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Items
No. Item

123.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Tanner, Tim Sadler (Executive Director for Community Services), and Peter McQuitty (Head of Policy, Culture and Communications).

 

124.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received

 

125.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 29 KB

When the chair agrees, the public can ask questions about any item for decision at the meeting for up to 15 minutes.  Questions must have been given to the Head of Law and Governance by 9.30am one clear working day before the meeting (email executiveboard@oxford.gov.uk or telephone the person named as staff contact).  No supplementary questions or questioning will be permitted.  Questions by the public will be taken as read and, when the Chair agrees, be responded to at the meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full written questions with answers were distributed as a supplement before the meeting.

 

Cllr Turner spoke on the question on council tax exemptions (minute xx). He said he’d prefer a national council tax exemption scheme. In the current economic climate it was unlikely the Council would be able to afford addition entitlements without reducing exemptions elsewhere.

 

Council tax exemptions would be reviewed in 2016/17.

 

The City Executive Board noted the public questions.

 

126.

Scrutiny Committee Reports

The following Scrutiny Committee reports will be submitted to this meeting:-

 

Scrutiny Committee

Budget Report

Grant allocations to community and voluntary organisations

Community and Neighbourhood Services

Activities for older residents and preventing isolation

 

Housing Panel

Unlawful developments

Tackling under-occupation

 

Finance Panel

European funding

Treasury Management Strategy 2015/16

 

127.

Scrutiny Committee Report_ Budget Review 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To present the conclusions and recommendations of the Scrutiny Budget Review Group on the Consultation Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2015-2019 

 

Scrutiny Recommendations: The Budget Review Group recommend to the City Executive Board:

 

  1. That reserves and balances are reviewed with a view to investing any overstated reserves.

 

  1. That the City Council explores new ways of increasing public engagement in its budget setting process.

 

  1. That Council Tax is increased by 1.99% (rather than the proposed 1.50%) in 2015/16.

 

  1. That the City Council continues to engage constructively with other Oxfordshire Councils in order to optimise any potential benefits available from business rates pooling and distribution arrangements.

 

  1. That the City Council looks at ways of mitigating the impacts of higher than average rents on those Council tenants who will be most affected.

 

  1. That further consideration is given to covering more enforcement costs through higher, related fees and charges.  This should include keeping legislation under review and asking the LGA what other local authorities charge for.

 

  1. That to protect future Park and Ride incomes, the City Council seeks agreement with the County Council on consistent charging rates across all Oxford Park and Rides.

 

  1. That the City Council explores mechanisms for the earlier release of land value locked up in the Barton Park development.

 

  1. That the following efficiency savings are re-rated as high risk:

 

a)    Shifting services towards community settings and online (£126k from 2017/18 in Customer Services),

 

b)    Application portfolio & telephony review (£150k from 2015/16 in Business Improvement & Technology).

 

  1. That there is a re-energising of attempts to identify new invest-to-save opportunities in future budget rounds (see recommendation 17d).

 

  1. That sufficient flexibility is in place to mitigate the risk of the City Council having to repay £7m to the Housing Revenue Account.  

 

  1. That the City Council explores how it can become a more agile operator in the housing market to ensure it secures best value for new property acquisitions.   

 

  1. That half of the additional waste disposal costs pressure is re-instated in the budget from 2016/17.

 

  1. That off street parking income is re-modelled in light of the most recent parking data and experience with the temporary Westgate car park.

 

  1. That any savings achieved through lower than assumed energy prices are invested in energy efficiency improvements.

 

  1. That HRA void losses are modelled at 1.0% (rather than the proposed 1.2%), at least in the early years of the budget period.

