Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Commission
Monday, 29th January, 2018 5.30 pm

Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall

Contact: Mrs KM Howard  01744 67(6106)

Items
No. Item

39.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bell, Charlton, Fletcher, Jones, Pearson and Pritchard and Mr C Williams (Roman Catholic Church).

The Commission noted the Church of England Vacancy following Reverend D Hall’s resignation.

 

40.

Minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Minutes:

*           Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2017, be approved and signed, subject to the inclusion of Councillor Bond’s attendance at the meeting.

 

41.

Declaration of Interest from Members

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.

42.

Public Notice of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on Key Decisions that the Cabinet expected to make.

The Public Notice of Key Decisions published on 29 December 2017 informed the

Overview and Scrutiny Commission that there were no key decisions due to be made at Cabinet on 31 January 2018.

Since publication of the agenda, the Public Notice of Key Decisions published on 23 January 2018 had been circulated to the Overview and Scrutiny Commission notifying Members that there were decisions to be made at the meeting of Cabinet scheduled for 21 February 2018.

*           Resolved that:

 

(1)          the report and Notices of Key Decisions from 29 December 2017 and 23 January 2018 be noted; and

(2)          further information be provided to Members on the scope of the Review of Recycling and Waste Service.

43.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)

Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement has been invited to attend the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement had been invited to update Members on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

 

The Commission was informed that the Metro Mayor had published budget proposals for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for 2018/19 on 26 January 2018.

It had been calculated that the administration of the Liverpool City Region would be at a cost of £6.2m and discussions had been undertaken with regards to how this would be funded. Options presented to the Combined Authorities included: Council Tax precept or levy or by way of a transitional fund.

The decision was that the first years costs should be met via a transitional fund raised by way of a contribution from each of the combined authorities and that no precept should be levied on Council Tax bills for 2018/19.

The Commission was informed that St Helens Council would be required to contribute £721k towards the transitional fund.

 

Members raised questions with regards to accessing the Central Government allocated combined authority fund to cover the advised administration costs, if the transitional fund contribution had been built into the Council’s 2017-2020 Budget, on the fund recovery process and timescales and raised concerns regarding impact on local service provision due to this unforeseen contribution. These questions were answered at the meeting.

*           Resolved that:

(1)        the update be noted; and

 

(2)        the Cabinet Member, Liverpool City Region Engagement be thanked for his attendance at the meeting.

 

Councillors McCauley and Long here left the meeting.

 

Councillor Pearl left the meeting during discussion on the following item.

 

44.

Budget 2017-2020 (Reported to Cabinet 10 January 2018) pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Minutes:

(Reported to Cabinet 10 January 2018)

 

A report was presented on the Budget Report which had been submitted at a meeting of Cabinet held on 10 January 2018.

It was reported that Council had agreed a three-year Budget covering 2017-2020 at its meeting held on 1 March 2017.The report highlighted the key issues influencing the delivery of that budget and recommended an ‘in principle’ Council Tax increase, which would be subject to public and other stakeholder consultation.

 

The Government delivered its Autumn Budget on 16 November 2017. This had been set against the impending exit from the European Union and the implications of this on the economy, public spending and growth forecasts.

 

The Autumn Budget included a move away from the strict Austerity measures of previous Budgets with additional spending in a number of areas, a planned move away from previous budget deficit targets and a removal of public sector pay constraints.

 

The Government, in its previous Local Government settlement, included the offer of a fixed grant settlement for four years, subject to individual Councils publishing an efficiency plan for the same period. It was agreed that the Council would take up this offer and the DCLG had confirmed that the Council’s efficiency plan had been accepted and that the grant guarantee was now in place.

 

The Liverpool City Region was asked if it wished to participate in a pilot for the move to 100% Business Rates retention. This offer was accepted and this had now been implemented and would continue into 2019-20.

 

The position for the remaining two years of the agreed budget had been detailed in the report.

 

At the meeting of Cabinet it was resolved that:

 

(1)  the Capital Investment Programme for 2018-19 to 2020-21 be agreed;

(2)  an ‘in principle’ 5.99% increase in Council Tax is proposed, which includes a Care Precept of 3%;

(3)  the amount calculated by St Helens Borough Council as its tax base for the year 2018-19 shall be 50,563;

(4)  the amounts calculated by St Helens Borough Council as the tax base (after allowing for exemptions, discounts and collection rate) for each of its Parishes for the year 2018-19, shall be:

 

Bold                             1,092

Rainford                      2,912

Eccleston                    3,859

Windle                         978

Rainhill                        3,703

Billinge                         2,025

Seneley Green            1,372

 

(5)  delegation be provided, for the approval of the Non-Domestic Rate Return for 2018-19, to the Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services.

 

The Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services was present at the meeting to answer questions from Members.

 

Members raised questions in relation to the Council Tax revenue budget adjustment to take account of the additional 1% increase and how the £1.401m was spread over 2018 to 2020. This was answered at the meeting.

 

 

*           Resolved that:

(1)        the report be noted; and

(2)        the Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services be thanked for his attendance.

 

45.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment - Wider Determinants pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was presented on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – Wider Determinants which had been submitted at a meeting of the People’s Board held on 22 November 2017.

There was a legal duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 for Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to jointly undertake the JSNA and that duty was discharged through the Health and Wellbeing Board, designated as the People’s Board in St Helens.

The aim of the JSNA was to identify the health and social care needs of the local population in order to support local organisations to plan, commission and deliver the best possible services and to ensure local services best met local need.

 

The presentation detailed the following:

 

·         Background;

·         Demographic and Wider Determinants;

·         Employment and Economy;

·         Deprivation;

·         Environment and Housing;

·         Early Years;

·         Young Peoples; and

·         Next Steps.

 

The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) described the community pharmacies in the St Helens area, how these services were currently being delivered and what the current and potential needs for pharmacy services in St Helens.

Members were informed that a new report was required for St Helens from April 2018 and a 60 day consultation had been undertaken as part of this. The PNA would be taken for discussion to the People’s Board scheduled for 14 March 2018.


The St Helens Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2017 updates to Maternity and Early Years, and Children and Young People were attached to the report at Appendix 1.

 

Members discussed the impact of the reduction to Public Health funding, the support in place for Young Carers and the value in the relevant individual JSNA reports being presented by the respective Cabinet Members to their corresponding Panels and/or the Commission. 

 

*           Resolved that:

 

(1)          the report be noted;

(2)          the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission, alongside respective Panel Chairs, be requested to review the JSNA reporting programme with a view to scheduling them into the overall Overview and Scrutiny work plan; and

(3)          the Director of Public Health be thanked for her attendance.

 

46.

Update on Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Minutes:

A report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on the Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18.

 

The Overview and Scrutiny Commission was encouraged to review the Work Programme on a regular basis to ensure it remained timely and relevant.

An update on the Work Programme was outlined by the respective Chairs of the Overview and Scrutiny Panels.

Concerns were raised with the wording of the update on Sherdley Park Golf Course. It was clarified that a decision had been made on its future by Cabinet.

*           Resolved that the report be noted.

 

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