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28 March 2012

A meeting of the Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 28 March 2012   

NumberItem
001SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
002SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
003APOLOGIES
004MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 February 2012 (previously circulated).
005NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 24
006DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
007PUBLIC 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.
008OLYMPIC UPDATE

Presentation to update Members on the Olympics and their impact on the borough.
009EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY UPDATE

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) updating Members on the Single Equality Scheme 2011-14 and progress made by the Council.
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010SAFEGUARDING UPDATE

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) updating Members on the current status of the Section 11 Audit.
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011EDUCATION REPORT

Report of the Scrutiny Sub-Committee on the topic of Education. (This report will be presented to the Cabinet at its meeting in April and is for information only). (circulated separately).
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012EMPTY PROPERTY REPORT

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) informing Members of proposals to tackle the issue of long term empty residential properties.
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013DEVELOPMENT OF A SOCIAL LETTING AGENCY

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) recommending that Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust investigate the development of a Social Letting Agency.
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014HEALTH UPDATE

A verbal report from Councillor Canter updating Members on the current status of Health Services for the Borough.
015SPORTS STRATEGY

A verbal report updating Members on the current status of the Sports Strategy.
016COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2011/12

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 which will be agreed at the first meeting of the municipal year.
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017RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
018SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
019CONSIDERATION 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).
020COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2011/12

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached. Members are invited to add items to the programme. The new programme will be agreed at the first meeting of the municipal year.
021CONSIDERATION 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.
022RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
023COUNCILLOR 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.
024SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
025EXCLUSION 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 27 (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.
026PART II - Private and Confidential Items
027ANY 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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