Agenda

Informal, Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Webcast - Remote Meeting. View directions

Contact: David Clee  (0161 474 3137)

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 210 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2021.

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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.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any)

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4.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during consideration of part of Agenda Item 17 – ‘Final Business Case – Review of the Town Centre Operational Office Portfolio and New Ways of Working’ which contain information ‘not for publication’ by virtue of Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person ‘including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

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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 David Clee; tel: 0161 474 3137 or email: david.clee@stockport.gov.uk

5.

Corporate Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The Mid-Year Corporate Performance and Resource Report (CPRR) provides a summary of progress in delivering the Council’s priority outcomes and budget in the first half of the financial year, with a particular focus on the second quarter of 2021/22 (July – September 2021).

 

This report is the first CPRR to be produces for 2021/22 reflecting the 2021/22 Council Plan, Medium Term Financial Plan and new Portfolio priorities. It also reflected progress against partnership priorities set out in the new One Stockport Borough Plan. A short Budget Monitoring update for the period to July 2021 had been presented to this Scrutiny Committee and the Cabinet in September.

 

The CPRR includes an executive summary and performance analysis, along with the out-turn position on revenue and capital, and a focus on highlights and exceptions during the year to date.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

·         Consider the Mid-Year Report;  

 

·         Review the progress against delivering corporate objectives, key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2021/22;

 

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

 

Officer Contacts: Holly Rae on 07800 617 550 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk/ Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

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6.

Portfolio Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Reports 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate & Support Services) & Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resources Reports (PPRRs) for the Citizen Focus & Engagement and Resources, Commissioning and Governance Portfolios are presented for consideration by the Committee.   These provide a summary of progress in delivering the portfolio priorities, reform programme and other key projects in the first half of the year, with a focus on the second quarter of the year (July to September). These include forecast performance and financial data (where this is available) for the Portfolios, along with updates on the portfolio savings programme

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:-

 

·         Consider the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports;

·         Review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2021/22;

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

·         Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report;

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

 

Officer Contacts: Officer Contacts: Peter Owston on 0161 474 3274 or email: peter.owston@stockport.gov.uk; alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk

 on 0161 474 5397 or email: alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk; and

Stephen Pate on 0161 218 1086 or email: stephen.pate@stockport.gov.uk

 

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7.

Greater Manchester Strategy Refresh pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report includes the final draft of the Greater Manchester Strategy, which has undergone a refresh, alongside a covering report which sets out the strategic links to the One Stockport Borough Plan and the Council Plan. The report to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority also highlights the proposed approach to the development of a detailed delivery plan and its implementation.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:-

 

·         Note, review and provide comment on the draft Greater Manchester Strategy text and provide comment on the proposed approach to the development of the supporting delivery plan; and

·         Note, consider and comment on the alignment of the new Greater Manchester Strategy to the One Stockport Borough Plan and Stockport Council Plan.

 

Officer Contact: Holly Rae on 0161 474 3014 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

 

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8.

Treasury Management Strategy and Annual Investment Strategy Mid-Year Review Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 481 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report sets out a mid-year review of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Lorna Soufian on 0161 474 4026 or email: lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk

 

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9.

Consultation Report 2022/23 Treasury Strategy pdf icon PDF 448 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report seeks the views of the Scrutiny Committee on the development of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy for 2022/23, to be considered for approval at the Cabinet Meeting on 1 February 2022 and the Council Meeting on 24 February 2022.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the questions set out in the report so that its views can be taken into account in the development of the Council’s 2022/23 Treasury Management Strategy Statement.

 

Officer Contact: Lorna Soufian on 0161 474 4026 or email: lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk

 

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10.

Business Rates and Council Tax Discounts Annual Review pdf icon PDF 938 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report set out the outcome of the annual review of the local scheme of discounts and exemptions which are available in respect of Business Rates and Council Tax.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

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11.

Future High Street Fund - Stockroom pdf icon PDF 513 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive, and Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

To provide an update on progress with Stockport’s Future High Street Fund project, Stockroom.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Paul Richards on 0161 474 2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

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12.

School Sufficiency Investment Plan pdf icon PDF 718 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services

 

The report sets out how the Council will carry out its responsibility, in line with the commitments made in the One Stockport Borough Plan, to ensure that there are sufficient school in places in good and improving local inclusive schools at the heart of the community that children and families want to go to. This means having the right number and type of school places, in the right place, at the right time to meet demand. The School Sufficiency Investment Plan aims to secure an education estate that provides a safe, accessible, secure and stimulating learning environment, which id sustainable and provides value for money, is fit for current and future needs, and reduces environmental impact.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Chris Harland on 0161 474 3694 or email: christopher.harland@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13.

Social Value Progress Update pdf icon PDF 171 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report provides an update in relation to work that has been strengthen social value arrangements across Stockport. In addition, the report describes engagement work that has led to proposals for specific social value priority themes and cohorts, to facilitate a more co-ordinated, consistent and impactful approach.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to consider the report and the proposed priority cohorts and themes, and provide any additional comments or feedback.

 

Officer Contact: Laura Mercer on 0161 218 1799 or email: laura.mercer@stockport.gov.uk

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14.

Improving the Citizen Experience through Digital Solutions pdf icon PDF 347 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report sets out the information about the current channels that are used by citizens to contact the Council, including the current level of demand across each channel and how this has changed over the last three years.

 

The report also includes information about the performance of the AMI chatbot as previously requested by the Scrutiny Committee, and also sets out opportunities for the future development and application of digital solutions in improving the citizen experience and explains what this would mean for citizens contacting the Council.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to note the report and provide comments in relation to the development and application of digital solutions in improving the citizen experience.

 

Officer Contact: Kirsteen Roe at kirsteen.roe@stockport.gov.uk

 

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15.

Complaints - Mid-Year Progress Report pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report sets out progress update on the complaints service following the amalgamation of all the complaints functions within the Council in April 2021 into one team. The new service is responsible for Statutory Adult Social Care, Statutory Children’s Social Care, Corporate Complaints and School Complaints all within one central complaints team within Citizen Focus in the Corporate and Support Services Directorate.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the six monthly update report for the newly formed complaints team.

 

Officer Contact: Kirsteen Roe at kirsteen.roe@stockport.gov.uk

 

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16.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 174 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance).               

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

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

 

Officer Contact: David Clee on 0161 474 3137 or email: david.clee@stockport.gov.uk

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Item containing appendices which are 'not for publication'

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17.

Final Business Case - Review of the Town Centre Operational Office Portfolio and New Ways of Working pdf icon PDF 744 KB

To consider a report of the corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive

 

The report presents the final business case which has examined in detail the Council’s operational town centre estate and the current and future business needs following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and as the Council moves towards a new hybrid working model.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: James Kington at james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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