Agenda and minutes
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An apology of absence was received from Cllr Elizabeth Mulheran and Cllr Brian Sangha attended as her substitute.
An apology of absence was received from Cllr Harold Craske.
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 21 September 2022 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interests were made.
The Service Manager (Revenues & Benefits) and the Head of Internal Audit & Counter Fraud Shared Service presented Members of the Performance and Administration Committee with an update against the Performance Management Framework, as introduced within the Council’s Corporate Plan, for Quarter Two 2022-23 (July to September 2022).
Any outturns where data had been unable to be reported will be presented within the next appropriate reporting cycle.
The Service Manager (Revenues & Benefits) highlighted the following:-
PI 23, Average processing time taken for Housing Benefit claims (days)
The Committee was informed that this indicator was an improving trend. Q2 was 20.8 days which was an improvement on Q1 which was 22.4 days. September 2022 showed performance at 18.4 days with further improvement in October 2022 at 16.5 days. The latest available national data reported that the general trend over the past 18 months had been an upward one with nationally an average of 23 days and Kent districts averaging 22.0 days.
PI 24, Average processing time to assess changes of circumstances for housing benefit claims
Q2 was 11.5 days which was identical to Q1 performance. September 2022 showed performance at 6.7 days with further improvement in October 2022 at 5.1 days (the performance level had reverted to pre-covid). The latest available national data reported that the general trend over the past 18 months had been an upward one with nationally an average of 7 days and Kent districts averaging 7 days.
PI 26, Total number of reported corporate complaints
During Q2 there were 55 complaints compared to 46 received in Q1. Of those 55, 48 were recorded as Stage 1 complaints, of which 46 (95.8%) met the 10-day deadline to respond. There were 7 Stage 2 complaints, of which 5 (71.4%) met the 20-day deadline to respond and 1 had been extended for further investigation. During Q2 there were 99 compliments which was an improvement on Q1.
The Committee was informed that the Council handled all complaints as a constructive process and where areas, procedures etc. needed to be amended then the Council would make those changes. It was highlighted that a high majority of the complaints related to the direct/public facing services provided by the Council however, if those figures were compared with all of the services provided by the Council, then the percentage would be significantly low.
PI 50, Total number of people signed up to citizens’ access
The total number of people signed up to citizens’ access had increased by approximately 1k.
PI 49, % of posts involved in shared service arrangements
The Committee was informed that agenda item 6 (Annual Review of Information Governance Shared Service) related to a shared service arrangement.
The Service Manager (Revenues & Benefits) also provided an update on the following:-
Council tax collection
The collection rate was currently 65.2% which was down by 0.3% compared to last year. This was mainly due to people applying to pay over 12 instalments instead of the standard 10 instalments.
Business rates collection
The collection rate was currently 69.2% ... view the full minutes text for item 46.
Members of the Performance & Administration Committee was presented with a copy of the annual review that had been conducted in respect of the Information Governance Shared Service with Medway Council.
The Director (Corporate Services) informed Members that, in the last nine months, the service had experienced significant staff turnover, with resignations at the Information Governance Manager, Senior Information Governance Officer and Information Governance Officer levels. The Information Governance Manager role was successfully recruited to and the new postholder, Preeti Lalli, assumed the role in September 2022. The Information Governance Manager will be undertaking a review of the Information Governance arrangements at each Council to determine targeted areas of activity as well as resourcing.
The Director (Corporate Services) advised that the intention will be for Preeti Lalli to attend a future meeting of the Performance & Administration Committee.
The Director (Corporate Services) drew Members’ attention to appendix two of the report which provided an overview of the shared service arrangement together with an update against the recommendations identified in the previous year’s review and the recommendations/service improvements for the coming year.
The Cabinet noted the information contained within the report.