 

  1. That the following areas should be priorities for further spending in the event that additional general fund resources become available (we have identified some options for raising revenue in the short to medium term).  These suggested priorities are listed in no particular order:

 

a)    Staff Training and Wellbeing – continue funding the training budget increase (£100k) and funding for staff wellbeing (£75k) beyond 2016/17,

 

b)    Apprenticeships – reinstate £50k from 2015/16 or a sufficient amount to fund no fewer than 25 apprentices in future cohorts,

 

c)    Community Development (Social Inclusion) Fund – reinstate £60k from 2015/16,

 

d)    Business Improvement staffing reductions – reverse the £110k cut in  ...  view the full agenda text for item 127.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the conclusions and recommendations of the Scrutiny Budget Review Group on the Consultation Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2015-2019.

 

Cllr Simmons, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee, went through the recommendations and Cllr Turner, Board Member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health provided his responses as attached (minutes 127).

 

The Board discussed and agreed to aspects of the following:

·         Exploring new ways of increasing public engagement in its budget setting process.

·         Re-energising attempts to identify new invest-to-save opportunities in future budget rounds

·         Exploring how the City Council can become a more agile operator in the housing market to ensure it secures best value for new property acquisitions.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AGREE:

 

1. That reserves and balances are reviewed with a view to investing any overstated reserves.

 

2. That Council Tax is increased by 1.99% (rather than the proposed 1.50%) in 2015/16.

 

3. That the City Council continues to engage constructively with other Oxfordshire Councils in order to optimise any potential benefits available from business rates pooling and distribution arrangements.

4. That further consideration is given to covering more enforcement costs through higher, related fees and charges.  This should include keeping legislation under review and asking the LGA what other local authorities charge for.

 

5. That to protect future Park and Ride incomes, the City Council seeks agreement with the County Council on consistent charging rates across all Oxford Park and Rides.

 

6. That sufficient flexibility is in place to mitigate the risk of the City Council having to repay £7m to the Housing Revenue Account.         

 

7. That the following areas should be priorities for further spending in the event that additional general fund resources become available:

 

a) Planning enforcement – continue funding the Beds in Sheds project at the post April 2015 level to April 2016. A more detailed review of alternative funding streams should be undertaken during this period,

 

b) Discretionary Housing Payments – continue the current level of funding to April 2016.

 

128.

Councillor Addresses on any item for decision on the Board's Agenda

When the chair agrees, Councillors can address the Board about any item for decision at the meeting for up to 3 minutes.  Addresses must have been given to the Head of Law and Governance by 9.30am, one clear working day before the meeting (email executiveboard@oxford.gov.uk or telephone the person named as staff contact).  The Board Member who has political responsibility for the item for decision may respond or the Board will have regard to the points raised in reaching its decision.

Minutes:

Cllr Fooks addressed the Board on item 6 Draft Diamond Place Supplementary Planning Document (minute 129).

 

129.

Draft Diamond Place Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 104 KB

The Head of City Development has submitted a report which details the draft Diamond Place Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation

 

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board

1. Approves the Draft Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation

2. Endorses the accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report

3. Authorises the Head of City Development to make any necessary editorial corrections to the document prior to publication in consultation with the Board Member

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of City Development submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the draft Diamond Place Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation

 

Cllr Fooks expressed the concerns of the North Oxford Association (NOA) who had missed the last consultation workshop. NOA would prefer to retain their current building rather than get a new one as it is not very old and it serves the community well.

 

Cllr Fooks made the following points:

·         A new multi-use health centre with x-rays, bloods, physiotherapy facilities would be great.

·         That in future, officers notify people that are directly affected about the proposal before it goes public.

·         That the proposal of Summerfield school releasing some of their playing site for new houses be consider as part of the plan.

Cllr Price, Board member for Corporate Strategy, Economic Development and Planning explained that the NOA building was an inefficient use of space, and this draft plan merely offered an opportunity to use the space better.

Joint leisure, community and health area.

 

The plan had assumed the availability of the potential housing development site which is why the path to the site was mentioned in the report.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to:

1. APPROVE the Draft Supplementary Planning Document for public consultation

 

2. ENDORSE the accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report

 

3. AUTHORISE the Head of City Development to make any necessary editorial corrections to the document prior to publication in consultation with the Board Member

 

130.

