primary purpose ofthe committeeis to improve the delivery of policies andservices.Its terms of reference are
the performance of all overview and scrutiny
functions on behalf of the Council and as set out in section 9F of
the Local Government Act 2000, summarised below, to:
(i) review and
scrutinise decisions made or actions taken in connection with the
discharge of any of the Council’s functions;
(ii) agree reports and make recommendations to the
Council and the Executive in connection with the discharge of any
(iii) consider any matter affecting the area or its
(iv) question members of the Executive and officers about
their views on issues and proposals affecting the area;
(v) liaise with external organisations operating in the
area, whether national, regional or local, to ensure the interests
of local people are enhanced by collaborative working;
(vi) exercise the right to
‘call in’ for reconsideration of decisions made but not
yet implemented by the Executive, in accordance with the rules set
out in this Constitution;
(vii)consider any matter which has
been placed on the agenda of the committee by any member of the
committee in accordance with the rules of procedure in this
(viii)act as the Crime and Disorder
Committee for the purposes of section 19 of the Police and Justice
(ix) undertake consideration of such matters that will be
key decisions where the Executive requests the Committee to
scrutinise the matter in advance of an the decision being taken.
This relates to matters that are of particular interest to the
committee, for example, decisions to be made on significant place
(x) review current service delivery models (the
council’s own and those of the council’s partners) with
a view to identifying gaps, exploring innovative solutions to
(xi) review draft strategies; and
(xii)consider issues or functions in
which Members feel they could shape future policy.
specificissues,the above work can be carried outbytask and finish groups,whichwillbe appointed and managed by the committee.
These groups willdrawupon the knowledge andexpertise ofallMembers ofthe Council.
7.2.4 Holdingthe Executiveto Account
Overview andScrutinyCommittee will holdthe Executive to account for the discharge ofitsfunctions.
The principal ways bywhichitwilldo this are as follows:
(i) scrutinising decisionswhichthe Executive is planningto take, as set outinthe Forward Planor of which propernoticeis given(includingdecisions referred to it in accordance with paragraph 6.6.2 ofChapter 6);
decisionsof the Executive andindividual Executive Members before they are implemented and if necessaryusingthe ‘call-in’mechanismto require the decision taker to reconsider the earlier decision; and
decisionsof the ExecutiveorExecutive Membersaftertheyhave beenimplementedas part ofa wider review.