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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: To be held at the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH

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Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bryan Lodge and Councillor Julie Grocutt.




Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public

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No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.




Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting

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There were no declarations of interest.




Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 10th February 2022.

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Minutes of previous meeting held on 10th February 2022 were agreed to be a true record.



Public Questions and Petitions

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public

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There were no public questions or petitions



Customer Experience Strategic Review pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Report of Policy and Improvement Officer

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The Committee received a report around Customer Experience and Customer Service. The committee were being asked to note the report appended to the papers “Our Council Transitional Committee – Strategic Review – Customer Focus”, agree the recommendations in Section 5 of that report be fed into the Strategic Review of Customer Experience, and the recommendations form the basis of handover from the Chair of Our Council Transitional Committee to the appropriate Committee and Committee Chair in the New Committee System from May 2022.


Present for this item were Elyse Senior-Wadsworth, Head of Business Strategy and One Year Plan Theme Lead and Paul Taylor, Head of Customer Services.



Elyse Senior-Wadsworth introduced and explained the report and appendices. References included some areas of customer contact requiring improvements, key workstreams being utilised to shape a better offer and use of recommendations in the Strategic Review of Customer Experience. The different groups of customer base were outlined and it was explained how insight will be used to understand the challenges customers face. The LGA Peer Review elements were outlined as was customers insight. It was highlighted that a shift in approach and governance should reflect that customers are at the heart of the service. Use of Web Platform, Automation and Project resource were all explained in how they will make it easier for customer to identify solutions for themselves and get early assistance if needed.  It was stated that the customer journey from start to finish should be seamless. The closing recommendations were explained to the committee.



Members made various comments, suggestions and asked a number of questions as follows:-

·       Whether the 15 principles of good service would be adopted or adapted, how it will be ensured that there is a consistent approach across the whole council and what types of services are being offered to customers. Clarification was asked for on timings outlined in the report and it was questioned if there will be a facility to log housing repairs on the website. It was stated that whilst improvements are starting to take place, what the plans will be in regard to the work programme moving forwards. It was suggested that knowing which officers/directors are responsible for specific areas would be useful when querying progression of work. It was also questioned if the word ‘customer’ was the correct word to use.

·       It was responded that the language surrounding the principles of good service will require some testing. It was explained that there is a hope to adopt the principles, but the language will be tailored for relevance. It was explained that there is a two-fold fold approach as to how the governance review will be taken forwards, including the Improvement Board and the getting Strategic One Council approach correct – the staffing support around this was explained. It was also responded that the LGA review was of customer services and was acknowledged that it was important to look beyond contact centre. The importance of using Council wide standards and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Our Council Transitional Committee Activity Report March 2022 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Report of Policy and Improvement Officer.

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Alice Nicholson introduced this item and explained the summary of the report including the undertaken work of the committee. There were no questions or comments.