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Agenda Item No. 9

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Council: 29th September, 2014

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report May 2013 - April 2014

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To present the 2013/14 Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report to Council in accordance with the Council's Constitution.

Recommendation

That Council receives the Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report for the period May 2013 - April 2014.

Reason for the Recommendation

To receive the Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report as required under the Council's Constitution.

 

Background

2.         The Annual Report has been produced in accordance with Section 6.03(d) of Article 6 of the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Constitution which states that "Scrutiny Committees must report annually to Full Council on their workings and make recommendations for future work programmes and amended working methods if appropriate."

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         The draft Annual Report has been considered and approved by all five Scrutiny Committees during July and September 2014 and it contains details of the work of the Scrutiny Committees over the year, together with statistical information and the membership of the Committees.

4.         A schedule of the work programmes for the five Scrutiny Committees is also available on the Council's website, which include reference to :

·           Performance Monitoring

·           Revenue and Capital expenditure monitoring

·           Improvement Plan

·           Budget proposals - annual reporting

·           Service Planning - annual reporting

·           Decision-tracking of Committee recommendations

·           Requests for consideration of matter and call-ins as requested by any Member of the Council for the relevant Scrutiny Committee under the Procedure Rules as defined in the Council's Constitution.

·           Receiving progress reports on various issues and on other matters as recommended by the Committees.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.         There are no direct financial implications arising from the report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.         Sustainability issues are considered by all Scrutiny Committees as a matter of course although there are no issues as a consequence of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.         The Council is required to comply with the Local Government Act 2000, the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 and subordinate legislation in relation to the Scrutiny function.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.         None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.         None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.      Improving and developing the effectiveness of Scrutiny contributes towards the Community Leadership Corporate Plan Objective CL6 to "Develop a protocol for the public to give evidence at Scrutiny and Planning Committees and increase public participation in meetings (2013-2017)".

Policy Framework and Budget

11.      Article 6 of the Constitution requires the Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report to be presented to Full Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.      The reporting of Annual Scrutiny Committees' reports is an internal matter and, therefore, no external consultation is necessary.  However, the report will also be published on the Council's website.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.      All.

Background Papers

Council's Constitution

Cabinet and Scrutiny Minutes 2013/14

Report to all Scrutiny Committees: July and September 2014.

 

Contact Officer

Jeff Wyatt, Operational Manager (Democratic Services), Tel: (01446) 709408.

 

Officers Consulted

All Directors.

 

Responsible Officer:

Siân Davies, Managing Director.