Issue - meetings

Scrutiny report

Meeting: 13/02/2019 - County Council (Item 9)

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Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present the scrutiny reports from the November and January cycle of meetings.

Minutes:

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, presented the scrutiny report.  He noted that the scrutiny review was continuing and he reminded members about the workshop being held on 25 February 2019.

 

A member believed that it would be useful to circulate a scrutiny position statement showing progress so far with the review ahead of the workshop.  He highlighted a specific issue relating to Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions and ensuring that relevant staff at the District Councils and in the County Council’s Youth Team were kept informed.  Cllr Brian Robinson, Chair of the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee, undertook to highlight this with senior officers.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.


Meeting: 14/02/2018 - County Council (Item 9)

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Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present the scrutiny report.

Minutes:

In presenting the report, Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, advised that the one day budget scrutiny session had worked well.  He noted that some of the issues raised had influenced the budget recommendation put forward by the Cabinet.  He said that an all member briefing would be arranged on the Business Rates Retention Pilot and the allocation of funding. 

 

Referring to changes being made to the Road Safety Team, a member asked what the position was relating to the Drive for Life Programme and support for road safety liaison groups across the county. 

 

RESOLVED to note the report.


Meeting: 06/12/2017 - County Council (Item 76)

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Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present the scrutiny report.

Minutes:

In presenting the report, Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, advised that the committee had considered care workers and the national living wage following the motion passed at the last full Council meeting.  He said that a Budget Scrutiny day would be held on 10 January 2018 and all members were welcome to attend.  He confirmed that it would be held in public and Cabinet Members would be in attendance for the scrutiny of their service areas. 

 

A member noted that a children’s centre in his division had been rated by Ofsted as outstanding and he said that he was confused why there continued to be references to children’s centres not reaching vulnerable groups.  Cllr Mark Hawthorne, the Leader of the Council, recognised that many children’s centres were delivering good services to those families who were using them.  However, he said that there remained questions as to whether they were reaching the most vulnerable families. 

 

Cllr Brian Robinson, the Chairman of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee, advised that the committee had received a number of reports on the Children’s Services Improvement Plan.  He said that progress was being made, albeit it was not as fast as Ofsted would like.

 

Cllr Carole Allaway-Martin, the Chair of the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, stated that the committee would be receiving a progress report on the NHS Winter Plan as its meeting in January 2018.  She undertook to consider whether the committee should scrutinise the Health and Wellbeing Board’s activities. 

 

Cllr Rob Bird, the Chairman of the Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, explained that the Minerals Local Plan was worded in such a way that it addressed the main issues for Gloucestershire, namely sand and gravel extraction.  There was no detailed assessment criteria for applications for mineral and gas extraction and this would need to be addressed should the need arise in future.

 

A member noted that the Police and Crime Commissioner was in discussion with HM Courts and Tribunal Services about the possibility of providing a new facility at Waterwells.  Another member hoped that there would be an opportunity to scrutinise any decisions on the location of a new court facility.  He believed that it would be best located in Gloucester City centre as it would be more accessible to local residents.  Cllr Will Windsor Clive, the Chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, advised that this was not the business of the panel and members should make their views known to officers and partners involved in estate management.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.


Meeting: 13/09/2017 - County Council (Item 64)

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Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to present the scrutiny report.

Minutes:

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, presented the report.

 

Cllr Molyneux stated that the Council had an excellent reputation for scrutiny and, following discussion at the last meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, there was no appetite for a peer review of scrutiny at the present time.  He agreed, however, to keep the matter under review. 

 

Cllr Dave Norman, Chairman of the Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said that the committee had not had any detailed discussions around Brexit but it would be picked up when particular issues were discussed.  He stated that the committee would be holding meetings in the districts to allow local members to raise issues relating to economic development.

 

A member requested that consideration also be given to holding meetings of the Economic Growth Joint Committee in the districts.

 

Another member noted the importance of promoting Gloucestershire and he referred to how the recent Tour of Britain cycle race had showcased the county with people from across the World watching the television coverage.  He said that it was not just about tourism but about attracting young people to live and work in the county.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.