Agenda and draft minutes

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board
Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Cumbria House, Carlisle

Contact: Daniel Hamilton 

Items
No. Item

10.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mr P Dew, Mrs S Evans, Mr M Hawkins, Mr J Airey, Mrs V Tarbitt and Ms C Bell (Allerdale).

 

 

11.

MEMBERSHIP

To note any changes of membership.

Minutes:

Members were asked to note that since the last meeting of the Board Mr P Dew had been nominated Vice-chair of Scrutiny Advisory Board – Children and Young People and therefore has taken the position vacated by Mr B Shirley on both the Scrutiny Management Board and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board.

 

RESOLVED that,                 members note the change of membership.

12.

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:

There were no disclosures of interest on this occasion.

13.

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 not be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items of business on the agenda.

           

14.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Trust held on 16 September 2019 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 September 2019 be confirmed as an accurate and complete record with the following amendment:-

 

 

·         Agenda Item 1 – Minutes - Apologies for Absence, where it says Mr S Haraldsen it should read Dr S Haraldsen.

15.

2019/20 Annual Delivery Plan - Update pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To consider a report by the Chief Executive, Cumbria LEP detailing the Annual Delivery Plan (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report that provided the latest update for Quarter 3 of the 2019/20 Annual Delivery Plan. The Chief Executive – CLEP provided a presentation to accompany the report, which highlighted the following key areas:-

 

Strategy

 

  • Local Industrial Strategy – work had now recommenced after the uncertainty that surrounded the change of Prime Minister and the December 2019 General Election.
  • Work Programme – work on developing the programme was ongoing.
  • Diversity Report – had been produced and formation of Futures Forum had been agreed.
  • Economic Impact Assessment of Local Growth Fund – had been completed and had recognised the evolution of the programme and its investments.
  • Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone – had presented case for the baseline business rate to be re-set, which MHCLG officers had not accepted. The Chair – CLEP Board was therefore escalating this to ministerial level.

 

Governance

 

  • Futures Forum – due to the high calibre of applicants 16 young people were offered a place instead of the proposed 12. They have been working on issues such as Clean Growth, Promoting Cumbria and Net Zero Carbon.
  • CLEP Board – maximum membership of 20 had now been achieved – Carolyn Dodwell, Steve Cole and Lorraine Smyth joined the Board since the last meeting of Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board.
  • AGM – was held on 27 September, LEP Scrutiny Board’s comments were fed in to Members of the Board.
  • Annual Report – document was to be developed further through the year.
  • Diversity and Equality – the 33% gender equality milestone was met ahead of schedule.
  • Governance Improvement Plan – all actions had been completed and plan had now been signed off as completed by government.
  • Board Development – a successful development day was held on 1 November 2019. Next development day was due to be held on 20 March.

 

 

 

 

Delivery

 

  • Evaluation of Growth Catalyst – the mid-term evaluation was completed in July 2019.
  • Enterprise Adviser –as of August 2019 Cumbria Careers Hub had a full complement of Advisers.
  • Cumbria Infrastructure Fund (CIF) – there had been proposals identified that could utilise all remaining funding.
  • Local Growth Fund – work being done to finalise the Business Cases to ensure 2019/20 allocation would be fully spent.
  • Pipeline – was in development so as to ensure projects for 2020/21 and 2021/22.

 

A discussion took place regarding the Futures Forum whereby Members sought assurances that the applicants came from a variety of backgrounds and reflected a diversity of job type. The Chief Executive – CLEP explained that the Forum members represented a broad range of backgrounds, career types and covered the full age range. She continued by explaining that the Forum members would be presented with opportunities to develop their leadership skills that would enable them to take forward elements of the CLEP’s work package. Members were pleased to hear that those who were not successful in their application to the Futures Forum had received constructive feedback, psychometric assessments and 1-2-1 feedback and the opportunity to work with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

LOCAL INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY WORK PLAN - Focus on Places pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive, Cumbria LEP which will provide an overview of the work plan which underpins the place priority of the Local Industrial Strategy (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Chief Executive – CLEP, which provided the information necessary to carry out a review of the development of the CLEP’s Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) Work Programme. The Chair had previously requested that each LEP Scrutiny Board focus on an element of the CLEP’s LIS Work Programme and for this meeting the particular focus was on ‘Places’.

