The Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee is responsible for managing the Committee’s work programme.
The members of Services O&S felt that a new approach was needed for prioritising the items that come to the Committee and the process for handling them at meetings. Therefore a document is attached setting out fresh expectations for participants in Services O&S meetings.
The current work programme (attached) includes items agreed and takes account of items identified on the latest Executive Forward Programme as due to come forward for decision.
Members are invited to consider their work programme and make any comments and/or amendments they consider necessary, including suggestions for any additional topics that the Committee may wish to add to its work programme.
The Chairman raised concerns regarding the number of items listed on the work programme for this and the next meeting. He advised that the agenda had been culled to allow time for appropriate scrutiny, however he felt with the items being quite indepth that there may not be sufficient time. He would endeavour to finish the meeting by 9pm.
Mark Mills outlined the work programme and items scheduled for future meetings. It was agreed that Planning Enforcement was a priority item.
It was suggested that officers be asked to avoid long presentations to allow more time to scrutinise reports and that some items could be scrutinised by means of working groups and then brought back to committee to agree recommendations.