Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 10.15 am

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

Contact: Lisa Backstrom 

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Items
No. Item

30.

Apologies

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Cashman, Dowd, Hattersley, Jackson and Whitley.

 

31.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

32.

Minutes of the last meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 6 November 2019 and 15 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To consider the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny meetings  held on 6 November 2019 and 15 January 2020.

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Minutes:

The minutes of the previous inquorate meetings of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 6 November 2019 and 15 January 2020 were received as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:-

 

That the list of attendees present on 6 November 2019 be amended to read that Councillor Helen Cameron is a Conservative Member.

 

 

 

33.

Appointment of Vice Chair

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Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer, Jill Coule requested that this item be deferred in order that further legal advice be sought regarding the nomination process.

 

 

34.

Appointment to the Audit and Governance Committee 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 18 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

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Minutes:

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered the report of the Monitoring Officer which sought a nomination from the Committee for one Labour Councillor to be appointed to the membership of the Audit and Governance Committee for 2019/20.

 

Councillor Wainwright nominated Councillor Louise Whitley and this was seconded by Councillor Marshall.

 

Following the nomination of Councillor Whitley, a replacement substitute member nomination was sought.

 

Councillor Woolfall nominated Councillor Christine Howard and this was seconded by Councillor Wainwright.

 

RESOLVED That:-

 

(i)            Councillor Louise Whitley be appointed to the membership of the Audit and Governance Committee for 2019/20; and

 

(ii)          Councillor Christine Howard be appointed as substitute member for Councillor Whitley on the Audit and Governance Committee for 2019/20.

 

 

35.

Review into the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider the report of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer.

 

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the draft report of the Scrutiny Review into the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Local Enterprise Partnership.

 

Councillor T Crone, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented the report for approval and onward consideration by the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and LCR Combined Authority.

 

Councillor Crone reported that the review was conducted between September and December 2019 and the aim of the review was to look into how the City Region had responded to the evolving role of LEP’s as a consequence of the LEP Review and the LCR Combined Authority.

 

He indicated that the task and finish group had held 3 evidence sessions and members heard evidence from various LEP representatives, external partners and Central Government.

 

In conclusion, he stated that the review had put forward 17 recommendations.  In making the recommendations, the role of the LCR LEP was recognised in supporting the LCR Combined Authority to achieve economic growth across the City Region.

 

Councillor Crone requested that the recommendations in section 2 of the report be approved.

 

Councillor S Marshall indicated that she had requested a further 2 recommendations to be added to the Scrutiny Review report in respect of a ‘Social’ theme to the report.  The recommendations put forward were as follows:-

 

(1)          That the LEP be requested to undertake an exercise to identify the potential level of ‘Social Return on Investment’; and

 

(2)          That consideration be given to dispersing the benefits of the LEP throughout, not just the 6 constituent authorities but also down to local community level e.g. town/village centres and organisations/institutions.

 

Councillor Crone placed on record his thanks to all Officers and Members involved in the review and sought endorsement of the report from the Committee with the inclusion of the 2 additional recommendations.

 

            RESOLVED that:-

 

(i)         in addition to the 2 recommendations identified above, the report of the review into Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership set out at Appendix One to the report now submitted be approved; and

 

(ii)        the report be presented to the LCR Combined Authority for their consideration and feedback be provided to a future meeting of this Committee.

 

36.

Task and Finish Review - Next Steps

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Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal report from the Statutory Scrutiny Officer, Trudy Bedford on the option to undertake a Task and Finish Group prior to the end of the Municipal Year.

 

It was suggested that in light of the publication of the Resolution Foundation’s independent report into the introduction and impact of Universal Credit, an opportunity had arisen to revisit the recommendations of the Scrutiny Review into Welfare Reform which was undertaken in 2018.

 

Members of the Committee endorsed this option and the following members volunteered to be part of the Task and Finish Group:-

 

Councillors Gorst, Finneran, Marshall, Morgan, O’Brien and Woolfall.

 

RESOLVED that:-

 

(i)            a Task and Finish Group be established to revisit the actions from the         Welfare Reform Scrutiny Review undertaken in April 2018; and

 

(ii)          the Task and Finish Group membership consist of Councillors, Gorst,

Finneran, Marshall, Morgan, O’Brien and Woolfall.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes 30 to 36 received as a correct record on the 4th day of March 2020.

 

 

 

 

Chairperson of the Committee

 

(The meeting closed at 10.40 am)