Meeting documents

SCC Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee
Tuesday, 7th February, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Luttrell Room, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Contact: Sarah Wright on 01823 357628 or Email: or  Jamie Jackson on Email:

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Declarations of Interest

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The Statutory Register of Member’s Interests can be inspected via request to the Democratic Service Team.






Minutes from the previous meeting held on 10 January 2023 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes are accurate.


The minutes of the meetings held on 10 January 2023 were agreed and signed as an accurate record.



Public Question Time

The Chair 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 Chair’s discretion.  


There were no public questions, statements or petitions received.



Budget Monitoring Report - Month 9 (December) pdf icon PDF 992 KB

-       To consider the report.


The Chair invited Strategic Manager for Finance and Business Partnering - Christian Evans and Lead Executive Member Cllr Leyshon to present the report.


The following was highlighted:

·       The Lead Member stated there has been disappointment at the deteriorating position from month 7, with no month 8 position reported due to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Income and Arrears Management Policy pdf icon PDF 435 KB

-       To consider the report.


The Committee received a report from the Assistant Director – Customer, Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) Richard Sealy as Lead Officer for the transition to unitary from April 2023 in relation to revenues and benefits, and Steve Perkins, Income Specialist at SWT and policy co-ordinator across the districts working  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Scrutiny Arrangements for new Somerset Council pdf icon PDF 75 KB

-       To consider the report.

Additional documents:


The Chair invited Cllr Theo Butt Philip as Chair of the Scrutiny Task and Finish Group to present. The following points were highlighted:


·       Task and Finish Group met in December and January with representative from all of the scrutiny committees to suggest how scrutiny structures may operate in the new  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 45 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 Chair informed the Committee that the following items would be considered on the agenda for the next meeting on 7 March:

-       Property Asset Review

-       Dillington House Update

-       Education Core Offer

The Chair suggested a handover session with the incoming chairs of the new scrutiny committees.


A  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


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).


One item was considered in confidential session.



Contract Award for Professional Consultancy Services for Planning, Design, Engineering and Place Services pdf icon PDF 242 KB

-       To consider the report.


Information was given and debate was held in confidential session.


The Committee noted the recommendation to the Executive of approval of the award of a four-year contract, with the option of up to four-year extension, to Supplier C as identified in the attached Confidential Appendix A, for the provision of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.


Any other urgent items of business

The Chair may raise any items of urgent business.


There were no other items of business.