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Apologies for Absence


Councillors Spall, Gallagher, Hamitouche, Dean Donaghey ( Co-opted Member)


Declaration of Substitute Members


There were no declarations of substitute members


Declarations of Interests

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In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.


If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.


*(a)   Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

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This applies to all members present at the meeting.




There were no declarations of interest


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 82 KB




That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 July 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Order of Business


The Chair stated that the order of business would be as per the agenda


Public Questions

For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.



The Chair outlined the procedure for Public questions


Scrutiny Review 2019/20: Major Works - Draft Report and Recommendations pdf icon PDF 171 KB


Maxine Holdsworth and Christine Short, Housing Directorate were present for the meeting


The Chair outlined the draft recommendations to the Committee, following which the following main points were made –


·         In response to a question as to why the pilot was not scheduled until 2023, it was stated that with the Partners properties coming back ‘in house’ in 2022,  it was felt that this was the earliest opportunity to do this, taking into account officers workload, to introduce a pilot

·         In response to a question as to the 30 year business plan, it was stated that this would be provided, together with the Asset Management  Plan, at the next meeting of the Committee for consideration

·         Reference was made to recommendation 10, and it was noted that officers tried to minimise the use of scaffolding, and that any additional time that  scaffolding was erected over the specified contract period, had to be paid by the contractor

·         In relation to recommendation 11, it was noted that a new Corporate Procurement Strategy is being presented for consideration in the near future

·         Members were of the view that there should be an interim report submitted to the Committee in 6 months as to progress on the recommendations



(a) That the report and recommendations be agreed for submission to the Executive, subject to an additional recommendation on a 6 month interim update of the recommendations, as referred to above

(b) That the 30 year business plan and the Asset Management Plan be submitted to the next meeting of the Committee for consideration

(c)  That the Committee be involved in determining the KPI’s that will be applicable when this is considered


The Chair thanked Maxine Holdsworth and Christine Short for attending


Mini -Scrutiny Review 2019/20: Private Rented Sector - Draft Recommendations pdf icon PDF 28 KB


The draft recommendations were outlined for the Committee by the Vice Chair, Councillor Lukes, following which these main points were made –


·         Recommendation 3.3 should include the word ‘residents’ following the word ‘TRA’s’ in line 1

·         An additional recommendations should be added – Recommendation 3.4 to read – ‘ That all estate management staff have access to good quality information as to residents rights, so that this can be distributed amongst  residents groups, and community organisations. The Council should also try to maximise the recovery of any costs accrued by the Council as a result of faulty work by private landlords to Council property’




That, subject to the above additions to the recommendations, and the final report being agreed by the Chair/Vice Chair, the report be referred to the Executive for consideration


Presentation -Dashboards pdf icon PDF 339 KB


Matt West, Assistant Director of Property Services, was present and outlined the report


During consideration of the report the following main points were made –


·       A dashboard is a summary of data about a service. It allows insights into business by viewing data from different angles. These should be easy to obtain and understand, allowing managers to focus on making improvements, rather than handling lots of data. Dashboards are becoming more and more common place in business and Councils

·       Current situation – operational dashboards for the following areas have been completed – repairs operations, gas servicing and repairs, repairs KPI’s, customer satisfaction, finance. The dashboards are built and tested, data cleaning is underway or completed, some analysis has taken place, high level managers have access, and some improvements to service stats due to focus from dashboards have taken place

·       Training and embedding – training was delayed by COVID, and a web based training model has had to be developed. Roll out training is due to all repairs managers in September and October. The training is half about technically using the dashboard to influence the improvement of repairs. Reports to monitor that managers are using the dashboard, and regular service level improvement meetings are taking place

·       Next steps – complete roll out, and review further feedback, and improvements. Complete second operational dashboard, push for direct link to more reactive data, monitor service improvements, consider further development for other areas

·       In response to a question as to whether it would be possible for Members to have access to the dashboard information, it was stated that this could be investigated as to whether this would be possible

·       In response to a question it was stated that there were van trackers in place, however there were clear guidelines about use, agreed with the Trade Unions. The trackers were not linked to the dashboards



That a visit be arranged for Members of the Committee in September in order to view the dashboard in operation, and this be combined with a visit to consider Repairs Feedback


The Chair thanked Matt West for his presentation



Work Programme 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 42 KB


The Chair stated that he would welcome suggestions as to scrutiny review topics for the forthcoming municipal year for approval at the next meeting of the Committee


The Chair informed Members that he had received suggestions to date for the following topics to date – Partners handover of properties, Communal Heating, and a mini- review into Housing Associations nomination rights/loss of social housing



That the report be noted and that any suggestions for scrutiny topics should be notified to the Chair for consideration by the Committee at the next meeting