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Agenda and minutes

Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 26th May, 2011 12.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Martin Whelan  01223 457012

Items
No. Item

11/34/SR

Appointment of Equalities Panel

The Scrutiny Committee is requested to agree the four nominations below: 

 Cllrs: Al Bander, Bird, Brown and Marchant-Daisley

Minutes:

Resolved to appoint:

 

Councillors: Al Bander, Bird, Brown and Marchant Daisley

 

 

11/35/SR

Appointment of Joint Staff Employer Forum

The Scrutiny Committee is requestedto agree the membership of Joint Staff Employer Forum:

Cllrs: Bick, Dryden, Price, Smart, Stuart, Swanson

Alternate: Kightley

 

To agree the Chair for the Forum:

 Nomination for Chair: Smart

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved to appoint:

Cllrs: Bick, Dryden, Price, Smart, Stuart, Swanson

Alternate: Kightley

 Chair: Councillor Smart

 

 

11/36/SR

Appointment to outside bodies

The Scrutiny Committee is requested to recommend appointment to the outside bodies listed below. 

The Leader and the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources will be asked to agree the appointments.

 

City University Forum - ARU (5)

Cllrs: Bick, Blencowe, Brown, Marchant-Daisley and Saunders 

 

East of England Local Government Association (1)

Cllr: The Leader

 

 

Greater Cambridge Partnership (1)

 

Cllr: The Leader

(Opposition Spokes: Herbert)

 

 

 

LGA General Assembly (1)

 

Cllr: The Leader

 

 

LGA Urban Commission (2)

 

Cllrs: Rosenstiel + Wright

 

 

Local Strategic Partnership (1)

Cllr: The Leader 

(Opposition Spokes: Herbert)

 

 

Joint Strategic Growth Implementation Committee (Cambridgeshire Horizons) (3 + 2 Alternates)

Cllrs: Herbert, Reid and Ward

Alternates: Smart + Blencowe

 

‘Love Cambridge’ Partnership (1)

Cllr: Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources

 

Cambridgeshire Horizons (1) 

Cllr: The Leader

(Opposition Spokes: Herbert)

 

NEW APPOINTMENT: Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (1)

Cllr: The Leader

(Opposition Spokes: Herbert)

 

Local Government information Unit (1)

Cllr: Rosenstiel

 

Member Training Champions (2)

Cllrs: Al Bander and Owers 

Minutes:

The Leader and the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources approved the following appointments.

 

City University Forum - ARU (5)

Cllrs: Bick, Blencowe, Brown, Marchant-Daisley and Saunders 

 

East of England Local Government Association (1)

Cllr: The Leader

 

 

Greater Cambridge Partnership (1)

 

Cllr: The Leader

(Opposition Spokes: Herbert)

 

11/37/SR

Executive Councillors Delegations to Officers

At their meeting on 16 May 2011 (minute number 11/25/Civ), the Civic Affairs Committee received a report from the Head of Legal Services regarding updating the scheme of delegation to reflect the corporate restructure.

 

Subsequently Executive Councillors are recommended to approve the following:

 

Service Area Delegations: Executive Functions

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Chief Executive:

 

-  Independent Complaints Service

-  Emergency Planning (with Director of Resources)

-  Democratic Services (inc. Mayoralty and Members Services)

-  The website, data protection and freedom of information 

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Chief Executive:

 

The implementation of programmes to further the Council’s corporate policies and priorities - including at present:

 

-  All matters relating to the Council’s equality duties

-  Anti-poverty initiatives

-  Community Strategy and Local Strategic Partnership

-  Performance Management

-  Promoting the work of the Council and public relations

-  Climate Change

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Customer and Community Services:

 

-  Customer Service (face to face, telephone, email and cashiering)

-  Collection and recovery of Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates

-  Administration of Housing Benefits and Council Tax Benefits

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Environment:

 

-  Management and control of the General Market

-  The Tourist Information Centre and other tourism management services

 

 

 

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Resources:

 

Provision and procurement of the following central support services:

 

-  Legal Services

-  Land Charges

-  Emergency Planning (shared with Chief Executive)

-  Facilities management

-  ICT,

-  Property management,

-  Architectural Services,

-  Procurement.

-  Human Resources (including employee health and safety at work)

-  Finance and Audit

 

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Director of Resources:

 

Treasury Management, subject to:

 

-  the affordable borrowing limit determined each year by Council under s3 of the Local Government Act 2003 the policies contained in the CIPFA Code for Treasury Management in Local Authorities,

-  the Treasury Management Policy Statement adopted by the Council and any other guidelines and policies agreed by Council.

