Agenda and minutes

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 1st November, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Mark Nedderman  Senior Scrutiny Officer

No. Item


Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 5 October 2018.



That the minutes of the meeting held on the 5 October

 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Also Present


Councillor Rachel Bailey – Leader of the Council

Councillor Paul Bates - Finance and Communication Portfolio Holder

Councillor Janet Clowes -Adult Social Care and Integration Portfolio Holder

Councillor Ainsley Arnold - Housing, Planning and Regeneration Portfolio Holder

Councillor Paul Findlow - Corporate Policy and Legal Services Portfolio Holder

Councillor Liz Wardlaw - Health Portfolio Holder

Kath O’Dwyer - Acting Chief Executive

Linda Couchman - Acting Strategic Director of Adult Social Care & Health

Mark Taylor - Interim Executive Director of Corporate Services

Alex Thompson - Head of Finance & Performance




Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


Councillor Stephen Hogben declared a pecuniary interest in respect of matters relating to ANSA on the ground that he was a non executive director of ANSA.


Declaration of Party Whip

To provide an opportunity for Members to declare the existence of a party whip in relation to any item on the agenda.


There were no declarations of the existence of a party whip.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers.


Note: In order for officers to undertake any background research, it would be helpful if members of the public contacted the Scrutiny officer listed at the foot of the agenda, at least one working day before the meeting to provide brief details of the matter to be covered. 


There were no members of the public present who wished to speak.


Pre-Budget Consultation Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the pre-budget consultation October 2018.


The Committee considered the pre-budget consultation report October 2018.


The document provided an opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on the Council’s Budget proposals.


The pre-budget consultation was set in the context that in 2019/20, no revenue support grant  would be received by the Council.


The Committee raised questions on various aspects of the pre-budget consultation which were answered by Cabinet Members and Executive Directors who were present at the meeting.


RESOLVED – That each of the Council’s four Overview and Scrutiny Committees be invited to consider and comment on the sections of the pre-budget report that are relate to the remits of the individual committees and and submit Comments to this Committee at a meeting to be held before the end of the consultation period on 14 December 2018.


New Homes Bonus Update

Kirstie Hercules Principal Manager – Partnerships & Communities to provide an oral update on the Council’s New Homes Bonus scheme.



Councillor Paul Bates Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications provided an update on the progress of the New Housing Bonus Community fund.


The scheme fund , which would run for 2 years, was designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally identified needs. The priorities for each of the areas had been set by 7 geographical award groups, made up of elected members and a representative from the town and parish councils.

A new application form was now available and the Council was looking forward to receiving bids. Where priorities in different areas were similar, the process permitted pooled bids.


Although Member training had been provided, it was reported that not all members of the Council, who wished to be trained had taken up the offer. Linda Couchman suggested that additional training sessions could be arranged if there was sufficient demand.


RESOLVED - That the update be received and noted.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To note the current forward plan, identify any new items, and to determine whether any further examination of new issues is appropriate.




RESOLVED- That the Forward Plan be received and noted.



Work Programme Progress Report pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To review the Committee’s work programme.

Additional documents:


The committee reviewed its work programme.


RESOLVED – That the work programme be received and noted.