 

The Chief Executive – CLEP explained the campaign to reposition Cumbria in people’s perceptions emphasising, among other things, the transport links that place Cumbria in the heart of the UK within easily reachable distance of both North and South. Discussion then took place regarding the Cumbria’s success securing 9 separate place based funding arrangements (4 Future High Street Funds and 5 Town’s Deals), which will become a foundation for future place based work.

 

A presentation was delivered to add further detail to the report and highlighted the following key areas of the Work Programme:-

 

  • Addressing Worklessness and Social Deprivation – mapping work to be carried out to aid in the assembling of resources and investment.
  • Support Local Place Shaping – participation in all Town Deals Boards so as to develop a bespoke support offer to all Town Fund places.
  • Housing – work to be done with District Councils to commission strategy delivery plan.
  • Local Area Economic Diversification – rural farming; clean growth; visitor economy and advanced manufacturing were the priorities for this.
  • Work with Public Sector Partners to Deliver Great Public Services – devolution opportunity.

 

Members stated that more needed to be done to revalue the skills of people who had been made redundant. One suggestion was that whenever there is a significant number of redundancies made there should be work done to identify and market the skills of that workforce so as to attract businesses. The Chief Executive – CLEP confirmed that in their co-ordination role, LEPs were responsible for addressing economic shocks and they were working with a number of organisations currently to help address these. Indeed, she had spoken to Ms C Driver prior to the Scrutiny Board on 7one such situation. Remaining on the topic of worklessness, Members asked how the LEPs work could connect with the County’s Thriving Communities strategy. The Chief Executive – CLEP replied that the work to address social deprivation was in the early stages but after the assembling of resources and investment it would become essential to understand how these strategies could connect.

 

A discussion took place regarding the Covid -19 outbreak and the potential implications that it could have on local business, in particular the conversation focused around the tourism industry.

 

A number of issues were raised regarding Cumbria’s aging workforce and the knock on effect this has had on younger people trying to gain employment with some of Cumbria’s larger employers.

 

Following a discussion on the question of capturing the value of remote working, the Chair – CLEP explained to Members some of the difficulties in valuing wealth created in Cumbria for business based elsewhere. The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW - INITIAL ASSESSMENT pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive, Cumbria LEP (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 Members considered a report from the Chief Executive – CLEP, which provided feedback on the CLEP’s Annual Performance Review.

 

The focus of the review was the three themes, which government assess LEP’s against – Governance, Strategy and Delivery. Members were informed that CLEP had received a ‘Good’ rating in Governance and Delivery and a ‘Requirements Met’ rating with regards to strategic impact. The Chief Executive – CLEP asked Members to note that for the Governance and Delivery themes there were four markings – Inadequate, Requires Improvement, Good and Exceptional, but that for Strategic Impact theme there were only two markings – Requirements Met or Requirements Not Met.

 

Members discussed the effectiveness of scrutiny and stated that their satisfaction with the progress made. The Chair – LEP Scrutiny Board commented that the level of detail provided by CLEP was helpful in providing assurance to both them and the public. It was AGREED that CLEP share their comments on Scrutiny arrangements from Annual Performance Review.

 

The Chair – CLEP welcomed this and detailed the value of scrutiny for an open and accountable organisation. The Chief Executive – CLEP added that LEPs in other areas had been in contact to ask CLEP to share details of its scrutiny arrangements.

 

 

RESOLVED that,                 Members note the report.

 

18.

Developing the 2020/21 Annual Delivery Plan pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive, Cumbria LEP with the purpose of providing an update on the development of the 2020/21 Annual Delivery Plan (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

At the point that the Chair of the LEP Scrutiny Board agreed the Agenda the assumption was that government would have clarified its requirements for the 2020/21 Annual Delivery Plan.  However, the commissioning requirements were still to be confirmed.

 

In the absence of these CLEP informed Members that they had sought advice from Cities and Local Growth Unit colleagues in BEIS/MHCLG; and the LEP Network and proposed that the focus for the 2020/21 Annual Delivery Plan be similar to the 2019/20 Plan but augmented by the inclusion of a high level version of the LIS Work Programme.

 

 

RESOLVED that,                 Members note the report.

 

19.

Background Briefing Papers pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Briefing Papers on Cumbria LEPs work with regards to apprenticeships and climate change (copy enclosed).

 

For information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 Members note the papers as being for information only.

20.

DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board will take place on the 10 September 2020 at Cumbria House, Carlisle.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Scrutiny Board will take place on 10 September 2020 in Conference Room A/B, Cumbria House.