Agenda and minutes

(re-arranged from 14 September 2022), Overview, Scrutiny & Policy Development Committee - Monday, 10th October, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: 0.01 Chamber - Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

Contact: Paul Wheeler  (0191) 643 5318 Email: Democraticsupport@northtyneside.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

OV8/22

Appointment of Substitute Members

To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.

Minutes:

Pursuant to the council’s constitution the appointment of the following substitute Members was reported:

 

Councillor M Murphy for Councillor D Drummond

Councillor P Earley for Councillor M Green

Councillor B Burdis for Councillor E Parker-Leonard

Councillor G Westwater for Councillor J Wallace

OV9/22

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.

 

Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Julie Cruddas declared a non-registerable personal interest in Items 6 & 7. She is a Director of Justice Prince Community Interest Company.

 

Councillor Martin Murphy declared a non-registerable personal interest in Items 6 & 7. He has a family member who is employed by the Council

 

Councillor Matthew Thirlaway declared a non-registerable personal interest in Item 4, 5, 6, 7. He has a family member who is employed by the Council.

 

Councillor Matthew Thirlaway declared a non-registerable personal interest in Item 8. He is employed by a social care provider.

 

Councillor Peter Earley declared a registerable personal interest in Item 8.

He is a Trustee of the North Tyneside Carers Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

OV10/22

Minutes pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2022.

Minutes:

Resolved that the minute of the meeting held on 13 June 2022 be agreed.

OV11/22

2023- 2027 Financial Planning and Budget Process incorporating the Associated Engagement Strategy pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To note a report outlining the process to be adopted for the Authority’s Financial Planning and Budget and Engagement Strategy for 2023/24.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report that outlined the process that was to be adopted for the Authority’s Financial Planning and Budget Process for 2023/24 and its proposed framework for four years to 2026/27.

 

The report set out information in relation to the 2023-27 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 2023/24.

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

·       The Budget Engagement Strategy to be adopted as part of the 2023-2027 Financial Planning and Budget process.

The Committee was informed of the process to how Budget Scrutiny would be conducted. There was to be established a Budget Sub-group of up to 10 Members with all non-executive Members to be canvassed to take part in a one full day scrutiny to take place on 1 December.

 

Agreed that the 2023-2027 Financial Planning and Budget Process incorporating the Associated Engagement Strategy be noted.

OV12/22

Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To provide an update on progress with delivering the updated Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025.

 

Minutes:

The Senior Manager - Policy, Performance and Research presented an update on progress with delivering the Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025.

 

The Committee was provided information that highlighted the work undertaken in each of the plans priorities;

 

A thriving North Tyneside –

 

The Authority was working closely with a range of partners to unlock local potential and opportunity through the delivery of projects in the three town centres, North Shields, Whitley Bay and Wallsend.

 

In relation to bringing good quality jobs to North Tyneside it was reported that the impact of covid-19 has seen a 13% decrease during 2021/22 compared to the previous year.

 

Level 1 apprenticeships had decreased in relation to the 2021 level and was in part due to national changes, however, it was reported that an increase in Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships had seen during 2021.

 

Customer First Centres visits had reduced by 55% compared with pre-pandemic levels.

 

With respect to North Tyneside being a destination of choice, day visits and overnight stays had seen a reduction compared with pre-pandemic 2019. The Authority had retained its Blue and Green Flag standards in relation to its beaches and parks, with resident satisfaction consistent with previous years.

 

The long-term vacant dwelling in North Tyneside continued to decrease and was at its lowest level in seven years.

 

The Authority had worked with stakeholders to ensure that social value commitments were aligned and included into the Authority’s procurement and commissioning processes to contribute to maximising environmental sustainability.

 

A secure North Tyneside

 

A concern with residents was that anti-social behaviour was perceived to be increasing and a reduction in residents feeling safe in their local area after dark. During 2022 a multi-agency North Tyneside Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Task Force had been established to develop and deliver a shared plan to tackle ASB as a partnership making a difference for residents, communities, visitors and businesses.

 

In relation to roads and pavements maintenance the majority 59% were assessed as good, however 34% of the network required maintenance and identified for improvement.

