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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 11th October 2011

 

Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Scrutiny Decision Tracking of Recommendations

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To advise Members of progress in relation to uncompleted recommendations made by the Scrutiny Committee for

2.             To also obtain Members' views relating to progress against each recommendation, where further action may be required to ensure the required action is undertaken and to confirm those actions which are completed.

Recommendation

The views of the Committee on the status of the actions listed in Appendices A to C are sought.

Reason for the Recommendation

To maintain effective tracking of the Committee's recommendations

Background

3.             As part of the recent Scrutiny Review, it has been clear that the scrutiny process needs to be more transparent, accountable and readily understood.  An integral part of effective scrutiny is a mechanism for Scrutiny Committees to monitor their recommendations to ensure that desired actions are carried out and, where necessary, progress is reported back. 

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             Appendices A to C are the uncompleted recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee.  Members are requested to review the progress against each recommendation, to assess where further action may be required to ensure the required action is undertaken and to confirm which recommendations are accepted as completed.

5.             It is important that decisions of Scrutiny Committees are tracked and monitored in this way as failure to do so could result in a risk that recommended courses of action will not be followed and consequently “lost”.  This would undermine the credibility of the scrutiny process.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        None.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        This report is in accordance with the recommendations of the WAO Democratic Renewal Report and acknowledges the recommendations of the recent review of the Council's scrutiny function.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        None.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        All.

Background Papers

Relevant Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet minutes.

Contact Officer

Lorraine Pugh, Scrutiny and Committee Services Officer, Tel: 01446 709412

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Peter H. Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services.

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