To receive updates from the Chair of each of the following:-
Cumbria Police and Crime Panel Mr W McEwan
Scrutiny Panel - Children and Young People Mrs V Tarbitt
Scrutiny Panel - Adults Mr M Wilson
Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee Ms C Driver
Cumbria LEP Scrutiny Mr W Wearing
Scrutiny Panel - Communities and Place Mr S Collins
The Board received an update on the work of the Scrutiny Advisory Boards, Panels and Committees from each of the Chairs.
(1) Cumbria Police and Crime Panel
The Board received an update on the work of the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel. Members noted that the Chair was receiving regular briefings on issues in relation to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. A number of national policy initiatives and issues had emerged during this period which were of significance.
The Chair of the Panel informed members of the “Bright Side” app and discussed all the work undertaken during lockdown on Domestic Abuse.
(2) Scrutiny Advisory Board – Children and Young People
Members received an update on the work of the Scrutiny Advisory Board – Children and Young People. During the COVID-19 lockdown period the Chair has received regular briefings from the Executive Director – People on emerging issues. Consideration was now being given to future arrangements with all Board Members.
(3) Scrutiny Advisory Board – Adults
The Chair of the Scrutiny Advisory Board – Adults submitted a report updating members of the work of the Board. All Members were receiving the weekly briefings from the directorate, which outlined the challenges presented by the COVID 19 outbreak and how Adult Social Care, Provider Services and Commissioning teams were responding to these.
(4) Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee
Members received a report on the work of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee. Members were informed that during the COVID-19 lockdown period the Chair of the Committee has had regular briefings from the Executive Director – People. There had also been meetings with the Chief Executive of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust and similar arrangements were being put in place with North Cumbria. The Chair has attended the first Health & Wellbeing Board development session, and would continue to attend monthly to ensure the work programme was in line with system developments as moving from the response to recovery phase.
(5) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board
The Chair of the LEP Scrutiny Partnership Board updated members on the work of the Board, details of which was appended to the report.
(6) Scrutiny Advisory Board – Communities and Place
Members received a report on the work of the Scrutiny Advisory Board – Communities and Place. The Chair was continuing to receive updates from the Council’s leadership team on key issues arising from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chair had also received updates on the reopening of Household Waste Recycling Centres and measures ensuring staff and the public could operate safely.
The Chair of the Scrutiny Management Board encouraged the establishment of the Task and Finish Group to scrutinise the Council’s approach to development and management of Section Agreements, agreed at the previous meeting of the Board
Discussion centred around the standing up of the Scrutiny Advisory Boards. It was agreed that an informal joint meeting of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Scrutiny Boards be arranged.
(1) the reports be noted;
(2) an informal meeting of the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Scrutiny Boards be arranged;
(3) the officers look to establish the Task and Finish Group to scrutinise the Council’s approach to development and management of Section Agreements