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(i) The minutes of the last meeting held on 9 March 2020 were agreed as a correct record.
Report of the Strategic Director, Housing, Environment and Healthy Communities
The Committee were also advised that the report focusses on the achievements and actions undertaken during the reporting period, it was also noted that areas for improvement were also detailed within the report.
From the report, the Committee were provided with an overview of the six strategic indicators linked to the Thrive Agenda, these were:
· Putting people and families at the heart of everything we do.
· Tackling inequality so people have a fair chance
· Investment into our local economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the borough
· Working together and fighting for a better future for Gateshead
The Committee were then provided with an update regarding Covid-19. It was noted that the Council had established eight shielding hubs to provide emergency support to help local residents. It was also highlighted from the report that the hubs had been managed by the Council’s Neighbourhood Management and Volunteering Team with support from other Council services such as Libraries, Sports and Leisure and Parking/Environmental Enforcement.
It was reported that [at the time of writing the report] that 4,700 requests for help from individual households had been received, 52% of which were for emergency food parcels. It was also noted that the wards with the highest demand included High Fell, Felling, Lamesley, Deckham and Bridges.
From the report, the Committee were also provided with an overview of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme which supported in the delivery of 1,400 activity packs distributed to children and families via schools, community groups and the Council’s Early Help team.
A question was asked as to whether statistics relating to residents with caring responsibilities were kept ensuring that those people are supported. It was advised that information relating to social care and support for carers would be presented at the Families OSC. It was also highlighted that the Families OSC also oversee similar indicators relating to vulnerability and disabilities.
It was queried why Gateshead Council’s Community Safety Board appear to be underperforming in comparison to neighbouring authorities’ Boards. The Committee also requested more narrative in relation to the Community Safety Board’s performance. The Committee were advised that the Community Safety Board are working hard to tackle the public’s perceptions of ASB and rolling out bespoke services for wards such as Dunston/Teams. The Committee were further advised that there has been a large increase in the reporting of ASB during the pandemic and these reports will be analysed.
The Committee requested additional information relating to affordable properties as detailed within performance indicator EI09 in the report. The Committee were advised that a more substantive explanation on this matter would be provided in writing following the meeting.
It was queries whether the Committee would be able to receive a broader update on the Council’s response to the pandemic. It was noted that this ... view the full minutes text for item CPL73