Members were asked to consider the Panels Draft Final Report on its findings resulting from its scrutiny into Joint Working Arrangements in Streetscene Services. It was confirmed that, following the Panels approval, the Final Report would be submitted to the Overview and Scrutiny Board for consideration.
The report highlighted that the Panel initially decided to investigate the topic of joint authority working on refuse collection and street cleaning as part of its 2012-13 Work Programme. The subject was widened to cover joint working across Streetscene and related services in light of the Councils current budget position. In this context the Overview and Scrutiny Board recommended that Scrutiny Panels should review work programmes and focus on examining areas of service delivery to assist the authority in determining future priorities.
The Panel, therefore, investigated the issue as a short topic over the course of one meeting, held on 1 October 2012. The submitted report summarised the information gathered and highlighted the issues explored at that meeting. This included: -
a) Current Joint Working.
b) Future Possibilities.
c) Possible Barriers to Joint Working.
The Scrutiny Support Officer circulated a list of possible conclusions and recommendations, drawn up prior to the meeting in conjunction with the Chair, for consideration and comment. Members confirmed that they had no comments in relation to the conclusions.
The circulated list of Possible Recommendations for inclusion within the Final Report, was discussed and it was agreed that they be approved for inclusion within the Final Report.
AGREED as follows:-
1. That the Scrutiny Support Officer, in conjunction with the Chair, be given authority to finalise the Final Report and that the report be submitted to the next available meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board.
2. That the conclusions, as circulated at the meeting, be incorporated into the report.
3. That the following recommendations be incorporated into the report:-
1. That the Executive notes the number of joint working initiatives that have been developed across Environmental and technical services and the potential for these to generate financial savings for the authority.
2. That, given the potential scale of the Waste Management contract which was due for renewal in 2020, careful consideration be given, in close liaison with the other Tees Valley authorities, as to how this can be progressed most cost effectively to the financial benefit of all the authorities concerned.
3. That, in order to continue to promote and develop joint working initiatives with other local authorities, the issue be raised and highlighted at the highest levels politically and managerially across the Tees Valley authorities, including examples of successful initiatives undertaken to date.