Committee details

Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

The Scrutiny Committee will:

·         Innovate and challenge the way the Council operates

·         Exercise the call in powers contained in the Constitution

·         Add value to the Council through in-depth studies

·         Add value to the Council through selective studies of external crosscutting issues

·         Promote more informal smaller group working.

·         Open up the local democratic process to greater public involvement.

·         Add value to the Council through pre-decision scrutiny of Key Decisions through using the Forward Plan

·         Be involved in performance management on a selective and strategic basis.

·         Develop effective and positive channels of communication between itself and the Cabinet.

·         Adopt a Select Committee style and approach wherever possible.

·         Require effective and reliable officer support

·         Be involved in the development of Policy

·         Scrutinise areas of interest or concern and make recommendations to Cabinet and where appropriate full Council following the completion of such scrutiny

 

Functions

Within its scope and terms of reference, the Scrutiny Committee will:

 

(a) review and monitor the performance of the Council’s services;

(b) review and/or scrutinise policies, proposals, decisions made or actions taken in connection with the discharge of any of the Council’s functions;

(c) make reports and/or recommendations to the Council and/or the Cabinet in connection with the discharge of any functions;

(d) consider any matter affecting the area or its inhabitants;

(e) exercise the right to Call-in, for reconsideration, decisions made, but not yet implemented by the Cabinet.

(f) consider matters arising from a Councillor Call for Action (CCfA) under Section 119 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and Regulations thereunder; and

(g) undertake the functions of the Council’s crime and disorder committee for the purposes of Section 19 of the Police and Justice Act 2006, including CCfA relating to crime and disorder matters.

 

Specific Functions

(a)Scrutiny - Within its scope and terms of reference Scrutiny may:

(i) review and scrutinise the decisions made by and performance of the Cabinet and/or Committees and the appropriate Officers both in relation to individual decisions and over time;

(ii) review and scrutinise the performance of the Council in relation to its policy

objectives, performance targets and/or particular service area;

(iii) question Members of the Cabinet and/or Committees and appropriate Officers about their decisions and performance, whether generally in comparison with service plans and targets over a period of time, or in relation to particular decisions, initiatives or projects;

(iv) make recommendations to the Cabinet and/or appropriate Committees and/or Council and/or any external bodies arising from the outcome of the scrutiny process;

(v) review and scrutinise the performance of major partnerships and other public bodies in the area and invite written reports and/or request them to address the Committee and local people about their activities and performance;

(vi) require Members of the Cabinet, the Chief Executive, Directors and Service Heads to attend to answer questions and give evidence on receipt of at least 5 days’ written notice.

(vii) question and gather evidence from any person, not a Member or an Officer of the Council, with their consent;

 

(b)Advisory and Review – Within its scope and terms of reference the Scrutiny Committee may:

(i) assist the Council and the Cabinet in the development of its Policy Framework by in-depth analysis of policy issues, excluding those policy areas which fall under the remit of the Strategic Planning and Regeneration Committee;

(ii) conduct research, community and other consultation in the analysis of policy issues and possible options, excluding those policy issues which fall under the remit of the Strategic Planning and Regeneration Committee;

(iii) consider and implement mechanisms to encourage and enhance community participation in the development of policy options, excluding those policy issues which fall under the remit of the Strategic Planning and Regeneration Committee;

(iv) make recommendations to Cabinet and/or appropriate Committees and/or

Council and/or any external bodies arising from the outcome of the scrutiny process.

(v) review and scrutinise the performance of major partnerships and other public bodies in the area and invite written reports and/or request them to address Councillors and local people about their activities and performance.

 

(c)Annual Report – The Scrutiny Committee will report annually to Council on function on their workings and make recommendations for future work programmes and amended working methods if appropriate.

 

(d)Work Programme – The Scrutiny Committee will exercise overall responsibility for the Scrutiny Work Programme and for ensuring that this is sustainable with regard to the support and resources that are available to it and that is considered in conjunction with other committees of the Council and their respective work programmes in order to minimise duplication of effort.

 

Proceedings of Scrutiny

The Scrutiny Committee will conduct their proceedings in accordance with the Scrutiny Procedure Rules set out in the Council’s Constitution.

 

 

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Emma Faulkner / Lesley Farrell, Democratic and Elections. Email: emma.faulkner@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk. 01327 322043 / Email: lesley.farrell@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221591

Postal address:
The Forum
Moat Lane
Towcester
Northants
NN12 6AD

Phone: 01327 322043 / 01295 221591

Email: emma.faulkner@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk / lesley.farrell@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk