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Scrutiny and policy development terms of reference - East Dorset District Council

The Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee will have the following roles and functions in terms of any matter which affects the district or its inhabitants.

Scrutiny functions

  • to review decisions or actions taken in connection with the discharge of the council's functions
  • through the call to account process, scrutinise and review decisions made or actions taken in connection with the discharge of the policy committee decisions
  • to call in, where necessary, decisions made but not yet implemented by policy committees
  • to make referrals as required to full council on council matters or matters which affect the authority's area or their inhabitants
  • to consider any matters referred by full council
  • to require information from and to make recommendations to partner authorities about performance in respect of the Local Enterprise Partnership
  • to consider matters referred through the councillor call for action
  • for the purposes of the Police and Justice Act 2006 be designated as the Crime and Disorder Committee with the following remit:
    • to review or scrutinise decisions made, or action taken, in connection with the discharge by the responsible authorities of their crime and disorder functions
    • to make reports or recommendations to the responsible authority(s) with respect to the discharge of those functions

Policy and Development functions

  • work within a work programme to support the council's corporate plan and policy committees in the development of its budget and policy framework by in-depth analysis of policy issues
  • to determine any areas required to improve outcomes subject to any action on council functions which involve new or changes to existing policy or unallocated resource implications being referred to the policy committees. Any reports on matters outside of the council's functions will be referred to the full council
  • conduct research and other consultation in the analysis of policy issues and possible options
  • consider and recommend mechanisms to encourage and enhance community participation in the development of policy options
  • question members and senior officers about issues and proposals affecting their service areas
  • carry out reviews on any issues referred to the committee from the Policy Committees or the Joint Audit Committee
  • liaise with other external organisations operating in the area, whether national, regional or local, to ensure that the interests of local people are enhanced by collaborative working

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