Budget and Medium term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 275 KB

The Head of Finance has submitted a report which details the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2015/16 to 2018-19 and the 2015-16 Budget for recommendation to Council.

 

 

Officer Recommendations:That the City Executive Board:

1. Consider the outcome of the public consultation, agree the amendments to the Consultation Budget and

 

2 Recommend that Council:

a) Approves the Council’s General Fund Budget Requirement of £23.304 million for 2015/16 and an increase in the Band D Council Tax of 1.99% or £5.44 per annum as set out in Table 8 and Appendices 1-4, representing a Band D Council Tax of £278.97 per annum.

 

b) Approves the continuance of the Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme (formerly Council Tax Benefit)

 

c) Approves the Housing Revenue Account budget for 2015/16 to 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 5 and 6 and an increase in average dwelling rent of 3.49% for April 2015 representing £3.59 per week an annual average rent of £105.77 as set out in Appendix 7

 

d) Approves the Capital Programme for 2015/16 -2018-19 as set out in Appendix 8 and 9;

 

e) Approves the Fees & Charges schedule as set out in Appendix 10

 

f) Adopts the criteria for adopting the Business Rates Retail Relief scheme as set out in paragraph 21 and transitional relief as set out in paragraphs 22 – 24

 

g) Approves an increase in the 2014-15 capital budget of £550,000 in relation to the property purchase referred to in paragraph 43 and referred to elsewhere on the CEB agenda.

 

This report has been published separately as a supplement.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Finance submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2015/16 to 2018-19 and the 2015-16 Budget for recommendation to Council.

 

Cllr Turner, Board member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health presented the report.  He stated that the Council had lost 47% of its Government grant since 2010.

 

He highlighted the following elements in the budget:

·         The purchase of St Aldate’s Chambers will save the Council considerable money in rent

·         Council tax is set to increase by 1.99, which equates to approx £5.00 per household.

·         Funding available to improve and maintain the Town Hall

·         Extra capital for energy efficiency project, skate parks and drainage of football pitches

·         The Council will start removing graffiti on private property for free.

·         City centre ambassadors project to continue

·         Thames Water catchment group

·         £250K[1] available for  youth ambition work

·         The Oxford Living wage has been increase

·         Planning enforcement work in the private sector

 

The public consultation was strongly supported and was broadly positive.

Officers have been relentless in efficiency savings, Council has a  great partnership with trade unions

 

Cllr Simms and Kennedy commended the continual delivery of the Youth Ambition programme, especially at a time when many councils have reduced their youth services.

 

Cllr Rowley welcomed the £4.7M in regeneration funding allocated to Barton over the next 5 years, and the money available for the Leys Housing projects.

 

Cllr Seamons mention the 200 new homes being built in Blackbird leys and the £250,000 allocated for energy efficiency measures for council tenants

 

Cllr Sinclair welcomed the continual funding for the city centre ambassadors project and the additional funding for CCTV cameras in St Clements which was welcomed by the business community.

 

The Chief Executive outlined the managerial issues in the budget. This was the first time the council was considering a 0% rate support grant by 2018/19. This budget has been made possible through council trading, efficiency savings and a strong relationship with trade unions.

 

 The Council had

1. secured £6M through the LEP and the Growth fund,

2. retained Council housing stock

3. retained services in-house, which had allowed greater efficiency savings.

4. Continued to have no compulsory redundancies for frontline staff.

 

He thanked Nigel Kennedy, Head of Finance for all his hard work at putting the budget together.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to:

1.  APPROVE the amendments to the Consultation Budget following the public consultation process

 

2 RECOMMEND THAT COUNCIL:

a) APPROVES the Council’s General Fund Budget Requirement of £23.304 million for 2015/16 and an increase in the Band D Council Tax of 1.99% or £5.44 per annum as set out in Table 8 and Appendices 1-4, representing a Band D Council Tax of £278.97 per annum.

 

b) APPROVES the continuance of the Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme (formerly Council Tax Benefit)

 

c) APPROVES the Housing Revenue Account budget for 2015/16 to 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 5 and 6 and an increase in average dwelling rent of 3.49% for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 130.

