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To consider the County Council’s response to the Stakeholder Consultation on the Business Case for Joint Governance of Police and Fire and Rescue in Staffordshire.
The Council considered a report of the Director of Strategy, Governance and Change regarding the consultation on the Business Case proposing that the Police and Crime Commissioner takes on the functions of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority.
Members were informed that the Policing and Crime Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 31 January 2017 and contained, among other things, a statutory duty for all emergency services to collaborate and the opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners to make a local case for taking on responsibility for the governance of their Fire and Rescue Services.
The Act offered three options for future governance:
• A Representation Model: which enables the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to have representation on their local Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) with voting rights, where the local FRA agrees;
• A Governance Model: where the Police and Crime Commissioner takes on the functions of the FRA;
• A Single Employer Model: where a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) takes on the responsibilities of their local FRA, further enabling him or her to create a single employer for police and fire personnel.
Where a PCC proposed to adopt either the Governance or Single Employer models, the PCC must demonstrate, through a local business case, that a change in governance was in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness; or of public safety.
Staffordshire’s PCC was looking to maximise the possible synergies between local police and fire and rescue services, potentially by taking on responsibility for the governance of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. He had therefore commissioned an independent business case which considered whether a change to the governance of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would be in the interests of economy, efficiency and effectiveness; or public safety.
Prior to submitting a business case to the Secretary of State, the Police and Crime Commissioner was required to meet a number of consultation duties as set out in the Schedule 1 Part 1 to the Act. These are:
· Consulting each relevant upper tier local authority about the business case;
· consulting people in their local police force area about the business case;
· consulting those who the PCC considers represent the views of employees who may be affected by the PCC’s proposal including fire and rescue personnel and police staff;
· consulting those who the PCC considers represent the views of members of the police force who may be affected by the PCC’s proposal.
The consultation on the Business Case commenced on 10 July and was to expire on 4 September 2017. The Business Case was submitted to the Council County Council at its meeting on 20 July 2017 and it was resolved that “the county council involve all Members in looking carefully at this business case by –
(i) using the Safe and Strong Communities Select and Corporate Review Committees to review the Business Case for Joint Governance of Police and Fire and Rescue in Staffordshire, consult with stakeholders and report thereon to the ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
Oral Report of the Leader of the County Council
The Leader informed the Council that, following the by-election on 7 September 2017, it was his intention to make a small number of changes to the membership of some of the Council’s Committees and Panels.
Mrs Woodward requested that she be kept informed of any proposed changes.