Agenda item

Public Question Time

The Chairman will allow members of the public to present a petition on any matter within the Committee’s remit. Questions or statements about any matter on the agenda for this meeting will be taken at the time when each matter is considered.

Decision:

The Chair of the Committee invited questions from Nigel Behan of the UNITE Trade Union, regarding agenda item 5 Partial Audits Update and he asked  what was the approximate value of the proposed contract to provide the SLT Development Programme?

In response the Director of HR & Organisational Development stated that the SLT Development programme was still in a procurement phase, so he was unable to share any details about costs at this time.

 

Mr Behan of the UNITE Trade Union, then asked questions about agenda item 7, the Value for Money Tracker. He noted that it had been reported that the Discovery negative earmarked reserve (previously minus £4.9m) had been significantly reduced using Capital Receipt Flexibilities (CRF) as part of a Transformational project. Can clarity (and details of cash movements, expenditure etc.) be provided about this Transformation project in Discovery (e.g. Workforce restructuring, redundancy etc. etc.)?

In response the Interim Finance Director noted the Outturn report (consdiered by the Cabinet on 10 June) had included an up-date on movements in all earmarked reserves and had reported on how the LD reserve had been fully replenished in 2018/19.

 

Mr Behan’s final question asked asit was anticipated that there would be fewer (CRF) Transformation projects, what other alternatives were being considered to replace these projects?

In response the Interim Finance Director noted that funding for all appropriate transformation projects would need to be determined as part of the on-going Budget setting and planning process for 2020-23. Where Capital Receipts were to be used, business cases would be developed in advance.

Minutes:

The Chair of the Committee invited questions from Nigel Behan of the UNITE Trade Union, regarding agenda item 5 Partial Audits Update and he asked  what was the approximate value of the proposed contract to provide the SLT Development Programme?

In response the Director of HR & Organisational Development stated that the SLT Development programme was still in a procurement phase, so he was unable to share any details about costs at this time.

 

Mr Behan of the UNITE Trade Union, then asked questions about agenda item 7, the Value for Money Tracker. He noted that it had been reported that the Discovery negative earmarked reserve (previously minus £4.9m) had been significantly reduced using Capital Receipt Flexibilities (CRF) as part of a Transformational project. Can clarity (and details of cash movements, expenditure etc.) be provided about this Transformation project in Discovery (e.g. Workforce restructuring, redundancy etc. etc.)?

In response the Interim Finance Director noted the Outturn report (consdiered by the Cabinet on 10 June) had included an up-date on movements in all earmarked reserves and had reported on how the LD reserve had been fully replenished in 2018/19.

 

Mr Behan’s final question asked asit was anticipated that there would be fewer (CRF) Transformation projects, what other alternatives were being considered to replace these projects?

In response the Interim Finance Director noted that funding for all appropriate transformation projects would need to be determined as part of the on-going Budget setting and planning process for 2020-23. Where Capital Receipts were to be used, business cases would be developed in advance.

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