Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday 6th March 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room - County Hall, Taunton

Contact: Lindsey Tawse on 01823 355059, Email: ltawse@somerset.gov.uk  Jamie Jackson on 01823 359040, Email: jajackson@somerset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

67.

Declarations of Interest

Details of all Members’ interests in District, Town and Parish Councils will be displayed in the meeting room. The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via the Community Governance team.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

68.

Minutes from the previous meeting held on 30 January pdf icon PDF 88 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting on 30 January 2017 were accepted as being

accurate by the Committee.

69.

Public Question Time

The Chairman will allow members of the public to ask a question or make a statement about any matter on the agenda for this meeting. These questions may be taken during the meeting, when the relevant agenda item is considered, at the Chairman’s discretion.  

Minutes:

There were two public questions in relation to item 5. 

 

Peter Murphy – Chair, Friends of Somerset Libraries (FOSL)

In the approach to the current Library Service Review, FOSL were heartened by a statement from the Leader of the Council that the Council was working to keep all libraries open.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.

70.

Library Service Consultation pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To consider the report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report presented by the Strategic Manager, Community & Traded Services which outlined the consultation exercises currently underway regarding proposals on the delivery of the Libraries Service in Somerset.

 

The public consultation will run for 12 weeks to the 22nd April 2018 and the staff consultation will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

Revenue Budget Monitoring Report Q3 2017_18 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To consider the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Director of Finance, Legal & Governance and the Director of Children’s Services which updated Members on the current Revenue Budget forecast outturn position for the 2017/18 year based on the end of November as well as detailing how the Council’s resources are forecast to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Council Performance Monitoring Report Q3 2017_18 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To consider the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered this report presented by the Director of Customers & Communities.  The report provided Members with an update on performance across the organisation.

 

The report summarised that there are two red but stable segments (P3, C4) and one segment with a declining performance.  However, in a verbal update the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.

73.

SCC Business Plan pdf icon PDF 268 KB

To consider the presentation.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a presentation from the Executive Assistant, Policy and Research which informed Members of the SCC Business Plan.

 

The Business Plan will outline the priorities in achieving the Council’s Vision by creating a set of strategic outcomes, as well as demonstrating partnership working.  The Business Plan will be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider passing a resolution having been duly proposed and seconded under Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972 that the press and public be excluded during the remainder of the meeting on the basis that if they were present during the business to be transacted there would be a likelihood of disclosure to them of exempt information of the following description:

 

           Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Minutes:

This Item was not considered as item 10 was deferred to 24 April 2018. 

75.

Temporary Labour Contract Review - Item deferred until 24 April 2018

Minutes:

This Item was not considered as item 10 was deferred to 24 April 2018. 

76.

Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To receive an update from the Governance Manager, Scrutiny and discuss any items for the work programme. To assist the discussion, attached are:

·        The Committee’s work programme

·        The Cabinet’s forward plan

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered and noted the Council’s Forward Plan of

proposed key decisions.

  

Following debate, the Committee requested the following addition to the

work programme:

·        Draft Business Plan (24 April)

·        Temporary Labour Contract Review (24 April)

 

It was confirmed that the Taunton Transport Strategy would be brought to the Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.

77.

Any other urgent items of business

The Chairman may raise any items of urgent business.

Minutes:

The Committee discussed how best to enable effective and challenging Scrutiny and making changes to the room layout to enable adequate participation of non-committee Members.