Agenda and minutes

Organisation Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 29th March, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, District Council Offices, Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield S42 6NG.

Contact: Damon Stanton  01246 217011

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Kerry and J Funnell. 



Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or other interests, not already on their register of interests, in any item on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time.


Members were requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest and/or other interest, not already on their register of interests, in any item on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time.


There were no interests declared at this meeting.



Minutes of Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To approve as a correct record and the Chair to sign the Minutes of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee held on 1 February 2022.


RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the previous meeting of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee held on 1 February 2022 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 



Scrutiny Review - ICT and Transformation

Interview –


10.00 am – Rachael Pope, Customer Services Manager.


Interview with the Customer Services Manager


1.  What Progress has been made towards full digital services?


Members heard that there had been a lot of progress made towards a full digital service, this included the addition of a number of self-service forms such as the one created to assist residents in self-isolation. There had been 7251 service requests through this form.


It was noted that the most used form of contact by residents was telephone, followed by email and in-person meetings. Web chat had been implemented in December 2021.


Committee were informed that the Mill Lane site had transitioned to cashless payments only in January 2019. Residents were still able to make cash payments at alternative sites such as post offices and payzone outlets.


There were also a large range of alternative payment methods made available to residents. These included telephone and website payments, as well as a new automated telephone based payment service. These services were available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No complaints had been received as a result of this transition to a cashless service.


Members heard that the ability to send fully encrypted texts and a hybrid mail service were currently being investigated.


2.  How Easy and Intuitive are the Services we have introduced?


Committee were informed that advice and assistance was still available for those residents that required it but often this was only required for first time users.


Residents still had the option of paying in cash at other premises outside of Mill Lane.


3.  How do we promote digital services and how are we measuring customer experience?


Members heard that customer satisfaction surveys across all access channels were due to be completed during 2022/2023. The services were also promoted and questions asked, during Citizens Panels. Residents also had access to a comments, compliments and complaints form that they were able to fill out.


Committee were informed that after completed a webchat, residents would have the option to complete a survey on their experience.


The Officer stated that a quality impact assessment was undertaken prior to the removal of the physical payments service at the Mill Lane premises and all residents that had made cash payments at the site were contacted and informed of the changes.


4.  How are we ensuring that all customers can access digital services, and what are we doing to help those we can’t?


Committee heard that internet access and the use of a self-help PC in reception at the Mill Lane premises, as well as the fact that internet access was available through DCC Libraries was actively promoted.


Customer services were also able to assist residents without internet access to create email accounts and complete online forms. This has been used in the past to assist residents in registering for free food during the Covid pandemic and for accessing Universal Credit.


The Officer highlighted ten core services that residents contacted the council for and suggested that a video series on how to access these could be  ...  view the full minutes text for item OSC/60/21-22


Update on Apprenticeships/Degrees

Sara Gordon, HR and OD Manager.


Members received an update on Apprenticeships and Degrees that were being completed by employees such as the Health & Safety Manager.


They heard that the Manager was completing an MBA (Facilities Management) that included eight modules, and eight assignments. Once this had been completed there would be an applied business report to undertake and present which is based on a 10,000 word dissertation.


As well as this, they would have to complete an apprenticeship. This would require the participant to identify key pieces of work that would benefit the Council and then produce ten or fifteen fully evidenced mini projects that would be discussed at the end point assessment. The end point assessment would be facilitated by an external examiner.


The Health & Safety Manager informed members of the benefits that they were receiving from participating in the course. These included; developing strategic thinking, appreciating how Health & Safety impacts upon other Council services and departments, and an understanding of facilities management at a more structural level.


Members were informed that the MBA course would last a total of three years and that the apprenticeship would be completed within three and a half years. 



Scrutiny Review - ICT and Transformation pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Triangulation of Evidence.

Additional documents:


The Committee then considered all of the evidence which it had received during its review of the Council’s ICT and transformation towards digital services.


Committee identified areas of good practice such as service areas performing well within their areas, in-house developed programmes and services and the support delivered to residents.


Members also highlighted a number of areas for improvement. These included a lack of a dedicated central budget for digital services, the opportunity for a greater partnership with Citizens Advice, and no cloud based system for staff.


RESOLVED – That the draft report on Committee’s review be prepared and submitted to Committee for approval. 


Forward Plan of Executive Decisions

To consider the Forward Plan of Executive Decisions.  The most up-to-date Forward Plan of Executive Decisions can be accessed via the following link:




RESOLVED – That the Forward Plan of Executive Decisions be noted. 



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To consider the Work Programme for the Organisation Scrutiny Committee 2021/22 and review the proposed workload.


RESOLVED – That the work programme be noted.



Additional Urgent Items

To consider any other matter which the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency.


There were no additional urgent items. 



Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 10 May 2022 at 10.00 am. 


The next meeting of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee would be held on Tuesday 10 May at 10.00 am. 



Venue for Next Meeting

To determine whether the next meeting be held formally (in person) at Mill Lane or informally via virtual conference call.


The next meeting of the Organisation Scrutiny Committee would be held in the Council Chamber, District Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, S42 6NG.