person/organisation, and?could adversely affect commercial revenue.? 

 

 

12.

MINUTES

Confidential minutes of the meeting of the Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC held on 8 March 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

 

13.

REPORT OF RECOMMENDATION TO CABINET

At the meeting of the Committee on 8 February 2021, the OSC?considered the above report prior to its determination by Cabinet on the following day.? This?briefing note reports on how the Cabinet dealt with an?additional recommendation?made by the Committee.? (Briefing note for information only).