131.

Scrutiny Panel Report_Treasury Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To present recommendations from the Finance Panel on the Treasury Management Strategy 2015/16

 

Scrutiny Recommendations That the City Executive Board

 

1. Reword paragraph 14 in appendix 2 and the title of table 5 before Council is asked to approve the Treasury Management Strategy.

 

2. that the City Council considers all options for refinancing the £20m repayment of its external debt, which is due to be repaid in 2020/21,

 

3. That the City Council pursues ‘real asset lettings’ at a pace.  This could be both a good investment and one which supports the City Council’s objectives.

 

4. That the City Council obtains independent advice on its liquidity and borrowing potential.

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the recommendations from the Finance Panel on the Treasury Management Strategy 2015/16.

 

Cllr Simmons, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee presented the report.

 

Cllr Turner, Board Member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health agreed the recommendations.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AGREED

 

1. To reword paragraph 14 in appendix 2 and the title of table 5 before Council is asked to approve the Treasury Management Strategy.

 

2. That the City Council considers all options for refinancing the £20m repayment of its external debt, which is due to be repaid in 2020/21,

 

3. That the City Council pursues ‘real asset lettings’ at a pace. This could be both a good investment and one which supports the City Council’s objectives.

 

4. That the City Council obtains independent advice on its liquidity and borrowing potential.

 

132.

Treasury Management Strategy 15/16 pdf icon PDF 179 KB

The Head of Finance has submitted a report which details the Treasury Management Strategy for 2015/16 together with the Prudential Indicators for 2015/16 to 2017/18.

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board recommends that Council:

 

1. Approve the Treasury Management Strategy 2015/16, and adopt the Prudential Indicators 2015/16 – 2017/18 at paragraphs 8 to 37, and Appendix 2

 

2. Approve the Investment Strategy for 2015/16 and investment criteria set out in paragraphs 23 to 37 and Appendix 1

 

3. Approve the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) statement at paragraphs 12 to 22 which sets out the Council’s policy on debt repayment.

Minutes:

The Head of Finance submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the Treasury Management Strategy for 2015/16 together with the Prudential Indicators for 2015/16 to 2017/18.

 

Cllr Turner, Board Member for Finance, Asset Management and Public Health presented the report. He explained that because of the low interest rates, It was better for Council to invest in property rather than leave the money in the bank. Work on getting money back from Iceland was on-going.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to RECOMMEND that Council:

 

1. APPROVE the Treasury Management Strategy 2015/16, and adopt the Prudential Indicators 2015/16 – 2017/18 at paragraphs 8 to 37, and Appendix 2

 

2. APPROVE the Investment Strategy for 2015/16 and investment criteria set out in paragraphs 23 to 37 and Appendix 1.

 

3. APPROVE the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) statement at paragraphs 12 to 22 which sets out the Council’s policy on debt repayment.

133.

Adoption of the Corporate Plan 2015-19 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Head of Policy Culture and Communications has submitted a report which details the consultation of the draft Corporate Plan 2015-19 and proposes its adoption.

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board:

1. Approves the draft Corporate Plan 2015 -19 as set out in Appendix 1.

 

2. Recommends that Full Council approves the draft Corporate Plan 2015 – 19

 

3. Delegates authority to the Head of Policy, Culture and Communications to make minor textual changes to the Corporate Plan 2015 -19 in advance of formal publication.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Policy Culture and Communications submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the consultation on the Corporate Plan 2015-19 and proposes its adoption.

 

Cllr Price, Board Member for Corporate Strategy, Economic Development and Planning presented the report.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to:

1. APPROVE the draft Corporate Plan 2015 -19 as set out in Appendix 1.

 

2. RECOMMEND that Full Council approves the draft Corporate Plan 2015 – 19

 

3. DELEGATE authority to the Head of Policy, Culture and Communications to make minor textual changes to the Corporate Plan 2015 -19 in advance of formal publication.

