Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

None.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

None.

4.

Corporate Director Recruitment pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To ask the Committee to agree to commence recruitment to the post of Corporate Director – Place.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report from the Head of People Services on a proposal to recruit to the now vacant post of Corporate Director – Place. The proposed Job Description and Person Specification were attached to the report.

 

Given that the Place portfolio was David Blake’s area of expertise, consideration had been given to deleting the post, but it was felt that this would impact negatively on David’s capacity and focus on the critical role of Managing Director.

 

Sub-Committee Members identified that there should be a reference to safeguarding in the Job Description and Person Specification which was not the case.

 

Sub-Committee Members expressed support for the proposal and subject to a reference being made to safeguarding in the Job Description and Person Specification it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee to agree to commence recruitment to the post of Corporate Director – Place.

5.

Family Friendly Policy and Procedures pdf icon PDF 89 KB

That the Family Friendly Employment Policy and the associated six Family Friendly Procedures are approved by this Sub-Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of People Services reported on the Family Friendly Employment Policy and associated family friendly procedures that had been created to describe the full range of options available to employees in one place and in user friendly plain English. These would give clarity to staff on current eligibility and entitlements and present the Council as family friendly employer. The Policy and Procedures were attached to the report.

 

Adoption of the Policy and Procedures had been supported by the Joint Consultative and Safety Committee.

 

Sub-Committee Members requested that the Head of People Services provide an estimate on the potential annual costs of paternity leave.

 

RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee approve the Family Friendly Employment Policy and the associated six Family Friendly Procedures.

6.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

The Chairman agreed to consider the following items of urgent business.

 

Diversity Audit of City Council Employees

 

To ensure the diversity of City Council staff reflected the needs of the Community the Chairman requested that a Diversity Audit be carried out.

 

Sub-Committee Members expressed their support for such an audit to be carried out.

 

RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee agree that the Head of People Services carry out a Diversity Audit of City Council employees for a future report to be made to the Sub-Committee.

 

Creation of Gateway Jobs

 

The Chairman proposed that two or possibly more Gateway Jobs be created to provide an opportunity for the long term unemployed to progress into more longer term employment.

 

Sub-Committee Members expressed their support for this proposal but did however state that any arrangements put in place should be considered with current financial benefits received and employment arrangements that other organisations have in place. Sub-Committee Members also debated the appropriate length of the arrangement.

 

RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee agree that the Head of People Services investigate arrangement options together with costings for a future report to be made to the Sub-Committee.