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Part 3 - Responsibility for functions

Below are the responsibility for functions.

Introduction

3.11.1    The roles of scrutiny committees are set out in Article 8 of the Constitution.

3.11.2    The Council will appoint the scrutiny committees set out in the left hand column of the table below to discharge the scrutiny functions on behalf of the Council (as conferred by Section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000, Sections 7-10 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 and Section 19 Police and Justice Act 2006) as set out in the right hand column of the same table. 

 Scrutiny committee

Terms of reference

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

13 County Councillors (to include the chairs of the 5 other Scrutiny Committees)

1.          Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution by providing a corporate overview of performance, the budget, risk management and service improvement.

 

2.          Strategic overview of Council services including cross-cutting scrutiny in consultation with the other Scrutiny Committees

 

3.          Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution by scrutinising those County Council functions not covered by other Scrutiny Committees.  These include support services included within the Core Council group.

 

4.          To coordinate the work of the Scrutiny Committees as necessary including determining which committee should look at a particular issue if there is a dispute. 

 

5.         To oversee the rules relating to the operation of task groups as indicated in procedure rule 3.11.4.

 

Children and Families Scrutiny Committee

 

9 County Councillors

 

3 parent governor representatives

 

1 Church of England Diocese representative

 

1 Roman Catholic Diocese representative

 

1.              Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution in the context of all matters relating to:

·     children’s safeguarding

·     looked after children and care leavers

·     early help

·     early years including children’s centres

·     special educational needs and disability

·     adoption and fostering

·     children with disabilities

·     school improvement, access and place planning

·     school funding

 

Health Overview and  Scrutiny Committee

 

9 County Councillors

 

6 Co-opted District Councillors

1.              Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution focussing on health issues from the public’s perspective including the use of task groups to carry out its scrutiny functions. To act as a lever to improve the health and those services that impact on the health of local people, working in partnership with other agencies.  To address issues of health inequalities between different groups in the community.  To determine those matters referred to in Article 11.02.2 of the Constitution (joint committees concerning health service changes).

 

2.              Under the Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013, to exercise the Council’s role:

 

·        in reviewing and scrutinising matters relating to the planning, provision and operation of health services in the area; and

·       In commenting on or making a recommendation in relation to proposals for a substantial development or variation to services save that ‘referral powers’ to the Secretary of State remain with full Council.

 

Adult Social Care and Communities Scrutiny Committee

 

 

 

1.              Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution in the context of all matters relating to:

·     adults single programme

·     services for vulnerable people including adult safeguarding

·     public health

·     community development (recognising that other committees cover aspects of this area)

·     fire and rescue service

·     residential and nursing care

·     road safety

·     parking

·     emergency management

·     trading standards

·     libraries and registration service

·     coroners

2.              Scrutinise the actions and decisions of the responsible authorities under Section 5 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in relation to their crime and disorder functions.

 

Environment Scrutiny Committee

 

9      County Councillors

1.              Carry out the scrutiny functions of the County Council delivering the roles set out in Article 8 of the Constitution in the context of matters relating to

·       highways and infrastructure

·       community resilience planning including climate change adaption and flood resilience

·       air quality

·       sustainable procurement

·       public and community transport

·       minerals and waste planning

·       energy including energy from waste and green energy promotion

·       waste disposal, waste reduction and recycling

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee

 

6 County Councillors

 

6 Co-opted District Councillors

1.              To review the decisions, plans and policies of the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee and

2.        To review the overall impact and delivery outcomes of the Gloucestershire Strategic Economic Plan and to make recommendations to the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Community Interest Company and Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee on issues and improvements.

 

Meetings and proceedings of the Scrutiny Committees

3.11.3    Meetings of the Scrutiny Committees shall take place in accordance with Scrutiny Procedure Rules 9 and 10.

3.11.4    Scrutiny Task Groups

  1. This 3.11.4 shall apply to all Scrutiny Task Groups.
  2. All Scrutiny Task Groups will undertake work in relation to key targets for service areas, the Council’s key priorities and issues of public interest or concern. 
  3. Where the commissioning of a Scrutiny Task Group is urgently required, the lead members of the relevant Scrutiny Committee may agree to do so in advance of the next committee meeting.
  4. Before each Scrutiny Task Group begins its work, the terms of reference will be agreed by the relevant Scrutiny Committee or its lead members.
  5. The final report of each Scrutiny Task Group will be presented to the relevant Scrutiny Committee, which may as a result, make recommendations to any Council body or any other public body or third party or, exceptionally, the full County Council.
  6. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, there will be no more than six Scrutiny Task Groups in existence at any one time, in general limited to two Scrutiny Task Groups per Committee.
  7. Each Scrutiny Task Group may adopt whatever means of operation it deems most effective, bearing in mind the resources available to it.

3.11.5    Proceedings of the Scrutiny Committees

Scrutiny committees will conduct their proceedings in accordance with the Scrutiny Procedure Rules set out in Part 4 of the Constitution.

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