Agenda

Overview and Scrutiny Commission - Tuesday, 15 September 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Online only

Contact: Kirsty Hunt  01344 353108

Link: This meeting will be held online

Media

Items
Note No. Item

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1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence and to note the attendance of any substitute Members.

None

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 12 August 2020.

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3.

Declarations of Interest and Party Whip

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests and the nature of that interest, including the existence and nature of the party whip, in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.

 

Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.

 

Any Member with an Affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.

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4.

Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.

5.

Public Participation

To receive submissions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance in accordance with the Council’s Public Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.

6.

Budget scrutiny - financial update pdf icon PDF 364 KB

Councillor Heydon, Executive Member for Transformation and Finance and Stuart McKeller, Director of Resources are invited to attend the meeting to discuss the Council’s budget so far this year. Members of the Commission will be able to scrutinise the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the Council’s budgets, how this is being managed and the context for budget setting.

 

The update provided to the Executive on 25 August 2020 on the current year's financial position and future year projections is attached.

Additional documents:

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7.

Work Programme Update

The Commission to continue its discussions on the Overview and Scrutiny work programme in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

None

8.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider the following motion:

 

That pursuant to section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, and having regard to the public interest, members of the public and press be excluded from the meeting for consideration of item 9 which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information under the following category of Schedule 12A of that Act:

 

(3)        Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

9.

Local Government Reorganisation

Councillor Bettison OBE, Leader of the Council has been invited to join the meeting to discuss the potential implications for Bracknell Forest Council. This will be discussed in closed session as, whilst this is speculative, there will be likely disclosure of the financial or business affairs of the authority.

 

In preparation for this item Members may wish to read the following information:

 

Local Government Association annual conference 2020: Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government's speech announcing intention to publish white paper on devolution and local recovery

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/local-government-association-annual-conference-2020-minister-for-regional-growth-and-local-governments-speech

 

 

Local Government Chronicle re. government’s plans to create unitaries with populations of at least 300,000 to 400,000

https://www.lgcplus.com/politics/devolution-and-economic-growth/clarke-devo-white-paper-will-bring-more-mayors-and-more-unitaries-29-06-2020/

 

 

Article in the Observer:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/13/why-does-no-10-want-to-devolve-local-councils-just-as-they-are-needed-most

 

 

Municipal Journal - https://www.themj.co.uk/Reorganisation#

Lots of articles about different councils including York, Cumbria, Gloucestershire. Some have already developed plans to allow them to set up a large unitary authority.

 

 

County Councils Network - https://www.countycouncilsnetwork.org.uk/fairer-future-for-counties/

Article about how funding and restructure change will be a complete overhaul of local government.

 

 

Browne/Jacobson – working on behalf of the northern powerhouse authorities - https://www.brownejacobson.com/-/media/files/pdf-documents/government-sector/guide-to-local-government-re-organisation

Guide to local government re-organisation which touches on all sorts of logistical issues such as property transfer, finances, etc.

Date of next meeting

The next Overview and Scrutiny Commission meeting is scheduled for 13 October 2020. The focus of the meeting will be Community Safety and the Commission will sit as the Crime and Disorder Panel.