Agenda and minutes

Executive Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 7.15 pm

Venue: Committee Room 6 - Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW. View directions

Contact: Mark Braddock - Statutory Scrutiny Officer  If you are attending the meeting, please enter via main reception and visit the security desk to sign-in and collect a visitors pass. You will then be directed to the Committee Room.

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No. Item


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


All Members were present.


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 17 December 2019 pdf icon PDF 110 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 17 December 2019 were approved 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.


All items were considered in public.


Follow-up: Matters for clarification from the last meeting pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To receive the responses on any information requests or clarifications on matters from the previous Cabinet meeting and associated reports.


The Committee noted the responses provided by officers on the clarifications on the Cabinet reports from the last meeting.


Consideration of Executive Decisions Taken and any Call-Ins pdf icon PDF 106 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 23 January 2020 meeting and the decisions made by Cabinet on them earlier that evening.


Members discussed the timings associated with the GP Pressures review endorsed by Cabinet, where it was noted that a previous scrutiny review into the matter had been undertaken, but had also been superseded by the most recent review with more up-to-date information and witness evidence.


On the report relating to the Council’s updated equalities and stronger communities policies, the Committee sought clarification on what sort of co-ordinated approach the Council undertakes with schools on the matter. All Members welcomed the report which had been requested by full Council.


The Committee also welcomed the report on modern slavery, which had also been requested by Council.


On the budget monitoring report, Members noted the recent announcement of increased borrowing costs for debt sourced from HM Treasury’s Public Works Loan Board and that the report noted that this would affect the cost of future borrowing. The Committee sought more detail on the loans affected within Hillingdon.


RESOLVED: – That the decisions made by the Cabinet at their meeting on 23 January 2020 be endorsed and that no call-in be made.