The Overview and Scrutiny Committee
What does it do
The Overview and 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'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, Portfolio Holders or 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 Officer 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 have an overview of performance and use of resources in respect of the Council’s functions including but not restricted to, the implementation of change plans, work programmes, performance against national and local performance indicators, identification of risks and monitoring action taken to mitigate those risks and responsibility for the monitoring and implementation of action plans arising from best value and key strategy reviews.
5. To consider the overall benefit to the public from services provided by the City Council and other organisations that impact on the District, including monitoring and scrutinising the work of any relevant partnership.
6. To hold Portfolio Holders to account for the services within their areas of responsibility.
7. To consider all reports on maladministration issues.
8. 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) but, 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, including a prior commitment with regard to future budgets, of more than £50,000 shall not be implemented until the Committee has had an opportunity to call-in the decision for review.
9. The following matters are excluded from being considered by an overview and scrutiny committee:
a) any matter relating to a planning decision;
b) any matter relating to a licensing decision;
c) any matter relating to an individual or entity in respect of which that individual or entity has a right of recourse to a review or right of appeal conferred by or under any enactment;
A matter does not fall within (a) to (c) above if it relates to an allegation that the function has not been discharged at all or is failing on a systematic basis.
10. To act as the Crime and Disorder Committee for the purposes of Section 19 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 and associated regulations and accordingly:-
a) to review or scrutinise the decisions made, or other action taken in connection with the discharge by the responsible authorities of their crime and disorder functions; and
b) to make reports or recommendations to the Council with respect to the discharge of those functions.
11. To consider any referrals under the Councillor Call for Action provisions in the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules.
12. To consider any referrals under the Council’s Petitions Scheme in the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules and Part 8 of the Constitution.
Current Committee Members
Councillor Kelsie Learney
Councillor Patricia Stallard
Councillor Linda Gemmell
Councillor Kim Gottlieb
Councillor Dominic Hiscock
Councillor Brian Laming
Councillor Frank Pearson
Councillor Amber Thacker
Councillor Martin Tod
Councillor Therese Evans BA, MCIL
Councillor Roger Huxstep
Councillor Ernest Jeffs
Councillor Lucille Thompson
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