Agenda and minutes

Economic Development, Transport and Tourism Scrutiny Commission - Thursday, 12 April 2018 5:30 pm

Venue: Meeting Room G.01, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ

Contact: Anita Patel, Tel (0116) 454 6342  Jason Tyler, Democratic Support Officer, Tel (0116) 454 6359

Items
No. Item

56.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Rae Bhatia (Vice-Chair) and Councillor Dr Barton.

 

 

57.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business to be discussed on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

 

58.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 154 KB

The Minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 7 February 2018 are attached and Members are asked to confirm them as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

AGREED:

that the Minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 7 February 2018 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

59.

QUESTIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND STATEMENTS OF CASE

The Monitoring Officer to report on any Questions, Representations and Statements of Case received in accordance with Council procedures.

Minutes:

In accordance with Council procedures, the Monitoring Officer reported that no Questions, Representations or Statements of Case had been received.

 

60.

PETITIONS

The Monitoring Officer to report on any Petitions received in accordance with Council procedures.

Minutes:

In accordance with Council procedures, the Monitoring Officer reported that no Petitions had been received.

 

61.

EMPLOYMENT HUB

A presentation will be given on the new Employment Hub.

 

Minutes:

The Commission received a presentation concerning the progress of the Leicester Employment Hub.

 

It was noted that the Employment Hub had been established as part of the Economic Action Plan, where a target to create 1000 apprenticeships by 2020 had been announced.

 

In terms of an overview of the activity it was noted that the Leicester to Work initiative involved significant partnership working across the city and county and had identified the following principle objectives:

 

·         To enable employers to create and fill sustainable employment, internships, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

 

·         To ensure these opportunities are accessible to Leicestershire residents, particularly those leaving full-time education and from priority communities.

 

·         To provide a proactive, independent account management service to employers targeted at entry level employment, specifically supporting recruitment of those most disadvantaged in the labour market.

 

The use of the European Social Fund (ESF) to achieve deliverables was explained and noted.

 

In respect of recent progress, it was noted that the new project governance had been put in place, including the recruitment of a new team of officers to enhance employer engagement and contract management.  The Employment Hub website and database system had been developed and would be officially launched at the next Apprenticeship Graduation Event in June 2018.  The developing use of social media had greatly improved engagement and had assisted the planning and delivery of an events programme.

 

The Commission noted the update and made the following comments:

 

·         in terms of target information, it was considered necessary to provide further explanation of the  measures to ensure safeguards for new employees attracted by the apprenticeship scheme.  It was considered that there may otherwise be a danger of employers taking advantage of the services offered and potentially exploiting the scheme.  Information was given to provide assurances that the support to employment was not short-term.

 

·         It was also considered necessary to provide evidence and evaluation that the jobs created by the Employment Hub were solely due to the operation of the scheme and that they would not have been offered by employers in any case. It was reported that a process to evaluate the success of the Hub had been established and that officers were confident that genuine long term prospects and job creation existed.

 

·         It was noted that the Hub particularly assisted those people that had been disengaged with the jobs market for a considerable time and individuals from certain protected groups were encouraged in order to incentivise the jobs market.

 

·         In response to questions it was confirmed that officers worked closely with the DWP to ensure that employers and businesses provided the correct opportunities and levels of support.

 

·         The requirement to ensure that an individual’s needs and aspirations were matched to the correct job opportunity was highlighted.  It was noted that a risk existed of apprentice becoming disengaged if they did not consider that the opportunity provided was not right for them personally.

 

·         The data between Leicester and comparable cities was noted and the lack of apprenticeships offered nationally was of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.

62.

SOCIAL VALUE CHARTER - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 239 KB

The Director of Finance submits a report, which provides an update on progress with the draft Social Charter and sets out next steps to finalise, adopt and implement the Social Value Charter.

 

Minutes:

The Head of Procurement submitted a report, which provided an update on progress with the draft Social Value Charter and identified proposed next steps to finalise, adopt and implement the Social Value Charter.

 

The Commission also received a presentation which defined ‘Social Value’ and reported on progress made since April 2017.

 

The presentation identified trends in local spend; case studies; challenges; and anticipated next steps.

 

It was noted that information concerning the procurement of goods and services had not been widely understood, and in some cases had been misinterpreted. The need to continue the Council’s good intention and ambition in this regard was emphasised and supported. 

 

In terms of the national outcomes and measures which would allow the development of the future approach, it was recognised that the report did not cover some significant issues and developments.

 

Councillor Myers, Assistant City Mayor (Entrepreneurial Councils) was invited to comment.  He explained his recent involvement and asked the Commission to note the progress made to date.  Councillor Myers also indicated that further progress was expected in the very near future.  He advised that the national picture was developing in respect of Social Value and that ways to monitor the impact locally were being evaluated.  It was noted that the progress had stalled awaiting information of the emerging national situation.

 

The Commission expressed disappointment that key information affecting the delivery of the Charter, and reasons for its delayed situation, had not been included in the report submitted.

 

It was considered that a further detailed report be submitted to the Commission at its next meeting to explain likely processes and the development to date, including evidence data, a revised timetable and expected deadlines.  It was also noted that the Charter would need to encourage partner agencies, service providers and businesses to fully engage in the process.

 

It was AGREED that a further update report be submitted to the next meeting of the Commission.

 

63.

ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN - UPDATE

A presentation will be given to provide an update on the Economic Action Plan.

 

Minutes:

The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation gave a presentation concerning the progress of the Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2016–2020.

 

The presentation explained progress of schemes and ambitions on the following themes:

 

·         Great Places

·         Connecting Leicester

·         Leicester to Work

·         Enterprising Leicester

·         Sport and Culture.

 

The Commission welcomed the presentation, commenting that it was useful to see the various strands of work within the EAP being brought together and explained as one vision, as the subjects and areas of development were usually reported across separate Scrutiny Commission portfolios.

 

The Commission noted the success of the EAP and commented on its significant effect, including the engagement of partners and investors, which was seeing Leicester being transformed.

 

It was AGREED that the update be noted and further progress on each theme be presented in due course.

 

64.

BUS SERVICES ACT 2017 SCRUTINY REVIEW

The Chair of the Commission will provide an update on the work of the Bus Services Act Task Group.

 

Minutes:

The Chair provided an update on the work of the Bus Services Act 2017 Task Group.

 

It was noted that the Task Group had begun a process of evidence gathering and that the bus operators had been contacted.  Evidence had also been received from the Bus Users Panel.

 

It was reported that the final evidence gathering session would include an invite to Councillor Clarke, Deputy City Mayor, to discuss the potential impact of the Bus Services Act on the Council. 

 

In conclusion, it was confirmed that the draft findings of the scrutiny review would be presented to the Commission in due course. 

 

The update was noted.

 

65.

WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 209 KB

The Commission’s Work Programme is submitted for information and comment.

 

Minutes:

The Commission’s Work Programme was submitted and noted.

 

66.

CLOSE OF MEETING

Minutes:

The meeting closed at 7.30 pm.