 

134.

Acquisition of St Aldate's Chambers (SAC) pdf icon PDF 96 KB

The Executive Director for City Regeneration and Housing has submitted a report which details the acquisition of the long leasehold interest in St Aldate’s Chambers; and to agree to vary the long leasehold interest at 5 Queen Street.

 

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board

 

1) Grant approval for the acquisition of the long leasehold interest in St Aldate’s Chambers for £7,539,230 (which comprises the purchase price of £7,200,000 plus acquisition costs of £339,230).

 

2) Agree the variations detailed in this report to the long lease of 5 Queen Street such that the City Council receives not less than £25,000 pa in rent until 2144.

 

3) Recommend to Council the increase of the budget in the Council’s Capital Programme for the purchase of property in the sum of £539,230 to be financed from underspends in the Council’s General Fund Revenue Budget in 2014-15.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Director for City Regeneration and Housing submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the acquisition of the long leasehold interest in St Aldate’s Chambers; and to agree to vary the long leasehold interest at 5 Queen Street.

 

The Chief Executive presented the report he said it was a once in a generation chance to purchase the lease.

 

The Executive Director for City Regeneration and Housing explained that the Council was buying the long leasehold for 126 years. Merton College still owns the freehold of the building.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to

 

1) GRANT approval for the acquisition of the long leasehold interest in St Aldate’s Chambers for £7,539,230 (which comprises the purchase price of £7,200,000 plus acquisition costs of £339,230).

 

2) AGREE the variations detailed in this report to the long lease of 5 Queen Street such that the City Council receives not less than £25,000 pa in rent until 2144.

 

3) RECOMMEND to Council the increase of the budget in the Council’s Capital Programme for the purchase of property in the sum of £539,230 to be financed from underspends in the Council’s General Fund Revenue Budget in 2014-15.

 

135.

Scrutiny Committee Report_Grant allocations to community and voluntary organisations pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To present comments from the Scrutiny Committee on the council’s grant allocation for 2015/16.

 

Scrutiny Recommendations: That the City Executive Board:

1. Works with OCVA to improve outreach and engagement activities with diverse community and voluntary groups, with a focus on building capacities and supporting bid-writing.

 

2. Considers providing a greater separation between grants allocated to smaller, localised community groups and those that seek to achieve wider community benefits.

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed comments from the Scrutiny Committee on the council’s grant allocation for 2015/16.

 

Cllr Simmons, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee presented the report.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AGREE:

1. To work with OCVA to improve outreach and engagement activities with diverse community and voluntary groups, with a focus on building capacities and supporting bid-writing.

 

2. To consider providing a greater separation between grants allocated to smaller, localised community groups and those that seek to achieve wider community benefits.

 

136.

Grant Allocations to Community and Voluntary Organisations 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

The Head of Leisure, Parks and Communities has submitted a report which details the proposed allocation of grants to community & voluntary organisations for 2015/16 through the Community Grants Programme.

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board

Subject to Council subsequently agreeing the grants budget as set out in Table 1

 

1. Approve the recommendations for the three year commissioning programme as listed in Appendix one.

 

2. Approve the recommendations for the applications received to the grants annual open bidding programme as set out in Appendix three.

 

3. Approve the recommendation for Oxford Friend to be funded through the Community Safety commissioning theme.

 

4. Approve the recommendation to delegate authority to 2 Councillors and the Head of Service for Customer Services to approve proposals for the unallocated funding (£20,000) in the Advice and Money Management commissioning theme.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Leisure, Parks and Communities submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the proposed allocation of grants to community & voluntary organisations for 2015/16 through the Community Grants Programme.

 

Cllr Rowley, Board member for Leisure Contract and Community Partnership Grants presented the report. He said he was keen for officers to work with the Cutteslowe Community Association (CCA) to make their holiday scheme sustainable.

