Overview and Scrutiny
The Local Government Act 2000 required all councils in England and Wales to introduce new political structures which provided a clear role for the council, the executive and non executive councillors.
One of the key roles for non executive councillors is to undertake an overview and scrutiny role for the council. The overview and scrutiny role involves reviewing policies of the council, helping to develop policies for the council, involvement with best value reviews, scrutinising organisations external to the council and holding the executive to account.
How does scrutiny operate in West Lancashire?
In West Lancashire overview and scrutiny operates through two scrutiny committees.
Executive overview and scrutiny committee:
- calls in Cabinet decisions and comments upon them to the Cabinet (may ask for a council debate before the decision is finalised)
- examines Cabinet decisions which have not been called in, after they have been made, and comments to the Cabinet or council (post hoc scrutiny)
- considers matters referred by the Cabinet or council
- makes proposals to the Cabinet of its own volition
- acts as Co-ordinating Committee for Overview and Scrutiny
- considers Member items related to decisions made by portfolio holders under delegated authority
Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee
The Committee conducts in depth reviews/policy development as set out in its work programme.
In 2015/16 the Committee conducted a review on 'A Market Strategy for Ormskirk Town Centre'.
Following a request to submit topic suggestions for consideration for inclusion in the Committee's work programme for 2016/17 the following ideas were received:
- Bickerstaffe Cycle Trials (Phase 2 of the Trials 2016/17)
- Speeding Traffic - Firswood Road
- Cycles in Ormskirk Bus Station
- Highway Issues - Cottage Lane/Halsall Lane, Ormskirk
- Improved Planting Skelmersdale Town Centre
- Waste Disposal - Methods of Collection
- Pot holes, hazaesa for cyclists
- Mowing of verges and road islands
- What has become of the operational Police Officers in West Lancashire?
The results of the scoring exercise and recommendations will be considered by the Committee at its meeting on 13 October 2016 and the topics selected for review in 2016/17 will be decided.
The Committee also considers as part of its routine work:
- Items referred from the "Members' Update" at the request of a member
- Members' Items / Councillor Call for Action (CCfA)
- Performance Management
- Acts as the Council's Crime and Disorder Committee
- Reviews recommendations from topics previously conducted
The Member Development Commission will continue its work during 2016/17 as will the 'Public Involvement at Meetings Working Group'.
If you have any comments or would like to suggest topics for inclusion in future work programmes, contact Cathryn Jackson, Principal Overview and Scrutiny Officer.
If you want to find out more about the work of the Committees, get access to agendas and minutes, attend a meeting, etc, visit Council committees and meetings
Overview and scrutiny documents