Agenda and decisions

People Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 21st June 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

Contact: James Edmunds, Democratic Services  Email: democraticservices@westnorthants.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

3.

Notification of requests from Members of the Public to address the Meeting

To receive notification of requests from members of the public to address the meeting on an item on the public part of the agenda.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 255 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 25 April 2022.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed the minutes of the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on 25 April 2022.

5.

Chair's Announcements

To receive any communications from the Chair.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed that the Chair should again contact the Chair of the Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee to encourage that committee to scrutinise the issue of land ownership and responsibility for maintenance affecting Northampton Partnership Homes properties.

6.

Debt and Money Advice Transformation Project pdf icon PDF 737 KB

To consider an overview of the Debt and Money Advice Transformation Project and inform its direction and outcomes.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

a)    Agreed that the points raised in discussion would be fed into the transformation of debt and money advice services.

b)    Agreed that the debt and money advice transformation project would be added to the Committee work programme to allow further scrutiny in future.

7.

Children's Services Performance pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the latest position on children’s services performance.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

a)     Recommended that West Northamptonshire Council recognise the need to improve performance from the current position of 47% of children in care receiving an initial health assessment within 28 days of entering care.

b)     Requested that Northamptonshire Children’s Trust develop the content of future performance updates to the Committee to provide more comparative data.

8.

Changes to provision of NHS dialysis services in Northamptonshire pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To consider proposed changes to the provision of renal dialysis services in Northamptonshire by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

a)     Supported the need to relocate the Outpatient Renal Dialysis at Riverside House, Northampton, from its current site.

b)     Recommended that the Cabinet looks into issues arising from the change of use of Riverside House from office space to housing that have affected its continued suitability as a site for Outpatient Renal Dialysis, in order to support effective partnership working.      

9.

Integrated Care across Northamptonshire (iCAN) Scrutiny Review - Update

To consider a verbal update from the Chair of the task and finish panel on progress with the scrutiny review.

Decision:

RESOLVED that: the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee noted the update on the iCAN Scrutiny Review.

10.

People Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 412 KB

To consider and approve the Annual Report on activity by the Committee in 2021/22 to be presented to Full Council.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed the Annual Report to Council, subject to the addition to the Looking Ahead section of an acknowledgement that the Committee aimed to make more recommendations in future.

11.

Review of Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 435 KB

To review and approve the Committee Work Programme.

Decision:

RESOLVED: that the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

a)    Agreed to seek more regular information on performance against key performance indicators for the Council service areas within the Committee’s remit.

b)    Agreed to include in its work programme potential items of business on the Council’s Housing Solutions Transformation Plan and Housing Allocation Policy.

c)    Agreed the following items of business for the Committee meeting on 15 September 2022:

·         Adult Social worker recruitment and retention, including use of Workforce Recruitment and Retention funding

·         Special educational needs and disability support

·         Housing Solutions Transformation Plan

d)    Requested to receive further information about a potential item of business on Communities & Opportunities Directorate key contracts and delivery plans to enable the Committee to confirm at its next meeting whether to proceed with scrutiny.

e)    Agreed to hold a remote workshop-style meeting at the end of July 2022 on the Household Support Fund Scheme 2.

 

12.

Urgent Business

The Chair to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

13.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In respect of the following items the Chair may move the resolution set out below, on the grounds that if the public were present it would be likely that exempt information (information regarded as private for the purposes of the Local Government Act 1972) would be disclosed to them: The Committee is requested to resolve: “That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that if the public were present it would be likely that exempt information under Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act of the descriptions against each item would be disclosed to them.”