Agenda and draft minutes

Remote Meeting, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Board
Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Due to Covid-19, this meeting will be held remotely and will be livestreamed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCazjNSGpqZZT41Vibn2ZK9A/live (copy and paste the link in your browser)

Items
No. Item

47.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Amir Hussain, Simon Pringle, Kamran Rashid, Kully Thiarai and Councillors Susan Hinchcliffe, Denise Jeffery, Shabir Pandor and Tim Swift.

48.

Chair's Comments

Minutes:

The Chair advised that Amir Hussain was unable to attend the meeting as he had recently lost his brother to Covid-19 and was also unwell and recovering from it himself.  The Board asked that the Chair write to express their condolences to Amir and his family and for his speedy recovery.

49.

Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the requirements of the LEP Board Members’ Code of Conduct, members have an obligation to review their register of interests before each meeting and to declare any interests.

 

If an interest has not been entered onto the LEP’s register, then members must disclose the interest at any meeting at which they are present and where they have a disclosable interest in any matter being considered and where the matter is not a sensitive interest.

Minutes:

In accordance with the requirements of the LEP Board Members’ Code of Conduct, Members were reminded of their obligations to review their individual register of interests before each LEP Board meeting and to declare any interests.

 

Councillor Jane Scullion declared an other interest in agenda item 7(b), Place Panel Update, as she is a member of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

50.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Minutes:

There were no items on the agenda requiring the exclusion of the press and public.

51.

Minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2020 be approved.

52.

Economic Reporting pdf icon PDF 134 KB

(Led by: Alan Reiss, Author: James Hopton)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Policy, Strategy and Communications which provided an update on the latest activity and intelligence around understanding the impact of COVID-19 since the last meeting.

 

The latest Leeds City Region COVID-19 monitor was attached at Appendix 1 but it was noted that the data available primarily related to the period before the start of the second national lockdown on 5 November 2020.  Members were provided with a verbal update and discussed the most recent developments and information.  

 

Members noted feedback received from businesses in respect of the grant support being provided and the difficulties being experienced regarding cashflow.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

53.

Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 274 KB

(Led by: Brian Archer, Author: Brian Archer)

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Economic Services on COVID-19.

 

Members noted the progress on the delivery and development of products and services and the update on the West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Plan.  This had been endorsed and adopted by the Combined Authority on 4 September 2020 and details were outlined in the submitted report.

 

The Board discussed the support being provided to businesses by the Combined Authority/LEP and also the employment and skills support. In respect of employment, it was recognised that the pandemic was having an impact on 16-24 year olds and it was reported that the Combined Authority was developing a proposal for skills support through the Employment Hub and Re[boot] initiatives, as a first step in the delivery of the West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Plan.

 

Members discussed the deferral of the £1,000 incentive to businesses for bringing back furloughed workers. Feedback from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Leeds Chamber of Commerce had indicated that although this incentive was due to be renewed in January, the deferral was having an immediate cashflow impact on businesses.

 

Resolved:  That the progress on the delivery and development of the response to the COVID-19 crisis be noted.

 

54.

Panel and Committee Reports pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board discussed and noted the Panel reports which were presented for information.

 

It was reported that the Business Innovation and Growth Panel had met on 8 September 2020 and the Board noted the update provided on the significant areas of activity discussed at the meeting.  This included the work undertaken in partnership with Be the Business and NatWest to promote the new Female Entrepreneurship Mentoring Platform and programme and Panel members were thanked for their involvement in the mentoring support being provided as part of the initiative.

 

The Employment and Skills Panel had met on 14 September 2020 and the report provided an update on the work of the Panel, devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) and the Employment and Skills Plan refresh.

 

In respect of the Place Panel, it was reported that some significant topics had been considered at their meeting.  These included updates on the Towns Fund programme, Brownfield Housing Fund and Revenue Fund, the pipeline of priority Flood Risk Management (FRM) schemes and information relating to the Government consultations regarding changes to the planning system.  Members welcomed the continuing partnership working with North Yorkshire LEP.  It was reported that Helen Simpson had recently been appointed as the incoming Chair of the North Yorkshire LEP from March 2021 and the Chair would send a letter of congratulations on behalf of the Board. 

 

The Board noted the recent work of the Inclusive Growth and Public Policy Panel.  The update provided information on the support for the region’s Third Sector, which would have a crucial role in the economic recovery of the region.  The Panel had undertaken unconscious bias training and had also been working on the developing the proposals for a Good Work Standard and a Strategic Framework and delivery programme.  With regard to the Strategic Framework, it was proposed that a report be brought to the next meeting of the LEP Board.

 

The LEP Capital Programme (Investment Committee) report provided an update on the implementation of the LEP capital programme for 2020/21 and updates on the Growth Deal programme, including the Enterprise Zones, a summary of the current activity ongoing to develop the Getting Building Fund projects and details of the commencement of the new Broadband Contract 3. 

 

It was reported that the Growth Deal Cities and Local Growth Unit (CLoG) monitoring return for quarter 2 was due for submission on 20 November 2020 and the Board endorsed the dashboard which had been circulated prior to the meeting.

 

The Green Economy Panel were due to meet the following day and it was reported that the Combined Authority had received a Municipal Journal achievement award for their leadership in tackling the climate emergency.  The Board congratulated officers on receiving the award and asked that their thanks also be passed to Simon Pringle and the Green Economy Panel for the valuable work they were undertaking.  A report on the next stages of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Pathways work would be brought to the next meeting.

 

It was reported  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

Future-Ready Skills Commission pdf icon PDF 529 KB

(Led by: Alan Reiss, Author: Sonya Midgley)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Policy, Strategy and Communications on the Future-Ready Skills Commission.

