28.1 Councillor Rudkin introduced the report, explaining that the statistics were presented for the Committee’s information and to help members to scrutinise the performance of the Executive. The Head of Sport and Programmes noted that the covering report contained an error in that the data was actually to the end of September, rather than August as stated in the report.
28.2 Councillor Pope asked whether the number of invoices received without purchase orders showed a lack of control over purchasing. Councillor M Cook explained that the Council had made a number of changes to increase control over purchasing, including introducing the ‘No PO, No Pay Policy’ and appointing a new contracts officer in the procurement team to enforce this. Councillor Cook noted that there had been an issue with purchasing for many years and that significant efforts were now being made to improve this.
28.3 Councillor Rudkin noted that questions on specific performance measures would need to be addressed to the relevant portfolio holder, either when they attended the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee to give their annual update or by email.
28.4 Councillor Gage commented that performance in the Planning Service continued to be excellent and asked that the officers be congratulated on their work. Councillor T Lockington commented that whilst none of the Council’s planning determinations had been overturned in the period this might suggest that the Council was not refusing marginal applications where it might. Councillor Connelly commented that officers did very good work to ensure that Councillors had good advice and could make decisions, including decisions to refuse permission, which were not overturned on appeal.