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11 December 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 11 December 2012   

A G E N D A
PART I

1.

SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items

2.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS:

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

3.

APOLOGIES:

4.

MINUTES:

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2012 (previously circulated).

5.

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 21:

6.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS:

To note declarations of Members' disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

7.

PUBLIC 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.

8.

FINESSE LEISURE MONITORING REPORT - QUARTERS 1 & 2 (2012/13):

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) informing Members of the performance data relating to Finesse's operations. Page(s) 1 to 8
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9.

COOK IN A BOX PROJECT:

A presentation informing Members of this project.

10.

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR REPORT - SOCIAL:

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) providing Members with performance indicator data for the Services within its remit. Page(s) 9 to 24
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11.

WELWYN GARDEN CITY CARNIVAL AND HATFIELD FESTIVAL PROPOSALS:

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) informing Members of suggestions for a programme of events in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield. Page(s) 25 to 28
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12.

REPORT ON THE HOUSING NEEDS SERVICE (HOMELESSNESS):

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) providing Members with information on the Housing Needs Service. Pages(s) 29 to 36
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13.

COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2012/13:

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. Page(s) 37 to End
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14.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE:

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

15.

SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting

16.

CONSIDERATION 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).

17.

COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2012/13:

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.

18.

CONSIDERATION 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.

19.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS:

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

20.

COUNCILLOR 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.

21.

SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION:

22.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC:

The Cabinet 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 items 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 (if any) on the grounds that they involve 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.

PART II

Private and Confidential Items

23.

ANY 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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