AT A MEETING of the HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE held at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Eastleigh on 1 December, 2006.

PRESENT:

65 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Keith House, R.C. McIntosh and Sam Payne.

66 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members were mindful that, where they believed they had a personal or personal prejudicial interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting, they should, normally at the time of debate, declare their interest and having regard to the circumstances described in paragraphs 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Fire Authority's Code of Conduct consider whether to leave the meeting whilst the matter was discussed.

There were no declarations of interest made by members under this item.

67 MINUTES

The Minutes of the meeting held on 8 September, 2006 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to the addition of Councillor P. Galton to the list of those Members present.

68 DEPUTATIONS

There were no deputations made under this item.

69 SERVICE MANAGEMENT TEAM PAY, REWARDS AND CAPACITY REVIEW

70 CESSATION OF DAY-CREWING DUTY SYSTEM: TRANSITIONAL ALLOWANCES TO STAFF

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Officer (Item 6 in the Minute Book) on the merits of transitional allowances following the change to a day-crewing duty system. The Committee were advised that each group (i.e. those occupying Authority-owned houses, those in Authority-rented accommodation and those in their own homes) would be treated the same from a tax point of view. Staff, including retained firefighters, would also not only be eligible for Key Worker housing but given priority in the lists.

71 CHANGES IN THE HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT

72 ESTABLISHMENT

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Officer (Item 8 in the Minute Book) setting out the actual and authorised establishment as of 31 October 2006. The Temporary Assistant Chief Officer explained how the budget for retained firefighters was under significant pressure due to the recent unprecedented recruitment. This was the case even though retained cover was approximately five per cent under establishment because the budget for retained firefighters is based on retaining fees and an average number of callouts. This budget is also used to underpin the Co- Responder scheme, Emergency Catering and Incident Support Teams.

73 PUBLICATION OF HFRA DISABILITY EQUALITY SCHEME

74 UPDATE ON THE RETIREMENT PROCEDURE UNDER THE NEW AGE REGULATIONS 2006

75 RE-EMPLOYMENT OF GREY BOOK EMPLOYEES FOLLOWING RETIREMENT

76 FIREFIGHTER PENSION SCHEMES

77 FAIRNESS AND DIGNITY FORUM HELD ON 25 OCTOBER 2006

78 UPDATES ON CURRENT HUMAN RESOURCES ISSUES