Agenda item

Terms of Reference & Work Programme

(Chairman/Lead Officer) The Overview and Scrutiny Committee has agreed the terms of reference and work programme for the select committee. Members are invited at each meeting to review both documents. 

 

Minutes:

The Chairman, Councillor Y Knight advised that the Terms of Reference and work programme for the Select Committee had been agreed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

(a)             Terms of Reference

 

The Select Committee noted the Terms of Reference as there had been no changes.

 

Councillor J H Whitehouse referred to the Terms of Reference Items (1) and (8) as below:

 

(1)        To engage in policy review and development, with a focus on improvement and how this can be best achieved; and

 

(8)        To monitor and review relevant projects and associated closure and benefits reports.

 

She asked if there was a list of the policy review and development and relevant projects that were already taking place so that Members knew what topics were encompassed by this Select Committee and could decide if there was anything that the Select Committee members would like to know more about.

 

The Customer Services Director, R Pavey stated that a list could be generated and advised that there were policies relevant to this Select Committees work programme, which centred around the design of services around the Customer and was an opportunity for this Committee to suggest topics that they would like to scrutinise.

 

(b)             Work Programme

 

The 2019/20 work programme would be updated following each meeting to reflect the ongoing progress. The items on the current work programme had been assigned deadline dates for when the Committee would consider these items throughout the year and it would evolve to include suggestions from the Select Committee.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Y Knight referred to the work programme and stated that it was up to this Select Committee to put forward ideas and highlighted item 12, Health and Wellbeing Strategy – To consider outcomes for the district. Would anyone have any ideas of what this Select Committee could put forward.

 

Members agreed new items to be considered by the Select Committee:

 

·        A review on Sheltered Housing;

·        A presentation from a Loughton based group called GROW Community Garden which help people who are socially isolated; and

·        A Group/Organisation that could give a presentation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and the people who it affected.

 

The Chairman suggested that an event / open day be organised inviting the Mental Health Services that we have in the district to present their services and for all councillors to be invited to attend to bring awareness of the services that were available in the district.

 

Councillor A Patel, Portfolio Holder (Commercial and Regulatory Services) stated that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee were reviewing Mental Health services in West Essex and that they were receiving a presentation from the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust at their meeting on the 17 March 2020.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)   That the Select Committee noted the Terms of Reference; and

 

(2)   That the new topics listed below be added to the Work Programme;

 

·        A review on Sheltered Housing;

·        A presentation from a Loughton based group called GROW Community Garden which help people who are socially isolated; and

·        A Group/Organisation that could give a presentation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and the people who it affected.

 

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