Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

35.

Apologies (Agenda Item 1)

To receive apologies for absence. 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors T Carter and Webb.  Councillors Ashby and Brame were present as their Substitutes.

 

36.

Declaration of Interests (Agenda Item 2)

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate in the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests that they have, in relation to an agenda item that supports the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

No declarations were made.

 

37.

Non-Members wishing to address the Meeting (Agenda Item 3)

To note the names of any non-Members who wish to address the meeting.

Minutes:

None.

 

38.

Next Meeting (Agenda Item 4)

To note that the next meeting will be held on 22 July 2015 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham.

Minutes:

The arrangements for the next meeting on 22 July 2015 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham were noted.

 

39.

Exclusion of Press & Public (Agenda Item 5)

To consider passing the following resolution:

 

“That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Schedule 12A to the Act”.

 

 

PART B

ITEM FROM WHICH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE EXCLUDED 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

40.

Review of the Economic Development Function (Agenda Item 6)

Report of the Executive Director Place.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Director Place presented the report and explained the reason for its urgency.

 

She ran through the background to the Economic Development Team (ED Team) which was a discretionary rather than statutory service and reminded Members of previous decisions taken, designed to make the service cost neutral. As a result, some long-term employees of the Council had agreed to transfer to temporary contracts to further that aim.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances their future was now at risk. 

 

Members were given details of the chain of events which had occurred and the efforts being made by the Council to secure the future of the ED Team.  The proposal before Members was for a structure which would meet the needs of the Council’s Open for Business agenda.

 

Members were advised that the matter had been discussed at a Special meeting of the Local Joint Consultative Committee and the proposals had been supported, therefore consultation with affected staff had commenced. 

 

The HR Business Partner explained that various options were being explored.  The Council was wholly committed to avoiding redundancy where possible and everything was being done to avoid losing valued members of staff.  The consultation had commenced due to the tight timescales as temporary contracts would soon expire.

 

RESOLVED to RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL that:

 

(1)  the proposed structure as illustrated at Figure 2 of the report be approved; and

(2)  authority be delegated to the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the Leader to take all such consequential, subsidiary and incidental action as may be required.  The authority to include approving any redundancies and early retirements.