The Chair welcomed
Councillor Peter Hughes to the meeting; Cllr Hughes was the Chair
of the Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
thanked the Board for inviting him to attend the meeting and
introduced Sarah Sprung who was currently seconded on a part time
basis to support the Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny
Miss Sprung referred to the document entitled
Principles of Scrutiny between WMCA Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Local
Authority Scrutiny which had now been ratified. Miss Sprung
also confirmed that a job description for a West Midlands Combined
Authority Overview and Scrutiny Member had been produced and would
be circulated in due course.
Cllr Hughes provided a presentation which
included a section on Councillors and LEP Governance Structure. Cllr Hughes highlighted
the area relating to the Combined Authority Commissions which
Mental Health Commission
Productivity and Skills Commission
Cllr Hughes stated
that these areas were constantly under review and reflected the
work undertaken by the Combined Authority. Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Groups had
already been set up to reflect these commissions along with a
standing Task and Finish Group focused on scrutiny of the
Cllr Hughes stated
that each member authority had been requested to nominate a lead
officer and a lead member to attend meetings relating to the CA
Overview and Scrutiny Committee and that there had been a lot of
initial ground work covered over the last 12 months even though the
regulation had not been published until January 2017 and there had
only been 4 meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to
It was stated that
a workshop had been held in November 2016 with Leaders and Chief
Executives to establish a work programme.
confirmed that the Mental Health Task and Finish Group had already
presented some findings. Cllr Hughes explained that the task and
finish groups would work on a less formal basis and have a less
rigid structure with a less prescribed quorum thus allowing a
larger range of witnesses or participants to attend.
provided an overview of the membership of the committee including
the different roles of constituent and non-constituent members and
that as far as possible political balance was to be maintained.
Miss Sprung stated that the Combined Authorities (Overview and
Scrutiny Committees Access to Information and Audit Committees)
Order 2017 would be going live on 8th May 2017, that there was
a 2/3 quorum requirement for Board
meetings, that the Chair had to be from a different political party
than the mayor and that Constituent members had to be majority.
the importance of communication between the member authorities and
the CA and agreed that this had to be effective in both directions
and that work was required in relation to this especially in
relation to understanding all the different work programmes that
would be in place and where there might be duplication, overlap or
gaps identified. Miss Sprung stated that it was probable
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