Agenda and minutes

Executive Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 13th February, 2020 7.30 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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Apologies for Absence and to report the presence of any substitute Members


Councillor Kerri Prince sent her apologies and was substituted by Councillor Stuart Mathers.


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 23 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 111 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2020 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 68 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 105 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 13 February 2020 meeting and the decisions made by Cabinet on them earlier that evening.


The Committee sought clarification on a number of points within the budget monitoring report, including the vacant posts in Youth Services, an explanation of the £400k grant received for vulnerable children, more details of the overspend and underspend in the Provider and Commissioned Care Service along with plans to increase capacity and places for children with SEND.


On the 2020/21 budget report, recommended to Council, whilst the Committee noted that Cabinet’s decisions could not be called-in, it sought clarification on the transfer of funding for two posts covering early intervention and support to the Dedicated Schools Grant.


On the Schools Budget, the Committee requested a copy of the recent minutes of the Schools Forum for background information.


RESOLVED: – That the remaining decisions made by the Cabinet at their meeting on 13 February 2020 be endorsed and that no call-in be made.