-  the submission of, as a minimum, a mid-year and annual report on treasury management activities and performance to the Strategy & Resources Scrutiny Committee

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Head of Property Services:

 

-  Management of the Council’s office, industrial and commercial premises, including the approval of new and renewed leases

-  Management of the general property holdings of the Council (including the approval of new and renewed leases):

 

Ø  With the exception of the disposal of the freehold interest (or the granting of a lease of over 30 years) of any land exceeding 100 square metres or any property, subject to consultation with Ward Councillors.

Ø  Subject to the provisions of the Policy for Property Holdings approved by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources.

Ø  Excluding  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11/37/SR

Minutes:

Approved the following:

 

Service Area Delegations: Executive Functions

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Chief Executive:

 

-  Independent Complaints Service

-  Emergency Planning (with Director of Resources)

-  Democratic Services (inc. Mayoralty and Members Services)

-  The website, data protection and freedom of information 

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Chief Executive:

 

The implementation of programmes to further the Council’s corporate policies and priorities - including at present:

 

-  All matters relating to the Council’s equality duties

-  Anti-poverty initiatives

-  Community Strategy and Local Strategic Partnership

-  Performance Management

-  Promoting the work of the Council and public relations

-  Climate Change

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Customer and Community Services:

 

-  Customer Service (face to face, telephone, email and cashiering)

-  Collection and recovery of Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates

-  Administration of Housing Benefits and Council Tax Benefits

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Environment:

 

-  Management and control of the General Market

-  The Tourist Information Centre and other tourism management services

 

 

 

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Resources:

 

Provision and procurement of the following central support services:

 

-  Legal Services

-  Land Charges

-  Emergency Planning (shared with Chief Executive)

-  Facilities management

-  ICT,

-  Property management,

-  Architectural Services,

-  Procurement.

-  Human Resources (including employee health and safety at work)

-  Finance and Audit

 

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Director of Resources:

 

Treasury Management, subject to:

 

-  the affordable borrowing limit determined each year by Council under s3 of the Local Government Act 2003 the policies contained in the CIPFA Code for Treasury Management in Local Authorities,

-  the Treasury Management Policy Statement adopted by the Council and any other guidelines and policies agreed by Council.

-  the submission of, as a minimum, a mid-year and annual report on treasury management activities and performance to the Strategy & Resources Scrutiny Committee

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Head of Property Services:

 

-  Management of the Council’s office, industrial and commercial premises, including the approval of new and renewed leases

-  Management of the general property holdings of the Council (including the approval of new and renewed leases):

 

Ø  With the exception of the disposal of the freehold interest (or the granting of a lease of over 30 years) of any land exceeding 100 square metres or any property, subject to consultation with Ward Councillors.

Ø  Subject to the provisions of the Policy for Property Holdings approved by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources.

Ø  Excluding property falling within the Housing Revenue Account

 

 

Specific Delegations: Executive Functions

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Chief Executive:

 

-  To appoint representatives of the Council to attend the Annual Conference and other events organised by the Local Government Association, on the basis of one representative from each party group, subject to consultation with the party group leaders.

 

-  To decide arrangements for the closure of Council offices in the Christmas/New Year period, subject to provision of adequate service levels to the public and subject to consultation with the Leader of the Council and spokesperson(s) of the Strategy & Resources Scrutiny Committee.

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer

Services and Resources to the Chief Executive:

 

-  To approve expenditure on civic hospitality, subject to consultation with the Executive Councillor, and Spokesperson(s)of the Scrutiny Committee and the Mayor and a maximum of £500 per occasion.

 

-  To approve grants or other expenditure from the approved budget for town twinning up to £250 and up to £500 after consultation with the Executive Councillor.

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources to the Director of Customer and Community Services

 

 

-  To approve the freehold or leasehold disposal of up to 100 square metres of land without any significant buildings (which is within the Housing Revenue Account), and the terms of disposal, subject to consultation with Ward Councillors.

 

 

Powers delegated by the Leader to the Director of Resources:

 

-  To make changes in interest or loans to outside bodies, subject to consultation with the Leader and Spokesperson(s) of that Scrutiny Committee.

-  To arrange insurance cover for the general functions of the Authority

-  To arrange and approve banking services for the Council, subject to the periodic invitation of tenders for the provision of banking services.

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer

Services and Resources to the Head of Property Services:

 

-  To authorise the giving of consent by the Council as mortgagee in respect of minor routine matters not affecting the Council's security under the mortgage.

-  To respond to any purchase notice served on the Council under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 if a decision is required before the next normal meeting of the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee, subject to consultation with the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources and Spokesperson(s)

 

 

Powers delegated by the Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources and by the Civic Affairs Committee to the Head of Human Resources:

 

-  Human Resources services to the Council including the formulation, approval and implementation of employment-related policies

-  Corporate training

-  Pay, Terms and Conditions.