Agenda and minutes

Venue: Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ

Contact: Salar Rida 020 8359 7113 Email: salar.rida@barnet.gov.uk 

Note: Public Questions and Comments must be submitted by 10am on the third working day before the meeting. The deadline for this meeting is 10am on Thursday 10 November. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 89 KB

    Minutes:

    The Chairman of the Performance and Contract Management Committee, Councillor Anthony Finn welcomed all attendants to the meeting.

     

    RESOLVED that subject to the addition of the names of Councillor Arjun Mittra and Councillor Barry Rawlings (Substitute) on the front page, the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 September 2016 be agreed as a correct record.

     

     

2.

Absence of Members

3.

Declarations of Members Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Non-Pecuniary Interests

    Minutes:

    The following interests were declared at the meeting:

     

    Councillor

    Agenda Item(s)

    Interests declared

    John Marshall

    7, 8

    Non-pecuniary interest by virtue of being a School Governor at various schools in Barnet.

     

    Non-pecuniary interest by virtue of being a Council appointed Director for Barnet Group, Your Choice Barnet and Barnet Homes.

    Arjun Mittra

    7, 8

    Non-pecuniary interest by virtue of being tenant of Barnet Homes.

    interest by virtue of currently working for the GLA

    Jess Brayne

    7, 8

    Non-pecuniary interest by virtue of being a leasehold tenant together with her partner of Barnet Homes.

     

4.

Report of the Monitoring Officer (if any)

5.

Public Questions and Comments (if any) pdf icon PDF 80 KB

    Minutes:

    The Committee noted the details of the received public questions and the public answers which were published ahead of the meeting. Responses to the supplementary public questions were provided verbally by Officers at the meeting.

     

    Mr John Dix addressed the Committee and made a public comment in relation to agenda item 8 (Year Three Review of Customer and Support Group (CSG) Contract).

     

     

     

     

     

     

6.

Members' Items (if any)

7.

Quarter 2 Performance Monitoring 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chairman introduced the item and invited the Interim Strategic Lead for Programmes & Performance, Jamie Masraff to present the item.

     

    Mr Masraff provided a verbal summary to the Committee about the progress for Quarter 2 against the Corporate Plan.

     

    The Head of Customer Strategy and Programmes, Kari Manovitch updated the Committee about the positive direction of travel in terms of customer experience. She noted that the overall customer service ratings for this quarter are above targets and performing well.

     

    Following a query from the Committee about improving usage of web forms, Ms Manovitch stated that figures shown are not fully reflective as this does not include all web forms used, only those that come under CSG responsibility.

     

    Ms Manovitch spoke about the efforts undertaken to encourage use of web forms to increase online interaction. The shift in direction was also noted by virtue of data which showed an increase in usage of web forms and reduction of face to face/ phone calls.

     

    The Assistant Director for Community and Wellbeing, James Mass provided an update to the Committee about the consultation due to be undertaken with the Director for Adult Social Services in Oxfordshire, John Jackson. Mr Jackson has been commissioned by Barnet to advise as to the review of the Adults budget, with a view to identifying solutions for long term sustainability. This will inform the Transformation Plan and the forthcoming performance monitoring report.

     

    In relation to a comment from the Committee, Mr Mass noted that the Adults and Safeguarding Committee will receive a report on performance made in 2016-17 at its January meeting. It was agreed that this report be circulated to this Committee for information. (Action) 

     

    Deputy CEO for Barnet Homes, Derek Rust updated the Committee about the demand for homelessness services. Mr Rust noted that households in temporary accommodation have decreased. The Committee heard that the focus will continue to be aimed at:

    ·         anticipating demand

    ·         early intervention and prevention of homelessness and

    ·         assisting families at an early stage.

     

    The Committee noted the Corporate Risk Register and Risk Management Framework as set out in the appendices J and K. The Committee also noted that the Framework can be included in the Corporate Risk Register. It was noted that following a comprehensive review of the approach to risk management, a refreshed framework has been developed to set out the different risk management levels. Risk registers have also been updated as part of the review which are monitored on a quarterly basis.

     

    The Chairman moved a motion, which was seconded and agreed, to amend the wording of recommendation 7:

     

    The Committee approve the refreshed risk management framework, as detailed in Appendix K and note the Corporate Risk Register as detailed in Appendix J.

     

    It was therefore RESOLVED that:

     

    1.    The Committee scrutinised the performance and risk of services, especially in relation to delivering the Corporate Plan, and (if necessary) make recommendations to other committees on the policy and commissioning implications.

    2.    The Committee noted the agency costs for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Year Three Review of Customer and Support Group (CSG) Contract pdf icon PDF 613 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chairman welcomed the Year 3 CSG Contract Review report and commended the work of the Members’ Working Group and the officers involved.

