To note the work programme.
The Chair asked members to note that a number of items would be added to the future work programme:
· Business Rates retention
· Governance : New approach to track revenue and capital efficiency to ensure savings captured and delivered.
· Income generation report March – update
A income generation working group had been set up to capture and share commercial ideas and concepts, which resources scrutiny commission could help to shape.
It was confirmed that OSM would consider the Review of 2016/17 Forecast Budget Deficit Report and members would have an opportunity to take part.
It was confirmed that a Member’s ‘Hothouse’ would look at the structure of Scrutiny to confirm whether scrutiny was working for the organisation and bring ideas forward for how the service could change.
April meeting date to be rescheduled. Action: Scrutiny Officers
In response to Members questions it was noted that business rates retention would include the Enterprise Zone which would be piloting 100% retention of business rates early. It was noted that this was a change from the original City Deal and it was important to understand the mechanics of the process as a whole and review the interdependencies to ensure the Council was not losing out.
To note the progress of actions from the previous meeting.
The Committee noted the progress of actions from the previous meeting.
The following points were raised in discussion:
Ref. Action 7.Income Generation. Members asked whether options for the Inquiry Day event had been progressed. Scrutiny Officers confirmed that there had been an overlap of interest between Business Change and Place on this topic. An Inquiry Day involving both Scrutiny Commissions could be progressed if members were minded to prioritise this within the 2016/17 work programme.
Action: Johanna Holmes