LEP “minutes” of 17 January 2017: interesting highlights

[The elephant in the room – the CEO’s 26% payrise – does not appear to be mentioned but it might be item 8 – see below]

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SEVEN NEW PRIVATE SECTOR BOARD MEMBERS

“To commence the open recruitment process in January 2017 for up to 7 new private sector board directors following the anticipated retirement of a number of directors in 2017 in accordance to the process agreed in July’s Board meeting.”

How open?

ONE ORGANISATION BEING FUNDED IS BEING NAUGHTY

“Within this protocol [simply called “Amber Protocols, no other information], there is one project which have failed to satisfy their conditions of funding approval / funding agreement. They will be written to and given two weeks to remedy their position.”

Which organisation?

THERE IS AN UNSPECIFIED SURPLUS WHICH SOME SORT OF OFFICER IS GOING SORT OUT ….

“The LEP will approach SCC 151 officer to review how surplus funds can be used productively.”

HOWEVER at least in March 2016 it appears that Somerset County Council had opted to break the rules about this Section 151 Officer:

“Full Council on two occasions (most recently November 2015) has considered the implications of the Local Authority (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 which amend the statutory protection provisions for the posts of Chief Executive, Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer. On both occasions the Council agreed to leave the existing constitutional provisions unchanged because of concerns over the requirements of the regulations. In deciding not to make any changes the Council recognised that this carried a risk as the Council’s arrangements would be non-compliant until such time as alternative provisions were agreed. Acting on the advice of the Somerset Monitoring Officers Group (SMOG) all 6 councils in Somerset have agreed to remain non-compliant with the regulations pending hoped for clarity from the Government in relation to the requirements. This has not been forthcoming so SMOG has designed and is recommending a local solution that meets the known requirements of the regulations and avoids those elements of the regulations that are causing concern.”

IS THIS THE PAYRISE? WHO KNOWS!

“8. Board Paper for Special Board Meeting of Directors:

“The LEP Board agree to the recommendations in the paper.”

SOURCE:
http://heartofswlep.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/LEP-Board-Agenda-17-Jan-2017-V-5-1.pdf