 

Shirley McCleery, Chair of the Cutteslowe Community Association (CCA) spoke on the CCA only receiving 25% of the grant it had requested to run a children’s holiday programme. She was concerned there had been an error in calculating the cost per head and that the fees the children pay hadn’t been taken off the overall cost. This had made the total figure per head significantly more expensive than it actually was.

 

Cllr Price said that the Council would review its decision and would get back to the CCA.

 

Subject to Council subsequently agreeing the grants budget as set out in Table 1, the City Executive Board resolved to:

 

1. APPROVE the recommendations for the three year commissioning programme as listed in Appendix one, with the addition of reviewing the Cutteslowe Community Association grant.

 

2. APPROVE the recommendations for the applications received to the grants annual open bidding programme as set out in Appendix three.

 

3. APPROVE the recommendation for Oxford Friend to be funded through the Community Safety commissioning theme.

 

4. DELEGATE authority to the Board member for Leisure Contract and Community Partnership Grants in consultation with the Board member for Customer Services and Social Inclusion and the Head of Customer Services to approve proposals for the unallocated funding (£20,000) in the Advice and Money Management commissioning theme.

 

137.

Barton - Acquisition of Affordable Property pdf icon PDF 96 KB

The Head of Housing and Property has submitted a report which updates Members on the costs and progress in acquiring the affordable housing at Barton Park.

 

Officer Recommendation: That the City Executive Board notes the progress in acquiring the affordable housing at Barton Park

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Housing and Property submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which updated Members on the costs and progress in acquiring the affordable housing at Barton Park.

 

Cllr Seamons Board Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration presented the report.

 

The Director for City Regeneration and Housing explained that Oxfordshire County Council had asked the City Council to act as the guarantor of the cost of the infrastructure works set out in the s278 agreement relating to the project. While the Director held delegated authority to agree this, he thought it would be useful for the Board to be aware of this position.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to

NOTE the progress in acquiring the affordable housing at Barton Park.

 

Note that the infrastructure works set out in the Barton Park development (s278 agreement) would be guaranteed by Oxford City Council.

138.

Acquisition of land at Fiddlers Island Oxford to erect permanent bridge pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The Regeneration and Major Projects Manager has submitted a report which requests approval to acquire a site at Fiddlers Island.

 

Officer Recommendations: That the City Executive Board authorise the Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing, in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance and the Head of Finance to acquire the site as shown in Appendix B by agreement with the owners or by compulsory purchase if agreement is not reached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Regeneration and Major Projects Manager submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which requested approval to acquire a site at Fiddlers Island.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AUTHORISE the Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing, in consultation with the Head of Law and Governance and the Head of Finance to seek to acquire the site as shown in Appendix B by agreement with the owners or by compulsory purchase if agreement is not reached (any required CPO resolution to be agreed by the Board).

 

139.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2014

 

Recommendation: The City Executive Board NOTES the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2014 as a true and accurate record.

Minutes:

The Board resolved to APPROVE the minutes of the meeting held on January 2014 as a true and accurate record.

 

Finished 6.30pm

140.

Scrutiny Committee Report_Community and Neighbourhood pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To present comments from the Scrutiny Committee on the work of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Services Team.

 

Scrutiny Recommendation: That the City Executive Board agrees that the review of priority areas draws on the findings of the Inequalities Scrutiny Panel, as well as the latest social and demographic research data.

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the comments from the Scrutiny Committee on the work of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Services Team.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AGREE that the review of priority areas draws on the findings of the Inequalities Scrutiny Panel, as well as the latest social and demographic research data.

 

141.

Scrutiny Committee Report_ Activities for older residents and preventing isolation pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To present comments from the Scrutiny Committee on the City Council’s activities for older people and efforts to prevent isolation.

 

Scrutiny Recommendation: That the City Executive Board completes a high level review to flag up any issues of non-compliance with the Equalities Act.

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) from the Scrutiny Committee on the City Council’s activities for older people and efforts to prevent isolation.

 

The City Executive Board resolved to AGREE to complete a high level review to flag up any issues of non-compliance with the Equalities Act.