Overview and Scrutiny

Policy & Pre-decision Committee

The role of the Policy and Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee is to review and scrutinise policies, plans and strategies prior to decision by Cabinet.

The Committee will undertake pre-decision scrutiny or order to contribute to the quality and robustness of Cabinet decision-making. A further function of the Committee is to ensure that Cabinet decision making is compliant with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and takes account of the ‘sustainable development' principle and 5 ways of working (long term, preventative, involving, collaborative and integrated) as well as other statutory requirements as appropriate (e.g. Equality Act 2010). It will also ensure non-executive Member involvement in the Council’s budget policy and planning framework through a standing Finance Panel.

The remit and scope of the Committee is as follows:

  • Cabinet forward work programme
  • Proposals for service changes, transformation and / or efficiencies
  • Integrated Impact Assessments
  • Strategies and plans, as appropriate
  • Development of and planning for annual budget and Council Tax proposals through the Finance Panel

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. 

Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme 

Policy and Pre decision overview and scrutiny committee 

Terms of reference

Task and finish/working groups

Committee meeting dates:

Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme: meeting 10th March 2022

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Finance Panel

To consider update report

Topic: Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV)

To consider approach/policy

Standing/Recurring Items

Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme: meeting 25th January 2022

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: County Council Budget 2022-23 and Summary Medium Term Financial Plan 

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

Topic: Housing Adaptations Policy

To consider the update Policy for the delivery of housing adaptations

Topic: Pay Policy Statement

To consider and scrutinise the Pay Policy Statement

Topic: Disabled Persons Parking Places (DPPPs) in Residential Areas

To consider the recommendations of the Working Group

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2020-21

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2020-21



Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme: meeting 22nd November 2021

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Reviewing impact of CSC closure / Channel Shift Strategy

To consider how the Committee could support the Customer Channel Shift Strategy as it enters its second and third years

Topic: Notice of Motion relating to Haverfordwest Skateboard park and Picton Playing Fields

To review the scoping exercise carried out on whether there was a need to consider making a public protection order (PSPO) in Haverfordwest Town Centre.

Topic: Events Strategy

To consider whether the strategic direction and priorities for events are right for Pembrokeshire, and to get a view on members appetite for investing in events as per the resource requirements outlined within the strategy, in the context of the benefits that the county gains from hosting and delivering events.

Topic: Welsh in Education Strategic Plan

To consider and scrutinise the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan prior to Cabinet 

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2020-21

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2020-21

Topic: Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report

Due to council in October



Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme: meeting 23rd September 2021

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Welsh Language Strategy

To consider and scrutinise the Welsh Language Strategy prior to Cabinet

Topic: Council Tax Public Consultation

To consider the outcome of the Council Tax public consultation 

Topic: Review of Waste and Recycling Centres

To consider recommendations of the working group in relation to proposals on amending the level of provision of Waste and Recycling Centres.

Topic: Civil Enforcement 

To consider the recommendations of the Working Group that considered the issues regarding the potential use of alternative methods such as the purchase of a civil enforcement mobile vehicle

Topic: Finance Panel

To receive an update on the work of the Finance Panel to include the presentation of an overview document of the financial model the Local Authority have put in place to support school budgets in the long term. 

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2020-21

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2020-21

Topic Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report

Due to council in October



Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme: meeting 8th June 2021

‘One-off’ committee items

Topic: Corporate Parenting Team Financial Policy

To scrutinise Corporate Parenting Team Financial Policy 

Topic: Notice of Motion relating to Second Home Council Tax

To consider the Notice of Motion in detail.

Topic: Debt Breathing Space Scheme

To consider the Debt Breathing Space Scheme and its impact on the Corporate Debt Policy

Topics: Disabled Persons Parking Places (DPPPs) in Residential Areas

To consider whether to provide Individual Disabled Persons Parking Places (IDPPPs) at appropriate locations in residential areas and revise the current policy which does not specifically provide for these spaces

Standing/Recurring Items

Topic: Work Programme 2020-21

To review the Committee’s work programme for 2020-21



Task and Finish/Working Groups

Topic: Finance Panel (est. 09.11.17)

To provide ongoing member involvement in the development of budget proposals

Updates to full Committee as appropriate (last update to committee received in September 2021)

Topic: Disabled Persons Parking Places (DPPPs)

To provide members with a full understanding of the Council’s approach to  DPPPs and to explore the possibility of providing DPPPs at appropriate locations in residential areas and whether to revise the current policy, which does not specifically provide for these spaces

Topic: Civil Enforcement Working Group (est. 21.01.20)

To explore the issues regarding the potential use of alternative methods such as the purchase of a civil enforcement mobile vehicle, as has been referred to the Committee by Cabinet

Work completed update to committee received September 2021

Topic: Waste Working Group

To look at the consultation and proposals around amending the level of provision of the Waste and Recycling Centres

Work completed update to committee received September 2021)



Terms of reference

 Purpose

The Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee will review and scrutinise policies, plans and strategies prior to decision by Cabinet

Role and function

To undertake pre-decision scrutiny of policies, plans and strategies in order to contribute to the quality and robustness of Cabinet decisionmaking. To provide assurance that Cabinet decision-making is compliant with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, having taken account of the ‘sustainable development’ principle and 5 ways of working (longterm, preventative, involving, collaborative and integrated), and other statutory requirements as appropriate (e.g. Equality Act 2010). To ensure non-executive Member involvement in the Council’s budget policy and planning framework through a standing Finance Panel.

Remit and scope

Cabinet forward work programme

  • Proposals for services changes, transformation and / or efficiencies 
  • Integrated Impact Assessments
  • Strategies and plans, as appropriate
  • Development of and planning for annual budget and Council Tax proposals through the Finance Panel

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 Policy & Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at least 5 times per municipal year.

ID: 548, revised 28/02/2022
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