Agenda and draft minutes

People, Performance and Development Committee - Wednesday, 10 February 2021 1.00 pm

Venue: Remote

Contact: Joss Butler 

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1/21

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

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    Apologies were received from Colin Kemp. Mary Lewis acted as substitute.

2/21

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING [10 DECEMBER 2020] pdf icon PDF 202 KB

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    To agree the minutes as a true record of the meeting.

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    The minutes were agreed as a true record of the meeting.

     

3/21

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

     

    (i)         Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)        Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

     

    NOTES:

     

            Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

            As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

            Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

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    There were none.

4/21

QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS

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    To receive any questions or petit

     

    Notes:

    1.  The deadline for Member’s questions is 12.00pm four working days before the meeting (4 February 2021).

    2.  The deadline for public questions is seven days before the meeting (3 February 2021).

    3.  The deadline for petitions was 14 days before the meeting, and no petitions have been received.

     

     

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    There were none.

5/21

ACTION REVIEW pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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    To note the actions tracker.

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    Declarations of interest:

    None.

     

    Witnesses:

    None.

     

    Key points from the discussion:

     

    1.    The Committee noted that there were no updates on the Actions Tracker.

     

    Actions/ further information to be provided:

     

    None.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    The Committee noted the Actions Tracker.

6/21

Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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    To note the Committee’s Forward Work Programme.

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    Declarations of interest:

    None.

     

    Witnesses:

    Jackie Foglietta, Director – HR&OD

     

    Key points from the discussion:

     

    1.    The Committee noted the items of the Forward Work Programme. 

    2.    In regards to the SCC Pay 2021/22 item on the Forward Work Programme, a Member asked whether March 2021 was too late to consider the collective agreement. Officers confirmed that consideration of the item was late however negotiations were still ongoing with the trade unions. Members further noted that it was unlikely that a pay deal would be in place by April 2021 however any changes would be back-dated once agreed.

     

    Actions/ further information to be provided:

     

    None.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme. 

     

7/21

Staffing Matters in response to Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 229 KB

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    To provide the Committee with an update on staffing matters in relation to Covid-19 in response to this latest phase of the pandemic.

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    Declarations of interest:

    None.

     

    Witnesses:

    Jackie Foglietta, Director – HR&OD

     

    Key points raised during the discussion:

     

    1.    The Director – HR&OD provided Members with an update on staffing matters in relation to Covid-19 in response to the latest phase of the pandemic. Members noted that, although the number of cases within the current wave were higher, the council had been much better prepared in all areas in relation to workforce. Members were provided with a short presentation and the slides presented were included in the meeting’s agenda.

    2.    The Committee had a discussion about front line and residential council staff refusing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and asked whether refusal data was being collated and, further to this, what proactive steps were being taken to support vaccine uptake. Officers explained that there were a number of reasons why someone might refuse a vaccination and that it was against data protection regulations to record individuals preference. Members went on to note that any member of front line staff that had refused to be vaccinated, and could not work from home, may be redeployed to a non-front line role. Members highlighted the importance of proactive communications to support the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccinations by council staff where appropriate. A Member of the Committee went on to stress the importance of the Corporate Leadership Team finding a suitable way of recording and addressing vaccine refusals.

    3.    In regards to reallocation of staff, A Member asked whether there had been any negative impacts to business continuity as a result of redeployments. Officers confirmed that the redeployment of staff had been successful and they had not yet identified any impacts of business continuity.

    4.    The Committee asked for clarification on the pay arrangements in place for staff who were self-isolating. Officers confirmed that the council continued to pay staff who were unable to be redeployed and were self-isolating.

    5.    Members noted that sickness rates, other than for COIVD-19 reasons, were not higher than in the previous year.

     

    Actions/ further information to be provided:

     

    None.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    To note the content of the report.

     

8/21

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

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    Recommendation: That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government

    Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information under the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

     

     

     

     

    PART TWO – IN PRIVATE

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    RESOLVED: That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information under the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

9/21

Centrally Employed Teachers 2020/2021 Pay Settlement

    This report is being brought to the People, Performance and Development Committee in order to seek approval for a number of key changes to Centrally Employed Teachers (CET) pay and policies with effect from 1 September 2020

     

    This report is being brought to the Committee under its delegated powers in accordance with Section 2, para 6.13 (a) of the Constitution: “determine policy on pay, terms and conditions of employment for all staff”.

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Witnesses:

Emma Lucas, Head of Business Partnering and Employment Practice

 

Key points raised during the discussion:

 

  1. The report was introduced by officers. The Committee asked a number of questions which were responded to by the officers present before moving to recommendations.

 

Actions/ further information to be provided:

 

None.

 

RESOLVED:

 

See exempt minute [E-4-22]

 

10/21

PUBLICITY OF PART 2 ITEMS

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    To consider whether the item considered under Part 2 of the agenda should be made available to the press and public.

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DATE OF NEXT MEETING

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    The next meeting of People, Performance and Development Committee will be on 31 March 2021.

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    The Committee noted that its next meeting would be held on