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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Price


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 124 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 15th August 2018 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor M Summers and seconded by Councillor S Goodall)



Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There were no Declarations of Interest.


Responses to Reports of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee

(Update on responses received to Reports of Corporate Scrutiny Committee)



The Chair reported that two items had been referred to full Council from this Committee and were considered by full Council at its meeting on 11 September 2018:

1.    Prayers at Full Council, where following a discussion at Council it was resolved that

·         In the light of modern times prayers should be held before the mayor opens the formal part of a full council meeting

·         That prayers will be held in the Chamber at 18.00 then the Council meeting will commence at 18.10.

·         When the meeting is in order the Mayor is informed by the Deputy or assistant to make their entry in the traditional way

·         The Mayor under opens the meeting with a ‘thought of the day’ style comment to remind attendees why the council exists.

2.    Against Hate Campaign, where Council resolved to endorse Cabinet’s decision regarding Amnesty International’s Against Hate Campaign.


Councillor Dr S Peaple requested that an item on Modern Slavery be added to the Corporate Scrutiny Committee’s Work Plan.


Consideration of matters referred to Corporate Scrutiny Committee from Cabinet

(Discussion item)


The Chair reported that no matters had been referred for this Committee’s consideration by Cabinet.


2018/19 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to the Forward Plan is attached)$OBO$=1



The Committee considered the Forward Plan for 2018/19.


The Committee identified that the new Town Centre item on the Forward Plan and due to be considered by Cabinet on 8th November 2018 would be added to the Corporate Scrutiny Committee’s Work Plan and that Councillor R Pritchard be invited to attend the meeting.


It was noted that the Revised Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles was due to be considered by Cabinet and full Council during November and December 2018, following the Licensing Committee’s review.  The Chair of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee reported that scrutiny by that committee would be appropriate and that accordingly this item would be added to the agenda for the next meeting of the Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee.


Working Group Updates



(Update from the Working Group for Webcasting)



It was reported that this item was awaiting support with the consultation process.




Members Support

(Update from the Working Group for Members Support)


The working group had split into three sub-groups and the subgroup on member induction reported that it had formed recommendations covering initial introductions for Councillors to the senior management team and their activities, which would be brought to the next meeting.


The sub-groups on information technology and member support were reported to be on-going.




Combined Authority Preparation

(Please see attached a link to the West Midlands Combined Authority webpage which includes details of its Overview & Scrutiny Committeee’s activities and work plan  )


The Committee considered the WMCA Overview & Scrutiny Committee Forward Plan and identified an upcoming Housing & Regeneration Report to be considered by that committee in February 2019.  The Corporate Scrutiny Committee agreed that it would invite the councillor who attended as Tamworth’s representative to its February 2019 meeting to gain an understanding of this item and to enable its members to provide any input as necessary.  It was agreed to add this item to the Corporate Scrutiny Work Plan.





Festive Grants


Councillor S Goodall reported that the Festive Grants working group had met to consider the process undertaken to award festive grants in 2017, and agreed that no major changes were required for the festive grants process about to be launched for 2018.  However, it had noted that additional flexibility could be built into the scheme to enable smaller groups to potentially access the grants in future years.  It was agreed that the working group’s formal recommendations would be considered at a future Committee meeting and that the Work Plan be updated to reflect this.




Sprinkler Update pdf icon PDF 42 KB

(Update from the Portfolio Holder for Housing Services and Neighbourhoods)


The Committee considered the Fire Sprinkler Update Report of the Assistant Director Assets, which highlighted that a contract had been awarded to Lovell Partnerships Limited.


2018/19 Corporate Scrutiny Work Plan pdf icon PDF 48 KB

(Update and discussion on Corporate Scrutiny Committee Work Plan)


Corporate Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2018 - 2019



Quarter 2 – 14th November

Quarter 3 - 6th February

Quarter 4 - TBC

Quarterly Performance Reports;


14th November

Customer Portal – Councillor Pritchard and Councillor Claymore to be invited

14th November

Town Centre item – Councillor Pritchard to be invited

14th November

Private Sector Housing – Enforcement Policy (moved from 10/10/2018)

14th November

Modern Slavery – Councillor Dr S Peaple to provide report

14th November

Festive Ward Grant - Working Group (SP, SG, RF and MS)

14th November

Support for Members – Working Group (JO, MS, PS, CC, RF, SP, TJ, SG, BP

14th November

Garage Sites

14th November

Live Streaming/Webcasting Council Meetings – Working Group (JO, MS, PS, CC, RF, SP)

6th February

Combined Authority Scrutiny – TBC representative at WMCA scrutiny committee  to be invited to discuss Housing & Regeneration Report


Gungate Site – Working Group (JO, RF, SG, CC (provisional) and Labour Group to nominate two attendees).


Isolation – Working Group (TJ, JF and RB from H&W Scrutiny and JO, SP and CC from Corporate Scrutiny)


Budget Scrutiny – Working Group (TJ, RF, CC, PS, SP)


Housing Allocation Policy – Joint Scrutiny with H&W Scrutiny.


Tenants Consultancy Group – Ongoing Updates after any meeting.


Chairs Updates to other Committees (format to be decided)


Review of senior management restructuring


Constitutional working group


Corporate investment strategy



Upcoming Corporate Scrutiny Committee Meetings


Wednesday 14th November  2018

Wednesday 6th February  2019

Wednesday 13th March  2019