 

The Authority had agreed to extend its Council Tax Support and Hardship support schemes.

 

In relation to tackling socio-economic inequalities, there continued to be a variance in life expectancy between areas in the most and least deprived areas.

 

Provisional figures showed there was an increase in children living in relative in low-income families and a number of initiatives that the Authority had introduced to address food poverty were highlighted.

 

The delivery of the Affordable Homes Programme was on track with the target of 266 homes being met in 2021/22.

 

A Family-friendly North Tyneside

 

In relation to schools 96% primary and 88% secondary schools were rated as Good.

 

There continued to be a high number of children subject to a child protection plan and there also was an increase in the number of contacts with Children’s Safeguarding Services.

 

The number of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) continued to increase, which had prompted the Authority submitting a High Needs Recovery Plan  ...  view the full minutes text for item OV12/22

OV13/22

Efficiency Savings Programme: 2021/22 Quarter 4: Progress Report pdf icon PDF 29 KB

To note the update on the outturn of key 2021/22 projects and business cases within the overall Efficiency Savings Programme.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report that provided an update on the outturn of key 2021/22 projects and business cases within the Efficiency Savings Programme.

 

The financial position at 31 March 2022 showed that there was £0.007m savings had not been achieved from the £4,537 target, where £3.941m had been delivered against the overall target via project activities outlined in associated business cases. A further £1.039m was achieved as the direct result of management actions during the course of the financial year.

 

Agreed that the Efficiency Savings Programme 2021/22 Quarter 4 Progress Report be noted.

OV14/22

Efficiency Savings Programme: 2022/23 Quarter 1: Progress Report pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To note the update on the current progress of key 2022/23 projects and business cases within the overall Efficiency Savings Programme.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report that provided an updated the progress of key 2022/23 projects and business cases within the Efficiency Savings Programme.

 

New savings were proposed for 2022/23 of £3.113m combined with £1.607m of savings targets that were agreed in prior years budget setting processes for delivery in 2022/23.

 

Savings targets of £2.373m within Health, Education, Care and Safeguarding (HECS) and £0.164m within Commissioning & Asset Management (C&AM) were met in 2021/22 through Covid grants, alternative management actions or through one-year funding sources. These targets still require permanent achievement increasing the total savings brought forward from prior year business cases to £4.144m.

 

The overall target to achieve in 2022/23 was £7.257m and the financial position at 30 June 2022 indicated that £2.948m had been delivered against the overall target via project activities outlined in the associated business cases, with the remaining target of £4.309m to be achieved.

 

Agreed that the Efficiency Savings Programme 2022/23 Quarter 1 Progress Report be noted.

 

OV15/22

Cabinet Response to Overview and Scrutiny Home Care Study Group Report pdf icon PDF 282 KB

To note Cabinet’s response to the actions/recommendations identified by the Home Care Study Group, which undertook an in-depth review of home care provision in North Tyneside on behalf of the Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Sub-Committee of the Overview, Scrutiny and Policy Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the response report from Cabinet to the recommendations submitted by the sub-group of the Adult Social Care, Health & Wellbeing Sub-committee to its review into Home Care Provision in North Tyneside.

 

Appended to the report were the actions to be taken with associated timescale for the completion of each of the recommendations.

 

Agreed that the recommendation response from Cabinet in relation to the work of the sub-group of the Adult Social Care, Health & Wellbeing Sub-committee to its review into Home Care Provision in North Tyneside be noted.

 

OV16/22

Cabinet Response to Economic Prosperity Sub-Committee Report on Green Skills for Retrofit Jobs pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To note Cabinet’s response to the recommendations identified in the Green Skills for Retrofit Jobs report, produced by the Green Skills Sub-Group appointed by the Economic Prosperity Sub-Committee of the Overview, Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the response report from Cabinet to the recommendations submitted by the sub-group of the Economic Prosperity Sub-committee to its review into Green Skills for Retrofit Jobs.

 

Appended to the report were the actions to be taken with associated timescale for the completion of each of the recommendations.

 

Agreed that the recommendation response from Cabinet in relation to the work of the sub-group of the Economic Prosperity Sub-committee to its review into Green Skills for Retrofit Jobs be noted.