     

    Following discussion, the Chairman moved to the recommendation as set out in the report. It was agreed to hold separate votes in relation to Recommendation 3b.

     

    The votes in relation to Recommendation 3b were declared as follows:

    For

    6

    Against

    5

    Abstentions

    0

     

    The votes in relation to the remaining recommendations were declared as follows:

    For

    11

    Against

    0

    Abstentions

    0

     

     

    It was therefore RESOLVED that:

     

    1.    That the Committee noted the content of the report, along with the proposed service improvements and savings, as set out in the body of the report and summarised in Appendix A to this report.

    2.    That the Committee noted that the Chief Operating Officer is authorised under the existing Scheme of Delegation to conclude negotiations and finalise the necessary contractual arrangements to effect these changes.

    3.    That the Committee endorsed the following proposals, which will be taken forward through existing officer delegations:
    a. The establishment of two dedicated ICT project support teams, as set out in paragraph 1.70 of the report; and
    b. The revised payment arrangements for the CSG contract in 2017, as set out in paragraph 1.74 of the report.

    4.    That the Committee agrees that progress on the following items be considered by the Member-led CSG Working Group and the outcomes reported to the Performance and Contract Management Committee before the end of the financial year:

    a. Revisions to the suite of Key Performance Indicators and updated list of contractual commitments, as referenced in paragraph 1.52 of the report;
    b. The Partnership Development Strategy, as referenced in paragraph 1.55 of the report;
    c.
    The Partnership Communication Strategy, as referenced in paragraph 1.63 of the report; and
    d. Any proposals to extend the remit of the Procurement service, as set out in paragraph 1.71 of the report.

    5.    That the Committee notes that an implementation plan is being formulated that sets out the key milestones for the delivery of the service improvements identified in the body of the report and that progress will be reported to the Committee.

    6.    That the Committee agrees that the Member-led CSG Working Group should continue to meet, as required, to provide oversight for the completion of the Review.

     

    Immediately following the vote, the Chairman of the Committee moved to refer the item to the next practicable meeting of Full Council. The reason given for the request to refer the item was the significance of the Year 3 Review of the CSG Contract which merited the attention of Full Council. The referral was supported by all Members of the Committee.

     

     

9.

Web improvement update pdf icon PDF 338 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Chairman welcomed Kari Manovitch, Head of Customer Strategy & Programmes and Andy Ralphs, Head of Customer Services, Capita Local Government.

     

    Ms Manovitch presented the report and noted the actions taken forward to improve the customer experience on the Council’s website. Following a request from the Committee, Ms Manovitch acknowledged the need to distinguish complaints that are resolved as opposed to those marked as closed.

     

    It was RESOLVED:

     

    That the Committee noted the progress being made and endorsed the continuation of work required to continuously improve the website.

     

10.

IT Update pdf icon PDF 311 KB

    Minutes:

    Jenny Obee, Head of Information Management and Brett Holtom, Barnet IT Account Director, Capita joined the meeting to present the report. Ms Obee briefed the Committee about the improvements and Mr Holtom noted the improvements made to the IT Network Estate. It was noted that following a period of transition for IT, there had been further emphasis to ensure the right structure is in place to improve performance and support future IT provision.

     

    Following discussion, Councillor Arjun Mittra moved a motion which was seconded:

    That in relation to ITDR, the Committee receive an update report setting out details of re-compensation options.

     

    The votes in relation to the motion were declared as follows:

    For

    5

    Against

    6

    Abstentions

    0

     

    The motion was therefore declared lost.

     

    The Chairman moved to the recommendations as set out in the report. It was RESOLVED:

     

    That the Committee noted and commented as above on the improvements that have taken place in the IT service.

     

11.

Parking Enforcement Contract Extension pdf icon PDF 255 KB

12.

Committee Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 238 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme which is a standing item on the agenda, listing the business for 2016-2017. The Committee agreed to receive an update on the Council’s Enablement Contract, to consider the performance issues that had arisen, lessons learnt and measures taken.

     

    RESOLVED:


    That the Committee considered and commented as above on the items included in the 2016-2017 work programme in Appendix A.

     

13.

Any Other Items that the Chairman Decides are Urgent

14.

Motion to Exclude the Press and Public

    Minutes:

    The Chairman moved the motion to exclude the press and public from the meeting on the grounds that the discussion will involve information relating to financial and business and by virtue of the paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Localism Act 2011.

     

    The public gallery was cleared. 

     

15.

Year Three Review of Customer and Support Group (CSG) Contract (exempt)

16.

Any Other Exempt Items that the Chairman Decides are Urgent