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No. Item

11.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors A Cooper and R Rogers

12.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 332 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2021 were approved as a correct record

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor J Harper)

13.

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. 

 

 

Minutes:

None

14.

Chair's Update

Minutes:

The Chair had nothing to update

15.

Responses to Reports of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee

Minutes:

There were no items to report to the Committee

16.

Consideration of Matters referred to the Corporate Scrutiny Committee from Cabinet / Council

Minutes:

The Chair reported that there had been no matters referred to the Committee by Council or Cabinet

17.

Quarter One 2021/22 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 113 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Chair welcomed the Leader of the Council to present the report, the Leader introduced the Chief Executive and the Knowledge, Performance and Insight Coordinator to the meeting for this item which was for the Committee to receive a performance update and financial health check for Quarter 1, prior to the Report of the Leader of the Council being presented to Cabinet at its meeting on 9th September 2021.

 

The Leader introduced the report and highlighted that:

·         Reset & Recovery project is on track and was agreed by Cabinet on 29th July 2021, the budget for which will be requested at full Council on 25th August

·         The report details other Corporate projects and members will have noted that Covid 19 is detailed as the reason for slippage with some projects but they are now on track to catch up and deliver.

·         Universal Credit figures are detailed in the report in terms of the number of claimants and the number of claimants who are housing tenants.  The impact of the end of furlough scheme may have some impact.

·         Future High Street Fund project on track.  Early Planning applications should start to appear at in the near future.

·         Gungate Master Plan included in the report.  A report is included on o Cabinet on 9th September involving working with a Partner if this is supported this will have a positive impact on progress. 

·         Medium Term Financial Strategy –flag to members that on 13th September there is a budget consultation session for members. 

 

The Committee sought clarifications in the following areas:

 

·         Rent arrears of tenants on universal credit have increased from 47% -63%.  Leader clarified that universal credit is very sensitive to change.  Quarter 1 rent arrears are usually higher as the budget  for rent for 52 weeks but rent is collected in 48 weeks and if anyone is in rent arrears they can use the ‘rent holiday’ weeks to catch up there will always be a slight reduction in rent arrears in Q4. 

·         Town Centre Project – Police Station on the plans for the building.  Owners have had informal discussion with planning team keen to pursue residential use of the site.  This would not alter the master plan. 

·         The process of the sale of the Youth Centre and Tamworth Youth Charity and their stake in the building. The Leader clarified that the agreement was that the youth centre receipt will be used the provision of youth activities. The Leader will circulate the figures and documents with more details. 

·         Amington Local Centre- this is the area designated on the former Golf Course development.  Obligation under 106 agreement that the site is developed out as a local centre within the next 5 years. 

·         Masterplan and timescales, potential partnership arrangement will drive forward and ensure progression and contribute to the housing allocation.  Still looking at a mixed economy with commercial and leisure.   Things are progressing.  Future High Street Fund is progressing with a deadline of March 2024.  

·         Customer portal still being tested  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Disabled Facilities Grant Funding pdf icon PDF 127 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Assets)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This report has been provided in response to a question raised by Corporate Scrutiny Committee in relation to the current Disabled Facilities Grant funding allocation received by Tamworth Borough Council.

 

The Committee raised the following motion:

 

That the Committee propose to ask Cabinet to raise the issue regarding Disabled Facilities Grant funding with Staffordshire County Council through County Councillors

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor R Ford)

 

19.

Cabinet and Council Decisions - March 2020 - April 2021 pdf icon PDF 258 KB

(To review Cabinet and Council Decisions March 2020 to April 2021)

Minutes:

Committee agreed the decisions that have been reviewed by email

20.

Forward Plan

Please see the link to the Forward Plan:

 

http://democracy.tamworth.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=120&RD=0&bcr=1

 

Minutes:

 No further items were identified from the Forward Plan at this time for consideration by this Committee.

21.

Corporate Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To review the Committee’s work plan.

Minutes:

The committee considered its work plan and updated as follows. 

 

As an update has been requested on the Solway trading company from the Q1 report it was decided to remove this item from the October meeting

 

Work Plan 2021 – 2022

TARGET MEETING DATE

SUBJECT

MEETING WHEN ITEM ADDED TO WORK PLAN

 

 

 

24 August 2021

Quarter One 2021/22 Performance Report

 

 

24 August 2021

Disabled Facilities Grant report

June 2021

24 August 2021

Review of Cabinet decisions over previous 12 month period

 

December 2020

7 October 2021

Housing Repairs & Investment Contract Review

November 2019

7 October 2021

Memorial area

 

18 November 2021

Quarter Two 2021/22 Performance Report

 

9 December 2021

Customer Portal - post implementation review

November 2020

9 Dec 2021 / 1 Feb 2022

Asset Management update

December 2019

1 February 2022

Quarter Three 2021/22 Performance Report

 

10 March 2022

Solway Trading Company Update

 

Dates to be agreed

TBC

Update on corporate prioritisation

August 2020

TBC

Market tender progress Update

August 2019

TBC

Parking Toolkit review

October 2019

Bi-annual updates (March & September)

Solway Trading Company Update

December 2019

TBC

Gungate Masterplan

January 2020

TBC

Ways of working

June 2021

TBC

Joint Waste contract update

June 2021