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Meeting Details

Communities Committee
9 Oct 2019 - 09:30 to 12:45
Occurred

Documents

Agenda

Public Items
1 Sederunt
2 Declaration of Group Decisions and Members Interests *
2

In terms of Standing Order 20 and the Councillors' Code of Conduct, there were no declarations from Group Leaders or Spokespersons in regard to any prior decisions taken on how Members will vote on any item on the agenda or any declarations of Member's interests in respect of any item on the agenda.

 

3 Resolution

Consider, and if so decide, adopt the following resolution:

"That under Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting for Item 10 of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the relevant Paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act.”

 

3

The meeting resolved that in terms of Section 50A (4) and (5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the public and media representatives be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the items of business appearing at the relevant paragraphs of this minute as specified below, so as to avoid disclosure of exempt information of the class described in the appropriate paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Act.

 

Paragraph Number of Minute

 

Paragraph Number of Schedule 7A and Reason

15 and 16

 

9 Information on terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the Authority

4 Written Questions **
4

The Committee noted that no written questions had been submitted.

 

5

The Minute of the Communities Committee dated 27 August 2019 was submitted and approved.

 

Report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure)

 

6

Under reference to paragraph 5 of the Minute of the meeting dated 23 April 2013 a report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure) provided the Committee with an update on the coming into force of provisions within the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 and amendments to the Homelessness Policy to align with the new provisions.  It informed Committee of national policy development and future legislative changes.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed:

  1. to note that the legal duty to carry out an intentionality investigation as part of an assessment of homelessness will become a power;

  2. that the Council uses its power to investigate intentionality as part of a homeless assessment;

  3. to approve the revised Homelessness Policy as set out in Section 4 and appendix 1 of the report;

  4. to note the national policy developments and future legislative changes set out in Section 6 of the report; and

  5. to note that further changes will be required to the Homelessness Policy in accordance with the changes set out in Section 6 of the report.

Report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure)

 

7

A report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure) informed the Committee of the budget position to 31 August 2019 for the Housing Investment Programme for 2019/20.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to note the position as at 31 August 2019 for the Housing Investment Programme for 2019/20.

 

Report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure)

 

8

Under reference to paragraph 6 of the Minute of the special meeting dated 27 February 2019 a report by the Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure) presented the budget position for the Housing Revenue Account and General Services Other Housing Budget for the period up to 31 August 2019.

 

Following consideration the Committee agreed to note the budget monitoring report for the period to 31 August 2019.

 

9 Question Time ***

Consider any oral question on matters delegated to the Committee in terms of the Council's Scheme of Administration. 

 

9

Under reference to paragraph 14 of the Minute of the meeting dated 27 August Councillor Gatt sought an update on his concern that minutes were a record of decisions rather than a record of discussions.

 

In response, the Chair advised that the Manager was still on long term sick and this would be raised with her on her return.

 

The Clerk advised the Head of Service had taken the decision that this should wait until the manager’s return and offered to raise this again with the Head of Service.

 

Councillor Gatt advised he would raise the matter with the Head of Service.

 

Chair of Meeting
1

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Louise Laing.

 

Private Items
Item which the Committee may wish to consider with the Press and Public excluded

 

10 Building Services Trading Operation Budget 2019-20 - Budget Monitoring [Para 9]
  • Information on proposed terms and/or expenditure to be incurred by the Authority;
  1. Building Services Trading Operation Budget 2019-20 - Budget Monitoring [Para 9] - Appendix I
    • Information on proposed terms and/or expenditure to be incurred by the Authority;
  2. Building Services Trading Operation Budget 2019-20 - Budget Monitoring [Para 9] - Appendix II
    • Information on proposed terms and/or expenditure to be incurred by the Authority;
Summary of the Communities Committee functions:

To deal with matters relating to Housing/HMOs, Housing Regeneration, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Equalities, Community Safety, Anti-Social Behaviour (including road accidents) and Community Liaison.

 

 

Meeting Documents

There are no separate meeting documents but there may be meeting documents assigned to the Agenda.

Declarations of Interests

Visitors

The Acting Head of Housing and Property; the Building Services Manager; the Housing Needs Manager; Gillian Henly, Senior Housing Officer (Policy); Daska Murray, Senior Housing Officer (Policy) and Caroline Howie, Committee Services Officer as Clerk to the meeting.

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