Corporate Services Policy and Review Panel
Thursday, 9th November, 2017 7.00 pm - Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Offices, Farnborough

Contact: Panel Administrator: Marion Young  Email:  marion.young@rushmoor.gov.uk Tel: 01252 398827

Items
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11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21st September, 2017 (copy attached).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21st September, 2017 were approved and signed by the Chairman.

12.

Impact of Universal Credit for Rushmoor

To receive a presentation from Dawn Menzies-Kelly, Revenues and Benefits Manager, on the Impact of Universal Credit for Rushmoor.

Minutes:

The Panel welcomed Dawn Menzies-Kelly, Revenues and Benefits Manager, who gave a presentation on the ‘Impact of Universal Credit for Rushmoor’.  The presentation covered the following:

 

·         Background

·         What is Universal Credit?

·         Current timetable

·         Impact on residents

·         Impact on Rushmoor staff

·         Planning

·         Issues

 

The Panel noted that, currently, the only Rushmoor residents who were required to claim Universal Credit were single, unemployed job seekers, totalling 250.  However, it was acknowledged that this number would increase markedly over the following years, with the housing benefit caseload reducing in comparison. 

 

The Panel was reminded that Rushmoor’s Housing Benefit team was assessed as the best in the country and that the impact of Universal Credit on them was under constant review. 

 

The Panel observed that those residents without access to the internet would be disadvantaged by Universal Credit as registration and claims were all done online.  It was explained that the Council and the Citizens Advice Bureau would continue to work together to assist residents in this regard.

 

The Panel thanked Dawn Menzies-Kelly for her detailed presentation and NOTED the update.

13.

Digital Strategy

To receive a presentation on Digital Strategy from Ian Harrison, Corporate Director, Nick Harding, Head of ICT and Facilities Services, Phil Roberts, IT Project Manager, and James Duggin, Contracts Manager.  The presentation will cover:

 

·         Context

·         Updates on Projects

·         Demonstration of the waste system

·         Update on the Members’ IT pilot

·         Plans for 2018/19

 

Minutes:

The Panel welcomed Ian Harrison, Corporate Director, Nick Harding, Head of ICT and Facilities Services, and Phil Roberts, IT Project Manager, who gave a presentation on ‘Customer & Digital Strategy 2017-2020 Update’, which had been endorsed by the Council in May 2017.  The presentation covered the following:

 

·         Context, ambitions and vision

·         Customer insight

·         2017 highlights and new waste contract demonstration

·         Members’ IT, Digital Inclusion Taskforce and Cloud strategy

·         Priorities for 2018/19

·         Challenges

·         Summary and questions

 

The Panel thanked Ian Harrison, Nick Harding and Phil Roberts for their detailed presentation and NOTED the update.

 

14.

Building security / evacuation plans

To receive a presentation from Roger Sanders, Principal Health and Safety Officer, and Alastair Murdoch, Facilities Team Leader, on Building Security and Evacuation Plans. 

 

Minutes:

The Panel welcomed Roger Sanders, Corporate Health & Safety Adviser, and Alastair Murdoch, Facilities Team Leader, who gave a presentation on the ‘Council Offices Emergency Evacuation Plans’.  The presentation covered the following:

 

·         Threat to Rushmoor

·         Previous Plans

·         What has changed?

·         Current threats

·         Fire risk assessment

·         Role of Councillors

·         Other arrangements

 

The Panel thanked Roger Sanders and Alastair Murdoch for their detailed presentation and NOTED the update.

 

15.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To note the Panel’s updated work programme for the 2017/18 Municipal Year (copy attached), and the likely cancellation of the Panel meeting on 18th January, 2018.

Minutes:

The Panel confirmed  that the meeting scheduled for 18th January, 2018 would not be required as a Panel meeting and was to be used for a budget seminar for all Councillors.

 

The Panel was advised that the work programme would be reviewed in March 2018, following the publication of the Council Plan 2018/19. 

 

The Panel NOTED the updated work programme for 2017/18.