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Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 17th January, 2011 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 & 2 - Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Martin Whelan  01223 457012

Note: Please note that the minutes for item 11/8/SR were updated on Monday 14th March 2011 to correct the voting figures. 

Items
No. Item

11/1/SR

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

11/2/SR

Declarations of interest

Members are asked to declare at this stage any interests that they may have in an item shown on this agenda. If any member of the Committee is unsure whether or not they should declare an interest on a particular matter, they should seek advice from the Head of Legal Services before the meeting. 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Dryden declared a personal interest as a user of the toilets at Lion Yard and as a member of Friends of Disability in relation to item 11/8/SR.

 

11/3/SR

Minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 2010 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 2010 were approved as a true and accurate record. 

11/4/SR

Public Questions

Minutes:

Public questions were deferred to the beginning of item 11/8/SR. 

11/5/SR

Record of Urgent Decisions taken by the Leader of the Council and the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To note decisions taken by the Leader of the Council and the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources since the last meeting of the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee. 

 

·  Re-let of Corporate Bulk Printing and Reprographics Call-off Contract

·  European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Project  - approve to fund

·  Replacement Market Canopies and Walling Sheets

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee noted the record of decisions taken since the last meeting. Concerns were noted that decisions were being taken through the out of cycle process without clear explanations on why the decisions were urgent. 

The committee resolved to consider items 11/7/SR and 11/8/SR in exempt session in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006.

 

Items 11/7/SR and 11/8/SR were deferred to the end of the agenda, however for the ease of the reader the minutes are presented in the order of the agenda.  

11/6/SR

General Debts - Bad debts for write-off pdf icon PDF 40 KB

It is recommended that the press and public are excluded during this item by virtue of paragraph3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006. 

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the write off of general bad debts.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

(i)  Write off the debts listed in the confidential annex.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations:

 

N/A

11/7/SR

Benefits and NNDR Irrecoverable debts to be written off pdf icon PDF 53 KB

It is recommended that the press and public are excluded during this item by virtue of paragraph3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006. 

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the write off of general bad debts.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

(i)  Write off the debts listed in the confidential annex.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations:

 

N/A

11/8/SR

Lion Yard Development Proposals pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the Lion Yard Development Proposals.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

i)  Approve the Council granting its consent, as landlord, to Barclays Nominees (George Yard) Limited to relocate and operate the toilets as per the plans and specification outlined in the committee report, subject to the Council receiving a satisfactory lift maintenance service level agreement prior to the proposal being approved.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Senior Interim Surveyor regarding the Lion Yard Development. The committee noted that Property Services had received a number of representations since the publication of the committee report.

 

Mr Simon Andrews, a representative of Aberdeen Asset Management acting on behalf of the lessees, addressed the committee in support of the proposed relocation of the public toilets and associated works. In response, the committee expressed a number of concerns regarding the proposal including the reliability of the lift and the reduction in provision. It was noted that the lifts were operated by Grand Arcade, which was a separate entity to Lion Yard.

 

Ms Bev Nicholson addressed the committee in objection to the proposed relocation and associated works and made the following comments,

 

i)  The proposal was not Disability Discrimination Act compliant as it would result in an inferior provision

ii)  The lifts were very busy and often out of order, which would result in people taking additional time to reach the facilities.

iii)  The route to the new facilities was difficult to follow.

 

The Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources assured the public speaker that the proposed action had been reviewed against the Disability Discrimination Act and had been deemed compliant. The Executive Councillor reminded the committee that the Fishers Square access was due to close.

 

The assertion that the proposal was DDA compliant was challenged by a number of members of the committee.

 

Ms Gerri Bird addressed that the committee in opposition to the proposal. The public speaker raised concerns regarding the accessibility of the new provision for the disabled and elderly, and challenged whether the proposal was compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. It was noted that the existing facilities were extensively used.

 

The Executive Councillor thanked the public speakers for their contribution. The committee were advised that whilst there had been a significant increase in provision in recent years, it was noted that the new provision wasn’t as convenient.

 

The committee sought clarification from Ms Bird regarding the current usage of the toilet by disabled members of the community, and whether she was aware of any consultation regarding the proposed changes. Ms Bird advised that the existing facilities was used extensively by disabled users and highlighted the poor provision across the city compared with other cities and towns.

 

The committee welcomed the suggestion of some members taking a tour of the city centre in wheelchairs.

