Agenda item - Greater Brighton Operational Arrangements 2020/21 and Annual Report 2019/20

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Greater Brighton Operational Arrangements 2020/21 and Annual Report 2019/20

Report of the Chair, Greater Brighton Officer Programme Board

Decision:

That the Board:

 

1)             Agree and secure the budgetary contributions sought to fund the cost of running the Board and delivering its workplan in 2020/21;

 

2)             Note that Brighton & Hove City Council shall continue to act as Lead Authority for the Board in 2020/21 and 2021/22;

 

3)             Agree the process set out at sections 3.16 to 3.18 by which the Chair of the Board shall be nominated for 2020/21;

 

4)             Approves the 2019/20 Annual Report and Board members submit the report to their respective organisations.

 

5)             Note the date by which the Lead Authority must be notified of all named substitutes and instruct any necessary actions within their respective organisations;

 

6)             Note the date by which the Lead Authority must be notified of all nominations to the Greater Brighton Call-In Panel and instruct any necessary actions within their respective organisations;

 

7)             Note that the Annual Report will be drafted for presentation to the Board at its final meeting in the 2020/21 municipal year;

 

8)             Agree to extend the current communications contract with the Adur & Worthing Communications Team by another year with an update on the second year’s activities provided at the July 2020 Board Meeting

Minutes:

30.1      The Board considered a report of the Chair, Greater Brighton Officer Programme Board that that set out its Operational Arrangements for 2020/21 and the Annual Report for 2019/20.

 

30.2      Councillor Platts sought the Board’s view and comment on how it would approach the next year and a Covid Recovery Plan. Councillor Platts stated that the Covid outbreak had and would continue to cause massive economic shock that might entail working in different ways. Councillor Platts relayed that Brighton & Hove would be happy to play a strong leadership role if that was acceptable to the Board.

 

30.3      Councillor Nicholson welcomed the opportunity for the Board to engage early on the matter and how actions could be accelerated.

 

30.4      Councillor Lamb stated that focus was needed on support the residents of the region as well as the business sector. Councillor Lamb noted that the regional economy was centred on the expansion of Gatwick Airport that stood against Board members carbon neutrality aims. Councillor Lamb added that the region was well-placed to invest in technology and green focussed growth and there was opportunity to radically change structures and priorities in that direction.

 

30.5      Councillor Mac Cafferty relayed his agreement with the comments made adding that the cultural sector should not be overlooked. Councillor Mac Cafferty stated that the Board should quickly develop a recovery strategy and that partnership would be key in a time of a lot of uncertainty.

 

30.6      Prof Humphries endorsed the suggestions made on the economic recovery plan and noted that Universities were expecting a £6.3bn shortfall in funding relating to the foreign student programme and were lobbying government for support. Prof Humphries stated that reskilling and higher education funding could help society and help economies regenerate.

 

30.7      Councillor Ash-Edwards detailed the challenge that would be forthcoming and explained that it was critical that businesses be provided adaptation support as some SME’s might not survive a second lockdown.

 

30.8      Claire Mason agreed with the call for an economic recovery strategy and noting that the Local Industrial Strategy contained very good data and could be updated to reflect to new circumstances.

 

30.9      Jonathan Sharrock stated that the region would be one most economical affected by the Covid 19 outbreak and explained that Coast to Capital LEP were beginning to speak to partners and stakeholders and would shortly set out its proposed response.

 

30.10   Nick Hibberd stated that officers would take the points raised in the discussion away and start work on a simple recovery outline that would be followed by a recovery plan ensuring that fed into the Local Industrial Strategy. Nick Hibberd stated that partnership had to be central to any plan and proposals could be brought to the next meeting of the Board.

 

30.11   RESOLVED-

 

That the Board:

 

1)             Agree and secure the budgetary contributions sought to fund the cost of running the Board and delivering its workplan in 2020/21;

 

2)             Note that Brighton & Hove City Council shall continue to act as Lead Authority for the Board in 2020/21 and 2021/22;

 

3)             Agree the process set out at sections 3.16 to 3.18 by which the Chair of the Board shall be nominated for 2020/21;

 

4)             Approves the 2019/20 Annual Report and Board members submit the report to their respective organisations.

 

5)             Note the date by which the Lead Authority must be notified of all named substitutes and instruct any necessary actions within their respective organisations;

 

6)             Note the date by which the Lead Authority must be notified of all nominations to the Greater Brighton Call-In Panel and instruct any necessary actions within their respective organisations;

 

7)             Note that the Annual Report will be drafted for presentation to the Board at its final meeting in the 2020/21 municipal year;

 

8)             Agree to extend the current communications contract with the Adur & Worthing Communications Team by another year with an update on the second year’s activities provided at the July 2020 Board Meeting

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