Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 10.00 am, NEW

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Joel Hammond-Gant  Tel: 01270 686468 Email:  joel.hammond-gant@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Link: Meeting recording

Items
No. Item

60.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Q Abel (substituted for by Councillor I Macfarlane), M Hunter (substituted for by Councillor H Faddes), A Moran (substituted for by Councillor D Edwardes) and J Saunders (substituted for by Councillor M Sewart).

61.

Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2021.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED –

 

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 28 January 2021, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

62.

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.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

63.

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.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of a party whip.

64.

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. 

Minutes:

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

65.

Update from the ASDV Shareholder Committee pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To receive an update on the work of the ASDV Shareholder Committee.

Minutes:

The committee considered a report outlining the work undertaken by the ASDV Shareholder Committee to provide oversight of the ASDVs and scrutinise their business performance.

 

Members asked questions and put comments in relation to;

 

·         what the council has done to enhance the leadership capacity amongst its ASDVs;

·         what the potential financial implications would be if the number of leadership positions within ASDVs was increased;

·         concern about press reports of other local authorities increasing the cost of funerals above rates of inflation, and

·         how this council’s rates and charges for funerals compared to other local authorities both regionally and nationally.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1          That the committee notes the processes in place to provide oversight of the ASDVs under the remit of the ASDV Shareholder Committee, and that observations and recommendations have been made to the Deputy Leader by the ASDV Shareholder Committee.

 

2          That the Deputy Leader be advised that the committee would recommend that, in light of recent events such as Covid-19, the council does not increase the prices of funerals in the borough for a period of six months, to allow enough time for the appropriate incoming service committee to undertake a more detailed review of market analyses before determining any price changes.

 

3          That the Scrutiny Officer provides the Deputy Leader with a summary of its comments, concerns and feedback on this report, in addition to its substantive recommendation.

66.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider the council’s Forward Plan of key decisions.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the council’s Forward Plan of key decisions.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Forward Plan be noted.

67.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To review the committee work programme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered its work programme and the items of business scheduled for its final meeting on 8 April 2021. The Chairman advised that, in addition to the items on the work programme, two further items of business had been added to the agenda on 8 April 2021.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the work programme, and revised agenda for the committee’s next meeting on 8 April 2021, be agreed.

68.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The reports relating to the remaining items on the agenda have been withheld from public circulation and deposit pursuant to Section 100(B)(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that the matters may be determined with the press and public excluded.

 

The Committee may decide that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED –

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item pursuant to Section 100(a)4 of the Local Government Act 1972, on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

69.

ASDV Review

To consider the report.

Minutes:

The committee deferred this matter to be considered at its next meeting on 8 April 2021.