 

The committee thanked the public speakers.

 

The committee made the following comments regarding the proposed decision

 

i)  Clarification was requested on the nature of consultation undertaken on the proposed changes. The Senior Interim Surveyor confirmed that no consultation had been undertaken with service users.

ii)  The Senior Interim Surveyor was questioned regarding the accessibility of the location and the proposed mechanisms to ensure that the new location was clearly signed. The committee were advised that it was an expectation that the new location would be clearly signposted.

iii)  The level of concern and representations received were noted.

iv)  Concern was expressed about the proposed changes and the reduction in the number of toilets in the new facilities, and the combination of disabled and baby change facilities. It was suggested that it may be difficult to reliably access the facilities at key times due to demand.

v)  The logic of relocating the toilets from the ground to 1st floor was questioned, due to the existing toilets on the 2nd floor. The Executive Councillor confirmed that the toilets were located at opposite ends of the centre.

vi)  Clarification was requested on how much staff time was currently allocated to the management of the existing facility and whether the existing staff would be transferred under TUPE to the new provider. The Head of Streets and Open Spaces advised that two members of staff were affected, but that as the service was ending they would not qualify for TUPE.

vii)  The Senior Interim Surveyor was questioned on whether the projected rental income was overly ambitious. The committee were advised of the logic behind the assumptions and the rental income projections.

viii)  The committee expressed concern about the layout of the toilet provision, particularly the limited amount of space in the lobby. 

ix)  The committee questioned the quality of the report.

x)  Alternative baby change provision in the local area was noted.

xi)  The committee questioned that lack of co-ordination between Grand Arcade and Lion Yard in respect of the problems with the lifts. It was suggested that consideration should be given to an amendment, which would specify an acceptable level of maintenance being agreed prior to approval of the change. The Executive Councillor welcomed the proposal. 

xii)  It was noted that a significant proportion of the community and not just shoppers used the existing facilities extensively. The Head of Streets and Open Spaces noted the comments.

 

Councillor Ward proposed an amendment to require that Lion Yard supply a maintenance service level agreement to the satisfaction of the Council prior to the proposal being approved. The amendment was agreed unanimously.

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 6 votes to 3.

 

The Executive Councillor agreed the recommendations.

 

11/9/SR

City Centre Management Capital Grants Scheme pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To review the City Centre Management Capital Grants scheme, and consider

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

i)  Note the progress and achievements to date of the City Centre Management Capital Grants Scheme.

 

ii)  Include a bid of £20 K pa to be considered in the Budget Setting Report (BSR) to extend the programme to 2014/15 in accordance with the revised remit.

 

iii)  To review the programme again in 2014/15, subject to the extension of further funding

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Head of Tourism and City Centre Management regarding the City Centre Management Capital Grants Scheme.

 

Clarification was requested on the level of budget. The Head of Tourism and City Centre Management confirmed that the proposed budget would reduce to £20k in the new financial year from £30k. It was noted that following the formation of “Love Cambridge”, it was always the intention for the level of budget to reduce over time. 

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 6 votes to 0.

 

The Executive Councillor agreed the recommendation.

11/10/SR

Contract for the supply of office supplies pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the contract for the supply of office supplies.  

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

i)  Authorise the Director of Resources to procure and award a corporate contract for the provision of office supplies for the period 2 June 2011 to 1 June 2014.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Strategic Procurement Advisor regarding the contract for the supply of supplies.

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 6 votes to 0.

 

The Executive Councillor agreed the recommendation.

11/11/SR

Revenue and Capital Budgets 2010/11 (Revised), 2011/12 and 2012/13 (Forecast) pdf icon PDF 641 KB

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the Revenue and Capital Budgets 2010/11 (Revised), 2011/12 and 2012/13 (Forecast) for the Customer Services and Resources portfolio.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Executive Councillor resolved to

 

Review of Charges:

 

a) Approve the proposed charges for Customer Services & Resources services and facilities, as shown in Appendix B of the committee report.

 

Revenue Budgets:

 

b) Approve, with any amendments, the current year funding requests and savings, (shown in Appendix A of the committee report) and the resulting revised revenue budgets for 2010/11 (shown in Table 1 of the committee report) for submission to the Executive.

 

c) Agree proposals for revenue savings and unavoidable bids, as set out in Appendix C of the committee report, which have been incorporated into the budgets presented for the Customer Services and Resources portfolio.

