Agenda and minutes

Community Overview & Scrutiny Panel - Monday, 26th November, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: The Dove Room, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek

Contact: Sally Hampton - Member & Community Support Officer  Tel: 01538 395429 Email:

No. Item


Notification of Substitute Members, if any.


There were no substitute members.


To Approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting. pdf icon PDF 72 KB


DECIDED:    That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Panel held on the 1st October 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.




Minutes of the Last Meeting of the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel. pdf icon PDF 325 KB


DECIDED:    That the Minutes of the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel Meeting held on 29th October 2018 be noted.



Declaration of Interests:

·         Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

·         Other Interests



Agenda No.

Member Declaring Interest

Nature of Interest


Agenda Item 8

-       Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Annual Update

Cllrs J. Davies, M.M. Lovatt and P. Jackson

Other – Board members of the CAB.



Questions to Portfolio Holders, if any.

(At least two clear days notice required, in writing, to the Proper Officer in accordance with Procedure Rule 15).


There were none.


Joint Governance Arrangements & Annual Update - Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Commissioner, Police, Fire, Rescue and Crime.


Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire Commissioner, explained to the Panel how crime had changed and, in particular, how cyber crime had now become so prevalent.


Key issues for the Commissioner were significant budget pressures in relation to the Police Pension Scheme, the expense of armed vehicles and rural crimes. The amount of funding required to cover the pension deficit would result in the investments planned for front line services not being able to be made. Members were very concerned about the pension funding gap and Matthew Ellis confirmed that he had lobbied the Government in relation to this matter.


A member of the Panel referred to the centralisation of the Policing Teams to the city centre and that members of the public had reported that a lack of response and loss of faith in the Police. He gave an example of a recent incident at which only 1 Neighbourhood Officer was available for the whole of the Moorlands on a particular day.


The Commissioner confirmed that police visibility had increased and a new model of working had been introduced but there should not be insufficient staffing levels as described by the Councillor. A review of the effectiveness of the new model of working, performance and staffing numbers was being undertaken for the Moorlands. The Panel would be updated on the outcome of this review once completed. The Councillor was asked to inform the Commissioner of the date this incident had taken place so it could be looked into further.


Other members of the Panel shared their experiences of quick responses received from the Police and discussion also took place around automatic number plate recognition in the area, the Control Room and a project for joined up CCTV.


The low numbers of retained fire fighters was a concern for a member of the Panel and the Commissioner gave assurance that recruitment was being looked at by the Deputy Commissioner, along with more effective training courses. It was reported that recently there had been an increase in applications for the Retained Fire Service.


Members queried how the Fire and Police Services were working together and if the Police Station in Leek was still occupied. The Panel was advised that savings could made around the Support/Admin functions of both services which would enable there to be re-investment in front line services. A joint Transport Hub had recently saved a vast amount of money for front line services. An Estates Review was ongoing and accommodation costs could be reduced by the co-location of services. The Police Station in Leek wasn’t empty at present. Councillor Davies requested details of any proposals for co-location in the Biddulph area to be sent to him.


The Chair thanked Matthew Ellis for attending the meeting.


DECIDED: That the update be NOTED.



Citizens Advice Bureau - Annual Update from Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek. pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Additional documents:


Individual presentations for Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) were considered by the Panel.  Each presentation contained statistical information and case studies.


Sam Hubbard, Generalist Services Manager, introduced the presentation on behalf of the Biddulph CAB, Dawn Keates represented the Cheadle CAB and Phillip Haddock gave the presentation for the Leek CAB.


The Panel was informed that the Cheadle and Leek CABs were going to merge into one CAB from April 2019.


Members complimented the CABs on the work they carried out and thanked the excellent staff and volunteers.


DECIDED: That the presentation be NOTED.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Any additional items to be added to the Work Programme:

·         Chair’s Items

·         Members’ Items


The Panel considered its Work Programme and agreed the items listed, subject to an item on Foodbanks being added.  During this part of the meeting, Councillor Pam Wood suggested that the Health & Community Panels should be one joint Panel which met more regularly. This was a matter for Annual Council which the Chair would look into.


DECIDED: That the Panel’s Work Programme for 2018/19 be agreed, subject to an item on Food Banks being added.