 

The final report of the Future-Ready Skills Commission was launched online on 24 September 2020 and had received positive feedback and support.  Members welcomed the report which set out the blueprint for a radical shift in powers and responsibilities for a future-ready skills systems.  They discussed the Skills Commission’s recommendations outlined in the submitted report and noted the executive summary which was attached at Appendix 1.

 

The next steps for implementation and the need for the investment strategy to be aligned with the Skills Commission’s recommendation of creating skills funding for every public infrastructure project were discussed and it was proposed that a further report be prepared for a future meeting The importance of inclusivity was recognised and the aspiration for skills funding to be devolved to local level was emphasised.

 

Members were thanked for their feedback.

 

Resolved:  That the next steps following publication of the final report of the Skills Commission be noted.

 

56.

Assurance Framework Review pdf icon PDF 156 KB

(Led by: Melanie Corcoran, Author: Craig Taylor)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director of Delivery on the review of the Assurance Framework.

 

Members were provided with an update on progress relating to changes proposed to the Leeds City Region Assurance Framework arising from the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal for a Mayoral Combined Authority to be established.

 

A copy of the revised Assurance Framework was attached at Appendix 1 and the key changes which were outlined in the submitted report.  The Board considered the proposed revisions and approved the substantive form of the draft Assurance Framework subject to the incorporation of any further feedback.  It was noted that the document had been reviewed by:

 

·       the Investment Committee

·       the Combined Authority (for initial feedback and comments)

·       the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (and their Finances & Corporate Working Group  

 

The Assurance Framework will be sent to Government on 1 December 2020.  It was agreed that authority to finalise the Assurance Framework and approve its submission be delegated to the Combined Authority’s Managing Director in consultation with the Chairs of the LEP Board and Combined Authority.  The document will then be formally approved by the Combined Authority on 10 December 2020 and implemented in February 2021 once the MCA Order is approved.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)       That the substantive form of the draft Assurance Framework be

approved, subject to the incorporation of any further feedback.

 

(ii)      That authority to finalise the Assurance Framework and approve its

submission to Government be delegated to the Combined Authority’s Managing Director in consultation with the Chairs of the LEP Board and Combined Authority and to make any further in year changes as may be required.

57.

Convention of the North & NP11 Spending Review Submission and Covid-19 Statement pdf icon PDF 197 KB

(Led by: Alan Reiss, Author: James Flanagan)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Policy, Strategy and Communications on Convention of the North and NP11 Spending Review Submission and COVID-19 statement.

 

Members discussed the Convention of the North/NP11 Spending Review Submission: the levelling up deal for the North which was attached at Appendix 1.  This had been submitted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Spending Review and Devolution White Paper with a call to deliver levelling up for the North.  The statement set out the deal, the recovery challenge and the delivery priorities and associated asks of Government. The priorities align closely with the region’s ambitions and policy response to COVID-19 and also with the Combined Authority’/LEP’s spending review submission and details were outlined in the submitted report. 

 

The Convention of the North and NP11 prepared a joint statement in response to COVID-19 and a copy was attached at Appendix 2. 

 

Resolved:

 

(i)       That the Combined Authority/LEP Spending Review submission be

noted.

 

(ii)      That the Convention of the North/NP11 Spending Review Submission:

the levelling up deal for the North and Covid-19 Statement attached at Appendices 1 and 2 be noted.

58.

Governance Arrangements pdf icon PDF 139 KB

(Led by: Caroline Allen, Author: Julie Haigh)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Corporate Services on governance arrangements.

 

It was noted that the following Panel members’ terms of office are due to end in the near future:

 

Business Innovation & Growth Panel

 

Will Roebuck

Mike Danby

Philip Wilson

Simon Wright

 

Employment & Skills Panel

 

Glynn Robinson

 

Green Economy Panel

 

Bill Firth

Natasha Luther-Jones

Alice Owen

 

Business Investment Panel

 

Simon Wright

Michael Allen

Jonathan King

Gareth Yates

 

In order to reflect the valuable contribution they make to the work of the Panels and the LEP, it was proposed that their terms of office be extended for one year and details were set out in Appendix 1 to the submitted report.  This would ensure continuity whilst work is undertaken in respect of the West Yorkshire devolution deal which includes the consideration of future decision making structures and procedures.

 

The Chair thanked all Board and Panel members for their continued involvement and support.

 

Resolved:  That the proposals in relation to the extension of terms of office of the private sector members of the advisory panels as set out in Appendix 1 to the submitted report be recommended to the Combined Authority for approval.

 

59.

Corporate Performance Report pdf icon PDF 129 KB

(Led by: Angela Taylor, Author: Louise Porter)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered a report of the Director, Corporate Services which provided an update on a range of corporate and governance matters.

 

Members noted the summary of the 2020/21 revenue budget spend as at August 2020 which was attached at Appendix 1.  It was reported that work to develop a balanced budget position by the end of the financial year continued, taking into account the budget gap caused by COVID-19.  Work has commenced on the development of budgets and business plans for the 2021/22 financial year and the need to build some flexibility into business plans to take account of the issues arising from the pandemic and the formal exit from the European Union was noted.  Whilst future funding remains uncertain, including continuation of some existing LEP funding streams, it was hoped that the one-year Comprehensive Spending Review to be announced on 25 November 2020 may provide some clarification.

 

Summaries of the performance and strategic organisational risks were provided in Appendix 2 and included those related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Resolved:  That the report be noted.

 

60.

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of the Combined Authority held on 4 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority held on 3 September 2020 be noted.

61.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 January 2021.