Venue: Conference Room, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions
Contact: Elaine Huckell
WELCOME & APOLOGIES
Councillor Susan Erbil welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies had been received from Tony Murphy.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
LEADER UPDATE ON COUNCIL PRIORITIES
To receive an update from the Leader of the Council.
The Leader set out the priorities for the Council for the future as follows:
Councillor Erbil thanked the Leader for her informative update and referred to a previous request that the Associate Cabinet Members (ACMs) attend Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) to discuss their work programmes.
Members had previously asked that should the ACMs be unable attend OSC then the Leader was to be asked to come to OSC to speak on their behalf. This was why she had been asked to attend this meeting.
The Leader stated that ACM’s report to Cabinet, they do not have a budget and do not make Executive decisions. They are invited to take part in discussions at Cabinet ... view the full minutes text for item 478.
To receive the report of the Director of Health & Adult Social Care.
Councillor Alev Cazimoglu (Cabinet Member Health & Social Care) introduced the report on the Modern Slavery Strategy 2019 -2022. The Strategy had been the subject of an online public consultation which had ended November 2019.
Bindi Nagra (Director of Health & Adult Social Care), Sharon Burgess (Head of Safeguarding Adults & Principal Social Worker) and Fiana Centala (Mental Capacity and DOLS Manager) answered questions regarding the report.
The Council had not been obliged to issue a modern slavery statement but had chosen to do so in order to demonstrate its commitment to promote transparency in supply chains and the eradication of modern slavery in the borough.
Modern Slavery was defined by the Modern Slavery Act 2015, as a criminal offence of slavery, servitude and compulsory labour; it also includes human trafficking.
The report highlighted the following:
The following issues/ questions were raised
A factsheet had been prepared for Members for their information. Training on this subject would be included on the Members training programme.
To receive the draft report of the Director of Housing & Regeneration.
Councillor Gina Needs (Cabinet Member Social Housing), introduced the report which was presented by Joanne Drew (Director of Housing & Regeneration) and Garry Knights (Head of Housing Property Services).
It was noted that the in-sourcing of the Housing repairs service was approved by Cabinet in June 2019.
The report includes details of the Repairs Service model and the Housing Repairs Maintenance and Planned works Policy. It set out the progress made with the MOT service which is gradually building up capacity for in-sourcing the repairs service. The report would be considered at Cabinet on 12 February 2020
The following questions/ issues were raised:
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
To note the dates of future meetings as follows:
Business meetings of OSC –
Thursday 13 February 2020
Thursday 2 April 2020
Provisional Call-In dates
Thursday 6 February 2020
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Thursday 26 March 2020
Tuesday 28 April 2020
The dates of future meetings were noted:
Business meetings of OSC
Provisional Call-In dates
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Members were surprised that as part of the CfPS Scrutiny Review, the Reviewers had not attended this meeting.
Concerns were expressed that the Leader had apparently not received a request for her to prepare any information regarding the work of the Associate Cabinet Members (ACM’s). Claire Johnson stated that a copy of previous correspondence relating to this could be provided.
It was suggested that an enquiry be set up to evaluate the work of the ACM’s
Members expressed disquiet about changes to the constitution as part of the Constitution Review and what this may mean for the Overview and Scrutiny function. Concerns were raised over the status and role of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Claire Johnson said proposed changes to the constitution were being put forward for consultation to all councillors, she said we were not looking to restrict the scrutiny function and this matter would be discussed at Members and Democratic Services Group in future.
Reference was made to the statutory co-optees. It was suggested we should be looking to give an opportunity to other people in the community to participate in this role.
It was requested that an Enquiry be set up to consider the following
a) To evaluate the work of the ACM’s.
b) To provide a formal contribution to the on-going review of the Overview and Scrutiny function by the CfPS (Centre for Public Scrutiny).
c) To prepare recommendations in the Overview & Scrutiny Committee annual report on how to improve the Overview and Scrutiny function.
It was thought a number of Members would like to have an input into the current scrutiny review.
Claire Johnson would speak to the Monitoring officer regarding the Constitution and clarity over the role of ACM’s
It was agreed that Cllr Aramaz and Cllr Erbil would meet with Claire Johnson to discuss the terms of reference and scope for a possible Enquiry. This would be discussed at the next meeting of OSC on 13 February 2020.