Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Board
Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Contact: Fabiola Fuschi 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ball and Williamson.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

3.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

4.

Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 168 KB

The Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 19th June 2018 are attached for approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting held on 19th June 2018 be approved as a correct record.

 

6.

Minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 201 KB

The minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee held on 20th March 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee meeting held on 20th March 2018 be noted.

7.

Minutes of the Performance and Value for Money Select Committee pdf icon PDF 151 KB

The minutes of the Performance and Value for Money Select Committee meeting held on 8th March 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Performance and Value for Money Select Committee meeting held on 8th March 2018 be noted.

8.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 276 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee meetings held on 13th April 2018 and 8th June 2018 are attached for noting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee held on 13th April 2018 and on 8th June 2018 be noted.

9.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 460 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 5th June 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (AGMA) Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 5th June 2018 be noted.

10.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 492 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 18th April 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (AGMA) Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 18th April 2018 be noted

11.

Oldham Work and Skills Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a progress report of the Head of Lifelong Learning, Investment, Employment and Skills on Oldham Work and Skills Strategy which had been previously presented to this Committee in July 2017.

 

The Director of Economy and Skills was in attendance to present the report and address the enquiries of the Committee. It was explained that the Work and Skills Strategy 2016-20 was one of the three components of the Oldham Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) together with business investment and housing and infrastructure. The strategy had four main goals:

-       Create jobs;

-       Social Regeneration and in work progression;

-       Deliver the Oldham Education and Skills Commission and improve colleges;

-       Support a thriving private sector.

It was explained that the Work and Skills Strategy was developed around an Outcomes framework which committed the Council and its partners to working collaboratively in pursuit of 12 priority themes. The Committee was provided with up to date information on each of the 12 themes and the following trends were highlighted:

-       Oldham performed well in upskilling young people but was not successful in retaining them as the majority went to work out of the area;

-       Significant improvement achieved by Oldham College which was ranked “most improved” college in Greater Manchester; the college had received approval from the Further Education Commissioner to maintain its “stand alone” status. Following from the Area-based review, the Council continued to support the College through a financial recovery plan and re-shaping the offer to meet the demand of local employers.  

-       Improvement in the uptake of the Apprenticeship programme for citizens;

-       Work was ongoing between the Council, the local education providers and the key stakeholders to ensure that the skills provision was in line with the six key sectors for Oldham.

-       Get Oldham Working had been very successful and over 3,500 work related opportunities had been filled.

-       The Career Advancement Service was currently working with over 300 residents to improve skill levels for residents who were already in work. The project had been showcased at a national conference by the relevant portfolio holder and it had been very well received. There was potential for upscaling it at Greater Manchester level.

-       The learner loans had been superseded by a new national retraining scheme. This was an opportunity to make the scheme more flexible and accessible to learners.

-       The higher level skills and Higher Education strategy remained a priority. The Council was supporting Oldham College to develop a Construction Skills College.

-       The Community Learning and Lifelong Learning provision continued to be rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. From 2019/20 the devolution of the Adult Education Budget which would be administered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as a new commissioning environment presented new risks and opportunities.

 

There were some key areas on skills and employability that Oldham Council intended to bring to the attention of the Government and GMCA:

1.    Localising of Apprenticeship Levy and ability for city region to topslice underspent  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

General Exceptions and Urgent Decisions

The Board is requested to note decision that have been taken under Rule 16 or 17 of the Council’s Constitution since the last meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 19th June 2018.  The Board is requested to note that there were no decisions taken under Rule 16 or 17 since the last meeting.

Minutes:

There were no decisions taken under Rule 16 or 17 to note

 

13.

Overview and Scrutiny Board Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

The Board is requested to comment on and note the Overview and Scrutiny Board Work Programme for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Overview and Scrutiny Board Work Programme 2018/19 be noted.

 

14.

Key Decision Document pdf icon PDF 167 KB

The Board is requested to note the latest Key Decision Document.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Key Decision Document be noted.

 

15.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

That, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they contain exempt information under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and it would not, on balance, be in the public interest to disclose the reports.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they contain exempt information under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, and it would not, on balance, be in the public interest to disclose the reports.

16.

Getting to Good - Children's Improvement Programme

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a presentation of the Interim Director of Children’s Services on the current performance of Oldham’s Children Social Care and Early Help. An Ofsted inspection had taken place in 2015 and Oldham had received an overall judgment of “Requires Improvement”. An action plan had been devised (i.e.: Getting to Good plan) and progress was measured against each of the 15 recommendations received.

 

The Interim Director of Children’s Services was accompanied at the meeting by the Subject Matter Expert - Children’s Transformation; they both addressed the enquiries of the Committee.  

 

It was explained that in 2017, Ofsted had introduced a new inspection framework. Consequently, a Focused Visit, one of the components of the new inspection regime, had been carried out in Oldham in March 2018 to look at specific service areas.

 

The presentation outlined information concerning service demand profiles, financial performance, progress against the Ofsted recommendations and strengths and challenges of the service.

 

Members sought and received clarification and commented on various points of the presentation.

 

Members requested that a review of Children’s Services be undertaken.

 

RESOLVED that:

1.    The content of the presentation be noted;

2.    An update be provided to the Chair of the Board in September 2018;

3.    A progress report be presented in January 2019.

 

At this point in the proceedings Councillor Toor left the meeting.

17.

SMART Update

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a progress report of the Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Commercial Services on the outcome of the review of the Unity Partnership Ltd and the action taken to align its function and form with the delivery of the Council’s strategic requirements.

 

The Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Commercial Services and the Housing PFI (Private Finance Initiative) Programme Manager were in attendance to present the information and address the enquiries of the Committee. 

 

The Committee sought and received clarification and commented on some aspects of the report.

 

The Board thanked the Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Commercial Services for the successful conclusion of the negotiation.

 

RESOLVED that:

1.    The content of the report ne noted;

2.    The recommendations 1 and 2 as detailed within the report be noted.

18.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

The date and time of the next Overview and Scrutiny Board will be Tuesday, 4th September 2018 at 6.00 p.m.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that it be noted that the next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board take place on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 6pm