MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
COMMUNITIES, HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
17 NOVEMBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM COUNCIL
1. OVEVIEW AND SCRUTINY ANNUAL REPORT 2014-15
1.1 On 16 September Council considered the report of the Head of Finance and Resources – Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2014-15.
1.2 The Maidstone Borough Council Constitution for 2014-15 stated that “Overview and Scrutiny Committees may report annually to the full Council on their workings and make recommendations for future work programmes and amended working methods if appropriate” (Part One, article 6.3 (d) of the previous Constitution
1.3 The Scrutiny Coordinating Committee had responsibility for producing the Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report.
1.4 The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the four Overview and Scrutiny Committees formed the Scrutiny Coordinating Committee as per the constitution.
1.5 The Annual Report provided an overview of the year, highlighting successes alongside the challenges of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees during the 2014-15 Municipal Year.
1.6 The Annual Report 2014-15 is the last following the decision of Council on 10 December 2010 to return to a Committee system.
1.7 The Scrutiny Coordinating Committee wanted to ensure a sense of continuity between the two systems of governance and ensure the topics it had looked at remained on the radar of the new Committees. Therefore it made the following recommendation “that the new Policy and Resources Committee considers the topics (listed below) as part of its work programme in the next Municipal Year.”
· Maternity Services
· Draft Economic Development Strategy
· Careers Guidance Review
· The Local Plan
· Continued representation from Maidstone Borough Councillors on MKIP Joint Committees (post Overview and Scrutiny)
· Budget Working Group
· Loneliness and Isolation
· MKIP Environmental Health Shared Service
· Play Areas Strategy
· Crime and Disorder.
1.8 It is likely that these topics have already been considered and programmed into the four new Service Committees’ Work Programme, if appropriate. Therefore this report and the recommendation should be noted.
The deletion of the duplicate paragraph on page 10; and to read:
“That the new Committees consider the topics (listed) as part of their work programmes in the next Municipal Year”.