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Apologies for Absence


There were apologies from Councillors Samuel Smith, Jason Jones and Sheree Peaple.  Councillor Andrew Cooper attended as substitute for Councillor S Smith.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 112 KB



Minutes from the meeting held on 16th August 2022 were approved as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor C Cooke and seconded by Councillor J Harper)


The Chair confirmed that the Committee’s Work Plan had been updated to include a Street Market update later this year.


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


Chair's Update


The Chair highlighted that this meeting had been scheduled as an additional meeting to focus on the Quarter 1 2022/23 Performance Report.


Responses to Reports of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee




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




Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)


Browse plans - Cabinet, 2022 :: Tamworth Borough Council


The Committee considered the Forward Plan and noted that the Gungate Regeneration Programme Terms of Reference item due for a Cabinet decision on 10th November was scheduled for consideration by the Corporate Scrutiny Committee on 6 October 2022.


Quarter one 2022/23 performance report pdf icon PDF 60 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:


Report of the Leader of the Council to provide the Committee with an overview of Council performance update, risk and financial health-check towards achieving the strategic priorities detailed within the Corporate Plan and Medium-Term Financial Strategy.  The information contained within the report covered performance for the first quarter of the financial year i.e., April to June 2022.  Cabinet would consider the report on 8th September 2022.


The Leader introduced the Report and highlighted to the Committee that:

1.    the Recovery and Reset Programme showed some red and amber.  The Leader reported that given the opportunities available through the Government announcement of the Levelling Up Fund (LUF), the programme had been paused in part whilst the outcome of the Levelling Up Fund bids which had been approved by Council were awaited.  This was because the opportunities available from the Levelling Up Fund could solve some aspects of the Recovery and Reset project. However, this meant that some aspects of the programme were paused until the outcome of the Levelling up fund were known.

2.    In terms of the Corporate Projects Summary there were none with a red project status currently.

3.    The uncertainty on the impact on the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) continued.


The Committee commented and sought clarifications in the following areas:

1.    The Committee requested that the report focussed on red and amber items, rather than recording green items, with deep dives undertaken by the Committee on red items.  The Chair requested that this was fed into the working group on the QPR which was underway.  It was further noted that the working group could consider where the content was included to avoid repetition, at differing levels of detail, and to focus on the key aspects.

2.    Net Zero Carbon project and how the Council aimed to achieve its targets. It was reported that the Baseline Report would require close scrutiny and was due for consideration at the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee at the end of September, prior to Cabinet consideration in October. Through that process there would be opportunities to understand what the baseline positions was and what it would mean for the Council and to enable a focus on the costs which would be associated with achieving the targets. 

3.    Whether there had been increased contact from residents, due to the cost of living, which could have impacted on resources within the Council.  It was reported that whilst the report focussed on Quarter 1, there had been an increase in universal claimants of 2.1% at July 2022.

4.    Whether the increased costs (including in terms of energy) had impacted on the Council’s Budget, where it was reported that anticipated impacts and outturns (Allowance for Inflationary Cost pressures) on the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account were recorded of £250,000.

5.    Whether there was an update on the rationalisation of building requirements and utilisation of Marmion House in the Recovery & Reset Programme.  It was reported that the agreement was to pause work until the outcome of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.


Corporate Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Discussion item


The Committee considered its Work Plan and updated it as follows:



Corporate Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan





6 October 2022

Draft Asset Management Strategy

June 2022

6 October 2022

Gungate Regeneration Programme Terms of Reference


6 October 2022 (to be confirmed if required)

Update on Assure Project (Environmental Health)

September 2022

17 November 2022

Quarter 2 2022/23 Performance Report


17 November 2022

Joint Waste contract update

June 2021

17 November 2022

Street Market update

August 2022

8 February 2022

Quarter 3 2022/23 Performance Report


Dates to be agreed


Update on corporate prioritisation

August 2020

Bi-annual updates (March & September)

Solway Trading Company Update

December 2019


Gungate Masterplan

January 2020


Reset & Recovery Workstreams

November 2021


Staffordshire Leaders Board

February 2022


Corporation Street (Gateway project) – review

September 2022




Working Groups

TBC – which meeting Working Group to report back to

Review of Quarterly Performance Report to align with new Corporate Plan 2022-2025


Members: Cllr T Jay, S Goodall, C Cooke

June 2022





Upcoming Corporate Scrutiny Committee Meetings

Meeting dates:

6 October 2022

17 November 2022

8 December 2022

8 February 2023

9 March 2023