The Senior Scrutiny Officer submitted a report, which outlined progress by the various scrutiny panels in considering the proposed scrutiny work programme for 2012/2013. The report summarised the suggested topics for investigation in respect of the following:-
Community Safety and Leisure Scrutiny Panel
In order or priority:
(a) Police Resource: Effect of reduction in Police budget on the resources applied to Middlesbrough in terms of Community Safety
(b) Neighbourhood Watch: The effectiveness of Neighbourhood Watch and its relationship to Police and Street Wardens
(c) Leisure Facilities: The shaping of Leisure Facilities provided by the Council in response to budgetary reduction
(d) Exploitation of Children: Issues associated with Child Abuse, Identification, Facilities and Procedures available to tackle this
(e) Anti Social Behaviour: Problems associated with ASB in Stewart Park
(f) Hate Crime: Facilities afforded to victims and detection of offenders.
Economic Regeneration and Transport Scrutiny Panel
(a) Grove Hill and Gresham
(b) Empty Buildings
(c) Welfare Reform
(d) Voluntary and Community Sectors
(e) Town Hall Quadrangle - Future Use
(f) Southfield Road Closure
(g) Speed Bumps (carried over from 2011-2012 work programme).
It was confirmed that item (a) had been identified as the Panel's first priority.
Environment Scrutiny Panel
(a) Environment Service Standards (to also include Environmental Enforcement)
(b) Renewable Energy - potential for Council involvement (to also include Wind Turbines - what are the benefits?)
(c) Environmental Awareness of Local Public Bodies
(d) Fees and Charges (Environmental Services)
(e) Joint Authority Working on Refuse Collection and Street Cleaning
(f) Dog Fouling.
The Board was advised that item (a) had been identified as the first priority by the Panel and that it was intended for item (c) to be the next topic for scrutiny investigation.
Social Care and Adult Services Scrutiny Panel
(a) The current role played and service provided by the Integrated Occupational Therapy Service
(b) Welfare Reforms and their impact on the provision, planning and accessibility of Social Care in Middlesbrough
(c) The Government Social Care White Paper (when published)
(d) Access to Social Care for BME Communities
(e) Adults with Learning Disabilities and Personal Budgets.
It was noted that item (a) had been identified as the Panel's first priority and item (b) as the next topic of investigation.
Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel
Possible topics included:
(a) Voluntary Sector and the extent of its current and potential involvement with Council Service provision
(b) The impact of reductions in public spending on Council Services and the long term impact on the shape and functions of the Council.
Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel
Subsequent to the circulation of the report the Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel at its meeting held on 27 June 2012 had agreed the following topics as shown in a supplementary report circulated at the meeting:-
(a) Academy Status and the LA role in Education with input from the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership
(b) Demand-Led Placement Pressures in Social Care
(c) SEN/Children with Disabilities (Green Paper)
(d) Early Help and Engagement of Partners/Common Assessment Framework (CAF)/Preventative Early Intervention Services/Access to CAMHS
(e) Education of Children Looked After in Childrens Homes/Supporting Care Leavers
(f) Young Peoples Participation in Delivering Council Services
(g) Raising Educational Attainment of Children on Free School Meals/Low Educational Attainment and Deprivation
(h) Youth Unemployment and Connexions/Integrated Youth Service.
A suggestion had been made by the Panel for item (e) to be considered by the Forum for Looked After Children (with a report back to the Scrutiny Panel) and that Item (h) be forwarded to the Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel for consideration. The Board agreed that item (e) should be considered by Scrutiny and not the Forum for Looked After Children.
Members were advised that further information would be submitted on the scrutiny work programme for Health Scrutiny Panel and the Health Scrutiny Joint Committees. It was noted, however, that during the year the Health Scrutiny Panel had identified the following topics for inclusion in this year's scrutiny work programme:-
(a) Progress in Implementing the Health Reforms
(b) The possible development of Private Patient Units at James Cook University Hospital
(c) Possible changes to national formulae to establish levels of health funding.
ORDERED as follows:-
1. That the 2012/2013 Scrutiny Work Programme in respect of the Community Safety and Leisure Scrutiny Panel, Economic Regeneration and Transport Scrutiny Panel, Environment Scrutiny Panel and the Social Care and Adult Services Scrutiny Panel as outlined be approved.
2. That the 2012/2013 Scrutiny Work Programme for the Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel be approved subject to further discussion with the Chair of the Panel in respect of item (e).
3. That the suggested topics for the 2012/2013 Scrutiny Work Programme for the Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel as outlined be approved including the suggested topic of item (h) shown under the Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel.
4. That a further report be submitted to the Overview and Scrutiny Board in respect of the 2012/2013 Scrutiny Work Programme of the Health Scrutiny Panel and the Health Scrutiny Joint Committees.
5. That the Board be advised of any suggested additions and /or revisions to the work programme of the Scrutiny Panels and Joint Committees accordingly.