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Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Communities and Services) Minutes    

Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021       Time: 06:00 PM       Location: Civic Centre        Contact: gwright@Mansfield.gov.uk

Attendance Details

PresentNames
Present:Councillor Barry Answer, Councillor Bill Drewett, Councillor Ann Norman, Councillor John Smart, Councillor Sue Swinscoe, Councillor Stuart Wallace
In AttendanceAttendees
In Attendance:David Evans, Paul Dawson, Gabriella Wright
ItemDescriptionBackground InformationDecision
 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEAPOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies were received from Councillor Barlow, Councillor Garner and Councillor Walker.
 
21/12DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTDECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no Declarations of Interest from the floor.
 
21/13ADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICADVANCE QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

There were no advanced questions from members of the public.
 
21/14APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIRAPPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIR

Councillor Bill Drewett proposed Councillor Stuart Wallace.
Seconder Councillor Barry Answer.

This was accepted by a unanimous show of hands.

Councillor Stuart Wallace was appointed Vice Chair.
RESOLVED:

Councillor Stuart Wallace elected Vice Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Communities and Services).
21/15MINUTES OF LAST MEETINGMINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Councillor John Smart proposed the Minutes of the last meeting as a true record. Seconded by Councillor Bill Drewett.

Accepted by a unanimous show of hands.

Minutes
RESOLVED:

Minutes a true record.
21/16DRAFT WORK PROGRAMME 2021-22DRAFT WORK PROGRAMME 2021-22

The Chair advised the Committee that the Draft Work Programme 2021-2022, was a Work Programme that could be updated and amended, and scheduled timings adjusted to meet the needs of the Committee.
The Chair advised that he proposed a few amendments to the Draft Work Programme that included amendment of typographical error from 2020-2021 to 2021 to 2022.
i) The change of date from the 21 July 2021 to a date in July to be confirmed.
ii) The addition of the review of Grant Aid to Community Groups – to be added in July date to be confirmed.
iii) Removal of Community Safety Partnerships on 14 September 2021, as this was scheduled for the July meeting and therefore would need to be moved as advised by Head of Health and Communities.
iv) The addition of an item on 14 September 2021 - ASB Work Group Report (Councillor Shields to be invited to present this).
v) Repairs & Housing Voids Update to be scheduled earlier than 14 September 2021 if feasible to do so.
vi) The Chair proposed that small short term workgroups be set up for both the Review of the Grant for Community Groups and for a workgroup related to Voids to be made up of Members from the Overview & Scrutiny Communities Committee.
The Chair asked the Committee if there were any other items that they would like to be added to the Draft Work Programme for 2021- 2022.
Councillor Stuart Wallace asked if the River Maun Recreation Centre- Community Asset Transfer, if there was likely to be an update needed before the scheduled date of 14 September 2021.
The Head of Health and Wellbeing felt that an update sooner than that date was unlikely, however, if there was anything to report before that date it would be brought to the Committee at an earlier date.
The Chair reminded Members that the Work Programme was flexible, that Members could raise future items within the Work Programme.
The Chair asked a Proposer to accept the Draft Work Programme 2021-2022 with the amendments stated.
Proposer Councillor John Smart, Seconder Councillor Stuart Wallace. A unanimous show of hands accepted the proposal.





Report of the Overview & Scrutiny Chair

Draft Work Programme 2021-22
RESOLVED:

(i) That the attached Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Communities & Services) Work Programme for 2021/2022 (Appendix 1) be approved.
(ii) That further issues suggested be agreed for inclusion in the Work Programme.
21/17HOMELESSNESS,ROUGH SLEEPING AND DOMESTIC ABUSE BRIEFINGHOMELESSNESS,ROUGH SLEEPING AND DOMESTIC ABUSE BRIEFING

The Chair asked the Committee if there were any comments on the Homelessness, Rough Sleeping and First Steps Project, Domestic Abuse Act.
Councillor John Smart commented on his concern regarding the lifting of restrictions on Private Rented Housing evictions. The Member was concerned that this could result in more people becoming homeless.
The Chair shared Councillor Smart’s concerns regarding this, as the Member was aware that there had been a hold put on evictions during the pandemic.
The Housing Solutions Team Leader stated that throughout the pandemic the Council had tried to move people into more permanent housing as quickly as possible. Throughout the summer, many people had been relocated into mainstream housing as quickly as possible.
Councillor Smart informed the Committee that he had received enquiries from people concerned that they were going to be evicted. The Member asked for clarification on the process as the Member’s understanding was that the private rented tenant had to be evicted before contacting the Council.
The Officer responded that the tenant could still contact the Council and use the CALLB4USERVE, this service mediates between the landlord and the tenant to try to resolve the issue before the eviction notice has been served. Therefore the sooner that the tenant reports it the better. The new legislation does give the Council more time to work with people.
The Chair referred the Committee to the Mansfield First Steps report by Nottingham Trent University and asked if there were any comments regarding the report.
Councillor John Smart asked if the Council was still using the Manor Hotel.
The Officer responded that they were not this had ended at the end of March 2021.
The Member queried if there had been any issues with the use of the hotel.
The Officer responded that there were one or two individuals who caused some damage, in these cases their licences were revoked. Most residents were well behaved, and progressed onto the Council’s general needs housing stock.
The Chair stated that there had been a good reduction in the numbers of rough sleepers.
The Officer stated that during the everybody in campaign, which the period was, that the Council had to rehouse everyone overnight on the streets during the pandemic. At that time there were 47 roughsleepers, the average prior to that had been approximately 27-33 every year. The Officer responded that Outreach Workers recorded numbers weekly, as low as one and annually the recorded annual figures reduced substantially
The report was accepted for noting with a unanimous show of hands.



Briefing Paper

Appendix
RESOLVED:

Accepted by for noting.
Published 29/06/2021 10:32:32