Agenda and minutes

Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 26th January, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Cabinet/Committee Room, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2DF. View directions

Contact: Cathryn Jackson 

Items
No. Item

34.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

35.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE

To be apprised of any changes to the membership of the Committee in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.

Minutes:

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2, Members noted the termination of membership of the Committee of Councillors Bullock, Davis and Whittington and the appointment of Councillors Pritchard, D Evans and Currie respectively, for this meeting only, thereby giving effect to the wishes of the Political Groups.

36.

URGENT BUSINESS, IF ANY, INTRODUCED BY THE CHAIRMAN

Note: No other business is permitted unless, by reason by special circumstances, which shall be specified at the meeting, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

37.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 299 KB

If a member requires advice on Declarations of Interest, he/she is advised to contact the Borough Solicitor in advance of the meeting.  (For the assistance of members a checklist for use in considering their position on any particular item is included at the end of this agenda sheet.)

Minutes:

 

  1. Councillors Ashcroft and Mrs Blake declared an interest in item 10 ‘Medium Term Capital Programme’ and item 12 (General Revenue Account Budget 2017-2018) in relation to Parish Council matters, in view of their membership of a Parish Council.*

 

  1. Councillor D Westley declared an interest in relation to agenda item 10 ‘Medium Term Capital Programme’ and item 12 ‘General Revenue Account Budget 2017-2018’ as a Member of Lancashire County Council (LCC) as did Councillor Furey as his wife works at a school in Skelmersdale.*

 

  1. Councillors Delaney, Pendleton and West declared disclosable pecuniary interests/pecuniary interests in relation to item 11 ‘Housing Account – Revenue and Capital Programme’ as they or a connected person are tenants of Council accommodation.*

 

  1. Councillor Pendleton declared an interest in relation to relevant lines in items 10 ‘Medium Term Capital Programme’, item 11 ‘Housing Account – Revenue and Capital Programme’ and item 12 ‘General Review Account Budget 2017-18’ in respect of his role in relation to Tanhouse Community Enterprise.*

 

*By virtue of a dispensation granted by the Standards Committee on 20/09/16 all Councillors who have disclosable pecuniary or pecuniary interests in relation to relevant lines in the budget may participate and vote in the budget debates but not engage in discussions about matters which affect those interests.

 

 

38.

DECLARATIONS OF PARTY WHIP

In accordance with Overview and Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rule 16, Members must declare the existence of any Party Whip, and the nature of it, when considering any matter in the following categories:

 

-       The review of any decision of the Cabinet or

-       The performance of any Member of the Cabinet

 

N.B. The Secretary of State believes whipping is incompatible with Overview and Scrutiny.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of a Party Whip.

39.

PUBLIC SPEAKING pdf icon PDF 271 KB

Residents of West Lancashire on giving notice, may address the meeting to make representations on any item on the agenda except where the public and press are to be excluded during consideration of the item.  The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Thursday 19 January 2017.  A copy of the public speaking protocol and form to be completed is attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There were no items under this heading.

40.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To receive as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 November 2016 be received as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

41.

RELEVANT MINUTES OF CABINET pdf icon PDF 406 KB

To scrutinise the Minutes of Cabinet held on 10 January 2017.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 10 January 2017.

 

Questions and comments were raised in respect of:

 

Minute 64, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding Programme 2017/18 – allocation process; feedback (unsuccessful bids); assistance with the preparation of bids; consideration by overview and scrutiny; understanding/explanation of the methodology/process.

 

The Principal Solicitor, responded to questions in relation to the process and the documentation that had been produced.  An undertaking was made to liaise with the Strategic Planning and Implementation Manager in relation to comments made and to arrange the re-circulation of the Governance Framework Document.

 

RESOLVED:     That the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 10 January 2017 be noted.

 

42.

CALL-IN ITEMS

There are no items under this heading.

Minutes:

There were no items under this heading.

43.

MEDIUM TERM CAPITAL PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 355 KB

To consider the report of the Borough Treasurer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Borough Treasurer which set out details on the General Revenue Account (GRA) medium term capital programme position for the next three years.

 

The Deputy Borough Treasurer attended the meeting and provided an overview referring to detail as set down in the report. 

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

44.

HOUSING ACCOUNT - REVENUE AND CAPITAL PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 258 KB

To consider the joint report of the Director of Housing and Inclusion and Borough Treasurer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the joint report of the Director of Housing and Inclusion and Borough Treasurer which provided a summary of the budget position for the Housing Account for the next financial year.

 

The Deputy Borough Treasurer attended the meeting, provided an overview and clarification on issues raised referring to detail as set down in the report. 

 

In relation to the continuing roll-out of Universal Credit, the Director of Housing and Inclusion provided an explanation of the approach, the joint work being undertaking with DWP and future monitoring.

 

Thanks were extended to Officers who had contributed to the well-written and presented report. 

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

45.

GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT BUDGET 2017-2018 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider the report of the Borough Treasurer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Borough Treasurer that provided a summary of the current General Revenue Account budget position.

 

The Deputy Borough Treasurer attended the meeting and provided an overview and clarification on issues raised referring to detail as set down in the report. 

 

 

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.