Greenwich Council

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Fahy.


Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.


There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Resolved –


Councillor Mark James gave a declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL).


Councillor Spencer Drury gave a declaration of interest for being on the Severndroog Trust in a personal capacity.


Councillor Adel Khaireh gave a declaration of interest for being appointed by the Council to GSS.


Councillor Ivis Williams gave a declaration of interest for being an employee of the Diocese of London.


Councillor Matt Hartley gave a declaration of interest for being a director of Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union.


That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2018 and the meeting held on 20 February 2018.


No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

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Resolved -


That the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 20 February 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 40 KB

The Committee is asked to consider and agree the proposed arrangements for implementing the 2018/19 Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme (Appendix 1) and the draft schedule of items for this Committee (Appendix 2).




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The Chair explained that he had decided to keep this meeting as a one-item agenda so that all the new chairs would have the chance to go through the work programmes properly and take ownership of them.  He advised that the chairs had already held an awayday which had provided a chance for a good debate and new items to be added. 


Members were reminded that the work programme would need to be agreed at the meeting of Full Council on 27 June 2018.


The Chair then invited the whole committee to look through the supplementary agenda which included the changes made at the awayday and put forward any further suggestions: -


Overview & Scrutiny Committee


·       Outside bodies - Councillor Hartley pointed out that currently there was no way of monitoring whether the Members that the Council appointed to outside bodies ever attended, nor was there a mechanism of measuring the benefit of their membership to the council.  He therefore suggested that this be added to the work programme.  Some Members felt that this would be a difficult and onerous task for officers to undertake but after discussion it was agreed that this would be added to the work programme later in the year for discussion on how best to take forward.

·       Councillor Drury asked for clarification on some changes.  The Chair, Councillor Lloyd advised that the Corporate Plan and Performance Report had not been deleted but had been moved to the Corporate Finance and Performance Scrutiny Panel as he felt it fitted better there.  He also advised that at the awayday some concerns had been raised about both equalities monitoring in the council and the processes used for undertaking consultations.  Neither of these had easily sat under any particular panel and so they had been added to the work programme of the main committee.

·       Councillor Drury asked if regular reports on Ombudsman findings could be brought to the Committee.  After discussion, the Chair advised that he would consider this item and report back to members within the next week.

·       The Chair advised that although MTFS was on the work programme for Corporate Finance and Performance Scrutiny Panel, pre-decision scrutiny of the budget should also be added to the work programme of the main committee.  It was also pointed out that in the past this had been presented to Scrutiny meetings by the Chief Executive but members felt that going forward, it should be presented by the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

·       The Chair of the Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel, Councillor Mardner said that he thought Meridian Home Start should be on the work programme.  It was agreed that this item should be scrutinised by the main committee rather than the Housing panel.


Action: Chair of O&S / Head of CG&DS


Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel


·       The Chair of the panel advised that ‘Monitoring of Commissioned Services’ would be added to the work programme of this panel rather  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.