Review of Partnership Working
Decision maker: The Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To undertake a review of partnership working arrangements in the light of the enactment of the Localism Bill
Councillor Stephen Thirlwell – Deputy Leader and Customer Access & Partnerships Portfolio
The Cabinet was presented with the results of a review that had been undertaken into the partnerships that had been approved under the provisions of Minute 278 (2010/11) having regard to the changes to partnership structures made by the Warwickshire County Council and with the passing of the Localism Act 2011.
The options open to The Cabinet were to agree, amend or reject the revised list of partnerships presented.
In considering the options, The Cabinet noted that
· the partnership landscape was changing in Warwickshire and Stratford;
· the review had identified that some partnerships were no longer in operation, while others were being created; and
· the review identified these changes and sought approval for the changes.
During the ensuing debate, the following comments were made:
a. whilst membership of both the Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board and Warwickshire Children’s Trust Board were to be officer appointments only, arrangements would be made for the appointed officer to brief the relevant Portfolio Holder on issues arising at meetings of both Board’s;
b. in respect of Orbit Heart of England Housing Association – Service Board it was noted that new arrangements were being introduced through a Scrutiny Group. Concern was expressed that these new arrangements were not operational and action would be taken to expedite the situation;
c. in respect of the Coventry and Warwickshire Destination Management Partnership, it was confirmed that work was to be undertaken jointly through the South Warwickshire Tourism Group and the Local Enterprise Partnership;
d. in noting that the World Class Stratford programme had finished, it was also confirmed that the Council’s commitment to Advantage West Midlands had been signed off. In addition, subject to minor contingency issues which were due to be finished, the Council had no outstanding financial liabilities in respect of the Programme; and
e. in view of the moving nature of Partnership situation, annual ‘health’ checks be undertaken to the list with full reviews being undertaken on a bi-annual basis.
Having regard to the above, it was
(1) That the list of partnerships set out in Appendix 1 to the report, as clarified in the preamble to this Minute, be endorsed as the ones in which the Council would participate during 2012/13 and 2013/14; and
(2) That the decision maker for the nomination of representatives on the partnerships as set out in the said Appendix 1 be agreed.
NOTE: This item is subject to call-in to the OSC
Report author: Paul Lankester
Publication date: 10/04/2012
Date of decision: 02/04/2012
Decided at meeting: 02/04/2012 - The Cabinet
Effective from: 14/04/2012