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6 September 2010

A meeting of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 6 September 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER TO THE RESOURCES OVERVIEW SCRUTINY SUB-COMMITTEE

To agree to appoint Councillor S.Markiewicz to the Resources Overview Scrutiny Sub-Committee.
03SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
04APOLOGIES
05MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2010 (previously circulated).
06NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 23
07DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
08PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Committee and to receive any petitions.
09COMMUNITY WEB MAPPING SYSTEM DEMONSTRATION

A presentation on the Community Web Mapping System.
10STERIA CONTRACT MONITORING

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) providing an analysis of the service performance for Steria and the Anglia Revenues Partnership against contractual key performance indicators and service level targets for Benefits, Council Tax, Business Rates, ICT, Contact Centre, Reception and Switchboard.
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11FINANCIAL OUTTURN REPORTS 2009/10

Reports of the Director (Finance and Operations) presenting the provisional revenue and capital outturn positions for the financial year 2009-10.
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(a)Revenue Financial Outturn Report 2009/10 (Comparison of Original Budget to Outturn)

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) setting out the revenue year end variances compared to the original budget by Directorate.
(b)Revenue Financial Outturn Report 2009/10 (Comparison of Agreed Current Budget to Outturn)

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) presenting the provisional revenue outturn position for the financial year 2009-10 which was considered at the Cabinet meeting on 5 July 2010 (Minute 27 refers).
(c)Capital Financial Outturn Report 2009/10

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) providing information on the capital outturn for 2009/10 which was considered at the Cabinet meeting on 5 July 2010 (Minute 28 refers).
12BUDGET MONITORING

A suite of reports to provide Members with information on the Council's financial position.
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(a)Revenue Budget Monitoring Period 3

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) presenting the revenue budget monitoring at 30 June 2010 (Period 3) which was considered at the Cabinet meeting on 3 August 2010 (Minute 45 refers).
(b)Capital Budget Monitoring Period 3

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) providing information on capital funds and spending which was considered at the Cabinet meeting on 3 August 2010 (Minute 46 refers).
13SICKNESS ABSENCE MONITORING 2009/10

Report of the Director (Governance) providing statistics on the level of sickness within the Council in 2009/10.
14COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE COUNCIL TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN - ANNUAL REVIEW 2009/10

Report of the Director (Governance) providing an overview of the Annual Review by the Local Government Ombudsman reviewing the complaints against the Council received in 2009/10.
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15COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place. Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.
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16RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The Committee is asked to note that the Cabinet on 3 August 2010 approved the recommendations contained in Minute 6 of the meeting of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 21 June 2010 on the Benefit Policies and Strategies.
17SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
18CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY

To consider

(1) whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised post-implementation (Paragraph 14.1 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules)

(2) whether any items which relate to areas covered by the Committee which a member of the Committee may wish to raise with a view to deciding whether an issue should be scrutinised.

The Administration and Opposition Groups each have the right within the Municipal Year to have one scrutiny topic referred to a Sub-Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be scrutinised, a scrutiny Sub-Committee should be appointed to carry out the specific piece of scrutiny work (paragraph 6.3 of the Procedure for the Operation of the Overview and Scrutiny Function).
19COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma to set out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.
20CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR REVIEW GROUPS

To consider any issues for review relating to areas covered by the Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be reviewed a Review Group (ratio 3:2 with an Administration Chairman) should be appointed to review the specific item.
21RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
22COUNCILLOR CALL FOR ACTION

To receive any request from a Councillor for a discussion on behalf of residents on an issue affecting a single council ward where local problems have arisen and other methods of resolution have been exhausted.
23SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
24EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 25 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
25PART II - Private and Confidential Items
26ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN

Exempt reports are available to authorised persons only.

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