Agenda and minutes

Budget and Performance Panel
Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 6.10 p.m.

Venue: Lancaster Town Hall

Contact: Tom Silvani, Democratic Services - telephone 01524 582132 or email  tsilvani@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

To appoint a Vice-Chairman for the 2014/15 Municipal Year. 

Minutes:

The Chairman requested nominations for the position of Vice-Chairman.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Newman-Thompson and seconded by Councillor Hall:

 

“That Councillor Brookes be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Budget and Performance Panel for the municipal year.”

 

It was then proposed by Councillor Scott and seconded by Councillor Sowden:

 

“That Councillor James be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Budget and Performance Panel for the municipal year.”

 

Upon being put to the vote, 4 Members voted for Brookes and 3 Members voted for Councillor James, whereupon the Chairman declared Councillor Brookes Vice-Chairman for the municipal year.

 

Resolved:

 

That Councillor Brookes be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Budget and Performance Panel for the municipal year. 

 

 

2.

Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting held on 4 March 2014 (previously circulated). 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 4th March 2014 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

3.

Items of Urgent Business authorised by the Chairman

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

4.

Declaration of Interests

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

5.

Corporate Performance Monitoring 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of Chief Officer (Governance) and Chief Officer (Resources)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Financial Services Manager introduced a report to present the corporate performance monitoring end of year reports for 2013/14. 

 

The full Corporate Plan Quarterly Trend Report for Quarter 4 2013/14 was attached for members’ consideration.The report set out actual data and commentary on the performance of each corporate plan success measure for the whole of 2013/14. Members discussed the success measures in detail. Following consideration of the report the panel requested that briefing notes be provided on the following: -

 

·         The origins of the 34% target for reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

 

·         The background to the Success Measure ‘Increased number of people participating in sports and leisure activities’; including how levels of participation were measured, and whether there was a target.

 

·         What measures were in place to improve the outcome ‘Income generated from energy, including solar technology and climate change projects’.

 

·         The outcome ‘Our streets and public spaces are clean’, including how long this data had been reported 2012/13, and the methodology used.

 

Members asked questions regarding the health of people living in Lancaster District and life expectancies. It was advised that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had asked for a presentation regarding the Marmot Review, and that this would cover these issues. All councillors would be invited to attend this presentation. 

 

Members also considered a report from the Senior Property Officer which provided an update on previously reported projects and initiatives and highlighted any significant emerging property related issues. Members considered the report in detail and requested a briefing note on the following issues:

 

·         What action was being undertaken to increase occupation levels across the council’s commercial property portfolio.

 

·         The reasons for low occupancy levels in some of the council’s commercial properties.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)        That the report be noted.

 

(2)        That briefing notes regarding the following issues be requested from the appropriate officer and be circulated to members of the panel: -

 

·         The origins of the 34% target for reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

 

·         The background to the Success Measure ‘Increased number of people participating in sports and leisure activities’; including how levels of participation are measured, and whether there is a target.

 

·         What measures were in place to improve the outcome ‘Income generated from energy, including solar technology and climate change projects’.

 

·         The outcome ‘Our streets and public spaces are clean’, including how long this data had been reported 2012/13, and the methodology used.

 

  • What was being done to increase occupation levels across the council’s commercial property portfolio.

 

  • The reasons for low occupancy levels in some of the council’s commercial properties.

 

6.

Work Programme Report pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Report of Chief Officer (Governance).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Democratic Support Officer updated members on the Panel’s work programme. Members were asked to consider whether they would like to include any further items in the work programme.

 

Members agreed that the following items that were not considered in the 2013/14 municipal year remain on the panel’s work programme for 2014/15:

 

·         Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Commissioning

·         Building Control Trading Account

·         Compliments and Complaints Half Yearly Report

 

Previously members had requested that Councillor Sands (Cabinet member for arts and culture) and Councillor Barry (Cabinet member for voluntary sector) be invited to attend a future meeting of the panel to discuss partnerships within their respective portfolios. The panel agreed that this request be included in the 2014/15 work programme.

 

It was reported that, in the previous municipal year, monthly pre-scrutiny meetings had been held between the chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the chairman of Budget and Performance Panel and the pre-scrutiny champion. Members agreed that this arrangement had benefited the scrutiny process and that Democratic Services should be requested to continue these arrangements in 2014/15. 

 

It was agreed that the annual stakeholders meeting be included in the work programme as set out in the report, and that the Leader of the Council be invited to present the city council’s budget proposals to the Panel. It was also agreed that a representative of Lancashire County Council be invited to present the county council’s budget proposals, and that a representative from the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority, and the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner be invited to present their budget proposals to the meeting. 

 

The Panel were advised that the annual stakeholders meeting would be held on 27th January 2015 in Morecambe Town Hall.

 

The panel agreed that the timetable for consideration of Financial Monitoring and Corporate Performance Monitoring be noted.

 

Following a request by a member, the Panel agreed that a report regarding the council’s new procurement strategy be requested prior to the strategy being considered by Cabinet, and that the Chief Executive be requested to arrange for the appropriate officer to attend to answer questions from members.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)        That the report be noted and that the work programme be updated accordingly. 

 

(2)        That relevant Cabinet members be invited to attend future meetings when their portfolio is being discussed.

 

(3)        That with regard to the Forthcoming Key Decision List, members put forward any financial or performance related items for pre-decision scrutiny, by the pre-decision scrutiny champion, with monthly meetings being arranged between the Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Chairman of Budget and Performance Panel, and the pre-decision scrutiny champion.

 

(4)        That the Panel continue to monitor Service Level Agreements with voluntary, community and faith sector partners, and arts/leisure partners, with regular monitoring reports provided once the new commissioning arrangements have been agreed.

 

(5)        That the Leader of the Council be invited to present the Council’s budget proposals to the Panel’s annual stakeholders meeting scheduled for 27th January 2015, and that the invitation to present budget  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.