Agenda and draft minutes

Special Meeting, Scrutiny Management Board
Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room A/B, Cumbria House, Botchergate, Carlisle. CA1 1RD

Contact: Lynn Harker  Email: lynn.harker@cumbria.gov.uk

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The Chair informed members that this was a special meeting of the Scrutiny Management Board, which had been convened to enable members to scrutinise Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) draft Local Industrial Strategy for the County.

 

He explained that LEPs had to make arrangements with their Accountable Body for scrutiny of its activities.  It was explained that the Council was the Accountable Body for Cumbria LEP and work was ongoing to develop longer term arrangements for LEP Scrutiny, which would be considered in due course by members.

 

Members were informed that in the meantime the Scrutiny Management Board was providing scrutiny of the LEP and that was the purpose of this special meeting.

 

It was explained that as the LEP involved councils across Cumbria, a representative from each district council had been invited to join the Board at this meeting.  The Chair welcomed his district colleagues and advised that although they were not voting members of the Board he encouraged them to scrutinise the draft Strategy alongside County Council members.  It was explained that the Committee would reach its conclusions by consensus and would take account of all contributions in finalising its response to the LEP.

 

147.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr K Hamilton, Mr J Lister, Mr J Mallinson, Mr B Shirley and Mr M Wilson.

 

148.

MEMBERSHIP

To report any changes to the membership of the Board.

 

Minutes:

The membership of the Board was noted.

 

149.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)     Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and

 

(b)     Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

(a)     The landlord is the authority; and

 

(b)     The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)     That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the authority; and

 

(b)     Either –

 

(i)        The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)          If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

 

Minutes:

With reference to agenda item 5 – Cumbria LEP – Governance, Strategy and Delivery Progress Report (minute 151 refers) Mr C Hogg declared a non?pecuniary interest as he was a member of the LEP Culture Group.

 

150.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the press and public be not excluded from the meeting for any items of business on this occasion.

 

151.

CUMBRIA LEP - GOVERNANCE, STRATEGY AND DELIVERY PROGRESS REPORT pdf icon PDF 622 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report by the Chief Executive of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP), a company limited by guarantee, which gave an update on their governance, delivery and strategy arrangements.

 

Members received a brief overview and noted that the Board had refreshed its membership which now included better gender representation with one?third of it being female.  It was noted that the Local Assurance Framework had been revised and a new version was being developed.  A discussion took place regarding the Annual Performance Review and members noted that issues from 2018/19 had been addressed and had moved from inadequate to good. 

 

The Board welcomed that CLEP were committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.  It was explained that the wider stakeholders and public were discharged through the Annual General Meeting (AGM); participation in the wider governance structure of the LEP and engaging in wider stakeholder events, such as the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) Consultation Events.  Members welcomed the inclusion of the public to the AGM and emphasised the need to inform communities of such events and the importance of making the LEP understandable to them.

 

Members were informed that regular networking took place around the country with regular meetings between LEPs and chief executives of local authorities.  It was explained that Cumbria was investigating taking on lead roles nationally.

 

The Board discussed CLEP’s Scrutiny arrangements and members noted that work on implementing the new Combined Economic and Productivity Scrutiny Committee was now underway, with local authorities collectively agreeing that Cumbria County Council should lead on the co?ordination of the Committee.  It was explained that whilst the new Committee was being formed the Accountable Body had advised that the Scrutiny Management Board would fulfil this function in the interim, given the need for CLEP’s activities to be scrutinised. 

 

A discussion took place regarding the need for dedicated support for the Committee and questioned where the funding to enable this, and task and finish group activity, would come from.  The LEP Chief Executive anticipated this would take the form of quarterly meetings and confirmed that they were committed to fund the scrutiny function but was awaiting costings from the County Council.

 

During the course of discussion it was suggested that private sector co?optees be considered as members of a future scrutiny committee.

 

The Board noted the role of the LEP was to develop an evidence-based Local Industrial Strategy that identified local strengths and challenge, future opportunities and the action needed to boost productivity, earning power and competitiveness across the area. 

 

The Board were informed that Government had produced guidance with regards to the Strategy which had been taken into account together with consultation with other authorities.

 

Members noted that with regards to the allocation of funds the LEP identified and developed investment opportunities; prioritising the award of local growth funding; and monitoring and evaluating the impact of activities to improve productivity across the local economy.  It was explained that they used their convening power to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 151.

152.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the next meeting of the Board will take place on Friday 28 June 2019 at 10.00 am at County Offices, Kendal.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          the next ordinary meeting of the Board, which did not include District Council representatives, will be held on Friday 28 June 2019 at 10.00 am at County Offices, Kendal;

 

                          (2)          longer term arrangements for LEP Scrutiny would be considered in due course.