 

d) Agree proposals for Priority Policy Fund (PPF) bids, as set out in Appendix E of the committee report.

 

e) Approve the budget for 2011/12 as shown in Table 2 of the committee report, for submission to the Executive.

 

Capital:

 

f) Seek approval from the Executive to carry forward resources from 2010/11, as detailed in Appendix G of the committee report, to fund re-phased capital spending.

 

g) Approve capital bids, as identified in Appendix H of the committee report, for submission to the Executive for inclusion in the Capital Plan or addition to the Hold List, as indicated.

 

h) Confirm that there are no items covered by the Customer Services and Resources portfolio to add to the Council’s Hold List, for submission to the Executive.

 

i) Approve the revised Capital Plan for 2010/11, as detailed in Appendix J of the committee report.

 

j) Approve the following project appraisals as detailed in Appendix K of the committee report

·  K (1) Procurement of Electric Van for Courier Service

·  K (2) Northgate e-Benefits, Self-Serve and Mobile Working Module

·  K (3) Vehicle Replacements 2011/12

·  K (4) Redevelopment of the Visit Cambridge website and the development of a fully integrated Destination Management System

 

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Director of Resources regarding the draft revenue and capital budgets.

 

The committee made the following comments on the report

 

i)  Clarification was requested on whether all the capital spending associated with the implementation of the Customer Access Centre had been spent. The Director of Resources advised that any future capital spending would be directly linked to the development of the service.

ii)  The Director of Resources was asked what contingency plans were in place in the event of problems with the proposed electric van. The committee were advised that the project would deliver significant benefits including environmental and financial, and that a contingency plan would be in place in the event of a problem with the van.

iii)  An explanation of the spend profile for the changes to the Strategic Procurement Officer role was requested. The Director of Resources explained that the profile was modelled to reflect the existing fixed term element of the contract.

iv)  Concern was expressed about the ability of residents to access the housing benefit system if changes were made to the claim system. The Head of Revenue and Benefits confirmed that paper applications would continue to be accepted, but that the e-benefits project was designed to decrease the processing time and improve the overall efficiency of the service.

v)  The level of proposed spending on the Visit Cambridge website was questioned, and an explanation was requested on the current levels of traffic. The Head of Tourism and City Centre Management agreed to circulate usage statistics to all members of the committee. The committee were advised of the benefits of a fully integrated destination system in delivering the strategic objective to increase the length of the visitor stays.

 

11/12/SR

Community Empowerment and Local Participation in Decision Making - North Area Pilot pdf icon PDF 99 KB

The two hyperlinks in the report were updated post meeting and the information is now available at http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/ecSDDisplay.aspx?NAME=SD683&ID=683&RPID=23617732&sch=doc&cat=13037&path=13020%2c13021%2c13037  

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the community empowerment and local participation in decision making – North Area pilot.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Leader resolved to;

 

i)  Agree the proposals for the North Area Pilot as set out in Section 6.3 of the committee report.

 

ii)  Agree the proposals that could be implemented across all the area committees before the conclusion of the North Area Pilot, as set out in Section 7.1 of the committee report.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Head of Strategy and Partnerships regarding the Neighbourhood pilot.

 

The committee made the following comments on the committee report:

The committee received a report from the Head of Strategy and Partnerships regarding the Neighbourhood pilot.

 

The committee made the following comments on the committee report:

 

i)  The suggestion of assigning a senior officer (Head of Service level) to work with the committee in a proactive manner was widely welcomed. The difficulties associated with Committee Managers attempting to undertake this type of role were outlined.

 

ii)  The report was welcomed. The committee were advised that the proposal had evolved from the Liberal Democrat manifesto and was designed to renew the contract with the local communities. It was also emphasised that the proposals would enhance the role of Ward Councillors over time.

 

iii)  Questions were asked about the proposed arrangements about planning, and discharging the responsibilities via sub-committee. Issues for exploration were highlighted with the proposed model.

 

iv)  The importance of engaging with the under 21 community was highlighted.

 

v)  The idea of splitting regulatory and non-regulatory meetings was discussed, and the existing arrangements in North Area were suggested as a possible option for the Area Committee to consider continuing. It was agreed that the timings of meetings needed to vary.

 

vi)  It was suggested that the possibility of linking Area Committees to community radio should be explored. Members also raised the possibility of meeting at different times of the day.

