No apologies were received.
Declaration of Pecuniary or Conflicts of Interest
McKiernan made a declaration of interest as a trustee of South
Staffordshire Mental Health Network that currently benefitted from
the advice of the Growth Hub.
Questions and Deputations
No questions or
deputations were received.
Minutes PDF 235 KB
To consider for approval the draft Minutes
arising from the Birmingham and Solihull LEP Joint Scrutiny
Committee meeting held on 29 January 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on
29th January 2021 were presented for approval.
The minutes of the meeting held on
29th January 2021 were approved.
Annual Performance Review PDF 266 KB
To provide details of the
Annual Performance Review of the GBSLEP undertaken by BEIS and
The Interim Chief
Executive for Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (GBSLEP)
introduced the Annual Performance Report:
- The report was
created as part of the funding requirements which required
Government to evaluate the performance of the LEP over the previous
year. This would be reported under three areas which were
governance, delivery and strategic impact.
- There had been a
previous concern to ensure that the LEP was diverse and represented
its community. The LEP had achieved the relevant balance of
diversity on the Board and a diversity champion had been appointed.
Through the SME Grant, 47 grants had been provided to SME’s
which were run by members of the BAME communities.
- The LEP were on
track to deliver all of the Local Growth Fund, with 99% of this
already committed and due to be spent by the end of March 2021.
This included the additional £22m returned from the
Department for Transport in November 2020, which could lead to a
small run on into Quarter 1 in the next financial year. This would
be managed under freedoms and flexibilities.
- They were on track
to meet their 2025 targets of 14,000 homes being unlocked, 33,000
jobs being delivered and 6,700 skills interventions.
- They had been
commended for the speed and scale of the response to the COVID-19
pandemic in 2020. A range of intervention had taken place which
were included in the report.
- The Annual
Performance Review had met the relevant standard for the
aforementioned three areas. The outcome of the national moderation
process was ongoing, but the indications were that it had delivered
what had been required.
expressed their dissatisfaction that the Board had not been
contacted prior to the Annual Performance Report being submitted
given one of the areas of concern from previous APR processes was
about scrutiny. The Interim Chief Executive acknowledged this point
and apologised for this oversight.
A Member asked
about how long the funding from the European Regional Development
would be available. The Interim Chief Executive confirmed that the
money would continue to cover the individual programmes which they
had been allocated to support. The money was likely to last for up
to the next two years.
queried the future of the LEP. The Interim Chief Executive noted
that a review of LEPs had been outlined in the Budget, however they
awaited the terms of reference for this. The Boundaries for the
LEPs were likely to be considered in this review.
The Board noted the
Place Delivery Plan Update PDF 564 KB
To update the Joint Scrutiny
Committee on the impact of the of the Towns and Local
Director of Place for GBSLEP introduced the report and provided the
- The Towns and
Local Centre Framework was launched in 2019 to support areas to
create thriving towns and local centres.
- GBSLEP, Black
Country LEP and Coventry and Warwickshire LEP commissioned a
strategic employment site study at the end of 2018. The report was
delayed as a result of COVID-19, but a final draft report had been
shared with Local Authority partners and was due to be published in
April. Conversations remained ongoing about how to move this piece
of work forward.
- Since the first
open call for funding in July 2019, there have been three calls and
approximately £900,000 provided to 18 projects in the GBSLEP
region. In the most recent call (November 2020), guidance was
updated to include culture, the low carbon economy, heritage and
- A report was
published in 2020 called “Growing our Towns” which
provided evidence for ten locations on opportunities, assets and
investment opportunities that they could take forward.
- In December 2019,
a cultural action toolkit was launched. As a result, the LEP
provided some capacity funding to smaller cultural organisations,
but some were unable to complete their work remotely, which meant
it was delayed. Another piece of work had been commissioned which
looked at the role heritage could play in economic recovery and
- The delivery plan
has had to be adapted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to respond
to the challenges this posed. Support continued to be provided,
such as through digital skills training. Practical sessions were
also organised, such as for hospitality businesses before they
reopened in June 2020.
- This framework
helped to enable data to be collated and a closer insight into
local areas which provided businesses with information to assist
with bids for funding.
comments and asking the following questions:
- A Member sought
further information on the current condition of businesses in the
LEP, and whether they were hopeful for the future. The Interim
Director for Place explained that partners had been exceptionally
agile during the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a general feeling of
optimism, especially in the retail sector and independent sector.
The hospitality sector was very cautious about how they could
reopen. A focus would be how people could return to work; a piece
of work had been commissioned to investigate this. The
opportunities for towns and local centres could be “hub and
- A Member commented
that the process to transform high streets would be a long process,
which would take considerable time to introduce the necessary
building work and other projects that were required for this shift.
Another Member noted that the future high streets scheme was part
of wider regeneration works, which should be seen as a
- A Member asked
whether there had been an evaluation on the value for money on the
development of the masterplans. The Interim Director for Place
confirmed that masterplans would take a while to materialise,
however they would ...
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Local Industrial Strategy - Transition PDF 292 KB
To provide an update on
changing arrangements for Local Industrial Strategy, identifying
implications for GBSLEP.
The Interim Chief
Executive introduced the report and provided the following
- The Government had
adopted a National Industrial Strategy approach under the
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This would
be superseded by the Build Back Better Plan for Growth, and the
responsibility for this had passed to the Treasury.
- For GBSLEP, they
had worked with partners across the West Midlands to create the
Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), which set out a 12 sector approach
which they would promote and support as well as a number of areas
where potential market opportunities could be pursued. GBSLEP was
the sector lead for five sectors.
- They would
continue to demonstrate to national government that the work that
went into the LIS remained relevant, and that they would continue
to support these sectors.
Members noted that
there had been significant changes to the national strategy and
were grateful for the update.
A Member requested
that the LIS covered the whole of the LEP region, to ensure all
Local Authorities would feel the benefit. They asked what cross
border work could be done to maximise the effectiveness of the LIS.
In response, the Interim Chief Executive highlighted that all areas
in the LEP would be able to participate, such as through the
emphasis on the Green Recovery from COVID-19. There was engagement
between different regions, such as through forums such as the
The Board noted the
Work Programme PDF 277 KB
Members of the
GBSLEP Joint Scrutiny Committee are requested to review the status
of the three-year Work Programme to the end of March 2021 and to
identify future meeting dates and topics for scrutiny by the Joint
Scrutiny Committee over the course of the 2021/22 municipal
The Scrutiny Work
Programme was presented to the Committee.
The Interim Chief
Executive recognised the work of the Committee, and noted it would
be appropriate to create a work programme for the next twelve
A Member asked how
each respective Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee
should scrutinise the work of the Board. This was to be determined
by the Local Authority; Members offered examples of how they shared
the work of the Scrutiny Committee.
their gratitude to Officers for their support to the Board. A vote
of thanks was given to Councillor McKiernan for their work as
The next meeting
was agreed to take place on 9th July at 2pm.
That Officers and
the Chairman to meet to discuss the items to include at future
meetings. Included in this would be an induction programme for
Members for the first meeting in the next municipal year.