Agenda and minutes

Executive Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 24th January, 2019 7.15 pm

Venue: Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge

Contact: Mark Braddock  Statutory Scrutiny Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence and to report the presence of any substitute Members


Apologies had been received from Mr Tony Little, Roman Catholic Diocesan Co-opted Member.


Declarations of Interest in Matters coming before this meeting


No interests were declared by Members present.


To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 110 KB


Subject to changing an error in the attendance at the last meeting, the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2018 were agreed as a correct record.


Exclusion of Press and Public

To confirm that the items of business marked Part I will be considered in public and that the items marked Part II will be considered in private.


Items were considered and public and private as set out on the Cabinet agenda.


Consideration of Executive Decisions Taken and any Call-Ins pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To undertake the statutory scrutiny role of executive decision-making by the London Borough of Hillingdon, and in particular to review decisions made by the Cabinet prior to this meeting. Members should consider any other decision taken by a Cabinet Member(s) or key decision taken by an Officer published in the five working days before this meeting.



Members gave consideration to the Cabinet reports of the 24 January 2019 and the decisions made by Cabinet on them earlier that evening.


On the budget monitoring report, Members discussed the forecast overspend on the contingency provision for Looked After Children in part due to an increase in the number of high cost residential placements and also a unit cost increase in such placements. The recurring issue of the deficit on the Dedicated Schools Budget was raised along with the risks associated with. Members noted some schools had substantial reserves and stressed the importance of the role of the Schools Forum in tackling such financial pressures. Vacant postswithin Trading Standards were highlighted and assurances were sought on whether this was having an impact on local consumer protection services.


RESOLVED: – That the decisions made by the Cabinet at their meeting on 24 January 2019 be endorsed and that no call-in be made.