[Discontinued] Principal Scrutiny Committee

What does it do

The Principal Scrutiny Committee has a general remit to maintain an overview of the discharge of the Council's executive functions, and to have the right to scrutinise any executive decision made by the Cabinet or by Council officers, or to review the Council's policy making decision making processes.  The Committee also has an opportunity to call-in any decision by the Cabinet that will incur expenditure which would involve a supplementary estimate, whether by way of virement or the use of reserves, of more than £50,000.  This means such Cabinet decisions may not be implemented without first giving the Committee the right to scrutinise and review the decision.

The Committee does not have the right to review decisions of the Planning Development Control Committee on specific applications and cases where applicants have a right of appeal, and similar decisions by the Licensing and Regulation Committee or the Licensing Sub Committee.  Individual cases dealt with by the Personnel Committee and the Housing (Appeals) Committee are also not subject to scrutiny review.

The Committee also acts as the Council's audit committee and considers all external reports on Council services and performance, including the Annual Management letter from the Council's external auditor.

The Committee's complete terms of reference are as follows:

1.  To have a general remit to maintain an overview of the discharge of the Council's executive functions, and to have the right to scrutinise any executive decision made by the Cabinet or by Council officers, or to review the Council's policy making or decision making processes.

2.  To have the right to review Council policies insofar as the policy concerned does not fall within the remit of any other overview and scrutiny committee of the Council or where the policy concerned relates to the remit of more than one overview and scrutiny committee.

3.  To have authority to require any member of the Council or any Director of the Council to assist in its work by attending at a meeting of the Committee, by supplying information or by other means.

4.  To receive the minutes of the Cabinet and Scrutiny Panels relating to performance monitoring issues and consider any issues arising therefrom, referring to Cabinet any issues which the Committee considers requires further attention by Cabinet.

5.  To advise the Council or the appropriate non-executive decision making Committee in respect of proposed payments etc in those cases of maladministration where the Chief Executive considers that a member decision would be more appropriate than to exercise his delegated powers in the matter.

6. The Committee shall not have a general right of call-in (by which Cabinet decisions may not be implemented without first giving the Committee the right to scrutinise and review the decisions) except in relation to approvals made under delegated emergency powers, any decision by the Cabinet to incur expenditure which would involve a supplementary estimate, whether by way of virement or the use of reserves, of more than £50,000 shall not be implemented until the Committee has had an opportunity to call-in the decision for review.

7.  The Committee shall not have the right to review decisions of the Planning Development Control Committee on specific applications and cases where applicants have a right of appeal, and similar decisions by the Licensing and Regulation Committee or the Licensing Sub Committee.  Individual cases dealt with by the Personnel Committee and the Housing (Appeals) Committee are also not subject to scrutiny review.

8.  To act as the Council's audit committee and consider all reports on maladministration issues.

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Last Meeting

7 March 2011 6:30 PM

Current Committee Members

Contacts

David Blakemore
Position: Democratic Services Manager
Telephone: 01962 848217
Email: dblakemore@winchester.gov.uk