Agenda

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Jonathan Vali  (0161 474 3201)

Webcast: View the webcast

Items
No. Item

Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services using the pro-forma by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of the name of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting.

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 October 2018.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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3.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the appendices to the following item:-

 

Item

Title

Reason

 

 

 

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Estate & Asset Management – Future Arrangements post Carillion liquidation

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

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4.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any)

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Councillors are encouraged to submit questions on the Performance and Resources reports prior to the meeting in order to enable a detailed response to be available at the meeting.  Questions should be submitted to Jonathan Vali, tel: 474 3201 or email: jonathan.vali@stockport.gov.uk.

5.

Corporate Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Reports 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This item covers two reports as follows;

·         Mid-Year Corporate Performance and Resources Report (CPRR) 2018/19

·         Mid-Year Leader’s Report 2018/19

 

The Mid Year Corporate Performance and Resource Report (CPRR) provides an update on progress in delivering the Council’s Priority Outcomes and budget during the first half of 2018/19, with a particular emphasis on the second quarter (July to Septmber).

 

The Leader’s Report reflects on significant achievements and challenges, key decisions at Greater Manchester level, along with areas of progress in delivering council priorities over the first half of the year.

 

These reports were considered and approved by Cabinet on 13 November 2018.

 

Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

·         Consider the Mid Year Reports;

·         Review the progress against delivering corporate objectives, key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2018/19;

·         Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

·         Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Michael Cullen, Steve Skelton, 0161 474 4631 / 3174, michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk / steve.skelton@stockport.gov.uk

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Q2 2018-19 Complaints Report pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Stockport Council and Stockport Homes welcome feedback from their customers and have accessible, well-publicised complaints processes in place. An intrinsic part of both organisation’s culture is to actively seek and learn from customer feedback to improve services. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of complaints, as at the 2nd quarter (July - September).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

·         Review performance information contained in this report, and

·         Comment on the performance measures reported and suggest any additional information that might be collected in future.

 

Officer contact: Anwar Majothi, 0161 474 3182, anwar.majothi@stockport.gov.uk

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Sickness Absence Half Year Report (2018) pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This report highlights the Council’s sickness absence performance between 1 April to 30 September 2018 (excluding schools).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to note report and comment on the half year outturn of 4.78 days per FTE, indicating the year end out-turn figure may be higher than the Council target of 9.5 days.

 

Officer contact: Greg McNair, 0161 218 1427, greg.mcnair@stockport.gov.uk

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8.

Consultation Report 2019/20 Treasury Strategy pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

This report seeks the views of Scrutiny Committee on the development of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy for 2019/20 prior to consideration by the Council Meeting on 21 February 2019.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to give due consideration to the questions set out at paragraphs 9.13, 10.8 and 11.5 so that their views can be taken into account in the development of the Council’s 2019/20 Treasury Management Strategy Statement.

 

Officer contact: Lorna Soufian, 0161 474 4026, lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk

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Medium Term Financial Plan - Update Prior to 2019/20 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

The purpose of the report is to update the Scrutiny Committee on the Council’s 2019/20 budget setting process and  Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) prior to the 2019/20 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement (PLGFS) being announced by Government.

 

The report details further work which is being undertaken prior to presenting the MTFP Update report to the Cabinet meeting on 18 December 2018. This update will form part of a series of reports being presented to Cabinet that will inform the Council’s 2019/20 budget setting process and MTFP.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to note the contents of this report and provide any feedback to be considered as part of the MTFP Update report to be presented to the Cabinet meeting on 18 December.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies, 0161 218 1025, jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

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MTFP Cabinet Response: Our Budget Choices for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Reform & Governance

 

The Cabinet is developing its medium term strategy, which frames the choices the Council will make about its budget both next year and in future years.  This strategy focuses on five key themes, and specific proposals have been set out for changes in 2019/20.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to discuss the proposals appended to this report.

 

Officer contact: Holly Rae, 0161 474 3014, holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

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Council Tax and Business Rates Discounts Annual Review pdf icon PDF 814 KB

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer

 

The Council is required to annually review the local scheme of Discounts and Exemptions which are available in respect of Business Rates and Council Tax.

 

Regulations allow for certain occupiers of non-domestic properties to be entitled to relief on the Business Rates payable. Some types of relief are mandatory but Local Authorities can further reduce the amount of Business Rates payable by awarding Discretionary Relief. Discretionary relief can either “top-up” mandatory relief or be awarded as a stand-alone discount. Stockport has agreed a number of local discounts for Business Rates.

 

The Council has also agreed a range of Council Tax discounts in respect of unoccupied properties with an exemption for care leavers and a localised Council Tax Support scheme, to help people who are on a low income.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the report and provide comments in relation to the proposed changes to the Schemes, as summarised in paragraphs 9.1.1 to 9.1.14 of the report.

 

Officer contact: Alison Blount, 0161 474 5107, alison.blount@stockport.gov.uk

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12.

Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To consider a report of the Returning Officer.

 

To report seeks the views of the Scrutiny Committee on proposed polling arrangements for Stockport in order to inform the Council meeting’s determination of polling districts, polling places and polling stations for forthcoming elections.


The views of the Scrutiny Committee are sought on the proposed polling arrangements. Any comments or suggestions will then be reported to the Cabinet on 18 December 2018 and taken into consideration in making recommendations to the Council meeting on 17 January 2019.

 

Officer contact: Caroline Cooke or Gulderen Harwood, 0161 474 3268, caroline.e.cooke@stockport.gov.uk

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Stockport Council Modern Slavery Statement pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive

 

This report provides background information in relation to the development of the Council’s first Modern Slavery Statement.

 

The Council’s first Modern Slavery Statement sets out what the Council is currently doing to ensure that its business and supply chains are not linked to modern slavery, and additional action that it will take in relation to this during 2019/20.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider and comment on the Statement prior to its submission to the Cabinet for adoption.

 

Officer contact: Alan Lawson, 0161 474 5397, alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk

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14.

Stockport Local Fund pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This report provides an update on the implementation of the Stockport Local Fund.  It includes information about the awards made as part of the first phase of the fund, proposals for phase 2 and the evaluation.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to:-

 

·         Note progress and investments made to date.

·         Support the proposals for phase 2 proposals outlined in section 2.6-2.8.

·         Consider the proposed framework for evaluation set out in section 5.

·         Receive future progress updates in line with award phasing.

 

Officer contact: Steve Skelton, 0161 474 3178, steve.skelton@stockport.gov.uk

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15.

Estate & Asset Management- Future Arrangements post Carillion liquidation pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

(Note: the report contains information ‘not for publication’ within the appendices that have been circulated to committee members only)

 

The report sets out proposals for the future arrangements for the delivery of estates and asset management functions of the Council, necessitated by the collapse of Carillion PLC. The report provides a summary of analysis of possible options for these arrangements and makes recommendations on the approach taken.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to comment on the report and proposals contained within.

 

Officer contact: Charlotte Cordingley, 0161 474 4240, Charlotte.cordingley@stockport.gov.uk

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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: Stockport Council's use of directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report provides an update on the Council’s use of surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) during the 1st quarter of the 2018-2019 financial year

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to note the report.

 

Officer contact: Rosalind Thorpe, rosalind.thorpe@stockport.gov.uk

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17.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider a report of the Democratic Services Manager.               

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for future meetings of the Committee and Forward Plan items that fall within its remit.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings.

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Vali, 0161 474 3201, email: jonathan.vali@stockport.gov.uk

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