The Legal Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) introduced the report by noting that the Work Programme was agreed at the meeting of 09 July 2021 and that further changes had since been made alongside new items being added from the latest forward plan which was appended to the report. The Committee would need to consider and agree the updated programme.
Cllr Mark Wilson thanked officers for preparing and updating the programme. He then highlighted the lack of confirmed dates for the workshops on the Work Programme and suggested that something be added relating to Local Government Reorganisation (LGR).
The Chairman responded to say that options for LGR updates for Members was being looked at, but ultimately depended on both Member and Officer availability.
The Director of Innovation, Strategy and Resources informed the Committee that LGR was still in the very early stages but those involved were mindful of the need to involve Members in discussions. He noted that the pace of LGR work would be very demanding on Officer time, and therefore could not commit to a series of workshops.
Cllr Wilson then noted the importance of keeping Members up to date, as well as the public. He felt that it was important to consider LGR carefully so as to end up with the best outcome.
Councillors Pat Bell and Brian Cooper both highlighted the importance of the workshop on Affordable Housing, and requested that a date be set as soon as possible. The Chairman noted that it was on the Work Programme and that dates would be discussed and Members updated once set.
RESOLVED – That:-
(1) The Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s updated Work Programme for 2021/22 be agreed; and
(2) The Forward Plan published on 3 August 2021 be noted.