Agenda and minutes

Communities and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 10th December, 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Bridges Room - Civic Centre

Contact: Helen Conway Email - 

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Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 131 KB

The Committee is asked to approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting held on 29 October 2018.


RESOLVED -  That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2018 be approved as a correct record.


Matters Arising


It was noted that with regards to the Speed Awareness issue which has been raised following the OSC review.  The Committee were advised that a list of sites of concern had been collated and passed to the police.  If any new sites are identified there is now a mechanism in place which will allow officers to report them to the police team.  There is a specific criteria in terms of the locations of cameras.  Police have been having police cars at certain hotspots and have had the mobile speed gun out.  Councillors are asked to contact a member of the team in Highways if they have any issues to report and they will be fed through to the Police.





Review fo Address Skills Shortages & Increase Employment Opportunities - Third Evidence Gathering Session pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report of Acting Strategic Director, Communities and Environment and Strategic Director, Care Wellbeing and Learning


The Committee held its third evidence gathering session as part of its Review to Address Skills Shortages and Increase Employment Opportunities.  The first two sessions have looked at early years and preparedness for school, careers and work inspiration, extra-curricular activity at school and post-16 learning.


This session was for two presentations, the first from Dr Emma Barron, Business Development Manager, Northumbria University and Catherine Manley, Access, Success and Progression Manager, Northumbria University.  The second presentation will be from Peter Northrop, Locality Manager NE, Skills for Care.


The presentation from Northumbria University would cover, current levels of access from under-represented groups, outreach activities, developing employability skills, alternative routes into higher education – foundation years and degree apprenticeships, employer engagement, employment and student enterprise.


The University advised the Committee that the Office for Fair Access have insisted that all universities must put in place an access and participation plan.  Office for Fair Access have highlighted who universities need to look at as target groups, including students from local HE Participation areas, those estranged from their families, carers and military families.


Currently the percentage of students at Northumbria from low participation neighbourhoods is at 19% against a target of 21%.  Nearly 20% of undergraduates are mature students.


The university run various outreach programmes, pre-16 programmes (Junior Evolve) (usually age 10 onwards) and post-16 programmes (Evolve).  The programme includes working with schools and creating sustained engagement with the University to develop confidence in applying to University and raising aspirations.  There have been 10,256 beneficiaries in the pre-16 programme.  The University have a Supported Entry Scheme, 103 schools are engaged in this with 1060 applications received.  Successful students earn NU entry points through participation in outreach activity and NU accepts these equivalent to UCAS tariff point.  Northumbria University have retention rates above 90% above all categories, with award winning Student Support and Wellbeing service.


Some of the outreach activities the University undertakes include


·         Evolve – a programme of workshops for Year 12-13, delivered in schools or on campus.  These include sessions on surviving sixth form, and the application process to high education, making the most out of university and ‘choose Northumbria’.

·         Junior Evolve – Years 5 – 11, these sessions cover awareness raising, understanding the breadth of subjects offered, study skills, meeting current students and some subject specific workshops in maths, science and English.

·         NU Entry – Year 12, participants gain up to 15 entry points through skills development such as communication, personal enterprise, teamwork, research and analysis.


The university also have an aim to focus on employability skills –


·         Careers employability award – an online tool for all students with seven programmes focusing on a range of attributes, skills, strengths and achievements to transform levels of employability

o   Self-awareness, workplace skills, career possibilities, job hunting, CVs and applications, Interview and offers and preparing for work.

o   Accompanying resources students can access employer advice, podcasts, placement opportunities and volunteering.

·         Degree content- informed by employers and accrediting bodies

·         Northumbria Employability Framework – programmes have to reflect  ...  view the full minutes text for item CPL18


Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives - Six Month Assessment of Performance and Delivery 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 376 KB

Report of the Acting Strategic Director, Communities and Environment

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report to provide an update on the six month assessment of performance and delivery for the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018. 


Performance is measured using trend analysis against the data reported last year rather than annual targets.  The report also highlights key actions delivered within the last six months against the Council’s Thrive agenda.


There are 8 indicators within the Strategic Outcome Indicators which can be reported on at the six monthly stage.  4 indicators performance has improved, 3 indicators, performance has not improved from last year and 1 indicator performance has been maintained.


The Committee are asked to agree some amendments to the following indicators.


·         Reported incidents of ASB

o   It is proposed this indicator is amended to incorporate other sources of reported anti-social behaviour, as well as police reported incidents, data collected would also include anti-social behaviour reported to the Private Sector Housing team and The Gateshead Housing Company.

·         Referrals to ARCH

o   The ARCH Hate Crime recording system was decommissioned in November 2018.  It is proposed that this indicator is changed to reflect changes in recording.  Data collected will include reports made via the Council’s online reporting system and reports made to the police.

o   2019/20 will be the baseline year for this indicator as this is a different way of recording hate incidetns.

·         Total recorded crime

o   It is proposed that this indicator is changes to report only on violent and serious acquisitive crime

o   Violent and serious acquisitive crime includes all violence against the person, robbery, sexual offences, burglary, theft from motor vehicle.

o   In 2017/18 violent crime accounted for 40% of all recorded crime in Gateshead.  In reporting on these crime types only, partners will begin to understand the effects these crimes have on victims.

o   There will be no target set against this indicator.

·         Proportion of people who agree the police and council are dealing with ASB and crime issues that matter

o   This indicator has not changed but, rather than having a numerical target for this indicator, it would be preferable to set the target as being the best performing local authority in the Northumbria Police Force area.  The reason for this is that this is more of a challenge for partners and the figures reported across Northumbria for this indicator fluctuate.

·         Percentage of high risk victims engaged with the Independent Domestic Violence (IDVA) Service

o   Currently, this indicator measures the engagement rate of high-risk clients.  The newly-established Domestic Abuse service now works with medium-risk victims as well as high-risk victims, meaning that data collected post-October 2018 cannot be compared to previous years’ data

o   Due to changes in this service, it was felt that there was a better way of capturing the effectiveness of the service and so it is proposed that this indicator will now report on the proportion of cases closed where the risk level has reduced.

·         A new indicator is proposed that would seek to reducing the gap between those wards  ...  view the full minutes text for item CPL19


Annual Work Programme pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Report of the Chief Executive and the Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance

Additional documents:


The work programme report was presented to the Committee to note any proposed changes / amendments.


RESOLVED -              that the work programme report be noted.