Councillor Call for Action Protocol
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Director of Law, HR & Asset Management advised the Cabinet that the Scrutiny Programme Board had considered a draft of this report and a draft Protocol in respect of the ‘Councillor’s Call for Action’ (CCfA) at its last meeting on 4 November 2009 and that the Board was happy with the Protocol. It had been agreed that it be circulated to all Members of the Council requesting comments within a two week period. This had been done and no comments had been received. It had also been agreed that the draft Protocol would be referred to the Cabinet for comments and approval and then to the Council for adoption.
The Director of Law, HR and Asset Management had offered to prepare a checklist of evidence to help Members gather information to assist a Councillor Call for Action. This had been drafted and would be considered by the Scrutiny Programme Board at its next meeting on 5 January 2010 with a proposal that it be appended to the Protocol. Once agreed, it would also be referred to the Cabinet/Council for its comments/approval/adoption.
The Cabinet noted that the CCfA should only be taken as a last resort when all other avenues available to a Councillor to address the identified problem have failed.
Members were pleased that the Scrutiny Programme Board had been able to take a detailed look at the draft Protocol and that it had its endorsement.
(1) the Protocol be recommended to the Council for its endorsement; and
(2) the draft checklist of evidence be considered at a future meeting with a view to commenting on it before being appended to the Protocol and presented to the Council for adoption.
Publication date: 18/12/2009
Date of decision: 09/12/2009
Decided at meeting: 09/12/2009 - Cabinet
Effective from: 30/12/2009