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11 January 2010

A meeting of the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 11 January 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
03APOLOGIES
04MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2009 (previously circulated).
05NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 23
06DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
07PUBLIC 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.
08SERVICE BY EMERGENCY RIDER VOLUNTEERS PRESENTATION ON THE ORGANISATION

The Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers will give a presentation to Members on the organisation.
09MEARS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS - UPDATE

A presentation will be given to Members on Mears Community Affairs.
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10HOUSING TRUST UPDATE

Report of the Director (Housing) providing an update on the Housing Trust (circulated separately).
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11PLAYBUILDER

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) to inform and update Members of the progression of the playbuilder scheme that has been initiated due to funding for a capital project from Play England.
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12THEIR PAST YOUR FUTURE: HATFIELD'S WEAPONS INDUSTRY REMEMBERED

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) on the "Their Past Your Future" national project.
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13YOUTH AND SPORT PARTNERSHIP UPDATE

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) on the Youth and Sport Partnerships Service.
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14WELWYN HATFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST

To consider any applications for funding under the Council's Community Chest Scheme for recommendations to the Cabinet.
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15COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2009/10

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 recommendations made by the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 23 November 2009 were approved by Cabinet on 8 December 2009 in respect of:-

Welwyn Hatfield Community Chest (Minute 105)
Update on the Department of Communities and Local Government Homeless Grant Programme (Minute 106.1)
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 2009/10

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.
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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 26 (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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