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Agenda Item No. 8

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Council: 28th September, 2015

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report May 2014 - April 2015

Purpose of the Report

  1. To present the 2014/15 Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report to Council in accordance with the Council's Constitution.

Recommendation

That Council receive the Scrutiny Committees' Annual Report for the period May 2014 - April 2015.

Reason for the Recommendation

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

Background

  1. 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

  1. During July 2015, the draft Annual Report (attached at Appendix 1) has been considered and approved by all five Scrutiny Committees. It contains a detailed summary of some of the key pieces of work undertaken over the year, together with membership of the Committees and statistical information. The report also outlines some areas under consideration for the next municipal year.
  2. 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-Ttracking of Committee Recommendations
  • Requests for Consideration of Matter and Call-Ins as requested by any Member of the Council to 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)

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

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. 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)

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

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

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

Policy Framework and Budget

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The reporting of Scrutiny Committees' Annual Reports are 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

  1. All.

Background Papers

Council's Constitution

Cabinet and Scrutiny Committee Minutes 2014/15

Report to all Scrutiny Committees July 2015

Contact Officer

Jeff Wyatt,

Head of Democratic Services

Officers Consulted

All Directors.

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas

Managing Director

 

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