Agenda and minutes

Corporate Review Committee
Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Tina Gould 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest from Staffordshire County Councillors.  Councillor Shotton declared a pecuniary interest in that he had a business in Staffordshire/Stoke on Trent on the Keele Business Park that could be assisted with LEP funding.


Minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 120 KB


RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership pdf icon PDF 245 KB


Mr Frost introduced the report by summarising the work and ambitions of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire LEP (LEP) over the last year. The Appendix to the report highlighted some of the successes during the year.  He welcomed the opportunity to meet with Stoke on Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council Councillors as they were key partners in the LEP which was a public:private partnership responsible to central government, and to a wide range of partners, for allocating public funds.  It was therefore important for local authorities to have the opportunity to question the LEP about its performance to ensure public accountability.  The sole focus of the LEP was improving the economic performance in the local area by providing direct financial assistance to businesses and local authorities to get the infrastructure started and ultimately provide employment with businesses in the area.  The LEP was in the process of building a buoyant economy, but significant challenges remained in the future.  He ended by saying that a national review of LEPs was almost complete.


Mr Atkins stated that from Staffordshire County Council’s perspective he embraced the opportunity to work with Stoke on Trent for the benefit of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.  He acknowledged that there were pockets of deprivation in the area and the City Deal had been successful in partly addressing these.   He highlighted the City Deal, Local Growth Deals and the ESIF as successes.  In regard to the ESIF, Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire had been a transition area and had received an allocation of £152m.  Additional funding had been allocated to areas of deprivation.  The LEP had also been successful in allocating funding that led to jobs.  He referred to the two Enterprise Zones in the area, of which i54 is a joint one with the Black Country LEP, which is outside the enterprise zone but would bring more jobs into the area.  In summary a great deal of good work had been completed, but there was no room for complacency.  Going forward, Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire were playing a key part in the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connects; another vehicle for bringing in additional funding to the area.  He added that he was a strong supporter of the Stoke on Trent/Staffordshire footprint for the LEP and in his view adding other areas into other LEPs could weaken the position (for the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire LEP). 


Councillor A Brown, Deputy Leader of Stoke on Trent City Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Partnerships, supported Philip Atkins’ comments and added that she strongly supported the relationship between the two Councils and the steady, stable leadership of David Frost.  In particular she pointed out the examples of the i54 and the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone where Executive Boards had worked together successfully. Boards had been of the right scale and size to continue after the LEP review.  She acknowledged that what was good for Stoke on Trent was also good for Staffordshire and vice  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 451 KB


The Scrutiny and Support Manager summarised the Work Programme going forward.  The Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability had requested that he bring an item for pre-decision scrutiny on Developing the Workforce for Now and the Future and that the Outcomes of Overview and Scrutiny Work July – December 2018 be added to the Work Programme on 19 February.


A request had also been received that the Integrated Performance Report currently on the agenda for 2 April be postponed to circa May 2019.


RESOLVED: That the Work Programme be amended to reflect the above changes.


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)