Overview and Scrutiny

Corporate Committee

The role of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee is to review and scrutinise corporate functions and support services.

The Committee will have oversight of the overall strategic direction, policies, plans and priorities of the Cabinet and Council (post-decision) and monitor their implementation. The Committee will scrutinise corporate services utilising relevant management information such as Service Improvement Plans and Business Risk Registers. Any areas of specific concern may be referred to the Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee as appropriate. The Committee will also have oversight of the Public Services Board (PSB) and Community Safety Partnership (CSP) through a standing Partnerships Panel, as required under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The remit and scope of the Committee in relation to Corporate functions and services is as follows:

Corporate Functions

  • Office of the Leader
  • Cabinet Member annual reports
  • CEO
  • Budget monitoring (half yearly)
  • Corporate performance monitoring (quarterly)
  • Corporate Improvement Plan and Review
  • Compliance with Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • WAO corporate reports
  • Welsh Language
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Safeguarding
  • Whistleblowing
  • Transformation programme management
  • City Deal programme management

Corporate Services

  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Audit, Risk and Information Services
  • Customer Services
  • Human Resources
  • Legal and Committee Services
  • Procurement
  • Corporate Policy
  • Partnership and Scrutiny Support
  • Corporate Communications, Press, PR and Marketing
  • Electoral Services

The Committee has 13 members and will meet at least five times per year. Details of Committee members and future meetings, along with the Committee Work Programme can be found via the links below. 

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee (opens new window)

Terms of reference

Committee meeting dates:

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: meeting 22nd June 2022

'One-off' Committee items

Topic: Corporate Scorecard - Performance Measurement Monthly Monitoring

To scrutinise the Corporate Scorecard which forms part of the Council’s revised performance management framework. 

Standing/recurring items

Topic: Partnerships Panel

To receive a report from the Partnerships Panel following scrutiny of the PSB and CSP after each of the Panels meetings 

Topic: Corporate Services: Legal and Democratic Services

To Scrutinise one of the 11 Corporate Service Areas which fall under the remit of the Committee per Committee meeting

Topic: Forward Work Programme

To agree the Committees Forward Work Programme for the ensuing meetings and to make any necessary amendments.

Notices of motions

As received/as appropriate

Task and finish/Working groups

As received/as appropriate



Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: meeting 15th March 2022

‘One-off’ Committee items

Standing/recurring items

Topic: Partnerships Panel

To receive a report from the Partnerships Panel following scrutiny of the PSB and CSP after each of the Panels meetings 

Topic: Corporate Services - Corporate Policy and Partnerships

To Scrutinise one of the 11 Corporate Service Areas which fall under the remit of the Committee per Committee meeting

Topic: Forward Work Programme

To agree the Committees Forward Work Programme for the ensuing meetings and to make any necessary amendments.

Topic: Improvement and Transformation Programme Board

To receive an annual update from the Board to enable the Committee to scrutinise delivery and management of the programme

Topic: Budget Monitoring report 2021-22

To ensure timely monitoring of in-year spend and savings targets

Notices of motions

As received/as appropriate

Task and finish/Working groups

As received/as appropriate



Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: meeting 20th January 2022

‘One-off’ Committee items

Topic: Corporate Scorecard - Performance Measurement Monthly Monitoring

To scrutinise the Corporate Scorecard which forms part of the Council’s revised performance management framework. 

Topic: Customer Service Centre at Pembroke Dock

CALL-IN - To scrutinise a decision made by Cabinet on 10 January 2022 to close the Customer Service Centre 

Standing/recurring items

Topic: Corporate Services - Financial Services

To Scrutinise one of the 11 Corporate Service Areas which fall under the remit of the Committee per Committee meeting

Topic: Forward Work Programme

To agree the Committees Forward Work Programme for the ensuing meetings and to make any necessary amendments.

Topic: Outline Draft County Council Budget 2022-23 and Outline Draft Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) 2022-23 to 2025-26

To scrutinise proposals for the Council’s budget and Council Tax levels for 2022-23

Notices of motions

As received/as appropriate

Task and finish/Working groups

As received/as appropriate



Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: meeting 18th November 2021

‘One-off’ Committee items

Topic: Customer Journey Review and associated Call Centre modifications 

To receive an update on the Customer Journey Review and associated Call Centre modifications from the Leader and related Officers. 

Standing/recurring items

Topic: Partnerships Panel

To receive a report from the Partnerships Panel following scrutiny of the PSB and CSP after each of the Panels meetings 

Topic: Corporate Services - Corporate Policy and Partnerships

To Scrutinise one of the 11 Corporate Service Areas which fall under the remit of the Committee per Committee meeting

Topic: Forward Work Programme

To agree the Committees Forward Work Programme for the ensuing meetings and to make any necessary amendments.

Topic: Improvement and Transformation Programme Board

To receive an annual update from the Board to enable the Committee to scrutinise delivery and management of the programme

Topic: Budget Monitoring report 2021-22

To ensure timely monitoring of in-year spend and savings targets

Notices of motions

As received/as appropriate

Task and finish/Working groups

As received/as appropriate



Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee: meeting 16th September 2021

‘One-off’ Committee items

Topic: Covid Organisational Recovery

To apprise the Committee of work being undertaken to support the Council’s Covid-19 Organisational Recovery and to specifically consider and provide views on the key issues and priorities in relation to organisational recovery.

Topic: Corporate Plan and Improvement Review

To scrutinise the Council’s future priorities within the Corporate Plan and the statutory requirement to produce an Improvement Review for 2020-21. 

Standing/recurring items

Topic: Forward Work Programme

To agree the Committees Forward Work Programme for the ensuing meetings and to make any necessary amendments.

Topic: County Council Budget Outturn Monitoring Report 2020-21

To scrutinise the Budget Outturn Report for 2020-21.

Topic: Overview & Scrutiny Annual Report 

To provide an integrated review of the main activity of the Committee over the past year, as well as looking forward to future challenges and areas for improvement

Notices of motions

As received/as appropriate

Task and finish/Working groups

As received/as appropriate

Terms of reference

Purpose

The Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review and scrutinise public facing services delivered by the Council with the exception of those within the remit of the Schools and Learning and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Role and function

To scrutinise the quality and performance of all services delivered by the Council, through the development of a risk-based approach utilising relevant management information such as:

  • Office of the Leader
  • Cabinet Member annual reports
  • CEO
  • Budget monitoring (half yearly)
  • Corporate performance monitoring (quarterly)
  • Corporate Improvement Plan and Review
  • Compliance with Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • WAO corporate reports
  • Welsh Language
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Safeguarding
  • Whistleblowing
  • Transformation programme management
  • City Deal programme management

Remit and scope

Council services, and divisions within, as below:

  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Audit, Risk and Information Services
  • Customer Services
  • Human Resources
  • Legal and Committee Services
  • Procurement
  • Corporate Policy
  • Partnership and Scrutiny Support
  • Corporate Communications, Press, PR and Marketing
  • Electoral Services

Procedure

The Committee will conduct its proceedings in accordance with the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules set out in Section 7 of the Council’s Constitution.

Membership

There will be 13 Members on the Committee.

Frequency of meetings

The Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at least 5 times per municipal year.

 

ID: 546, revised 22/02/2022
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