Agenda and draft minutes

Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, at the Council Offices, Southfields, Loughborough. View directions

Items
No. Item

9.

Disclosures of Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Minutes:

The following disclosures were made:

 

Councillor Fryer disclosed a personal interest in agenda item 9 regarding the scrutiny work programme and the proposed scrutiny of the new model for the Children and Families Wellbeing Service being proposed by Leicestershire County Council, as the Chair of the County Council’s Children and Families Wellbeing Committee.

 

Councillor Parton disclosed a personal interest in matters relating to the Community Lottery.  

 

10.

Declarations - the Party Whip

Minutes:

No declarations were made.

 

11.

Questions under Scrutiny Committee Procedures 11.16

No questions were submitted.

Minutes:

No questions had been submitted.

 

12.

2019-20 Quarter 1 Performance Monitoring Report and 2018-19 Annual Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

A report of the Chief Executive providing performance monitoring information and results for the first quarter of 2019/20 and end of year outturn in respect of the Corporate Plan objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and to present the annual report for 2018/19 that reviews how effectively the Council has delivered the themes set out in the Corporate Plan 2016-2020.

Minutes:

Considered a report of the Chief Executive providing performance monitoring information and results for the first quarter of 2019/20 and end of year outturn in respect of the Corporate Plan objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and to present the annual report for 2018/19 that reviews how effectively the Council has delivered the themes set out in the Corporate Plan 2016-2020 (item 6 on the agenda filed with these minutes).

 

The Chief Executive assisted with consideration of the report.

 

The following summarises the key points of discussion:

 

(i)           The target for the number of ticket sales for the Community Lottery had been incorrectly calculated, and the actual aim was to sell 1,000 tickets per week by the end of the year, rather than 52,000 tickets during the year.

(ii)          Targets were reviewed every year as part of the development of the annual Business Plan.

(iii)         The development of a community hub in Thorpe Acre had not been achieved over a number of years for external reasons, but it was hoped that it would be able to progress.  

(iv)     Generally, the Committee’s view was that the annual report for 2018/19 presented a good story of the Council’s progress.

 

RESOLVED that the performance results, associated commentary and the explanations provided, together with the Annual Report 2018/19, be noted.

 

Reason

 

To ensure that targets and objectives are being met, and to identify areas where performance might be improved.

 

 

13.

Community Safety Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 584 KB

A report of the Head of Neighbourhood Services to ensure that the statutory responsibility to scrutinise the Community Safety Partnership, at least every 6 months, is undertaken effectively and to ensure the continued monitoring of incidences in Charnwood.

Minutes:

Considered a report of the Head of Neighbourhood Services to ensure that the statutory responsibility to scrutinise the Community Safety Partnership, at least every 6 months, is undertaken effectively and to ensure the continued monitoring of incidences in Charnwood (item 7 on the agenda filed with these minutes).

 

Assisting with consideration of the report was the Lead Member for Communities, Safety and Wellbeing, the Chief Executive, the Head of Neighbourhood Services, Inspector Botte (Leicestershire Police), and the Community Safety Manager.

 

The following summarises the key points of discussion:

 

(i)            The total for ‘all crime’ over the first quarter of 2019/10 had reduced by 1.8% which was very encouraging. 

(ii)           However, there was still work to be done, for example tackling ‘County Lines’ drug related issues.

(iii)         The difference between burglary and robbery was explained as burglary being theft from premises, whereas robbery involved violence against the person.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

Reason

 

The Committee has been allocated the statutory responsibility to ensure that effective scrutiny of the work of the Community Safety Partnership takes place.

 

14.

Community Grants pdf icon PDF 588 KB

To provide an overview and summary of the Charnwood Grants scheme and the Grants process.

 

Minutes:

Considered a report of the Head of Neighbourhood Services to provide an overview and summary of the Charnwood Grants Scheme and the grants process (item 8 on the agenda filed with these minutes).

 

Assisting with consideration of the report was the Lead Member for Communities, Safety and Wellbeing, the Head of Neighbourhood Services, and the Neighbourhoods & Partnerships Manager. 

 

The following summarises the key points of discussion:

 

(i)            It was pleasing to note in the report the number of grants being awarded across the whole Borough.

(ii)          The grant application process was generally easy to understand.

(iii)         Councillors have a role to play in sign-posting prospective applicants to the grants that are available.

(iv)   However, the number of different grants types available might be     confusing for some people.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

Reason

 

To enable the Committee to better understand the Charnwood Grants scheme and associated processes.

 

15.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 207 KB

A report of the Head of Strategic Support to assist the Committee in  determining its work programme

Minutes:

Considered a report of the Head of Strategic Support to assist the Committee in determining its work programme (item 9 on the agenda filed with these minutes).

 

The Chief Executive assisted with consideration of the report.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    that a potential scrutiny panel to look into Anti-Social Behaviour not be recommended to the Scrutiny Commission at the current time.

2.    that the current position with the Committee’s work programme be noted.

 

Reasons

 

1.    In light of the positive Community Safety Partnership Update report, it was not felt that a panel was required. 

2.    To ensure the Committee is aware of the current position of its Work Programme.