Agenda and minutes
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Members of the Committee are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any item(s) on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members are reminded that they should also declare, pursuant to paragraph 18 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules, whether they are subject to a party whip in connection with any item(s) to be considered and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of the whipping arrangement.
Members of the Committee were asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non pecuniary interests, in connection with any item(s) on the agenda and state the nature of the interest.
Members were reminded that they should also declare, pursuant to paragraph 18 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules, whether they were subject to a party whip in connection with any item(s) to be considered and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of the whipping arrangement.
Councillor John Hale declared a personal interest by virtue of a relative’s involvement with Connexions.
At its meeting on 20 December 2012 (minute 144 refers), the Cabinet agreed in principle, to savings options for 2013/2016 totalling £29.6 million, subject to the outcome of further consultation where required.
Cabinet minute 144 is attached and the Committee is asked to consider those items, which fall within its remit.
The Chair indicated that at its special meeting held on 5 December 2012, the Committee asked for further information regarding some of the proposals, this had yet to be provided.
The Committee were invited to consider the following savings options agreed by Cabinet at its meeting on 20 December, 2012 (minute 144 refers) and which fell under the remit of this Committee.
The Chair expressed a view that the Committee had not received adequate information to enable them to make appropriate comments and commented that there was had been visit to the Government by Party Leaders to make representations regarding the funding cuts to the Authority, the outcome of which is still to be determined.
Move to four yearly elections
The Chair indicated that that he did not support the proposals to move to four yearly elections and raised concern that this would impinge on the publics’ right to hold the Council to account on a regular basis.
A Member expressed a view that this proposal be supported as it would be a significant saving to the Council, Another Member indicated that Councillors should not be immune from contributing towards the budget savings.
The Chair indicated that it wasn’t the Councillors contributing the budget savings it was the public having their right to vote on regular basis restricted.
In response to Members, Mr Surjit Tour, Acting Head of Law, HR and Asset Management indicated that if Members were minded to accept this proposal a full consultation process would be undertaken with the public seeking their views.
The Chair indicated that he did not support the proposals as it was felt that this generated a lot of income and tourism for Wirral.
The Chair informed the Committee that this proposal entailed the reduction of staff from five posts to four.
Home Insulation Programme
The Chair informed the Committee that 59% of the installations had been met and that £60,000 would be retained for those in special need.
Restructuring of Departments
In response to Members Chris Hyams, Head of HR & Organisational Development explained the rationale and future planning in relation to restructuring, redundancies, voluntary redundancies and redeployment.
Review and Reduce Suppliers
In response to Members, Jim Molloy, Finance Consultant indicated that following feedback received from the LGA regarding the Council’s procurement processes, the Department through the Improvement Plan were looking at improving current processes, for example, purchase order system. Mr Molloy indicated that category managers were to be appointed to have responsibility over individual areas of spend i.e. Adult Services. Advice was also being sough from other Authorities regarding best practice.
Review of VAT
In response to Members, Mr Molloy indicated that this would be a one off exercise undertaken by an independent expert to see if any savings could be identified.
Implementation of Category Management
In response to Members, Mr Molloy indicated that the Finance Department would be undertaking some joint working with other Local Authorities on this. He explained that to avoid being reliant on certain ... view the full minutes text for item 54.