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Meeting of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 21/05/2002
Terms of Reference

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Summary and Purpose

This report sets out the background to the operation of Overview and Scrutiny Committees, as set out in the Council’s Constitution, the terms of reference of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the areas of work that fall within its remit. The purpose of the report is to provide information on the scope of the Committee’s responsibilities to assist with the process of determining its future work programme.

1. The Constitution states that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be responsible for setting its own work programme within the overall framework set by the Council and in doing so it shall take into account wishes of members on the Committee who are not members of the largest political group on the Council. Full Council may wish to decide what policy reviews or key issues should be of priority for the Committee in the coming year.

General role

2. The Council’s Constitution in Article 6 defines the general role of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and states that within their terms of reference, Overview and Scrutiny Committees will:-

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

(ii) make reports and/or recommendations to the full Council and/or the Executive and/or any policy, joint or Waverley Area Development Control Sub-Committees in connection with the discharge of any functions;

(iii) consider any matter affecting the area or its inhabitants; and

(iv) exercise the right to call-in, for reconsideration, decisions made but not yet implemented by the Executive and/or any policy or area committees.

Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Terms of Reference

3. To perform the overview and scrutiny role in relation to:-

(a) the welfare of communities in the area; (b) social inclusion and the Council’s specific initiatives to promote it; (c) Housing Strategy;

(d) the management of the Council’s housing stock and Housing Revenue Account Business Plan; (e) the development of partnerships with external organisations to meet housing need and regenerate unsatisfactory housing; (f) the improvement of private sector housing and provision of affordable housing; (g) relationships with the Housing Corporation, Social Services, Primary Care Trust, Registered Social Landlords; (h) grants and loans to owner occupiers, tenants landlords, and/or developers; (i) housing advice, homelessness and rehousing; (j) special needs housing; (k) older people in the community and the provision of day centres; (l) town and village liaison and rural issues; (m) the voluntary sector; (n) the provision of Meals on Wheels and Concessionary Fares; (o) Community Safety; (p) Member communications; and (q) Human Resources covering all aspects of personnel work including Waverley Training Services.

4. The Committee also covers finance, resource and Best Value issues for its services.

Future Role

5. This Committee has gained valuable experience in overview roles and in scrutiny call-in mode. It has also led a joint meeting on low cost housing in its broader community role. Members may wish to give thought to how the Committee’s positive role can be developed in the future.


It is recommended that the report be received.

[Members may wish to raise issues that can be discussed at the Overview and Scrutiny training sessions on 22nd, 23rd and 24th May].
Background Papers (CEx)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

Name: Mr R Standing Telephone: 01483 523221
E-mail: rstanding@waverley.gov.uk

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