To receive the draft minutes of the following meetings of Sub-Committees and to consider the recommendation/s contained therein:
(a) Personnel Sub-Committee 5 July 2021 (attached with appendices)
(b) Community Safety Sub-Committee 12 July 2021 (attached)
(c) Health Services Task and Finish Group 15 July 2021 (attached)
(a) The Committee received the draft minutes of the Personnel Sub-Committee meeting held on 5 July 2021 and considered a number of recommendations contained therein. It was clarified that the proposed amendments to the Statement of Pension Discretions had no cost implication to the council.
RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Personnel Sub-Committee meeting held on 5 July 2021.
RECOMMENDED to Council approval of the revised Town Council Statement of Pension Discretions including the policy on determining the rate of employee contributions.
RECOMMENDED to Council approval of the Flexible Retirement Policy.
RECOMMENDED to Council approval of the updates to the Sickness Absence Procedure.
RECOMMENDED to Council approval of the Equality in Employment Procedure, which will replace the outdated Equal Opportunities Policy and Disability Discrimination Statement.
(b) The Committee received the draft minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 12 July 2021.
Councillor Goodchild advised that five months to the day after Councillors met with local MP Andrew Selous and Minister of State (Home Office) Kit Malthouse to raise concerns about local policing and police accommodation, he had finally received a copy of the response from Mr Malthouse. This focussed on addressing antisocial behaviour and did not make any mention of police accommodation in the town.
(i) to receive the draft minutes of the Community Safety Sub Committee meeting held on 12 July 2021.
(ii) To request the Town Clerk to write to Andrew Selous MP to follow up on the town council’s concerns regarding police accommodation in the town.
(c) The Committee received the draft minutes of the Health Services Task and Finish Group meeting held on 15 July 2021.
Discussion took place regarding the meeting and the frustration felt by many about the lack of progress with expanding healthcare provision in the town. It was noted that a follow-up meeting had been confirmed for 27 September 2021 and that the NHS/Central Bedfordshire Council had been asked to provide information specific to the proposed health hub scheme in Leighton-Linslade.
It was suggested and agreed that healthcare provision was a matter of concern for residents and councillors across all political parties and that elected Members should work together collaboratively on this, as with the policing concerns. Dual hatted councillors were asked to continue to lobby for progress and information at Central Bedfordshire Council and to update town councillors accordingly. Councillors Harvey and Dodwell agreed to work together on the wording for a Motion to Central Bedfordshire Council.
A number of points were raised including a suggested addition to the minutes, suggesting that Andrew Selous MP engage with MP colleagues and with local GP surgeries, asking the Town Clerk to raise the town council’s concerns informally with Central Bedfordshire officers and monitoring the situation through both the Partnership Committee and the Health Services Task and Finish Group. It was noted that it was also crucial for the local GP practices to be engaging in the process.
RESOLVED to receive the draft minutes of the Health Services Task and Finish Group held on 15 July 2021.