Agenda and minutes

Overview, Scrutiny & Policy Development Committee - Monday, 4th October, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY. View directions

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Note: (Due to Covid precautions anyone wishing to attend should first notify the contact officer) 

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Parent Governor Representative - Mrs M Ord


The Chair informed the Committee that the Parent Governor representative Mrs Michelle Ord’s term of office had ended on the 30 September 2021.


The Chair thanked Michelle for her participation throughout her time on Overview, Scrutiny & Policy Development Committee and Children, Education and Skills Sub-committee.



Appointment of Substitute Members

To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.


Pursuant to the Council’s constitution the appointment of the following substitute Member was reported: - Councillor T Mulvenna for Councillor M Thirlaway.


Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.


You are also invited to disclose any dispensation in relation to any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.



Councillor J Cruddas – Item 7 – 2022-2026 Financial Planning and Budget Process incorporating the Associated Engagement Strategy - registerable personal interest as she is employed by Justice Prince and is a Director of Justice Prince Community Interest Company.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 7 July 2021.


Resolved that the minute of the meeting held on the 7 July 2021 be confirmed.


Annual Report of the Elected Mayors


The Elected Mayor thanked the committee for the opportunity to present her Annual Report, share her priorities for the year ahead and to reflect on the achievements that had been made over the previous year.


Covid-19 Pandemic


She stated that there was no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic was something different to anything that had been experienced or known before, which resulted in a lot of uncertainty both nationally and locally.  The possible risk of a pandemic became a reality that had to be managed.  


Responding to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic made it an extremely busy time, where many things needed to be done differently and at great speed.


Everyone had been working hard, and she thanked the Cabinet, Council Members, the Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team and all members of staff for their hard work, dedication, support and commitment. 


She stated that no matter their role, the staff rose to the challenge to ensure services to residents and communities continued.

The Good Neighbour Scheme in conjunction with North Tyneside VODA had been a tremendous resource throughout the pandemic and she thanked all the volunteers for the support they provided.

As this point, she asked for the Committee to be shown a video which included some of those and demonstrated the range of support given.


The Mayor, stated the pandemic legacy had not been solely focused on disruption or loss and the video demonstrated that council teams, communities, volunteers, businesses, residents and partners were all united in their response to the pandemic demonstrating resilience and determination to care for and protect each other and the local economy.


It was also stated that some of the rapid changes to the way in which services were delivered had been hugely positive and welcomed by many.


Council Plan


The Our North Tyneside Council Plan had been refreshed and now had a focus on the vision to build a better North Tyneside with the context of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Mayor stated that the Council would continue to listen to and work with  residents, businesses, the community and voluntary sector and all stakeholders to ensure that things were delivered in partnership and in line with the differing needs of the borough. 


The Council Plans five themes were:


·       thriving

·       family-friendly

·       caring

·       secure

·       green


The ambition was for North Tyneside to be a place where local businesses and high streets thrive, where all areas benefit from regeneration, where children and young people continue to receive an outstanding education and families flourish, a place where great care is offered to those who need it; and where deprivation is tackled, and inequalities are reduced.


The Council plan had a focus on:


·       bringing more good quality jobs to North Tyneside by helping local businesses to grow and making it attractive for new businesses to set up or relocate in the borough.

·       Investing in adult education and to support apprenticeships to make sure people have the right skills for the jobs on offer.

·       Keeping libraries  ...  view the full minutes text for item OV21/21


Gambling Act 2005 Draft Statement of Licensing Policy (Gambling) pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive a report that outlines the draft final proposals following the public consultation of the revised draft Policy.

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report in relation to the final proposals of the Gambling Act 2005 Draft statement of Licensing Policy following the 6-week consultation period.


Appended to the report was a summary of the responses received and the draft policy with amendments following the consultation.


The final proposals were to be presented to Cabinet on 18 October 2021 and then to Council on the 25 November 2021.


The Committee had no further comments to add for consideration.


Agreed that the Gambling Act 2005 Draft Statement of Licensing Policy be noted.


2022-2026 Financial Planning and Budget Process incorporating the Associated Engagement Strategy pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider the initial Cabinet report outlining the process to be adopted for the Authority’s Financial Planning and Budget process for 2022/23 as part of the proposed framework for the four years 2022/23 to 2025/26.

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report that outlined the process that was to be adopted for the Authority’s Financial Planning and budget process for 2022/23 and its proposed framework for four years to 2025/26.


The report set out information in relation to the 2022-26 Financial Planning and Budget process, including key decisions milestones that included:


·       A review of the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP).

·       Development of the detailed General Fund and Housing Revenue Account Budgets for 2022/23.

·       An update of the Investment Plan and the Treasury Management Strategy, and

·       The Budget Engagement Strategy to be adopted as part of the 2022-2026 Financial Planning and Budget process.


A Member asked for information in relation to Prudential borrowing to support capital investment and treasury management. The Head of Resources provided information to the Committee and stated a further briefing note would be shared in respect to Treasury Management.


The Chair informed the Committee of how budget Scrutiny would be  undertaken and that all Members would be invited to take part in a one full day scrutiny to take place on 15 December.


Agreed that the 2022-2026 Financial Planning and Budget Process incorporating the Associated Engagement Strategy be noted.