Agenda and minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

Items
No. Item

154.

Apologies for Absence

155.

Declarations of Interest

    To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest form attached at the back of this agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that form and hand it to the officer clerking the meeting and then take the prescribed course of action.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

156.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 79 KB

157.

Review of Overview & Scrutiny Panel Work Programme for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

158.

Annual Overview & Scrutiny Panel Report to Council for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

    Minutes:

    Councillor Campbell and Councillor Curran, Chairmen for the Corporate Performance Review Working Party and Community Safety Partnership Working Party respectively confirmed that the summary of activities reported in the Annual Report to Council were an accurate reflection of the work programme undertaken by the two working parties.

     

    Members agreed to forward the Annual Panel Report to Council.

159.

Forward Plan and Exempt Cabinet Report List for 10 January 2018 - 30 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    One Member was concerned that elected Members were not involved in making the decision for TDC to participate in the Business Rates Retention Pilot Scheme. At a previous Panel meeting, Members were assured that the Council would not be financially worse off by taking part in the pilot scheme.

     

    However they were concerned that the criteria for distribution of part of the business rates retention quota did not include deprivation of an area. As a significantly deprived area Thanet would lose out to the more affluent areas in Kent who are participants in the pilot scheme.

     

    Members sought assurances that the Council, particularly the Overview & Scrutiny Panel, would be given an opportunity to review the deal once it has been signed off to start the scheme. In response to Member comments Mr Tim Howes, Director of Corporate Governance said that officers had had the authority to make the decision for TDC to participate in the pilot scheme. Mr Howes also said that the Panel could be given an opportunity at some point to review the actual scheme after the pilot had been completed.

     

    The Chairman said that the Panel could maintain a watching brief as the issue is progressed.

     

    Members noted the report.