Committee details

Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

Overview and Scrutiny Committees

 

Appointment

 

The Council will annually constitute and appoint three Overview and Scrutiny Committees, comprising of fifteen councillors, to discharge the functions conferred by section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000 or regulations under section 32 of the Local Government Act 2000.

 

General Role

 

Within their terms of reference, Overview and Scrutiny Committees will:

 

(a)  Review and / or scrutinise the decisions made or actions taken in connection with the discharge of the Council’s functions;

(b)  Review and scrutinise the performance of other public bodies in the area and invite reports from them by requesting them to address the Overview and Scrutiny committee about their activities and performance;

(c)  Support joint work planning arrangements in developing an integrated scrutiny work programme;

(d)  Make reports and / or recommendations to the Council and / or the Cabinet in connection with any policy or the discharge of any functions; 

(e)  Exercise the right to call in, for reconsideration decisions made but not yet implemented by the Executive function of the Council;

(f)  Assist the Council and the Cabinet in the development and monitoring of the annual budget;

(g)  Review and scrutinise the Council’s transformation governance and processes as well as monitoring the outcomes and benefits of the Transformation Programme;

(h)  Review and scrutinise the Council’s partnership arrangements;

(i)  Review and scrutinise the Council’s commissioning activities;

(j)  Review and scrutinise the performance of the Council in relation to its policy objectives, performance targets and / or particular service areas; and

(k)  Have the authority to establish task & finish groups, standing panels and sub-committees as necessary to discharge the functions falling within the remit of the committee.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committees Terms of Reference

 

Each Overview and Scrutiny Committee is aligned to one of the Wirral Plan themes of People, Business and Environment with responsibility for reviewing and / or scrutinising decisions made or actions taken in connection with the pledges that make up the respective theme of the Wirral Plan.  The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is also responsible for scrutinising the strategies, policies, partnerships, transformation projects / programmes and supporting functions which operate in support of their Wirral Plan theme. 

 

Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

 

Wirral Plan Pledges

 

·  Leisure and cultural opportunities for all

·  Wirral Residents live healthier lives

·  Community services are joined up and accessible

·  Good quality housing that meets the needs of residents

·  Wirral’s Neighbourhoods are safe

·  Attractive local environment for Wirral residents

 

 

Scope of the Committee

 

To review and / or scrutinise any strategies and plans, and the delivery of these plans, including:

 

·  Wirral’s Leisure Strategy

·  Wirral’s Culture Strategy

·  Wirral Residents Live Healthier Lives Strategy

·  Neighbourhood Strategy

·  Housing Strategy

·  Ensuring Wirral’s Neighbourhoods are Safe

·  Managing Our Waste Strategy 2015 - 2020

·  Loving Our Environment Strategy

 

To review and / or scrutinise the commissioning, management and performance of services for:

 

·  Leisure

·  Community Services

·  Safer Neighbourhoods

·  Housing Services

·  Environment

 

To perform the Council’s statutory responsibilities to undertake scrutiny in relation to:

 

·  The review and scrutiny of the flood and coastal erosion risk management functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

·  The review and scrutiny of decisions made or action taken in connection with the discharge by the Responsible Authorities and Co-operating bodies of the Wirral Community Safety Partnership of their crime and disorder functions.

 

 

Cross-Cutting Themes

 

·  Vibrant tourism economy pledge (link with Business Theme)

·  Transport & Technology Infrastructure fit for the future (link to Business theme)

·  Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

 

 

 

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Patrick Sebastian. 0151 691 8424