 

vii)  It was questioned whether residents associated themselves with Wards/Area Committee areas as natural communities. The issue was noted and it was notes that it will be important that further community associations are developed to contribute to the work.

 

viii)   Clarification was requested on whether it would be possible to devolve licensing responsibilities to the Area Committees. It was confirmed that the current legislation precluded further delegation of licensing responsibilities, but that this would continue to be reviewed.

 

ix)  The difficulties of making decision late at night particularly in relation to planning were noted.

 

x)  It was agreed that it was important to engage with BME groups and encourage engagement with groups who may struggle with the existing Area Committee format.

 

 

The Leader thanked the committee and the officers involved in developing the project, and welcomed the comments, which had been made.

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 6 votes to 0.  

 

The Leader of the Council agreed the recommendations.

11/13/SR

Revenue and Capital Budgets 2010/11 (Revised), 2011/12 and 2012/13 (Forecast) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the revenue and capital budgets 2010/11 (revised), 2011/12 and 2012/12 (Forecast) for the Strategy Portfolio.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Leader resolved to

 

Revenue Budgets:

 

i)  Approve the current year funding requests and savings, (shown in Appendix A of the committee report) and the resulting revised revenue budgets for 2010/11 (shown in Table 1 of the committee report) for submission to the Executive.

 

ii)  Agree proposals for revenue savings and bids, as set out in Appendix C of the committee report, which have been incorporated into the budgets presented for this portfolio.

 

iii)  Approve the budget for 2011/12 as shown in Table 2 of the committee report, for submission to the Executive.

 

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received a report from the Director of Resources regarding the Revenue and Capital Budgets 2010/11 (Revised), 2011/12 and 2012/13 (Forecast) for the Strategy portfolio.

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 6 votes to 0.

 

The Leader agreed the recommendation.

11/14/SR

Draft Revenue and Capital Budgets pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Matter for Decision: To consider the draft revenue and capital budgets.

 

Decision of Executive Councillor:

 

The Leader resolved to,

 

Please note

 

All page references relate to the budget setting report as amended by the Executive report, which can be found at

 

http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=2227&T=9

 

http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=3618

 

Revenue Budgets and Cash Limit / Savings Target:

 

Budget 2010/11:

 

a) Approve the overall revised budget for 2010/11, as shown in Section 3 (page 25) and Appendix W (page 299) for General Fund Services.

 

Budget 2011/12:

 

b) Agree recommendations for submission to the Executive in respect of :

·  Bids to be funded from External or Earmarked Funds [Appendix C, page 123, refers]

·  Revenue Savings and Bids [Appendix E, page 126 refers]

·  Priority Policy Fund (PPF) Bids [Appendix I, page 171 refers] – based on the position as outlined in Section 10 (page 57), as amended to include the proposed priorities for Priority Policy Fund (PPF) Bids - see attached replacement Appendix I [page 171 refers].

 

c) Recommend to Council the Council Tax base, as set out in Appendix G (page 160), and the level of Council Tax for 2010/11, based on a 99% collection rate [Section 8, page 47 refers].

 

d) Recommend to Council to approve:

 

(i) the Prudential Indicators as set out in Appendix M(a), Annex 1 (page 191) and to note that the “Authorised Limit” determined for 2011/12 will be the statutory limit determined under section 3 of the Local Government Act 2003 [Section 14, page 85 refers].

 

(ii) to delegate to the Director of Resources, within the borrowing totals for any financial year within (i) above, to effect movement between the separately agreed figures for ‘borrowing’ and ‘other long term liabilities’.

 

(iii) the Treasury Management and Annual Investment Strategy set out in Appendix M(b) (page 196).

 

(iv) amendments to the Council’s Approved Lending List, shown in Appendix M(c) (page 217)

 

e) Delegate to the Director of Resources authority to finalise changes relating to the corporate and departmental restructuring and the reallocation of support service and central costs, in accordance with the CIPFA Best Value Accounting Code of Practice and the Service Reporting Code of Practice for Local Authorities (SeRCOP) which applies from 1 April 2011 i.e. for 2011/12 budgets. [para 6.23, page 43 refers].

 

Capital: [Part D, page 71 refers]

 

Capital Plan: [section 13, page 77]

 

f) Agree the inclusion in the Capital Plan of capital schemes approved by the Leader in out of cycle decisions:

(i) Lammas Land Play Area

(ii) Vie Play Area

(iii) Vie Public Open Space

(iv) Replacement of Market Sheets

(v) Chip & Pin Upgrade in Car Parks

(vi) Route Optimisation Software

[para 4.5, table 8, page 30 refers].

