Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 20th April, 2016 11.15 am

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

25.

Minutes of the Last meeting

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 13 January 2016,

having been circulated, were taken as read and signed as a

correct record.

26.

Liverpool City Region Growth Plan

Minutes:

The Panel received a report of the Lead Officer –

Scrutiny, which provided an update on progress made on

the Liverpool City Region Growth Plan.

Greg Stott, Liverpool City Council, addressed Members.

His presentation highlighted the following:-

· The objectives and rationale of the Strategy;

· The impact of the single Growth Strategy, with one

clear single vision;

· Alignment with the Devolution themes and portfolios

of Economic Development and Energy, Transport,

Housing, Employment and Skills and Health and

Wellbeing;

· Activity to date, the emerging growth model and the

mechanisms in place to engage with the Devolution

workstreams;

· Cross cutting themes; and

· Next steps in the engagement process and

consultation.

RESOLVED: That

1) the progress made be endorsed; and

2) the Panel receive a further progress report in 12

months.

27.

A Transport Plan for Growth

Minutes:

The Panel received a report of the Lead Officer –

Scrutiny, which provided an update on progress on the

Transport Plan for Growth.

The Transport Plan for Growth had been developed

to create a single strategic framework and delivery plan for

the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and set the direction for

greater collaboration and future joint working across the City

Region.

Carole Carroll, Merseytravel, delivered a presentation

to the Panel which informed Members of the progress made

on the local transport plan priorities; progress to date; the

governance structures in place for the transportation theme

within the City Region Combined Authority; the transport

priorities of economic growth, of a low carbon sustainable

transport network and access to training, education and

employment opportunities; and the seven local ‘pipeline’

transport schemes already approved.

The presentation also provided Members with an

understanding of the strategic benefits and the development

of the Key Route Network of local roads, as part of the

Devolution deal.

It was noted that the next steps would be to present

the pipeline process to the Combined Authority in Summer

2016, with further work planned to progress the alignment of

pipeline projects with key strategic partners, such as health,

housing, employment and skills. In addition, the Local

Growth Fund 3 bid would be submitted for approval in July

2016.

RESOLVED: That the progress reported be endorsed.

28.

Liverpool City Region Devolution Deal - Update

Minutes:

The Panel received a report and presentation by the

Lead Officer – Scrutiny, which provided an update on the

implementation of the Liverpool City Region Devolution Deal

(the LCR Agreement).

In summary, the LCR Agreement would provide:-

· for a new directly elected Liverpool City Region

Mayor, to act as Chair of the LCR CA, with powers

and functions devolved from Central Government;

· arrangements for a Mayoral election to be held in

May 2017;

· National framework, with four statutory officer posts

(Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer, Section

151 Officer, Section 31 Scrutiny Officer);

· A consultation period on revised Constitution; and

· A Scrutiny Panel – to be politically balanced with the

possibility of an independent Chair.

RESOLVED: That

1) the report and Members’ comments be noted; and

2) a further update be provided to the Panel in October

2016.

29.

Decisions of the Combined Authority

Minutes:

The Panel received a report of the Lead Officer –

Scrutiny, which provided Members with a note of some

significant decisions made by the Combined Authority since

February 2016.

The report provided a digest of decisions made by the

Combined Authority meetings on 5 February 2016 and 18

March 2016. A request was made for future reports to

include more details of the decisions, but Members were

advised that the reports and corresponding minutes were

available to view via the website.

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

30.

Scrutiny Panel - Work Programme

Minutes:

The Panel received a report of the Lead Officer –

Scrutiny, in relation to the Panel’s Work Programme

arrangements for 2016/17.

Members noted the progress on the original

programme of work which included European Funding,

Affordable Fares –Short Hop Bus Fares, and Housing, as

detailed in the report.

In addition, it was reported that the Combined

Authority, at its meeting on 15 April 2016, had referred a

piece of scrutiny work to be undertaken by the Panel on a

recently published Guidance document – “Ethical Standards

for Providers of Public Services”. It was noted that this

Guidance document had been published by the Committee

on Standards in Public Life, and sought to establish how the

Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles) had

been embedded into public service commissioning and

contracting. The Panel were requested to consider how the

Nolan Principles had been considered and applied across

the Liverpool City Region.

It was also noted that, following confirmation of the

Panel membership for 2016/17, a Development Day for all

Panel members would be held in June 2016, at which the

issue of the further work programme could be considered.

RESOLVED: That

1) the work undertaken by the Panel on its original Work

Programme be noted;

2) a Development Day be organised for all Panel

Members on a date to be agreed in June 2016; and

3) consideration be given to the request by the

Combined Authority for the Panel to undertake a

scrutiny review of the Guidance document ‘Ethical

Standards for Providers of Public Services’ at the

Development Day, as part of the consideration of the

Panel’s Work Programme for 2016/17.

31.

Calendar Of Meeting 2016/17

Minutes:

The Panel received a report of the Lead Officer –

Scrutiny, on a proposed calendar of meetings for the Panel

for the 2016/17 Municipal Year.

RESOLVED: That the schedule of dates for 2016/17

be agreed.

32.

Apologies

33.

Declarations of Interests

34.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 143 KB

35.

Liverpool City Region Growth Plan pdf icon PDF 196 KB

36.

A Transport Plan for Growth pdf icon PDF 195 KB

37.

Liverpool City Region Devolution Deal - Update pdf icon PDF 193 KB

38.

Decisions of the Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 227 KB

39.

Scrutiny Panel - Work Programme pdf icon PDF 218 KB

40.

Calendar of Meetings 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 195 KB