Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Board (Infrastructure, Investment & Inclusive Growth) - Wednesday, 5th April, 2023 10.30 am

Venue: Civic Hall, 1st Floor West,LS1 1UR

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To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 25 of the Access to Information Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)


There were no appeals.




Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-




There was no exempt information on the Agenda.




Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration.


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes.)


There were no late items.




Declarations of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


There were no declarations.




Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitutes

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutes.



Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor H Hayden (Agenda Item 8, Flood Risk Management)




Minutes - 1 March 2023 pdf icon PDF 265 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2023.



RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 March 2023 be confirmed as a correct record.




100% Digital Leeds pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive an update from the Chief Digital and Information Officer on the 100% Digital Inclusion programme.


The report of the Chief Digital and Information Officer provided an update on the 100% Digital Leeds digital inclusion programme since the last update to the Board in April 2022.


The report included examples of work from across the 100% Digital Leeds Programme and illustrated the team’s work at a city, regional and national level.


The impact of the 100% Digital Leeds was discussed throughout the report and impact was further evidenced by the testimonials from partners and stakeholders that featured throughout.


The report also looked ahead to some of the key initiatives and developments that the 100% Digital Leeds team will prioritise over the coming year.


The following were in attendance for this item:


-  Jason Tutin, Digital Inclusion Manager

-  Amy Hearn, Senior Digital Inclusion Officer


The Board received a presentation.  Issues highlighted included the following:


·  Digital Inclusion enabled people to be socially included and make informed choices.

·  Support for provision of equipment and the understanding and confidence to use online facilities.

·  Support for organisations to enable people to become digitally included.

·  Community based approach – putting the right support in place to meet specific needs.

·  Support available for Digital Inclusion – asset based community development and involvement of external partners.

·  Provision of support in the community – support with skills, provision of free sim cards and lending of equipment’

·  Further issues highlighted from the report included the following:

o  The Digital Inclusion Team was now a core part of the Integrated Digital Service.

o  The role of the team had expanded beyond community work to support the workforce including health care.

o  The role of Digital Inclusion within other Council strategies.

o  Work with older people, people with disabilities and care homes.


In response to comments and questions from the Board, discussion included the following:


·  Impacts due to the cost of living crisis – there had been a noticeable drop particularly in more deprived areas where it may be a choice between paying for wi-fi connectivity or for food and other household bills.  Partnership work was ongoing regarding the provision of social tariffs.

·  The possibility of exploring funding opportunities from Community Committees and Housing Advisory Panels.

·  How Digital Inclusion can tackle isolation.

·  Work with older people to tackle issues surrounding people’s safety and security concerns of using online facilities.  Funding had been made available for this.

·  The Digital Inclusion Team was willing to carry out awareness training with any organisation that could benefit.

·  The possibility of working with the Police and other public services.

·  Work with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust – there was no funding LTHT for this but the work would meet shared priorities.  There was some funding from the NHS for other support work.

·  Work to address the loss of hight street services.  There had been work with banks and the third sector to provide digital and financial inclusion support.  There would be future funding available for financial inclusion work.

·  Work with Neighbourhood Networks to enable people to access digital services for healthcare.

·  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 83.


Flood Risk Management pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To receive an update from the Executive Manager (Flood Risk and Climate Resilience) on the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

Additional documents:


The report of the Executive Manager, Flood Risk and Climate Resilience provided the Board with an opportunity to scrutinise the local Flood Risk Management Strategy.


The report provided detail on the implementation of the Strategy over the past 12 months and provided a summary of the measures that are set out for the years ahead.


Jonathon Moxon, Executive Manger was in attendance to present the report.


The Board received a presentation.  Issues highlighted included the following:


·  The impact of climate change and the increased frequency and severity of flooding events.

·  Incidents reported to the Flood Risk Management team.  Geographical information was displayed.

·  As a statutory consultee, responses were made to all planning applications.

·  The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) – projects implemented and in progress.

·  The use of natural flood management measures through the landscape rather than engineered measures.  Leeds had the biggest natural flood management scheme in the country.

·  Successes of completed Flood Alleviation Schemes.

·  Examples of the flood resilience schemes undertaken.

·  Funding for the FAS and inflationary pressures.

·  Phased approach to the Flood Alleviation Scheme.

·  Considering carbon emissions when delivering the infrastructure – targets had been set that had also set a standard nationally.  Less carbon was used in delivering flood alleviation than in flood recovery.


In response to questions and comments from the Board, discussion included the following:


·  Maintenance of flood schemes and how to fund maintenance.  Responsibilities for maintenance also fell with the Environment Agency and landowners.

·  There had been some initial consultation regarding the Meanwood FAS and an online newsletter had been produced.  There were various means of consultation and this applied to all schemes.  An update was due on the Meanwood Scheme and all affected residents and Elected Members would be informed.

·  There had been a pilot scheme with Yorkshire Water to install sustainable urban drainage.  There were proposed changes to legislation in 2024 which would allow further work on this.

·  Tree planting had mainly been whip planting due to the volume required.  Mature trees would be required by 2039.  There would be long term management plans for trees.

·  There were Key Performance Indicators which related to the number of homes and businesses that were now better protected from flooding.

·  Funding challenges due to unprecedented levels of inflation.  There had been some additional funding from central government and there were ongoing discussions with the Environment Agency with regards to rising costs.

·  The work of the Flood Management Team in new developments had a big impact on flood prevention.

·  There were challenges facing Yorkshire Water.  Surface water running into sewage systems was responsible for untreated sewage being released into rivers.  The Council was working with Yorkshire Water to reduce the amount of water going into the sewage system.


RESOLVED – That the report and discussion be noted.




End of Year Statement pdf icon PDF 343 KB

To receive the Scrutiny Board’s end-of-year statement detailing work items completed in 2022/23 and the statement from the Chair.

Additional documents:


The report of the Head of Democratic Service presented the Board’s End of Year Statement.  This provided details of the work programme for the past year and a statement from the Chair reflecting on key priorities for the Board.  The 2022/23 Summary for the Board was appended to the report.




(1)  That the report be noted.

(2)  That the End of Year Statement be approved for publication on the Council’s Website.




Work Schedule pdf icon PDF 339 KB

To consider the draft work schedule proposed for the successor Scrutiny Board in the 2023/24 municipal year.


Additional documents:


The report of the Head of Democratic Services provided a draft work schedule for the successor Board.


The draft work schedule for 2023/24 was appended to the report along with recent Executive Board minutes.


Provisional dates for 2023/34 were also detailed in the report.




(1)  That the draft dates for 2023/24 be noted.

(2)  That the draft work schedule for 2023/24 municipal year is taken forward for consideration by the successor Board.




Date and Time of Next Meeting

The first meeting of the successor Scrutiny Board is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 28 June 2023 at 10.30am. There will be a pre-meeting for all Scrutiny Board members – this has provisionally been scheduled for 10.00am.


The first scheduled meeting of the successor Scrutiny Board is scheduled to take place at on Wednesday, 28 June 2023 at 10.30 a.m.  A pre-meeting has been provisionally arranged for 10.00 a.m.




Closing Remarks


This was Councillor Truswell’s final meeting as Chair of the Board before standing down from the Council in May.  Members thanked Councillor Truswell and wished him all the best for the future.