Agenda and minutes

General Purposes & Audit Committee
Monday, 26th March, 2018 5.45 pm

Venue: F9, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

Contact: Michelle Gerning 0208 726 6000 ext. 84246  Email: michelle.gerning@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1/18

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Minutes:

There were none.

2/18

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

3/18

Cost Recovery for Re-Inspection under the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To outline the new charging system which can be implemented to enable a fee to be levied for a request for a re-score under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. 

Minutes:

The Director of Safety and the Food and Safety Manager introduced the report and explained the premise for the proposed charging regime for re-inspection. Members asked questions surrounding the logistics of inspections and the situation as it currently stood. Concern was raised over the effect it would have on small businesses, however officers reassured members that re-inspection was optional. Some Members highlighted the importance of protecting the health and safety of residents and officers noted that there was an expectation that legislation pertaining to the compulsory display of health ratings on premises would be extended to England in the future.

 

The Committee RESOLVED to:

 

1.1       Note the report and basis for the proposed changes to the operation of       FHRS in the borough.

 

1.2       Adopt the revised FHRS scheme (Brand Standard Revision 6 June 2017) as published by the FSA.

 

1.3       Approve the introduction of a flat fee charge of £180 for re-rating inspection visits on a full-cost recovery basis, with effect from 1 April 2018 in accordance with the calculations at Appendix 1 of the report.

 

1.4       Delegate to the Executive Director Place, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety and Justice, the authority to annually review the flat fees and the recovery basis to ensure that year on year the authority is not making a surplus from such fees, such authority to include the ability to either increase or decrease such fees in accordance with the actual cost of re-inspections.

4/18

Exclusion of Public and Press

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

 

Minutes:

Not required.