Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee - Thursday, 23rd October, 2014 4.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - 3rd Floor - Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Linda Banbury  Tel:01902 555040 Email:

No. Item


Apologies for absence


An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Julie Hodgkiss.


Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 71 KB

4 July 2014 (for approval)



            That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2014 be approved as a correct record.


Matters arising


Pursuant to minute 8 regarding the revocation of honorary titles, the Committee asked when the promised report as to the procedures available to the Council to revoke any honorary titles awarded by it if desirable to do so would be submitted.


Health Scrutiny Arrangements pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To recommend to Council delegations for Health Scrutiny for inclusion in the Constitution. [To follow]


The Scrutiny and Transparency Manager presented a report, which explained the powers of health scrutiny held by the Council and proposed how these powers would be discharged.


Responding to a question, the Scrutiny and Transparency Manager undertook to apprise the Health Authority of the arrangements for discharge of these powers following approval by full Council.



            That Council be recommended to approve the following proposals:


1.    Discharge its health scrutiny powers as follows:

a)    Health scrutiny to be delegated to the Health Scrutiny Panel;

b)    responses to consultations by relevant NHS bodies and relevant health service providers on substantial reconfiguration proposals to be delegated to the Health Scrutiny Panel, and

c)    referral of NHS substantial reconfiguration proposals to the Secretary of State to be retained by full Council.


2.    The composition of the Health Scrutiny Panel to be increased to include three co-opted members from Wolverhampton HealthWatch and that they be accorded full voting rights.


3.    Should a joint health scrutiny committee with another local authority be required the arrangements for this should be constituted by full Council on a need-by-need basis.


4.    The process for Wolverhampton HealthWatch or HealthWatch contractors to refer a matter to the local authority to be as follows:

a)    All referrals should be sent to the Scrutiny Team;

b)    all referrals to be acknowledged by the Scrutiny team within twenty working days;

c)    the referral to be considered by the next available Health Scrutiny Panel, and

d)    a response to the referral to be given to HealthWatch or HealthWatch contractors within five working days after consideration by the Health Scrutiny Panel.