Agenda and minutes

Leicestershire Partnership Revenues & Benefits Joint Committee - Thursday, 6 July 2023 3.30 pm

Venue: North West Leicestershire District council

Contact: Rebecca Valentine-Wilkinson Tel 01455255834 

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Appointment of chairman

To appoint a chair and vice-chair for the 2023/24 municipal year.


In accordance with the constitution of the Joint Committee, the chair will be a member of North West Leicestershire District Council and the vice-chair will be a member of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.


It was moved by Councillor Merrie, seconded by Cllr Lynch and


RESOLVED - that Councillor Wyatt be appointed as the chair of this Joint committee for the following year.


It was also moved by Councillor Graves, seconded by Councillor Wyatt and


                        RESOLVED – that Councillor Lynch be appointed as the vice                        chair of this Joint Committee for the following year.


Apologies for absence

To receive and note any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors Bray, Beadle and Woodman with the following substitutions authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10:


Councillor Merrie for Councillor Woodman


Declarations of interest

Under the code of conduct members are reminded that in declaring interests they should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is a disclosble pecuniary interest, registrable interest or other interest.


No additional interests were declared at this meeting.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


It was moved by Councillor Lynch, seconded by Councillor Wyatt and


                        RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 19 January be                  confirmed as a correct record.


Year end performance report pdf icon PDF 677 KB

To present the performance information for 2022/23.


The report presented the performance up to March 2023 for the Revenue and Benefits Service.


In response to questions from members around the targets not being met for new claims, it was confirmed that any operational field would likely set stretched targets certainly at the beginning of the year.  It was


                        RESOLVED – the year end performance report be noted.


Year end financial report pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To inform members of the financial performance of the partnership for the year to 31 March 2023.


The report informed members of the financial performance of the Partnership for the year to 31 March 2023. It was


                        RESOLVED – that:


(i)            the report be noted

(ii)          the earmarked reserves were approved to be increased as noted at paragraph 3.4.


Performance report May 2023 pdf icon PDF 906 KB

To present the latest performance information.


This report provided data from April 2022 to March 2023 on the performance of the Partnership.


In response to a question from members around the speed of processing and the disconnection by Vodaphone to the DWP searchlight system, it was confirmed that the IT Partnership had been working to try and get compensation as the service had been critically impacted.


In response to a question from members around their concern accessing this system and should this happen again would be a critical risk to the Partnership;  it was agreed that access to the DWP searchlight system would now be placed on the risk register. It was


                        RESOLVED – the report be noted.


Internal audit report pdf icon PDF 832 KB

To present the council tax and business rates internal audit report.


The final internal audit report for 2021/22 was presented to members and had been presented to the Management Board in January 2023.  It was:


                        RESOLVED – the report be noted.




Performance indicators 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To inform the Joint Committee of the proposed targets for the partnership for 2023/24.


Members were presented with the proposed targets for the Partnership for the year to 31 March 2024.  Targets for 2023/24 would remain the same as the targets for 2022/23.  It was:


                        RESOLVED – members approved the proposed targets as                            detailed in table 1.


Proposed schedule of meetings for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To agree meeting dates for 2023/24.


The schedule of meetings and venues for the forthcoming year were presented to members.


It was:

                        RESOLVED – members approved:


(i)            the schedule of meetings for the forthcoming year

(ii)          and venues for the meetings to be held


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To note the joint committee’s forward plan.


The forward plan was presented to members for the forthcoming year.


It was:


                        RESOLVED – the forward plan be noted.


Future of the partnership


No update was provided to members at this meeting.