GREATER NOTTINGHAM PARTNERSHIP
COMPANY BOARD MEETING
TO BE HELD AT GNP, CASTLE HEIGHTS, 72 MAID MARIAN WAY
5.00PM TUESDAY 19TH MAY 2009
AGENDA ITEM 4
Chief Executives Report
KPMG Audit: KPMG carried out their usual audit on behalf of emda. There
were no major issues though they have raised a number of points regarding
ongoing liabilities should GNP cease to exist at the end of March 2010.
The major ongoing commitments which were agreed prior to any discussions
around possible reorganisation are:
G3 Investments (Office Rental) £33k pa liable to August 2012
Ikon Capital Equipment (photocopier) £10k pa to October 2011
Other contracts are all containable within the year (provide we have at least 3
Café Networks IT Support
Croner Consulting Employment Services
CA Plus Trading Monthly Payroll services
Nottingham Industrial Cleaners Office Cleaning
Neopost franking machine
Orange mobile phone contract
Holbrooks accounting package support
Shred It Confidential shredding service
Lantec telephone maintenance service
Personal Storage document storage (Trent Bridge)
We currently list reserves at around £175k (though this is likely to reduce by
about £20k as at end of March 2009). We also have the Research fund of
£95k which is currently held without any commitments.
In the event of staff transferring under TUPE to a local authority employer we
will have no pension issues as staffs are already in the Local Government
Scheme. The only time pensions issues may arise is in cases of redundancy
and possible commitments to the pension fund.
If however this does not happen then there may be redundancy issues that
will affect our reserves.
Emda have indicated that they are willing to work closely with GNP to manage
the reserves and liabilities issues very closely. Emda together with
City/County authorities will support the effective wind up of GNP (should this
become necessary) to ensure that the company does not become insolvent.
Emda have confirmed their willingness to do this provided that the GNP Board
and Chief Executive have consistently considered the liability issues
throughout the year and have taken precautions to limit these financial
To ensure this happens we will ensure that GNP financial liabilities is a
standing item on future agendas.
Employment & Skills Board:
The Greater Nottingham Employment and Skills Board will consider a paper
at its meeting on the 21st May which recommends a new partnership
arrangement to integrate employment and skills across Nottinghamshire: City
and County. This followed an initial invitation from the Alliance Employment &
Skills Board (AESB) who, due to changes in sub-regional economic
development, would like to see an arrangement in place that would build on
their successes across the Alliance sub-regional area of North
One area to highlight is the activity undertaken by the Employment and Skills
team at GNP, with local partners and the Department for Work and Pensions
(DWP) under its ‘Cities Strategy’ programme. This activity has completed a
successful first phase and is now being extended to deliver on devolution
arrangements with DWP, which includes the jointly commissioned Jobcentre
Plus support contract approved by this Board in 2008.
A countywide structure would provide appropriate governance for this activity
and other planned developments. Under DWP’s sponsorship of the ‘Cities
Strategy’ programme- size does matter. DWP is entering into a ‘new phase’
of relationships with local partners and is keen to support the expansion of
pathfinder areas, such as Nottingham, which are currently seen as too small
to attract government investment. We are expected to clarify our aspirations
for working with the government on employment and skills as part the
Employment and Skills Board’s new strategy and have been given strong
indications that a countywide arrangement is far more appropriate.
GNESB will consider a recommendation to revise the delivery arrangement
with DWP for the current City Strategy to become part of Nottinghamshire’s
Integrated Employment and Skills strategy. This will also entail establishing
appropriate accountable arrangements for any future funding. In the interim it
is recommended that GNP undertakes this role in order to simplify existing
arrangements. The Employment and Skills team already undertake all of the
development work related to the DWP programme, and so this will not
generate additional workload. This Board is asked to confirm their
willingness to accountable for this funding.