Decision details

Review of Effectiveness and Scrutiny Recommendations Report

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider the annual Review of Effectiveness and an update on progress made by Cabinet in implementing the adopted recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


The Solicitor to the Council introduced a report which set out the findings of the annual Review of Effectiveness, as well as a progress report on recommendations made by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to decision-makers.


The Review of Effectiveness had concluded that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had continued to be effective over the past 12 months, but that more precise timetabling of the Work Programme would be beneficial in ensuring that resources were available to complete the agreed topics on time.


During 2018/19, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had presented one formal report to Cabinet arising out of the review of the Asset Management Strategy; this had later become the Property and Land Management Strategy 2019 – 2024, including the creation of the Strategic Asset management Plan Board.  The recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had been adopted by Cabinet.


In addition, the Committee had considered a number of other policy documents including, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the Cost Recovery and Hardship Policy in respect of Contaminated Land and the Cumbria Health Strategy.


As well as the formal recommendations made by the Committee, a number of comments and/or suggestions had been raised throughout various items considered at committee meetings.  In situations where these comments had been raised against executive items, these comments had been highlighted during consideration by Cabinet.  Other changes requested of officers, for example in relation to grammatical or presentational issues, had typically been taken into account before the item had been presented to Cabinet.  Throughout 2018/19, Portfolio Holders had shown a strong commitment to the scrutiny process.


In March 2019, a Task and Finish Group had held its first meeting on Customer Connect Locality Working.  This group was due to meet on at least three further occasions before presenting its findings to the Committee.


Also in March 2019, a workshop had been held to consider the possible impacts of a ‘no-deal Brexit’ on the Council’s business.  A formal report would be presented to the Committee once central government had provided some clarity around any departure from the European Union.


Whilst not requiring any recommendations being made to Cabinet, the Committee had also paid attention to a number of issues affecting the local community, including the performance of Northern Rail and the effectiveness of the health offering within South Lakeland.


The Solicitor to the Council informed the Committee that a Member of the Corporate Management Team had requested that the effectiveness of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and its contribution to the production of Policy and Strategy be highlighted and that it had been noted that the Committee had gone from strength to strength.


RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-


(1)        the findings of the Review of Effectiveness, as at Appendix 1 to the report; and


(2)        the progress made by Cabinet in implementing the recommendations of the Committee.

Report author: Anthea Lowe

Publication date: 10/06/2019

Date of decision: 26/04/2019

Decided at meeting: 26/04/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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