Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Adam Rees 

Items
No. Item

12.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Maggie Hulcoop. Councillor Phil Waite was in attendance as her substitute.

 

The Chair announced that items 9 and 10 would be considered before Item 8.

13.

Declarations of Interest

To receive Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

14.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 401 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2018 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

15.

Matters arising

Minutes:

None.

16.

Written questions from members of the public

To receive any questions from members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

Minutes:

None.

17.

Written questions from Councillors

To receive any questions from Councillors in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.

Minutes:

None.

18.

Responses of the Cabinet to Reports of the Scrutiny Committee

To consider responses (if any) of the Cabinet to reports and recommendations from the Committee.

Minutes:

None.

19.

Review of the Impact of Permitted Development - Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Minutes:

Jane Greer, Head of Community Wellbeing, presented a scoping report for the Review of the Impact of Permitted Development.

 

The Committee agreed that the possibility of using Article 4 Directions should be considered as part of the review. It was also agreed that the review should look at the protocols surrounding the transfer of people on a housing needs register into other council areas, and whether these protocols needed strengthening.

 

RESOLVED that the scope of the review of the Impact of Permitted Development, as set out in the report, was agreed subject to the addition of the following:

 

A     Explore the possibility of using Article 4 Directions to limit permitted development.

 

B    Review the protocols surrounding the transfer of people on housing needs registers into other council areas, and whether these protocols needed strengthening.

20.

Review of Policing in the Town - Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Minutes:

Jane Greer presented a scoping report for a review of policing in the town. The Committee agreed to invite Nick Downing, Assistant Chief Constable – Essex Police, the Police Federation, the Police Chiefs Association, and the Police and Crime Commissioner to participate in the review.

 

RESOLVED that the scope of the review of policing in the town, as set out in the report, was agreed subject to the following:

 

A     The addition of Nick Downing, Assistant Chief Constable – Essex Police, the Police Federation, the Police Chiefs Association, and the Police and Crime Commissioner to the list of stakeholders to be invited to participate in the review.

21.

Review of Universal Credit in Harlow - Update Report pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an update report on the review of Universal Credit in Harlow. The Chair asked Dave Cope, the District Operations Manager for Essex DWP to give an overview of how Universal Credit (UC) was being implemented, as well as how the DWP was dealing with any identified issues. Councillors were then invited to ask questions.

 

The Committee considered the identified issues and agreed that Cabinet should be asked to note the delays in payments being made to housing providers as well as the increase in the level of rent arrears.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee recommended to Cabinet that:

 

A     It notes the continued operational issues that the transition to Universal Credit is having for the Council and its services during the first 12 months of the live scheme in Harlow and in particular:

 

                             i)        Delays in payments being made to housing providers.

 

                            ii)        The increased level of rent arrears.

22.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 356 KB

To review the Committee’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report summarising its work plan for 2018/19.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that the West Essex CCG had declined an invitation to attend the meeting in October to participate in the Review of the Closure of Osler House. The Committee expressed their disappointment and asked that a letter was written by the Managing Director to the CCG expressing this. It was agreed that the Osler House Action Group would still be invited to the meeting.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan be noted.

23.

References from Other Committees

None.

Minutes:

None.

24.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.