To consider the attached report of the Head of Scrutiny and Member Development providing information and guidance to assist the Board continue to develop its work programme for 2008/09.
Document A – Local Area Agreement – Pages 7-46
Document B – Leeds Strategic Plan 2008– Pages 47-82
Document C – Council Business Plan 2008-11 – Pages 83-120
Document D – Corporate Assessment Actions – Pages 121-126
Document E – Details of Partners – Pages 127-136
Document F – Board’s Terms of REference – Pages137-140
The Head of Scrutiny and Member Development submitted a report which provided information and guidance to the Board on developing the work programme for the 2008/09 Municipal Year. Documents appended to the report included the Draft Memorandum of the Local Area Agreement, the Leeds Strategic Plan and the Council Business Plan 2008-11.
The Chair welcomed the following to the meeting:
Councillor Carter addressed the meeting. He informed the Board that he represented the Council on a number of regional and sub-regional partnerships and there was a clear role for the Board to undertake work on developing relationships within the framework of partners. He reported that the Yorkshire and Humberside Assembly was winding up, but there was a developing agenda in the Leeds City Regions which considered issues such as housing, transport and the economy. He reported that a focus on the City Region agenda would be welcomed as there was no scrutiny arrangement currently in place and concern had been expressed by all members of the City Regions regarding powers delegated to the Regional Development Agency. He also reported that Leeds was involved with the Core Cities Group which had direct contact with Government and also suggested looking at ways in which relations could be enhanced with neighbouring authorities.
Paul Rogerson, Chief Executive addressed the meeting. He raised the following points:
Jean Dent and Neil Evans also addressed the meeting. The following issues were discussed:
In response to issues raised, Members discussed the following:
The Chair thanked those present for their attendance.
RESOLVED – That the report and discussion with officers and the Leader of the Council be used to inform the development and approval of the Board’s Work Programme.
(Councillor Shelbrooke left the meeting at 10.55 during discussion of this item).