Agenda and minutes
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Members' Code of Conduct - Declarations of Interest
Members are asked to consider whether they have personal or prejudicial interests in connection with any item(s) on this agenda and, if so, to declare them and state what they are.
Members of the Committee were requested to declare whether they had an interest, either personal or prejudicial, in any item on the agenda and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
No such declarations were made.
The Director of Finance submitted a report on changes to the establishment of the IT Services Division following the release of employees through the Early Voluntary Retirement and Voluntary Severance (EVR/VS) scheme. Due to these staff leaving, some of which were at senior management level, it had been necessary to restructure IT Services (ITS) to continue to provide essential services. As part of this restructure it was proposed to create the post of IT Services Manager at grade EPO 14(£67,400).
The deletion of two EPO9 posts as part of the EVS/VS exercise had saved £124,100. The introduction of an IT Services Manager post at EPO14 would cost £67,400 but the deletion of the successful candidate's post would save an additional £54,500 or £62,000 resulting in an overall saving in excess of £111,000.
The Director submitted appendices to the report which showed the previous structure of the division and the proposed structure.
Responding to comments from Members, the Head of HR and Organisational Development reported that an Equality Impact Assessment had not been carried out in respect of this restructure as it was not a wider change across the department and service delivery, whereas the restructure of the Children and Young People’s Department was across the whole department with the impact on service delivery to be assessed.
The Director stated that the total savings made from the IT Services restructure was £500,000.
Resolved – That the creation of an IT Services Manager, grade EPO 14, within the Division be approved with the post being filled by ring-fencing applications to the remaining senior managers within IT Services. That the post be partly funded by deleting the post of the successful candidate, EPO9(£62,000) or EPO2(£54,500); the balance being realised by deleting posts further down the structure as part of the overall restructure of ITS.
The Interim Director of Children’s Services submitted a report on proposed changes within his Department following the Early Voluntary Retirement and Voluntary Severance exercise (EVR/VS), and the proposed restructure of the Department. The changes also took account of the transfer of the Transport Service that was previously provided by the Department for Adult Social Services and the Technical Services Department. The Committee’s approval was sought to re-grade/establish posts that were above spinal column point 49, including the restructure of the department from four to three branch service areas.
The current and proposed structures of each of these branches were submitted as appendices to the report.
The net savings following the EVR/VS exercise for all employees at spinal column point 49 and above were £499,019. The cost of regrading posts within the Department was £46,370. The cost of new posts within the Department was £85,488, making a total net saving at a senior level of £367,161.
In the absence of the Interim Director, the Chief Executive presented the report and along with the Head of HR and Organisational Development responded to comments from Members.
(1) That the re-structuring of the department from four Branch Service Areas to three Branch Service areas be approved.
(2) That the overarching Children’s and Young People’s Departmental restructure be approved as outlined at appendix two to the report.
(3) That the regrading / redesignation / establishment of posts above SCP 49, as set out in paragraphs 2.4.1, 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 of the report, be approved.
(4) That this Committee notes the transfer of the various transport related services across the Council, including Technical Services and the Department for Adult Social Services, and approves the new Integrated Transport Unit structure within the Children’s and Young People’s Department.
Exempt Information - Exclusion of Members of the Public
Resolved - That, under section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A (as amended) to that Act. The public interest test has been applied and favours exclusion.
Any Other Urgent Business - Occupational Health Contract
The Chair agreed to consideration of this item as a matter of urgent business in view of the need for a decision prior to the next meeting of the Committee.
The Director of Law, HR and Asset Management submitted a report which updated the Committee on the progress of the future service provision for the Occupational Health Contract.
The Head of HR and Organisational Development outlined the situation in respect of the tendering process and reported upon advice received from the Health and Safety Executive, in the light of which, a re-tendering process would be undertaken.
Resolved – That Committee approves a further extension of the current Occupational Health contract with Aviva Healthcare until 31 March, 2012 and a re-tendering process be undertaken.