Agenda and minutes

Trading Standards Joint Advisory Board
Thursday 11 June 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 6, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY

Contact: Miriam Wearing, Senior Democratic Services Officer  020 8424 1542; Email: miriam.wearing@harrow.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

Minutes:

RESOLVED:ThatCouncillorKeithFerry beappointedas Chairfor the meeting.

 

2.

Declarations of personal and prejudicial interests

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, any relevant financial or other interest in the items on this agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  Tonotethat therewerenodeclarationsofinterestsmadeby Members.

 

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:Thattheminutesofthemeetingheldon 26March 2015,  be taken asreadand signedas acorrectrecord.

 

4.

Matters arising

Minutes:

There were none.

5.

Deputations

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  Tonotethat nonewere received.

6.

Trading Standards Annual Accounts 2014-2015 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

This report provides Members with information concerning forthcoming Joint Advisory Board meetings and the planned programme of reports to the Board.

 

Minutes:

TheBoardreceived  areportfrom  theHeadofRegulatory  Services  on  the annual  accountsfor2014/15.It wasnotedthat therewas anetsurplus  of £57,205,largelyduetoa widermanagementrestructure inBrentCounciland a resultantsalariessaving.Withinthatnet surplus,therehadbeena shortfall in  theProceedsofCrime  (POCA)  incomeasonly  £120,000ofthebudgeted £250,000hadbeenreceived.

 

Memberswere advisedthata reportwouldbe submittedto afuturemeeting on workcurrentlybeingundertakento reviewwhether thebudgetarytarget for proceedsofcrimework wassustainable.

 

In responseto questions,it wasreportedthat:

 

             Theaccountsonlyshowedthree quarterlypayments forPOCA,  asthe fourth  quarterly  paymentfromthe HomeOffice  would  notbe received until  theend ofthefinancial  year.Paymentsmadeon  thelast  dayof March wereaccrued to2015/16.Thepaymentswere diff  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Trading Standards Annual Report 2014-2015 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

This report details the work of the Trading Standards Consortium for 2014/15.

Minutes:

TheBoard receiveda reportwhichdetailedthework ofthe TradingStandards Consortium  for2014/15.It wasnoted that,as previously  requestedby  the Board,  the  report  referenced  datafrom  previous  yearsto  enable benchmarking.

 

Memberswere advised  thattheservice  wasdeveloping  amore risk  based framework   as  a  result   of  a  reduction   in   powers  arising   from  the  2012

Protection  of  Freedom  Act.  The  number  of  inspections  would  reduce  as officers  could  only  enterand inspect  iftherewere specific  reasonsto do  so such asintelligenceleads,riskassessmentandbusinessestrack record.

 

In responseto questions,it wasreportedthat:

 

          Recordsofwebsite  compliance  checksdid  not  enable  statistics  tobe separatelymaintainedforthe internetcomponentofhighstreet businesses;

 

          With   regard  to   overseas   websites,   i  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Trading Standards Joint Advisory Board - Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 76 KB

This report provides Members with information concerning forthcoming Joint Advisory Board meetings and the planned programme of reports to the Board.

Minutes:

TheBoardreceivedinformationconcerningforthcomingJointAdvisoryBoard meetingsandtheplannedprogrammeofreportsto theBoard.

 

RESOLVED:Thatthereport benoted.

 

(Note: The meeting,havingcommencedat 7.00pm, closedat8.00pm).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Signed) Chair

 

9.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Democratic Services Manager (London Borough of Brent) or his representative before the meeting in accordance with the constitutions of both councils.