FINANCE, BUDGET & PERFORMANCE SCRUTINY PANEL WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2018/19

 

Finance, Budget & Performance

Scrutiny Panel                                 23 October 2018

 

Report Author                                  Committee Services Manager

 

Portfolio Holder                                Councillor Ashbee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance & Coastal Development

 

Status                                               For Decision

 

Classification:                                  Unrestricted

 

Key Decision                                   No

 

Ward:                                               Thanet Wide

 

Executive Summary:

 

This report updates panel members on the work of the panel and sets out possible activities of the Finance, Budget & Performance Scrutiny Panel for 2018/19.

 

Recommendations:

 

Members are requested to comment and thereafter note the report.

 

 

 

CORPORATE IMPLICATIONS

Financial and Value for Money

There are no financial implications arising directly from this report but elements of the suggested work programme may have financial and resource implications.

Legal

There are no legal issues arising directly from this report. However a robust scrutiny function that is set up in a positive critical friend environment effective decision making and policy development.

Corporate

The work programme should help to deliver effective policy decision making by scrutinising executive decisions before, and at times after, implementation.

 

The sub-committees assist the work of scrutiny as they would carry-out an in-depth study of any issue referred to the groups under their terms of reference. An active Scrutiny programme is part of good governance.

Equalities Act 2010 & Public Sector Equality Duty

Members are reminded of the requirement, under the Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) to have due regard to the aims of the Duty at the time the decision is taken. The aims of the Duty are: (i) eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act, (ii) advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it, and (iii) foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 

Protected characteristics: age, sex, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief and pregnancy & maternity. Only aim (i) of the Duty applies to Marriage & civil partnership.

 

Please indicate which aim is relevant to the report.

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act,

Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

 

Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

 

No implications arise directly but the Council needs to retain a strong focus and understanding on issues of diversity amongst the local community and ensure service delivery matches these.

 

It is important to be aware of the Council’s responsibility under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and show evidence that due consideration had been given to the equalities impact that may be brought upon communities by the decisions made by Council.

 

 

CORPORATE PRIORITIES (tick those relevant)

 

 

CORPORATE VALUES (tick those relevant) ✓

 

A clean and welcoming Environment 

 

 

Delivering value for money

Promoting inward investment and job creation

 

 

Supporting the Workforce

 

Supporting neighbourhoods

 

Promoting open communications

 

1.0     Introduction and Background

 

1.1      This paper allows the Panel to review and amend the work programme for the 2018/19 municipal year agreed at the meeting on 30 August.

 

1.2      Table 1 in Annex 1, highlights some of the key agenda items for future Overview & Scrutiny Panel meetings for 2018/19. The items are sourced from the Forward Plan and previous requests from Members.

 

2.0     Cabinet Presentations at Panel Meetings

 

2.1     The Panel requested for a Cabinet Member presentation on the “financial and operational performance of the Ramsgate Port and Harbour”. The presentation is reported elsewhere on the agenda for the October meeting.

 

3.0     One-off report on temporary accommodation costs

 

3.1     The Panel also requested for a report on the costs to the Council of temporary accommodation, including a night by night cost breakdown. This report is also reported elsewhere on the agenda for this meeting.

 

4.0     Fees and Charges

 

4.1     The 2019/20 fees and charges will be considered by this scrutiny panel at a future meeting, however the date has yet to be confirmed.

 

Contact Officer:

Charles Hungwe, Senior Democratic Services Officer, Ext: 57186

Reporting to:

Nick Hughes, Committee Services Manager, Ext 57208

 

Annex List

 

Annex 1

Finance, Budget & Performance draft Work Programme for 2018/19

 

Background Papers

 

Title

Details of where to access copy

None

N/A

 

 

Corporate Consultation

 

Finance

Ramesh Prashar, Head of Financial Services

Legal

Tim Howes, Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer.