Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Commission - Wednesday, 8th September, 2021 5.30 p.m.

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Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, Narborough

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No. Item


Disclosures of Interests from Members

To receive disclosures of interests from Members (ie. The existence and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this agenda).


No disclosures were received.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 30 June 2021 (enclosed).


The minutes of the meeting held on 30 June 2021, as circulated, were approved and signed as a correct record.


Annual Performance Report pdf icon PDF 425 KB

To consider the report of the Performance & Systems Manager (enclosed).

Additional documents:


Considered – Report of the Performance & Systems Manager.


The Performance & Systems Manager explained that the performance report summarised the performance of Blaby District for the period of April 2020 – March 2021. Members were advised that the pie chart within the report showed the that measures in comparison to the previous year of 2019/20 had improved by 45 percent, declined by 44 percent and 22 percent remained the same.


The Chairman, questioned whether the Performance & Systems Manager had any major concerns deriving from the report.


The Performance & Systems Manager responded that a full review of performance measures would be undertaken as the measures do not currently reflect Blaby District Council to the extent they would like. The Performance & Systems Manager added that there were no real concerns from the report.


The Chairman requested that a further report detailing the review of measures is put forward to Scrutiny Commission at a later date.


Cllr. Nick Brown questioned how the data reflected in the report compared to similar authorities.


The Performance & Systems Manager responded that although they do not have full access to similar data from other authorities, they do have access to statutory return reports sent to the LGA (Local Government Association) and this data is analysed by officers and therefore can compare this data. Local performance management groups have declined in previous years, although during the pandemic, an East Midlands regional performance group has been created, which has been collating data recently.


Cllr. Nick Brown questioned whether, from the data accessible, if Blaby District Council has performed better than other authorities.


The Performance & Systems Manager advised that we have not performed worse in comparison to other authorities, but also that we are implementing a modernised IT system that will acquire better benchmarking data.


Proposed Scrutiny Work Programme and Review of Working Groups pdf icon PDF 124 KB

The proposed work programme will outline the remit and work for the Scrutiny Commission and Working Groups for 2021-22 onwards. (to follow)




The Chairman, thanked fellow Scrutiny Commissioners for their assistance in developing the Scrutiny Work Programme and requested an update on the Working Groups.


Cllr. Sam Maxwell advised Members that the Scrutiny Working Groups had been based around the corporate priorities of ‘Live, Work, Visit’, and topics had been grouped as per the report.


Cllr. Lee Breckon queried where the financial aspect would be incorporated within the ‘Live, Work, Visit’ working groups.


Cllr. Sam Maxwell advised that finance would inevitably fall into all categories, apart from Budget work, which would be looked at during the Budget and Council tax setting period.


The Strategic Director gave an update to members on the Arriva Click scheme that has been incorporated within the working group programme as a topic. Members were advised that Arriva have shown interest in working with Scrutiny Commission and attending meetings in the future to inform members about the scheme. Members were also advised that there is a fund currently open for bidding that focuses on income to expand transport links throughout Southern Leicestershire rural villages.


Members were advised to let the Senior Democratic & Scrutiny Services Officer know which group or topic they were interested in joining.



To consider passing the following resolution:


“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that the item involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act.


Exemption Category: 1 & 2


Reason for Exemption:

1-    the report contains information relating to any individual

2-    the report contains information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.


Public Interest Test: The public interest test has been considered and, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption is considered to outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.”



Considered – A proposed resolution to exclude the public from the meeting. 


BB19 Youth Service Proposed Changes – Summary Report

To consider the report of the Community Services Manager (enclosed).


Considered – Report of the Community Services Manager.




Consideration of Forward Plan Items pdf icon PDF 285 KB

To identify if Forward Plan items require further discussion or information for Scrutiny Members.



No issues were raised for further information or examination.


Further Actions for Scrutiny arising from Meeting


There were no further actions arising.