Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 20th January 2015

A varied agenda has been compiled for the next meeting of Warwickshire’s Communities OSC. Here are the key items:

Consultation Plan for Voluntary Sector Support

In November, members were advised of the consultation taking place on a savings proposal for changes in funding to the voluntary and community sector. This consultation closes on 12th February and it was requested that an update of feedback received be provided to this meeting.

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The Committee will review the success of this initiative, what has been achieved, performance levels, a summary of current activity and plans for the future.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Flood Risk

Warwickshire County Council is a lead local flood authority, responsible for managing flood risks from surface water, ground water and ordinary watercourses. It has a duty to develop, monitor and apply a local flood risk management strategy. Following a decision taken by the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety in December, the Committee will receive a report and presentation on this Strategy and the current consultation taking place on it.

The WCC Skills for Employment Programme

An update on the Skills for Employment Programme. This follows a significant consultation, with the aim of ensuring that the County Council’s funding is adding value and supporting our aim to ensure that residents are gaining the skills needed and demanded by our local business community.

One Organisational Plan: Quarterly Progress Report 2014/15

The latest quarterly performance monitoring report will be circulated. It will be accompanied by a presentation comparing the performance data for the second and third quarters of 2014/15.

Members will also have the chance to put questions to Cabinet members on areas under the Committee’s remit and receive the bi-monthly update on the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Scheme.

County Council Meeting – Thursday, 21st March 2013

Councillors will have plenty to talk about at Council on 21st March.

Councillors will have plenty to talk about at the Council meeting on 21st March.

On Thursday, 21st March we’ve got a County Council meeting, which will be held at Shire Hall, Warwick from 10am.  This will be the last full Council meeting of our Council’s four-year term, ahead of the elections in May (more on this soon).

We’ve got a pretty full agenda for the meeting. Amongst other things, we’ll be talking through the following:

  • Councillors will be looking at a report on the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, including some of the risks and challenges it will face in the coming years, and some of the work the Service will be doing to overcome these challenges
  • Councillors will be setting up the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board, which comes about as a result of central government changes to the NHS, which will take effect on 1st April this year
  • Three of our Cabinet Members (who have special responsibility for certain council services) will be updating everyone on the key issues within their portfolios:

Councillor Richard Hobbs will talk through Community Safety issues,

Councillor Heather Timms will focus on Children and Schools

And Councillor Izzi Seccombe will talk through some of the changes in Adult Social Care

You can find the agenda for the meeting and all of the supporting documents on the County Council website.

As with all of the big meetings here at Shire Hall, full Council is open to the public, and we’d encourage residents to attend.

If you’ve got any questions, or would like to know more about Council meetings or how to get involved in local democracy, drop me a line at or comment below.

Scrutiny visit to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue HQ

Last week, members of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee were given a tour of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Leamington Spa. Fire and Rescue is a major part of the Committee’s remit and visits like this give members an opportunity to learn about the service from the officers on the ground.

The video gives a quick look at what we saw on the tour and includes some thoughts from Gary Phillips, Deputy Chief Fire Officer; Councillor John Whitehouse, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety.

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