Agenda and minutes

Governance and Audit Committee - Thursday, 7th June, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

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No. Item


BSC Trading Company - Proposed Governance Arrangements


(Members resolved under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 that the public be excluded for the following business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 5 and 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.)


(1)       Mr E E C Hotson, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services was present for this item pursuant to Committee Procedure Rule 2.27.   and addressed the Committee in that capacity.  


(2)       Mr Hotson introduced the report by saying that the proposed trading company had been considered at 5 Cabinet Committee meetings as well as 2 Commissioning Advisory Board and 2 Strategic Commissioning Board meetings.   An independent review of the Business Services Centre (BSC) had been undertaken by Ernst and Young in 2017, concluding that the business case was robust.   GlobalData had reviewed the growth plans, concluding that they were prudent and achievable.  The Section 151 Officer had concluded that the BSC proposal represented a financially viable solution that could deliver better VFM than the current model.  Since the decision of the Cabinet to proceed with the establishment of an arm’s length company, a shadow board had been set up, chaired by Ernst and Young to provide monthly challenge and assurance against the business plan.   Meanwhile, KCC Corporate Assurance had reported regularly to the P&R Cabinet Committee and to Cabinet.   Officers would be providing a full briefing to Members on 27 June, including the assumptions and requirements set out in the business case.


(3)        Mr Hotson concluded his report by saying that the establishment of the BSC Company had been very thoroughly and critically examined and that Members had been involved throughout the process.  


(4)       The Committee agreed that the Minutes of the meeting would be published and shared with all its Members before 1 July 2018 (the “go live” date).


(5)       The BSC Transformation Director confirmed that the Articles of Association set out in Appendix A of the report were KCC’s standard form and that the Company and Shareholder Board structure followed that of the other LATCOs set up by KCC. 


(6)       The Committee discussed whether it was realistic for documentation to be deemed to have been received within 24 hours from when it was posted; the nature of Teckal exemption law and the length of time it was expected to apply; the potential risk of overloading those officers who were members of the Shareholder Board in the light of their current workloads; concerns over the lateness of the recruitment to significant positions on the Company Board;  whether the intended and optimum start date of 1 July 2018 was achievable; and whether the relevant delegated authority was clear.


(7)       The Director of Infrastructure agreed to make the Independent Studies available to the Members of the Committee.


(8)       The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services agreed to consider whether discussions of Exempt reports at Committee meetings should be visually recorded and made available on the Members’ Area of KNET.  


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