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Declarations of interest
The representative of the Executive Director of Corporate Resources reported that no Declarations of Interest had been submitted by Members.
To receive as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 28th September 2009.
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 28th September 2009 were received as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
The Forward Plan
To provide an opportunity for Members to comment on key decisions included in the latest Forward Plan which fall within the remit of this Committee.
In this respect, Members’ attention is drawn to information that has been circulated separately by e-mail on 20th November 2009. A link to the information is set out below.
Members were provided with an opportunity to comment on forthcoming key decisions in the Council’s Forward Plan for December 2009 to March 2010 which fell within the remit of the Committee. This information had been circulated separately to Members via e-mail.
2nd Quarter Performance Update
To consider 2nd quarter performance information relevant to this Committee.
In this respect, Members’ attention is drawn to information which was circulated by e-mail on the 18th November 2009.
Members considered information on the 2nd Quarter performance outturn for 2009/10 for services which fell within the remit of the Committee. This information had been circulated separately to Members via e-mail.
To consider the draft review of Gambling Policy prior to its submission to Cabinet and then full Council for approval.
In this respect, please find attached a link to the Draft Gambling Policy.
The Committee considered the report of the Principal Licensing Officer which sought Members’ views on the Authority’s revised draft gambling policy.
Members were advised that the Gambling Act 2005 required the Council to review its gambling policy every three years and the current policy had to be reviewed and re-published by January 2010. The report set out the licensing objectives that the Authority had to promote, a copy of the revised policy and its proposed changes, and an outline of the review process.
RESOLVED – That the revised draft Gambling Policy be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for approval.
Feedback from Scrutiny Committees
To consider verbal updates on recent scrutiny activity.
Members received a verbal update on the key areas of activity of each Scrutiny Committee. In particular, the following issues were highlighted:-
Children, Young People and Families Scrutiny Committee
- The Committee had recently endorsed the final report of its working group which had reviewed the issue of NEET (young people not in Education, Employment or Training). The review had come up with a series of recommendations which included the adoption of a localised partnership approach across the borough and more personalised, tailored forms of support for young people in this situation.
- The Committee was currently in the middle of its second review which was examining the Firm Foundations programme and its future sustainability.
- The Committee had conducted a mini-review into young people and smoking which had supported the existing approaches being carried out to deal with the issue. The mini-review had endorsed a renewed emphasis on reducing adult smoking which was recognised as a huge influence on young people. Efforts were also being made to reduce the circulation of cheap and illicit tobacco.
- The Committee had monitored important issues such as school attendance levels and safeguarding children. It had also revisited a 2005 review into the use of mobile phones in school and endorsed a revised approach to dealing with the issue which recognised the potential value of mobile phones in a school setting.
Scrutiny Co-ordinating Committee
- The Committee had recently concluded its review of Corporate Welfare Benefits and how the relevant processes could be streamlined and improved.
- The Committee was due to undertake a mini review that would consider the links between corporate Health & Safety and the Council’s Occupational Health Unit and whether they could be strengthened.
Economic Development and Environment Scrutiny Committee
- The Committee had completed its first in-depth review of the year which was an examination of the Knowsley Works Plus programme and how the information and advice service was delivered. The Committee was confident that its recommendations would help to improve the support being provided to residents.
- Following a mini-review of the proposed new Green Space Strategy, the Committee had supported the revised version of the strategy and referred it onto Cabinet for endorsement.
- The committee had received an update on progress being made to implement the recommendations of a review undertaken into Kirkby Market. Members had also examined the approaches being adopted to deal with Climate Change and the related challenge of Carbon Reduction Commitments.
- The Committee’s review of the management of the Highways Capital Programme was due to be completed in the next few weeks.
Safer, Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee
- The Committee had completed a review of how new bye law making powers could be exploited to optimal effect. A series of recommendations had been made, which would assist the Council and its partners with the control and enforcement of activities.
- The Committee’s Behavioural Change working group was reviewing ways in which positive behaviours could be encouraged and negative behaviours deterred in relation to dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping.
- The Committee had received an ... view the full minutes text for item 19.
To conduct a mini review examining how the scrutiny process in Knowsley can be improved.
In this respect, please find attached the following:
(a) A presentation which will provide a framework for the mini-review session;
(b) An update on the implementation of the Scrutiny Communications Plan; and
(c) An early draft version of the Knowsley Partnership Scrutiny
- Communications Plan - update Nov 09 (2), item 20. PDF 54 KB
- Draft Knowsley Partnership Scrutiny Protocol - Nov09, item 20. PDF 382 KB
The Committee considered a mini review examining how the scrutiny process in Knowsley could be improved.
In this respect, Members considered the following:-
(a) A presentation on improving Scrutiny in Knowsley which set out:-