 

g) Agree the transfer of £25,000 funding from City Centre Management Capital Programme to the City Centre Management revenue budget approved by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources as an out of cycle decision.

 

h) Approve the following project appraisals, that have been referred by Executive Councillors:

 

From the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources:

 

(i) Procurement of Electric Van for Courier Service

(ii) Northgate e-Benefits, Self-Serve and Mobile Working Module

(iii) Vehicle Replacements 2011/12

(iv) Redevelopment of the Visit Cambridge website and the development of a fully integrated Destination Management System

 

From the Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth:

 

(i) Tins Path cycleway improvements

(ii) Essential Repairs to Grafton West Multi-Storey Car Park Boundary Wall

(iii) Change to the capital bid C2719 Grand Arcade Car Park – Replacement of existing Pay on Foot Equipment included in Appendix Q (page 259), which should be programmed for 2012/13, rather than 2011/12.

 

 

From the Executive Councillor for Arts and Recreation:

 

(i) Corn Exchange winches

 

From the Executive Councillor for Community Development & Health:

 

(i) Replacement of CCTV Communications Equipment

 

j) Agree recommendations to the Executive in respect of the bids outlined in Appendix T (page 290) for approval to include in the Capital Plan, or put on the Hold List.

 

From the Executive Councillor for Housing:

 

(i) Approve the use of £331,000 of Developer’s Contributions, identified for investment in affordable housing, towards the cost of the redevelopment of Seymour Court, with the balance of funding to be met through Homes and Communities Agency grant (if available), housing capital balances and an element of prudential borrowing if required (although it is not anticipated that this will be required).

 

(ii) Approve a Housing Capital Allowance for 2011/12 of £13,930,000.

 

 

k) Agree to a one-year reduction of £220,000 in the revenue funding to support Capital in 2012/13 [para 16.44, page 98 refers].

 

l) Agree the Capital Plan, as shown in Appendix N (page 219) for the General Fund (which will be updated to incorporate rephasing, new bids and the above recommendations) and Appendix S (page 288) for the Housing Capital Investment Programme.

 

m) Note the impact of revenue and capital budget approvals and approve the resulting level of reserves to be used to:

(i) support the 2010/11 budget

(ii) support the 2011/12 and future years budgets. [Section 17, page 99 refers]

 

Other:

 

n) From the Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth:

 

i)Approve the transfer of the Sustainable City grants budget from 2011/12 onwards from the Environment to the Customer and Community Services department (see report on Environment Scrutiny Committee agenda).

 

ii)Approve the transfer of the funding for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Biodiversity Partnership and the Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership from 2011/12 onwards from the Environment to the Chief Executives department (see report on Environment Scrutiny Committee agenda).

 

Executive Councillor for Housing

 

o)  Housing Revenue Account [Part C, Section 11, page 65 refers] To note that the Budget-Setting Report circulated for consideration by this committee and the Executive included the financial implications based on the Draft Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Determination, issued on 5th November 2010. Following issue and receipt of the Final Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Determination on 10th January 2011, the resulting changes need to be considered and incorporated.

 

To further note that the Housing Management Board considered and approved an amended version of the HRA Budget Report on 11th January 2011, which incorporated the changes required. Community Services considered an amended Housing Capital Investment Plan on 13thJanuary 2011.

 

Reasons for the Decision: As set out in the officer’s report

 

Any alternative options considered and rejected: N/A

 

Scrutiny Considerations

 

The committee received the draft revenue and capital budgets from the Director of Resources and the Leader of the Council. The Director of Resources tabled an update to the previously circulated report.

 

The committee made the following comments on the draft revenue and capital budgets.

 

i)  Concern was expressed about the potential cuts in years 3 and 4, particularly in light of the settlement for years 1 and 2. The Director of Resources advised that there were no guarantees, but that it was expected that the reductions would be heavily front-loaded with limited reductions in years 3 and 4.

ii)  An update was requested on the progress with regards to concessionary fares. The Leader of the Council provided an update and emphasised that the problems had arisen because of a poorly designed scheme.

iii)  The track record of delivering savings and the diligence of officers in achieving the savings was welcomed.

 

The Scrutiny Committee considered and approved the recommendations by 5 votes to 0.

 

The Leader agreed the recommendation.