Agenda and draft minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 21st November, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Room 6, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: Stacey Gilmour 020 8132 1383  Email: Stacey.gilmour@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

328.

WELCOME & APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies had been received from Councillors Boztas and Smith.  - Councillor Greer was substituting for Councillor Boztas.  Councillor Rawlings was substituting for Councillor Smith. Councillor Aydin has also sent apologies.

329.

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.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Susan Erbil declared a non-pecuniary interest that she is related to Councillor Guney Dogan, Cabinet Member, Environment and Sustainability

 

330.

CALL IN: QUARTERLY CORPORATE PERFORMANCE REPORT pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To receive and consider a report from the Director of Law and Governance outlining details of a call-in received on the Cabinet  Decision taken on Quarterly Corporate Performance Report (Report No. 141)

 

The decision that has been called in was a Cabinet Decision taken on 16 October 2019 and included on the Publication of Decision List No: 34/19-20 (List Ref: 1/34/19-20) issued on 18 October 2019.

 

It is proposed that consideration of the call-in be structured as follows:

· Brief outline of the reasons for the call-in by representative (s) of the members who   have called in the decision

· Response to the reasons provided for the Call-in by a Cabinet Member responsible for taking the decision

· Debate by Overview and Scrutiny Committee and agreement of action to be taken

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Director of Law and Governance outlining details of a call-in received on the Cabinet decision taken on-

Quarterly Corporate Performance Report (Report No:141)

 

Councillor Erbil reminded everyone of the Purdah guidance and that discussion on the call-in should not be a political debate. An argument would need to be made to persuade members to revert the Cabinet decision back for their reconsideration, or the decision should stand.

 

Cllr Erbil advised that the committee will deal with all reasons, responses and comments other than the environment item. She will then leave the room and the environment section will be discussed.

 

Cllr Anderson was invited to outline the reasons for calling in the report other than the section on Waste, Recycling and cleanliness.

 

Cllr Anderson thanked officers for the initial response that had been provided and highlighted the following:

·         He does not feel that the response has provided assurance or addressed all his points.

·         He did not agree with the comments on the Community Safety section that the authority has limited or no influence in these areas. He stated that there is a Cabinet Member with responsibility for this area; a Community Safety team at the council and the Crime Scrutiny Panel so there is clearly a role as an authority and a responsibility to hold people accountable. He highlighted concerns over massive deterioration in Community Safety section

·         He drew attention the lack of consistent colour codes and Q1 targets throughout the report.

·         The report was not clear for the layperson and you would need to go back to the previous reports to work out trends over time, without targets you cannot determine value.

·         Temporary accommodation as an example he reiterated that the deteriorating figure should be colour coded red instead of not colour coded at all. Recovery of Council properties is colour coded green but without a quarter 1 target this is not clear why.

·         The social care targets have no comparator, colour coding or narrative so it is not clear if the figures are good, bad or indifferent.

·         Public Health confusing to have two categories or pages 7 and 13, not clear why these have been split up. The DAAT has no values and the comments appear to be the same from previous report and do make sense. The obesity targets on page 13 have national and London figures but no figures for Enfield.

·         The Executive Summary states that Appendix 2 focuses on a selection of priority measures where performance is currently off target and or direction or travel is negative. It states that for each measure there is a action plan with delivery timeframes, however these plans are not shared so there is a lack of timeframes in evidence across the 4 areas identified

·         Cllr Anderson appreciates that this is an evolving process that is subject to change, but the report should show clearly how the council is doing.

·         Customer Experience is not meeting targets and felt that this should be escalated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 330.

331.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Business meetings of OSC

· Thursday 19 December 2019 (Budget meeting)

· Thursday 13 February 2020

· Thursday 2 April 2020

 

Provisional Call-In dates

· Thursday 28 November 2019

· Thursday 30 January 2020

· Thursday 6 February 2020

· Wednesday 4 March 2020

· Thursday 26 March 2020

· Tuesday 28 April 2020

Minutes:

Cllr Erbil re-joined the meeting at this point

 

The dates of future meetings were noted:

 

Business meetings of OSC

  • Thursday 19 December 2019 (Budget meeting)
  • Thursday 13 February 2020
  • Thursday 2 April 2020

 

Provisional Call-In dates

  • Thursday 30 January 2020
  • Thursday 6 February 2020
  • Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Thursday 26 March 2020
  • Tuesday 28 April 2020

 

Concern was expressed on the date of the budget meeting and whether this date would affect the public attendance for this very important meeting. Cllr Erbil advised that all OSC members will be provided details of how this meeting will be advertised by email very shortly.

 

Cllr Erbil advised that the provisional Call in date of the 28th November will not be used. The Associate Cabinet Members (ACM’s) have recently informally advised the chair that they will not be attending the committee. Therefore, an invitation has been sent to the Leader for the 30th January on this item.

 

Members were extremely disappointed that the ACM’s had chosen not to attend.