Agenda

Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC - Monday, 3rd June, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF

Contact: Rebecca Greally 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Minutes of the meetings of the Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC held on 25th March 2024, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required where a matter arises at a meeting;

 

  1. Which directly relates to Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (‘DPI’) as set out in Appendix B, Table 1 of the Code of Conduct, to disclose the interest, not participate in any discussion or vote and not to remain in room. Where members have a DPI or if the matter concerns an executive function and is being considered by a Cabinet Member with a DPI they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with the matter. 

 

  1. Which directly relates to the financial interest or well being of a Other Registrable Interest as set out in Appendix B, Table 2 of the Code of Conduct to disclose the interest and only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting but otherwise must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain the room.

 

  1. Which directly relates to their financial interest or well-being (and is not DPI) or the financial well being of a relative or close associate, to declare the interest and members may only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak. Otherwise, the member must not take part in discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room.

 

  1. Which affects the financial well-being of the member, a relative or close associate or a body included under the Other Registrable Interests column in Table 2, to disclose the interest and apply the test set out at paragraph 9 of Appendix B before deciding whether they may remain in the meeting.

 

  1. Where Members have or a Cabinet Member has an Other Registerable Interest or Non Registerable Interest in a matter being considered in exercise of their executive function, they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with it.

 

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Members are referred to the Code of Conduct which contains the matters above in full. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

4.

FORWARD PLAN OF CABINET pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To note the decisions of Cabinet since the previous meeting of the OSC and the latest Forward Plan of key decisions. Any further changes made to the Forward Plan will be reported to the Committee.

5.

ENERGISING BLYTH PROGRAMME UPDATE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The £90m Energising Blyth Programme is being delivered by Northumberland County Council and is supported by UK Government, Northumberland County Council and the North East Combined Authority to grow, renew, connect and create a more inclusive town with an underpinning focus clean growth. 

 

This is a ‘whole town’ programme with a clear focus on placemaking and contributes to the Council’s Corporate Plan priorities, particularly; the Driving Economic Growth, Tackling Inequalities and Achieving Value for Money strategic priorities.

 

Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Deputy Leader andPortfolio Holder for Supporting Business and Opportunities is required to attend for this item. 

6.

APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE COUNCIL 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 500 KB

This report reviews the council’s current apprenticeship offer. The report will demonstrate our current performance by examining the data we hold, the level of opportunity for career progression for apprentices and our approach to recruitment of apprentices for the council during the 2023/2024 period.

 

Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services is required to attend for this item.

7.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE 2023-24 AS OF FEBRUARY 2024 pdf icon PDF 447 KB

The purpose of the report, which was considered on the 7th May 2024, was to ensure that the Cabinet was informed of the provisional outturn for the Council against the Budget for 2023-24. The Committee are asked to monitor the position and to make appropriate comments.

 

CouncillorWojciech Ploszaj, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services is required to attend for this item. 

Additional documents:

8.

WORK PROGRAMME AND MONITORING FORM pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee is asked to review and note the Corporate Services and Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme for the 2023/24 council year.

9.

URGENT BUSINESS (IF ANY)

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.