To review the Cabinet’s Forward Plan (reference 17/64) attached.
The Cabinet considered the Forward Plan (Reference 17/64). In respect of Councillor Mallory’s portfolio and the Council’s budget and Financial Strategy approved the previous week, Councillor Mallory echoed Councillor Chatt’s disappointment at the poor representation at the Council meeting of Filey councillors and the political group to which they belonged, given the importance of this Financial Strategy. Councillor Mallory confirmed that since 2011, £35m had been invested in the Council’s capital programme, and despite protestations to the contrary, the largest spend per head of the population had been in the Whitby area. She maintained that the Council’s resources were not unfairly weighted towards Scarborough, but were directed to the areas that would benefit the Borough and residents as a whole, not to specific locations. Councillor Mallory undertook to provide further details of this spend by area to the Cabinet. In respect of his Tourism and Culture portfolio, Councillor Jenkinson was pleased to report that new signs were being rolled out in Whitby, as had been done in Filey. There were similar plans for new signs in Scarborough. In response to comments made at the Council meeting on 10 March about the authority’s adoption of the Living Wage, Councillor Jenkinson confirmed that last November, the Cabinet had approved that the Council continue to pay the Living Wage Supplement and increase the rate to £7.85 per hour. This remained above the National Living Wage set by the Government in April 2016 at £7.20 per hour for employees aged 25 and over which was set to rise to £7.50 per hour in April this year. The payment of the LWS should also be viewed in the context of the other benefits the Council provided to its employees such as a generous pension scheme, sick pay and holiday entitlement. With the permission of the Chairman, Councillor Cluer addressed the meeting to clarify that her remarks at the Council meeting were in connection with the Living Wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation which was currently £8.45 per hour. In respect of his Strategic Transport, Transport Services and ICT portfolio, Councillor Nock commented that in May the new General Data Protection Regulation would be replacing the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. This change would be the subject of a report to the Cabinet. In relation to Item 19, the Community Led Local Development Programme, the Portfolio Holder, Councillor Turner undertook to check how widely affected town councils and ward councillors had engaged with the programme through the Local Action Group amidst concerns that some of these stakeholders had not accepted the invitation to attend meetings. With regard to Item 22 on the Forward Plan, Dean Road/Manor Road Depots, the Portfolio Holder, Councillor Cockerill shared other Cabinet Members’ frustration at the slow progress of this scrutiny review. This criticism was extended to the scrutiny function in general, that despite some good pieces of work, for example, on changes to the green waste collection scheme, was failing to engage properly with the Cabinet Forward Plan, and to undertake enough pre-decision scrutiny and policy development work. Their comments would be reported back to the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board.
RESOLVED that, subject to the above, the Forward Plan be approved.