Agenda and draft minutes

Corporate Review Committee
Thursday, 11th July, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Nick Pountney 

Media

Items
No. Item

9.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

There were no declarations made at the meeting.

 

10.

Minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 13 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

11.

Consideration of the Call In of the Cabinet Member Delegated Decision - Changes to the Your Staffordshire Card Scheme (YSC) - scheme to end on 31st August 2019 pdf icon PDF 208 KB

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The Committee considered the Call-in of a Cabinet Member Delegated Decision on the changes to the Your Staffordshire Card Scheme (YSC), which was made on 12 June 2019.  

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor Helen Fisher; Darryl Eyers, Director for Economy, Infrastructure & Skills; and Clive Thomson, Commissioner for Connected and Sustainable County, attended the meeting.

 

Councillor Susan Woodward, the Lead Member who had called in the Cabinet Member Delegated Decision had asked, with the Chairman’s agreement, if Anais Brindley a Staffordshire Youth Union member could speak on behalf of young people in the County.

 

Councillor Woodward explained some of the history to the Your Staffordshire Card Scheme and the national award the scheme had received when it was first introduced. The main concern and reason for the call-in was that some areas of the County had alternatives to the scheme, but this was inconsistent as some bus operators were not offering affordable alternatives, which would leave some young people with only the YSC for subsidised travel.

 

There was concern that the report did not specify which geographical areas were affected or the number of young people who came from low income families.  It was felt by Councillor Woodward that it was unfair to treat some young people differently to others.

 

She also drew members attention to an email had been sent to all members of the Local Authority from a member of the Staffordshire Youth Parliament which was read out to the meeting.  Only three responses had been received to the email.

 

Anais Brindley thanked the Committee for allowing her to attend and speak.  She explained the personal effect that scrapping the scheme would have on her as she travelled from Tamworth to Sutton Coldfield to 6th Form College.   She explained that her journey with a YSC cost two and a half times less than it would without one (£6.30 per day).  This would be an increase of £1,228.50 more each academic year.  The benefit of the card was that it was inclusive and could be used during the day and in the evenings for visiting friends, work etc.  She felt that to scrap the scheme would lead to isolation and lack of employment opportunities for young people.  There was an alternative scheme available, but unless you travelled everyday it was not economically advantageous.

 

Councillor Ian Parry, Chairman of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, informed the Committee that he had been a Cabinet Member when the scheme had been introduced and that at the time it had been an excellent scheme which was widely promoted.  However, demand had fallen dramatically in recent years and it was necessary to constantly review the need for services and the ways of supporting commercial business to provide alternatives.  He felt that it was important to understand why demand had changed and if it was because young people were accessing other schemes other than the YSC.  He asked the Cabinet Member if anything was known about why the reduction had happened and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 257 KB

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The Scrutiny and Support Manager presented the work programme.  The next meeting was due to be held on 6th August and would consider feedback form the SEND working group and any call-in items.  Members felt that the SEND Working Group feedback should be moved to the following meeting on 10th September 2019.

 

RESOLVED: That feedback from the SEND Working Group be deferred from the 6th August to the 10th September meeting.

 

13.

Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:-

 

“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are exempt)

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972.

 

(Exemption Paragraph 3)

 

14.

Exempt Minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the Exempt Minutes of the Meeting held on 13 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.