Agenda and minutes

Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 1
Monday, 29th April, 2019 10:00

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices Angel Street Bridgend CF31 4WB. View directions

Contact: Mark Anthony Galvin  Senior Democratic Services Officer - Committees

Items
No. Item

49.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members.

 

 

Minutes:

L M Walters

 

50.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of personal and prejudicial interest (if any) from Members/Officers in accordance with the provisions of the Members Code of Conduct adopted by Council from 1 September 2008 (including whipping declarations)

 

 

Minutes:

A J Williams declared a personal interest in Agenda item 4, due to being a School Governor for Coety Primary School.

 

51.

Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To receive for approval the minutes of the meeting of 30/01/2019

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting of the Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 1 on 30 January 2019 be approved as a true and accurate record.

52.

Corporate Landlord pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Invitees:

Cllr Hywel Williams, Deputy Leader

Mark Shephard, Interim Chief Executive

Zak Shell, Head Of Operations - Community Services

Tim Washington, Temporary Head of Corporate Landlord

Mike Butler, Managing Director, Peopletoo

Minutes:

The Head of Operations – Community Services presented the report to the Committee, the purpose of which was to update Members on progress being made in implementing a ‘Corporate Landlord’ model across the authority’s property portfolio, achievements to date and the next steps in the process.

 

The Committee were advised that the Council had historically managed its property portfolio in a dispersed manner, where responsibility for the Council’s estate was spread over three directorates and multiple service areas.  The Head of Operations – Community Services outlined that the Corporate Model in its simplest terms, is about centralising all property related functions under a single integrated team, which frees up time for the service areas to focus on their core objectives.

 

Following this, the Temporary Head of Corporate Landlord, along with Managing Director of PeopleToo made a presentation to the Committee detailing to the Committee the benefits of the model, progress made to date, future savings opportunities and key work streams which will take place over the next 18 months.

 

The Committee supported the benefits of the Corporate Landlord model in eliminating duplication, streamlining services and working as ‘One Council’, but expressed some concerns in relation to the prioritisation for repairs and maintenance.  Members queried how the Corporate Landlord team prioritised one school needs over another, to which the Chairperson followed by questioning whether a school - a paying customer would be prioritised for a repair before an issue in one of the Council’s properties.  The temporary Head of Corporate Landlord explained all jobs that are requested through the helpdesk are assessed through triage and are dealt with on a prioritisation basis only.

 

On the subject of the working relationship between Schools and the Corporate Landlord process, the Committee noted that although there is good support from schools and the education, Members highlighted the need to generate a greater uptake in the model by extending communications with school governors with as well as head teachers to highlight the financial and strategic advantages of doing so.

 

The Committee expressed concern regarding Council owned properties that were currently out of service due to being in a poor state of repair or that asbestos could be found within the asset.  Therefore Members requested to be kept informed of any maintenance plans for assets in each ward along with any potential long term decisions that maybe required.

 

On the subject of the budget allocated to the Corporate Landlord model, the Committee queried the fees allocated to PeopleToo consultancy services and what the figure encompassed.  The Head of Operations – Community Services clarified the fee was a notable sum but was less than the savings produced to date and the fee covered services such as expert advice and staff that could not be resourced internally.

 

The Committee noted that there was no reference to Community Asset Transfer (CAT) in the report and therefore queried how the Corporate Landlord model supported CAT opportunities.  The Head of Operations – Community Services reported that communication and initial support for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

Member and School Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Panel - Plasnewydd Primary pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer presented the report, the purpose of which was to present the Committee with the findings and recommendations from a Member and School Engagement Panel (MSEP) meeting with Plasnewydd Primary School.

 

The Chairperson brought Members attention to paragraph 4.2 point g) with reference to School Governor training and agreed that the topic requires scrutinising and suggested that a selection of Governors are invited to attend the Scrutiny meeting to explore the role and what support is provided by the Local Authority and Central South Consortium.

 

On the subject of School Governors, the Committee raised concerns regarding promotion of current vacancies within schools and requested that other ways of advertising are considered.  Members suggested that a job description should be included which clearly outlines what the role entails and should summarise the time and dates of expected meetings to indicate the required commitment to undertake the post.

 

The Committee acknowledged the content of the report and queried whether the issues found within Plasnewydd Primary School were replicated in other schools and suggested that it would be useful if Scrutiny provided an annual report outlining themes of found issues. 

 

RESOLVED:  Members recommended that an annual report is generated by Scrutiny to outline themes of issues in schools within the Borough, along with what steps were put in place to mitigate these matters.

 

When discussing ‘Further points for Scrutiny’, the Committee reiterated the need to explore the role and training needs of a School Governor.  Following discussions,

Members made the following comments and recommendations in relation to the topic:

·      Due to the fact that there are currently approximately 41 vacancies for School Governors, Members recommended that the promotion and advertising for these appointments are considered;

·      That the proposed School Governor job description also include the days of scheduled meetings to outline what commitment the post would necessitate;

·      Due to training sessions being cancelled due to non-attendance, Members request that the promotion of School Governor training sessions is explored;

·      That a selection of School Governor representatives are invited to attend the meeting to provide their views.

 

The Committee accepted the comments and recommendations of the Member and School Engagement Panel in relation to Plasnewydd Primary School and determined to send them all to Cabinet, the Directorate and the Consortium for a response.

54.

Forward Work Programme Update pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer presented the Forward Work Programme report, highlighting the feedback from the last meeting, the Scrutiny Workshop scheduled to take place at the next meeting and the new proposed Scrutiny items.

 

Resolved: 

Although the Committee understood that due to ongoing personal circumstances with the Corporate Director of Education and Family Support to which may have resulted in a delay with responding to comments and recommendations, the Committee requested that their disappointment be noted that a response was not provided by another Officer.

 

In relation to the item of Communications and Engagement scheduled for 3 June 2019, Members requested that Scrutiny look to invite the Customer Services Manager and a representative from   is also invited to attend the meeting.

 

In relation to the item of Post 16 ALN Review scheduled to SOSC 2 on 5 June 2019, for continuity purposes, Members of SOSC 1 have requested to attend and contribute to this meeting.

55.

Remodelling Fostering Services Project pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:  The Committee noted the information contained in report and the Appendix.

56.

Urgent Items

To consider any item(s) of business in respect of which notice has been given in

accordance with Part 4 (paragraph 4) of the Council Procedure Rules and which the person presiding at the meeting is of the opinion should by reason of special circumstances be transacted at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

The meeting closed at 12.10.