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Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
The Deputy Leader briefly introduced the third quarter performance and delivery report and invited questions.
Referring to paragraph 8 of the report, the Chairman asked if the indicators could be shared with the Committee. He stated that it was important to have performance indicators that the Committee could scrutinise that measured the effectiveness of the organisation and not those influenced by personal opinion.
The Deputy Leader responded that he would be willing to bring a more detailed analysis to the Committee.
The Chairman clarified that one of the key components of value for money was effectiveness. He wished to see detail of outcomes and investment so that he could establish to what extent the Council has achieved the performance outcomes the Council had set itself and what it had cost.
The Deputy Leader stated that not all objectives had an obvious financial implication for example, the project regarding the move of staff from the Wedgwood Building to SP1, but it had a detailed business case applied to it and he was happy to bring more detail to the Committee, and proposed a Working Group be set up to consider how the data works, how it is used, and this may help the Committee to frame questions based on this knowledge. The Chairman was keen to look at value for money outcomes, and the effectiveness of the Council’s expenditure was an important part. He considered a separate workshop to discuss the tracking information would be helpful.
The Chairman thanked the Head of Insight, Planning and Performance and her team for the very helpful report that had been prepared on Gross Value Added. The LEP Chairman would be interviewed in due course on the actual GVA and trends. It was agreed that the Insight, Planning and Performance Team would support the committee in preparing for this meeting.
Referring to paragraph 12 in the report, Members suggested that the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee might investigate in more detail why 86% of all schools in Staffordshire were rated as ‘Good or Outstanding’ by Ofsted, compared to 88% nationally.
Members asked in regard to paragraph 15 regarding school performance ‘additional support and challenge will be commissioned via the County Council’s joint venture company, Entrust’. Members were given to believe that a review of performance management within the Entrust contract is ongoing. There was a further concern that the Education Support Grant (ESG) was likely to be reduced. Members asked how the contract with Entrust would help us to improve performance, and what number of schools were involved.
The Deputy Leader stated that there was a change in the ESG. He indicated that there was a reduction in the level of need that the Council has in regard to the contract with Entrust, so the contract was being renegotiated with them at shareholder level. In response to a question on why the level of need had fallen, as schools performance was not where we needed to be. The Deputy Leader responded that as a ... view the full minutes text for item 53.
The Scrutiny and Support Manager stated that, with the Chairman’s agreement the report on Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise – S3 would be presented for scrutiny at the April meeting.
Contact had been made with the LEP Chair’s office and it was hoped to have an item on the LEP at either the March or April meeting.
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”.
(All reports in this section are exempt)