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Meeting of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 18/06/2007
DEVELOPING A WORK PROGRAMME



Summary & Purpose
It has been the practice of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee to have a forward work programme of its own, in addition to maintaining an oversight of the Executive’s Four Month Rolling Programme. This report provides some context.

APPENDIX B
Waverley Borough Council

Community overview and scrutiny Committee
18TH june 2007

Title:
DEVELOPING A WORK PROGRAMME
[Wards Affected : All]

Summary and purpose:

It has been the practice of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee to have a forward work programme of its own, in addition to maintaining an oversight of the Executive’s Four Month Rolling Programme. This report provides some context

Environmental implications:

There are none directly arising from this report.

Social / community implications:

There are none directly arising from this report.

E-Government implications:

There are none arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource or legal implications arising from this report.

Remit of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee

1. The Council has established three Overview and Scrutiny Committees to provide members with the opportunity to have an oversight and scrutinise the work of the Executive.

2. The three committees cover: Corporate matters; Environment and Leisure issues; and Community issues.

3. The remit of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee covers the following areas:

3.1 Community Safety eg
Police & Justices Act: Neighbourhood Policing
Safer Waverley Partnership
Community Safety Strategy 2005-2008

3.2 Community Services eg
Meals on Wheels
Day Centres for the Elderly
Careline Service
Citizens Advice Waverley
Work with the voluntary sector and grants
Community Transport
Concessionary Fares

3.3 Housing Landlord Function:
Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan
Tenant Participation
Housing Management
Sheltered housing and Community Supporting People Service
Day-to-Day Repairs
Decent Homes Standard
Planned Maintenance
Disabled Adaptations
Rent Collection and Rent Arrears

3.4 Housing Strategy, Enabling and Housing in the Private Sector
Housing Strategy Statement
Homelessness Strategy
Housing Market and Housing Needs Assessment
Homelessness
Housing Advice
Choice Based Lettings
Working with Housing Associations
Enabling additional affordable homes
Private Sector Stock Condition
Disabled Adaptations in the Private Sector
Empty Homes

3.5 Liaison with Health and Social Services

3.6 Rural Issues
Rural Housing
Rural Economy

3.7 Town and Village Liaison

Recent Work of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee

4. In recent years the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee have included the following issues in their work programme:

Comprehensive review of Meals on Wheels
Work of the Citizens Advice Bureau
Review of Community Transport

Committee Cycle

5. During the course of the municipal year the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee would ordinarily receive reports as follows:

6. In addition to the above, issues as they arise will be reported to this Committee. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee has the power to ‘call-in’ decisions made by the Executive, where the work has not previously been considered by the Committee.

Developing a Work Programme for 2007/08

7. In light of the above, the Committee might care to develop its own work programme. The previous Committee had decided that a comprehensive review of Day Centres for the Elderly would be an area worthy of examination. This report seeks four members to be appointed to a Day Centres Review Sub-Committee. A scoping report for the review is set out at Annexe 1 to this report, as background information for members.

Future Developments for Overview and Scrutiny

8. The Police and Justices Act 2006 will require the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee to take on new responsibilities in relation to scrutinising crime and disorder issues, including the work of the Safer Waverley Partnership and "Community Calls to Action". These will take effect from April 2008.

9. Guidance is expected from the Home Office in September 2007 and training will be provided for Members in due course.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee develop a work programme for 2007/08 and appoint members to a Day Centres Review Sub-Committee.

Background Papers (DoH)

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

CONTACT OFFICER:

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


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