Agenda and minutes
GLA Oversight Committee
Wednesday 23 November 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 5, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Vishal Seegoolam, Principal Committee Manager; Telephone: 020 7983 4425; Email:  [email protected]; Minicom: 020 7983 4458 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chairman's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chairman.

Minutes:

1.1  Apologies for absence were received from Len Duvall AM for whom Unmesh Desai AM attended as a substitute Member, from Steve O’Connell for whom Tony Arbour AM attended as a substitute Member and from Dr Onkar Sahota AM for whom Leonie Cooper AM attended as a substitute Member.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(b)   Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any disclosable pecuniary interests in specific items listed on the agenda and the necessary action taken by the Member(s) regarding withdrawal following such declaration(s); and

 

(c)   Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any other interests deemed to be relevant (including any interests arising from gifts and hospitality received which are not at the time of the meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality, and noting also the advice from the GLA’s Monitoring Officer set out at Agenda Item 2) and to note any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved:

 

That the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 97 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the GLA Oversight Committee held on 20 October 2016 to be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the GLA Oversight Committee held on 20 October 2016 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

4.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Vishal Seegoolam; [email protected]; 020 7983 4425 

The Committee is recommended to note the completed and outstanding actions
arising from previous meetings of the GLA Oversight Committee.

Minutes:

4.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

4.2  Resolved:

 

That the completed and outstanding actions arising from previous meetings of the GLA Oversight Committee be noted.

5.

Appointment of a Night Czar pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Richard Derecki; [email protected]; 020 7983 4899 

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report as background to its discussion with invited guests.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to a discussion with the following invited guests:

·  Dr Nick Bowes, Mayoral Director, Policy;

·  Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries;

·  Jeff Jacobs, Head of Paid Service; and

·  Juliette Carter, Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

5.2  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 1.

 

5.3  During the course of the discussion, the Deputy Mayor, Culture and Creative Industries and the Mayoral Director, Policy undertook to:

·  Request Amy Lamé, Night Czar, to delete posts on twitter which had caused offence, namely in relation to political groups, politicians and the Queen;

·  Circulate a letter to the Committee of Amy Lamé’s apology to the leaders of six Conservative Local Authorities in London;

·  Circulate to the Committee the legal advice which confirmed that the Mayoral Decision, confirming Amy Lamé’s appointment, constituted a waiver for the purposes of adhering to the GLA’s Contracts and Funding Code. 

5.4  On behalf of the Committee, the Chairman thanked the guests for their attendance. 

 

5.5  Resolved:

 

  That the report, discussion and the commitments outlined at paragraph 5.3 above be noted.

6.

Personal Budgets in Door-to-Door Services - Proposal for a Rapporteurship pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Richard Berry; [email protected]; 020 7983 4199 

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Agree that Keith Prince AM be appointed as a rapporteur to lead an investigation into personal budgets in door-to-door transport services on behalf of the Transport Committee; and

 

(b)  Agree the terms of reference for the proposed investigation into personal budgets in door-to-door transport services, as set out in paragraph 4.2 of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

6.2  The Head of Scrutiny and Investigations explained that the purpose of this proposed rapporteurship was to investigate whether those people with limited mobility could be better aided in travelling around London and using the public transport system. This rapporteurship would be different to work previously conducted by the Transport Committee as it would focus on personal budgets and whether the service could be more efficient. There were sufficient resources available to conduct this rapporteurship.

 

6.3  Keith Prince AM reported that the rapporteurship had the potential to change peoples’ lives for the better. He received regular complaints from members of the public who had mobility issues relating to delays encountered in using transport services. Under this proposed rapporteurship he would conduct various meetings across London and develop firm suggestions and proposals. One of the areas that the rapporteurship would look at was whether a personal budget on using transport services could be issued on a smart card, where the service user was free to choose their mode of transport. It was also noted that this proposed rapporteurship would not require significant financial resources.

 

6.4  Leonie Cooper AM supported  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Proposed Changes to the GLA Establishment pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report of the Head of Paid Service

Contact:  Juliette Carter; [email protected]; 020 7983 4194 

 

The Committee is recommended to respond to the Head of Paid Service consultation on the proposed changes to the establishment in the GLA.

Minutes:

7.1  The Committee received the report of the Head of Paid Service.

 

7.2  The Head of Paid Service explained that in summary, the proposals involved five fixed term posts becoming permanent posts, and creating three new posts. The net budget cost of £412k had been highlighted in the report. For the current year, all relevant costs associated with the posts would be contained within the overall budget for the Greater London Authority. For future years, all relevant costs would be built into the base budget.

 

7.3  In response to a question from the Chairman about the details of the growth bids not being reflected in the report presented to the Budget and Performance Committee meeting on 24 November 2016, the Head of Paid Service explained that this had been reflected in overall figures towards the end of the relevant report.

 

7.4  The Executive Director of Resources reported that at the time the report to this Committee was drafted, officers were not able to provide the Committee with the detail of the growth bids, but the relevant figures had been reflected in the report to the Budget and Performance Committee. Additionally there was existing budget provision for the three new posts.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Election Review 2016 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Richard Derecki; [email protected]; 020 7983 4899 

 

The Committee is recommended to approve the draft report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

8.2  Resolved

 

  That the draft Election Review 2016 report be approved.

9.

Work Programme for the GLA Oversight Committee pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Vishal Seegoolam; [email protected]; 020 7983 4425

 

The Committee is recommended to note its work programme for 2016-17 and identify any additional issues it wishes to consider at future meetings.

Minutes:

9.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the work programme for the remainder of 2016-17 be noted.

10.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to be held on Thursday 15 December 2016 at 2pm in Committee Room 5.

Minutes:

10.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled to be held on 15 December 2016 at 2pm in Committee Room 5.

11.

Any Other Business the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

11.1  There were no items of urgent business.

12.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

12.1  The meeting ended at 1.05pm.