Agenda

Overview and Scrutiny - Resources - Monday, 20th June, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming. View directions

Contact: Kimberly Soane  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutes

To receive apologies for absence and note any substitutions

 

2.

Declarations of Interests

To receive Members’ declarations of interests in relation to any items included on the agenda for this meeting, in accordance with Waverley’s Code of Local Government Conduct.

 

3.

Minutes

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 22 March 2022 and published on the Council’s website.

 

4.

Questions from Members of the Public

The Chairman to respond to any written questions received from members of the public in accordance with Procedure Rule 10.

 

The deadline for receipt of written questions is 5pm on Monday 13 June 2022.

5.

Questions from Members

The Chairman to respond to any questions received from Members in accordance with Procedure Rule 11.

 

The deadline for receipt of written questions is 5pm on Monday 13 June 2022.

 

6.

Community Infrastructure Levy

To discuss and where appropriate make recommendations on how to enable Surrey County Council and the local NHS to make use of CIL funding to provide infrastructure.

7.

Corporate Performance Report Q4 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

The Corporate Performance Report provides an analysis of the Council’s

performance for the fourth quarter of 2021-22. The report, set out at Annexe 1,

is being presented to each of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees for

comment and any recommendations they may wish to make to the Executive.

 

Heads of Service to highlight areas relating to this committees remit (pages to note are Pages 4 – 37 of the Performance Report [14-47 of the agenda papers]).

Additional documents:

8.

Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 690 KB

The Resources Overview & Scrutiny Committee is responsible for managing its work programme.

 

The Scrutiny Officer will lead this agenda item.

 

9.

Collaboration with Guildford

To receive a verbal update.

10.

Housing Allocations Task & Finish Group pdf icon PDF 363 KB

To inform Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee (henceforth ‘the Committee’) of the findings of the Working Group on Housing Allocations.

 

To ask the Committee to consider and endorse the Working Group’s recommendations.

 

Recommendation

 

2.1       That the Committee agrees the report included as Annexe 1 and commends its recommendations to the Executive.

 

2.2       The Working Group’s recommendations which this Committee is asked to endorse are:

 

1.    The Council should keep the income threshold at £60,000 per annum and the savings threshold at £30,000. However, this should be reviewed by the Resources Overview and Scrutiny committee or another appropriate O&S committee within 12-18 months.

2.    Establish a process to signpost applicants who are unable to join the housing register due to the income or savings threshold to Affordable Home Ownership Schemes notably shared ownership.

3.    Maintain the existing position that children will only be accommodated in one home even if a 50/50 residence arrangement exists. An exception will be made if there is a court order in place requiring this or if Surrey County Council Children’s Services (or an equivalent organisation elsewhere) provide compelling evidence that a second home is required.

4.    Only housing related debts such as rent arrears and deposit scheme debts should be taken into account when considering eligibility for inclusion on the housing register and allocation of housing. Other debts such as council tax or housing benefit overpayments would be disregarded for this purpose.

5.    Given the administrative burden in checking debts and that the average time someone is on the register is 2-3 years, it makes sense that checks at application stage are more light touch given an applicant’s debts status can change so much over time.

6.    Establish a process by which the Housing Options team signpost applicants unable to join the housing needs register due to debts to local debt advice charities. 

7.    The Chair of the Housing Allocations Group and the Chair of Resources Overview and Scrutiny to write a joint letter the Secretary of State for Housing, Levelling Up and Communities to reiterate the need for the importance of ensuring the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates properly reflect rents in Farnham.

Additional documents:

11.

Housing Development Update pdf icon PDF 446 KB

To receive an update on the current council housing developments.

12.

Business Transformation pdf icon PDF 605 KB

The Committee receives a regular update on the progress and BT Programme savings realisation. This report seeks to provide a written update on the current status of the Business Transformation Programme.

 

Recommendation

 

Members are invited to comment on the content of the report.

 

Additional documents:

13.

Hybrid Working pdf icon PDF 210 KB

The Committee has asked to be updated as to how the Council is responding to the opportunities and challenges presented by remote working. This report seeks to respond to that request.

 

Recommendation

 

Members are invited to comment on the content of the report.

14.

Work Force Profile pdf icon PDF 473 KB

The purpose of this report is to provide an update to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the profile of the Waverley Borough Council’s workforce for the year 2021/22.

 

Recommendation

 

The Committee is asked to note this report and to make any comments or recommendations to the Executive based on its contents.

 

Additional documents:

15.

Godalming Regeneration Project: Update (To Follow) pdf icon PDF 165 KB

For the Committee to note and comment on the report going to the Executive on the 5 July 2022.

16.

Annual Scrutiny Report pdf icon PDF 284 KB

To enable the Committee to comment on the report on its activities in

2021/22.

 

Recommendation

 

2.1       That the Committee endorse the report included as annexe 1 whilst making any suggestions for amendments.

 

Additional documents:

17.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider the following recommendation of the motion of the Chairman:

 

Recommendation

 

That pursuant to Procedure Rule 20 and in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items 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 public were present during the items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information (as defined by Section 100I of the Act) of the description specified in the appropriate paragraph(s) of the revised Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act (to be specified at the meeting).

18.

Property Investment Advisory Board Activity Report and Quarterly Performance

The purpose is set out in the exempt report.

 

Recommendation

 

The recommendation is set out in the exempt report.

Additional documents: