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Scrutiny work plan

June 2020to September 2020

Published on 29/06/2020

 

The Scrutiny Committee agrees a work plan every year detailing selected issues that affect Oxford or its people.

Time is allowed within this plan to consider topical issues as they arise throughout the year as well as decisions to be taken by the Cabinet.

The plan sets out the work of scrutiny for this council year and will be reviewed at each meeting of the Scrutiny Committee. 

The plan is based on suggestions received from all elected members and senior officers. Members of the public can also contribute topics for inclusion in the scrutiny work plan by completing and submitting our suggestion form. See our get involved webpage for further details of how you can participate in the work of scrutiny.

Some topics will be considered at Scrutiny Committee meetings and others will be delegated to standing panels. Items for more detailed review will be considered by time-limited review groups.

The Committee will review the Council’s Forward Plan at each meeting and decide which Cabinet decisions it wishes to comment on before the decision is made. The Council also has a “call in” process which allows decisions made by the Cabinet to be reviewed by the Scrutiny Committee before they are implemented.

 

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Scrutiny Committee and Standing Panel responsibility and membership

Committee / Panel

Remit

Membership

Scrutiny Committee

Overall management of the Council’s Scrutiny function

 

Councillors: Andrew Gant (Chair), Joe McManners (Vice Chair),  Mohammed Altaf-Khan, Lubna Arshad, Shaista Aziz, Tiago Coarais Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini, James Fry, Richard Howlett, Pat Kennedy, Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, Craig Simmons

Finance and Performance Panel

Finance and budgetary issues and decisions, performance management

Councillors: James Fry (Chair), Chewe Munkonge, Craig Simmons, Roz Smith.

Housing and Homelessness Panel

Strategic housing, homelessness and landlord issues and decisions

Councillors: Shaista Aziz (vice-Chair), Nadine Bely-Summers, Mike Gotch, Sian Taylor, Elizabeth Wade, Dick Wolff

Tenant co-optee: Tony Buchanan

Companies Panel

Shareholder function for companies and joint ventures

Councillors: James Fry (Chair), Tom Landell Mills, Chewe Munkonge, Craig Simmons.

 

Current and planned review groups

TBC

 

Timings of review groups

TBC

 

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Scrutiny Committee

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06 July 2020 - provisional reports

 

Agenda item

Cabinet item

Description

Cabinet portfolio

Lead officer

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Scrutiny Workplan 2020/21 Longlist

No

A list of possible topics for inclusion by Scrutiny into its 2020/21 work plan and an opportunity for Committee members to make additional suggestions

 

Tom Hudson, Scrutiny Officer

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Local Growth Funded Workspace Projects

Yes

Delegate Officer authority to enter into contract with OxLEP for an award of £1.93m of funding to subsidise delivery of affordable workspaces for entrepreneurs in Oxford city centre and surrounds.

Leader - Economic Development and Partnerships

Matthew Peachey, Economic Development Manager

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Local Development Scheme (LDS) 2020-2023

Yes

The LDS provides a three year project plan for preparing policy documents. This LDS will provide timescale for emerging Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and the review of the Oxford Local Plan

Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Amanda Ford, Planning Policy Team Leader

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04 August 2020 – provisional reports

Agenda item

Cabinet item

Description

Cabinet portfolio

Lead officer

Scrutiny Review Groups

No

To agree scopes and memberships of the Scrutiny Review Groups for the forthcoming year

NA

Tom Hudson, Scrutiny Officer

Procurement Strategy 2020 - 2021

Yes

To present the Councils Strategy for the Procurement of Goods and Services for the period 2020- 2021.

Deputy Leader - Finance and Asset Management

Annette Osborne, Procurement Manager

Street Naming and Numbering Policy

Yes

Revised Street Naming and Numbering Policy for adoption

Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services

Emma Griffiths, Lawyer

 

 

 

 

 

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01 September 2020 - provisional reports

Agenda item

Cabinet item

Description

Cabinet portfolio

Lead officer

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Proposal to improve the Private Rented Sector through Selective Licensing

Yes

The report provides findings from a review carried out into the housing conditions within the private rented sector and seeks approval from members to conduct a statutory consultation into the introduction of selective licensing of the private rented sector across the city

Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Gail Siddall, Team Leader , HMO Enforcement Team

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Review of the Additional HMO licensing scheme

Yes

The report provides findings from a review carried out for the HMO Licensing Scheme and seeks approval from members to conduct a statutory consultation to renew the scheme in January 2021

Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Gail Siddall, Team Leader , HMO Enforcement Team

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Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021/22

Yes

A report to seek approval for proposals for consultation on changes to the Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021/22.

Supporting Local Communities

Tanya Bandekar, Service Manager Revenue & Benefits

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Fusion Lifestyle’s Annual Service Plan for Oxford leisure facilities (2020/21)

Yes

To recommend that Cabinet endorses Fusion Lifestyle's Annual Service Plan (2020/21) for the continuous development, management and operation of leisure services in Oxford.

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Parks

Lucy Cherry, Leisure and Performance Manager

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Discretionary Housing Payment Policy

Yes

To review the operation of the Discretionary Housing Payment policy, and to amend the policy, if required.

Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities

Paul Wilding, System Change Manager - Homelessness Prevention

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Finance Panel

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07 July 2020 - provisional reports

Agenda item

Cabinet item

Description

Cabinet portfolio

Lead officer

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Integrated Performance Report for Q4

Yes

A report to update Members on Finance, Risk and Performance as at the end of the financial year.

Deputy Leader (Statutory) - Finance and Asset Management

Anna Winship, Management Accountancy Manager

Performance Monitoring for Q4

No

A series of Scrutiny-chosen corporate performance measures

Deputy Leader (Statutory) - Finance and Asset Management

Helen Bishop, Head of Business Improvement

Housing Panel

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03 August - provisional reports

Agenda item

Cabinet item

Description

Cabinet portfolio

Lead officer

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Housing Delivery Plan

Yes

On 13 February 2020, Government published the results of the Housing Delivery Test for 2019. The Housing Delivery Test compares how many homes were built in Oxford over the last three years against how many homes were needed during the same period. The Council's result fell below 95% (scoring 70%) meaning that a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan (Housing Delivery Plan) must be published. This report introduces the Housing Delivery Plan for Cabinet to approve.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Tom Rice, Principal Planner

Impact of Covid-19 on private rented sector tenants

No

The Housing Panel will be addressed by Oxford Tenant’s Union to hear of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on private sector tenants

 

 

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Companies Panel – No meetings

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Criteria

The following TOPICC criteria may be used by the Scrutiny Committee to evaluate and prioritise suggested topics:

 

 

 

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