Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 'C' - The Duke of Lancaster Room, County Hall, Preston. View directions

Contact: Andy Milroy  Tel: 01772 530354 Email:  andy.milroy@lancashire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted that apologies had been received from Edwin Booth, Cllr Peter Rankin and Martin Kelly.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made in relation to items on the agenda.

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2016 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

Resolved: That Minutes of the meeting held on the 10th October 2016 are confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

5.

Reporting to Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board

Minutes:

Items to be referred to the LEP Board were discussed as part of item 8.

6.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

There was no other business.

7.

Date of Next Meeting

Minutes:

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting of the Performance Committee was 10.30am on the 16th January 2017 in Room A07, at County Hall, Preston.

 

Part II (Private and Confidential)

At this point the LEP Board approved that the meeting move into Part II, Private and Confidential to consider the remaining items which contained exempt information provided in confidence as defined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  It was considered that in all the circumstances of the case the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

8.

LEP Operational Plan and Budget 2017/18

Minutes:

Kathryn Molloy, Head of Service, LEP Coordination, Lancashire County Council presented a report which considered the LEP's workings, finances and budgets. It was noted that a revised draft budget would be circulated to the Performance Committee in December for 2017/18 and the two subsequent years. This draft budget would be formally considered by the Committee at its meeting in January for presentation to the January LEP Board meeting for sign off.

 

It was highlighted that the LEP’s focus had been on core funding priorities and commitments which have been agreed with Government, such as independent appraisal of Growth Deal Schemes, economic and analysis, Local Transport Body support, sector and skills development, business intelligence, strategic marketing and communications activity, investor management, monitoring and evaluation activity and support to private sector Board Champions.

 

It was confirmed that the LEP would continue to receive £250k funding from Lancashire County Council for 2016/17 and 2017/18 but the position beyond this was not clear. It was expected that the government's position on funding would be clearer after the Autumn statement. There was general agreement that the LEP should begin planning for different eventualities and considering how best to utilise their assets to ensure sustainability. It was commented that the LEP's impartiality was important and there was a need to be mindful of this when considering commercial routes.

 

It was noted that the LEP recognises the need to support and further develop its own capacity and that of the LEP’s partners to ensure continued development of a robust strategic project pipeline, and that there was a need to ensure assets were used effectively. It was noted that the Growth Hub may present opportunities in the future.

 

The Performance Committee recognised that the LEP has been very successful at marshalling existing and new resource with a growth plan valued at almost £1bn to promote the growth of Lancashire. It was highlighted that the LEP must continue to be open and transparent about what it does for Lancashire.

 

The Lancashire Combined Authority was discussed. It was felt that the LEP should work closely with the Combined Authority once formed to maximise capacity and avoid duplication.

 

Two working papers setting out the position of the LEP’s budget and commitments were circulated.

 

Kathryn agreed to produce a more detailed spend report to come back to the LEP Performance committee showing actuals against commitments, and predicted out turn. It was requested that a column be added showing annualised figures from 2013/14 to 2016/17.

 

In addition the Committee also requested a more detailed breakdown of the staffing figures for the LEP including a breakdown of grades, jobs and costs.

 

The Committee discussed the SEP refresh. It was suggested that an action plan showing targets could be added at the end.

 

It was noted that the LEP will continue to review actual and projected spend and activity against its core funding priorities as well as identifying opportunities for support going forward using currently unallocated core funding from its agreed priority areas and strategic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.