Agenda and minutes

Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 6th March 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, City Hall

Contact: Ben Culling - 01522 873387 

No. Item


Confirmation of Minutes - 9 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 88 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2018 be confirmed.


Declarations of Interest

Please note that, in accordance with the Members' Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.


No declarations of interest were received.


Introduction from the Chair


The Chair welcomed the following external representatives to the meeting:


·         Elaine Lilley (Chief Executive of EBP)

·         Ben Barley (Chief Executive of Lincoln VCS)

·         Barry Hepton (Bailgate Guild)

·         Fliss Page (People Trainer at Tesco and Usdaw Lifelong Learning)


Introduction from Jay Wilkinson - Business Sector and Statistics pdf icon PDF 119 KB


Jay Wilkinson, Strategic Development Project Manager delivered a presentation on Inclusive Growth and covered the following topics:-


·         Inclusive Growth as a whole.

·         The Business Sector in Lincoln in relation to the demand side of Inclusive Growth.

·         Key case studies across the country which included the Bristol City Fund and the Newcastle Skills House.

·         Comparison of employees and GVA in the Lincoln Sector.

·         The size comparison between businesses in Lincoln and the types of jobs including skill levels.



Intelligence from Key Businesses

-          Elaine Lilley (Chief Executive of EBP)

-          Ben Barley (Chief Executive of Lincoln VCS)

-          Questions and Answers from Members


-          Barry Hepton (Bailgate Guild)

-          Fliss Page (People Trainer at Tesco, and Usdaw Lifelong Learning)

-          Questions and Answers from Members



Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive of the Education Business Partnership (EBP):-


·         Provided a brief introduction about the Lincoln based organisation which had other regional offices in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

·         Explained that the EBP equipped young people from all social backgrounds and inclusive of all academic and physical abilities to be work-ready from an early age.

·         Stated that the EBP ran a Passport to Success scheme which was split into five stages:-

1.    Stage 1 (Age 5+) - Opening up the world of work.

2.    Stage 2 (Age 10+) – Transferable Skills

3.    Stage 3 (Age 14+) – Development Skills

4.    Stage 4 (age 16+) – Professional Guidance and NCS Local Growth

5.    Stage 5 (age 18-25) – Ready to go!

·         Highlighted the challenges such as fulfilling sector demands and social mobility that the EBP faced with regards to Inclusive Growth.

·         Invited members’ questions and comments.


Ben Barley, Chief Executive of Lincoln VCS (Voluntary Centre Services):-


·         Explained that the VCS was a local based charity in City Hall, Lincoln. They also had offices in Gainsborough and Sleaford.

·         Advised that the organisation supported the community and voluntary sector which involved mentoring people prior to starting voluntary work.

·         Stated that they also helped people increase their skill levels to help them gain higher level employment.

·         Highlighted that the organisation was involved in the MOVE project, a 3 year county wide project which helped get people into paid work.

·         Further advised that there were 54% of males and 46% of females that had received support from the VCS and over half of those individuals lived in deprived areas.

·         Invited members’ questions and comments.


Question: With regards to the young people who had slipped through the net, could EBP be involved to capture those people who haven’t been trained?


Response: The EBP would ensure that more information would reach people to prevent them falling through the net. If new partnerships with other organisations could be formed that would be an advantage.


Question: Why had there been decrease in work experience placements?


Response: The EBP used to get a £12,000 grant which helped fund the work experience placements. However 4 years ago schools were told that work experience was no longer mandatory and the grant was therefore withdrawn.


Question: Did unemployed people get referred from the job centre to the VCS?


Response: Yes, and they would carry out skills matching with each individual.


Question: Had there been any referrals to the Princes Trust?


Response: The VCS sometimes did referrals and the EBP had some links with the trust.


Barry Hepton, Bailgate Guild:-


·         Explained that he represented the 150 businesses that faced the street within the Bailgate area.

·         Advised that many of their employee’s worked for experience and not for a career and were over-skilled for the job that was being undertaken.

·         Expressed the importance of the living wage and how it was very beneficial for the local businesses.

·         There was little training opportunity for employees due to funding constraints.

·         Put forward 3 recommendations to the Community  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.


Summary and Discussion


Members had a brief discussion and put forward the following recommendations:-


1.    Establish referral mechanisms with the Lincolnshire Move Partnership which together could offer resources to a broader range of Lincoln residents; and consider this in light of time limited funding for existing projects.

2.    Identify opportunities The Network and Lincolnshire Move Partnership may have had in re-skilling and re-training employees.

3.    Engage with the Education Business Partnership to identify ways to promote their mentoring and National Citizens Service programmes.

4.    Continue to support work experience placements at the City Council as a way for young people to gain practical ‘hands on’ experience.

5.    Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee workplan to consider a review into Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

6.    Explore the potential for training or advising small and medium sized businesses using the skills and knowledge already in the City Council and/or partner organisations.

7.    Consider an approach for an observatory for businesses.


RESOLVED that the recommendations be considered at the final meeting on Tuesday 3rd April 2018.


Community Leadership Draft Work Programme 18/19 pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Additional documents:


Members discussed the content of the work programme.


RESOLVED that the work programme be agreed subject to the following amendments:


The following agenda items be amended as follows:

-       Inequality to Health Inequality


The following items be added as follows:

-       Social Mobility.

-       Transport and Inclusive Growth.

-       Personal Independence Payment/Advice