Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 2nd January, 2024 7.00 pm - Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Offices, Farnborough

Contact: Administrator, Adele Taylor  Tel. (01252) 398831, Email.  adele.taylor@rushmoor.gov.uk

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 9th November, 2023 (copy attached).


The minutes of the meetings held on 9th November, 2023 were agreed as a correct record.



To note the appointment of Cllr D.E. Clifford as a Member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in place of Cllr A. Adeola for the remainder of the 2023/24 Municipal Year. The appointment has been made by the Leader of the Conservative Group in accordance with Standing Orders and arrangements to secure political balance.


The Committee NOTED the appointment of Cllr D.E. Clifford as a Member of the Committee in place of Cllr Ade Adeola for the remainder of the 2023/24 Municipal Year.


Customer Service Contact Indicators pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive a further update on the current customer contact data following the meeting in June, 2023, in particular around customer feedback, reception arrangements, promotion of the dedicated Nepali speaking phone line, and automated messaging.


The Committee welcomed Marybeth Quaintmere, Service Manager – Customer Services, Mary Timmins, Customer Services Team Leader, and Cllr Ade Adeola, Digital First & Corporate Portfolio Holder, who were in attendance to update the Committee on customer contact data, in particular around customer feedback, reception arrangements, automated messaging and the introduction of the dedicated Nepali speaking phone line.


A presentation was provided which covered the following key areas:


·         Call data – it was noted that abandoned call rates had dropped since the previous report in June, 2023 by 1%, as had call waiting times by 17 seconds.


·         Service levels – the industry standard for call answering was to answer 80% of calls within 20 seconds. It was noted that currently, an average of 40% of calls were being answered within 20 seconds. It was hoped that as digital services expanded and improved allowing more self-service options to customers this rate would increase.


·         Response levels – it was noted that response levels were being met within all SLA’s for services such as, Customer Services (within one working day), Love Rushmoor (within one working day), Parking Charge Notice’s (PCN) (within 14 days) and Council Tax (within 10 working days).


·         Customer contact – it was noted that Council tax had been the main reason why customers contacted the Council via phone, via the Love Rushmoor App it was for fly-tipping and via front of house it was primarily for other, non Rushmoor, services.


·         Additional team activity – it was advised that the team got involved in a number of different areas to enhance their knowledge and skill for assisting the customer. Some of the activities the team engaged with included, emergency planning training, shadowing the recycling crew, understanding homelessness, the warmer homes scheme etc.


·         Improving customer experience – it was advised that since the last update in June, 2023 a number of changes had been made to the phone scripts and call waiting messaging to improve the service. A Nepali speaking phone line had also been introduced with the option to leave a voicemail after two minutes to allow a Nepali speaking operative to call back. It was planned that a “pause” facility would be introduced to allow an operative working on an email to pause to answer an incoming call. It was also noted that the facilities team would be trained to undertake the post role freeing up an operative to deal with customer enquiries.


·         Customer feedback – during October, 2023 a survey of customer feedback was undertaken. During this period the system had been affected by eight consecutive working days of intermittent service, during which time there had been issues hearing the customer and vice versa. The average score given by the customer during October had been 2.85/5, however, if you removed the eight consecutive working days of intermittent service, the score would be 4.48/5.


·         Areas of focus for the future – these had been identified as follows:


o   To expand the triage for Housing to all access channels

o   Continue  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.


Council Business Plan - Quarter 2 Performance Monitoring

The Assistant Chief Executive will report on the delivery against the Council’s Business Plan 2022-2025 as at the end of Quarter 2. Report number ACE2308 submitted to the Cabinet on 21st November, 2023 can be found here.


The Committee welcomed Rachel Barker, Assistant Chief Executive who was in attendance to report on delivery against the Council’s Business Plan at the end of Quarter 2.


It was noted that the Q2 monitoring was in three parts, as set out below:


·         Quarterly monitoring - 10 key activities and projects which aimed to deliver the Council’s priorities within the themes of People and Place

·         Business Performance - key indicators and service measures used by the Council to monitor how the Council runs

·         Corporate Risk Register - factors identified in the Risk Register that could affect the future delivery of the Council Plan and impact on the Council’s Business Performance


In the Q2 monitoring data, it was noted that 90% of the key activities were highlighted as green - on course, and 10% were highlighted as amber – achievement was in question. It was noted that the activity highlighted as amber was:


·         People 5 - supporting key business sectors and help people to access the opportunities that they offer. Due to the presence of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) at the Farnborough College of Technology, the rooms and facilities at Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) are currently being used as teaching space.


As a result the project had been delayed. No projects were showing as red – unable to achieve, or blue – completed, at this time.


The following areas were noted, within the Business Performance section :


·         A reduction in the number of website sessions in comparison to the same quarter in 2022/23, this was mainly due to less views of the lido page (down by more than 90%). Southwood Country Park and the car boot sales had large increases in page views in comparison to 2022/23’s Q2.


·         Q1 2023/24 recycle rate was 44.1% (the same as Q1 in 2022/23), this information is one quarter behind.


Moving forward into Q3, it was proposed that fly-tipping data would be included in the data. In Q4, parking income data would replace PCN data, and cremations data would be included, due to the considerable service changes being undertaken during 2024.


Under the Corporate Risk Register section, the Committee noted that:


·         The Council’s key strategic and standing corporate risks had remained relatively unchanged.

·         An additional risk of significance had been added to the standing corporate register for the Leisure and Cultural Hub Major Project.

·         The addition of risks relating directly to the UK economy, in particular high interest rates.

·         The risk register now included trend arrows against each risk score to assist in tracking risk changes in the short term.


It was noted that plans were in place to further update/strengthen the Corporate Risk Management Policy later in 2023/24, particularly on the matter of risk appetite. As part of the longer-term updates to the policy and arrangements, consideration was also being given to tracking longer term trends for each risk


In response to a query it was noted that the Corporate Risk Register did not include all risks to the Council and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.


Work Plan pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the Work Plan for the 2023/24 Municipal Year (copy attached).


The Committee noted the current work plan.


Following a discussion regarding the invitation to the five County Councillors to attend a future meeting of the Committee to discuss engagement on relevant Borough matters, and the subsequent response from the Leader of Hampshire County Council (HCC), it was agreed that a further letter would be sent from the Chairman to the Leader of HCC.


It was noted that a request had been made for a replacement for Cllr Ade Adeola on the Registered Providers Task and Finish Group for the remainder of the 2023/24 Municipal Year.