Agenda item

Vision Derbyshire

Minutes:

The purpose of the report was to:

 

·       Provide an update on work taking place with Derbyshire Councils on Vision Derbyshire and the emergence of the opportunities presented through a County Deal;

·       Seek approval for the Council’s involvement in Phase 4 development and implementation; and

·       Seek to confirm the Council’s involvement in the establishment of a Joint Committee of local authorities within Derbyshire, the Vision Derbyshire Committee, to progress a collaborative working model which seeks to improve outcomes for people and place through closer working between those authorities.

 

The report was considered by the Corporate Select Committee on 27 September 2021.

 

Options considered:

 

1.     Alternative Option 1 Do Nothing – The Council could continue with current arrangements for Vision Derbyshire with existing informal governance arrangements and resources. However, this option would no be sustainable in the short and medium term because resources and capacity to deliver identified programmes of work were not sufficient to progress the approach. A new joint team and formal governance arrangements provide an opportunity to present a different and new model of collaboration as a viable alternative to local government reform and as such this would not deliver the ambitions of the Council to deliver local government reform. (Not recommended)

 

2.     Alternative Option 2 – The Council could cease its involvement in Vision Derbyshire and abandon ambitions to develop a new collaborative model for Derbyshire. The Council instead could continue to pursue opportunities to deliver improved outcomes through traditional forms of collaboration and partnership. However, this approach had known limitations, does not address the challenges facing local government in respect of reduced financial resources and would not deliver the full range of benefits as set out in the report. It does not provide a viable alternative to local government reorganisation and limits Derbyshire’s ability to speak with one voice. Ultimately this could prevent Derbyshire from maximising resources into Derbyshire that may become available through devolution and the levelling up agenda. (Not Recommended)

 

3.     Alternative Option 3 – The Council could cease its involvement in Vision Derbyshire and pursue an alternative approach to local government reform through local government reorganisation. However, this was not currently the Council’s preferred option and there was currently no framework in place to enable Councils in the country to pursue this approach at the current moment in time. (Not recommended)

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.     That the progress on the development of the Vision Derbyshire approach and recent Phase 3 developments and achievements be noted.

 

2.     That key actions currently being undertaken during Vision Derbyshire Phase 3a to develop an ambitious programme of work in advance of Phase 4 be considered and noted.

 

3.     That Vision Derbyshire Phase 4 proposals for the forthcoming period as set out in the report be considered and approved.

 

4.     That the Council’s active participation in Vision Derbyshire Phase 4 and the associated costs of taking forward the programme of work, the maximum cost of which currently stands at £52,350 per annum be approved.

 

5.     That proposals for the establishment of the Vision Derbyshire Joint Committee and delegates functions to the Joint Committee as set out in the Functions and Responsibilities document in Appendix B be approved.

 

6.     That the Terms of Reference, including the Introduction and Context, Functions and Responsibilities, Procedural Rules and Information Procedure Rules for the Vision Derbyshire Joint Committee as set out at Appendix B and the position detailed in those documents regarding scrutiny and co-option be approved.

 

7.     That the Leader, Cllr Anthony McKeown, be appointed as the Council’s representative on the Vision Derbyshire Joint Committee and the Deputy Leader, Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, be appointed as substitute.

 

8.     That authority be delegated to the Leader to agree by executive member decision which authority will act as the host authority for the Joint Committee.

 

9.     That it be noted that as the functions of the Committee are executive functions, HPBC will not have the opportunity to co-opt additional members onto the Committee and the ability to co-opt is restricted within the Terms of Reference.

 

10. That, in accordance with section 9F of the Local Government Act 2000, constituent authorities who operate executive arrangements will need to make formal scrutiny arrangements to review or scrutinise decisions made in connection with the exercise of the functions of the Vision Derbyshire Joint Committee, and that the Council’s existing scrutiny arrangements through its select committees will apply be noted.

 

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