Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee - Wednesday, 16th March, 2022 10.00 am

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Declarations of Interest


There were no disclosable pecuniary interests.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 330 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 16th February 2022 were agreed and signed as a true record.


Further to minute 46/21 headed ‘Section 106 Agreements’, the Committee requested that the Section 106 presentation slides be circulated to all Members for their information.


Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 - Impact and Legacy Planning pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Joint briefing note and presentation of the Director of Business, Investment and Culture and the Chief Executive, Coventry City of Culture Trust


Martin Sutherland and Chenine Bhathena, Coventry City of Culture Trust have been invited to the meeting for the consideration of this item. Councillor G Duggins, Cabinet Member for Policy and Leadership and Councillor D Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities have also been invited to attend.


The Committee considered a briefing note and received a presentation from Martin Sutherland, Chenine Bhathena representing Coventry City of Culture Trust, Jonothan Neelands from Warwick Business School, and David Nuttall, Strategic Lead for City of Culture at Coventry City Council.


Councillor Duggins, Leader of the Council introduced the item, reporting that the programme had been effectively carried out despite a backdrop of Covid, but the legacy was much more than the year’s programme and the city has achieved things culturally and economically which wouldn’t have happened without the City of Culture.


The presentation covered the following aspects:

The story so far – it was the UK’s first major cultural event since Covid 19, delivering significant social and economic impact for Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands and playing a key role in the region’s recovery from COVID-19.


The Story of Change: Impact and Outcome focussed

·  Demonstrating the value and role of arts/culture in delivering local/regional ambitions

·  Investing in the local arts eco-system and driving change to retain talent, build for the future, promoting access, inclusion and sustainability

·  Co-creation at the centre: embedded, tested and pioneered

·  Global-Local programmes:

·  City Wide, in parks, high streets and community spaces


Headline statistics (01/18 – 11/21)

·  1101 City hosts had been fully trained since March 2021

·  Over 1500 community dancers, musicians, poets and makers had participated in the first six months of the programme

·  Over a third of the cultural programme had been co-created with local communities

·  All 42 Coventry neighbourhoods had activities taking place across them

·  £172.6million investment had been secured unto the city as a result of Coventry being awarded City of Culture

·  126 times Coventry had been featured as a promoted destination

·  43% of tickets were issues within Coventry to citizens who are financially stretched or facing adversity

·  161,555 tickets had been issued for City of Culture events since November 2020 and an estimated attendance of 52,000 at unticketed events since May 2021

·  The Trust has actively engaged with 100 Schools (83%) and 181 organisations

·  Employed over 600 artists (42% Coventry; 63% including Warwickshire and the West Midlands

·  260,000 people engaged with the City of Culture events online in the first six months

·  More than 520,000 points of engagement with a UKCOC or UKCOC-supported event since December 2017

·  £83m media value secured (to September 2021)


Cultural Strategy Refresh 2017-2027 – progress and refresh, which provided the following key opportunities:

·  Cultural Strategy Refresh – engagement with stakeholders, partners and the city on 2022-2025 on priority activities, outputs and outcomes across all Strategy Goals.  Engagement and online survey (incl. supported survey analysis).  Secure Cultural Strategy Action Plan 2022-2025 with partner commitments.

·  Connections to Wider Policy/Development – (e.g. Culture and creativity connecting into One Coventry Plan; Coventry Climate Change Strategy; Creative Economy)

·  Culture Change Coventry (Culture Compact) – development of a representative and inclusive independent partnership body, supporting and advocating for cultural and creative sector impact on wider city outcomes; financial innovations

·  Cultural Capital Programme – legacy benefits from programme of investment to date in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Coventry and Warwickshire Health Inequalities Strategic Plan pdf icon PDF 585 KB

Briefing note and presentation of the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing


Councillors K Caan and G Hayre, Cabinet Member and Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport have been invited to the meeting for the consideration of this item    


The Committee agreed that this item would be deferred to the next scheduled meeting on 6th April 2022.


Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee Work Programme and Outstanding issues 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Report of the Director of Law and Governance


The Committee considered their Work Programme for the current municipal year.


RESOLVED that the Work Programme for 2021/22 be noted.


Any Other Items of Public Business

Any other items of public business which the Chair decides to take as a matter of urgency because of the special circumstances involved.


There were no other items of public business.