From time to time each Scrutiny Board may decide that it wishes to look at a certain topic in greater detail.
These detailed reviews may be undertaken by all members of the Scrutiny Board, or the Board may choose to appoint a smaller number of members to meet and then report back to the main Board.
Occasionally when a subject is cross cutting, joint reviews including members from more than one Scrutiny Board have been undertaken. A good example is the Obesity Review that was undertaken jointly by the Adults, Health and Social Care and the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panels.
Detailed reviews allow Members the flexibility to undertake more in-depth research and information gathering into a topic, normally over several meetings and, as always, we take evidence from a variety of sources.
Completed Scrutiny Reviews are:
“West Yorkshire…..and beyond” - Calderdale’s Council’s contribution to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. A report of the Strategy and Performance Scrutiny Board.
The Board undertook a detailed review from late autumn 2017 to spring 2018. This was on the topic of Calderdale's Council's contribution to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).
A review group was appointed by the Board. This was made up of the Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the three Scrutiny Boards and the Flood Scrutiny Panel. It took an in-depth look at the relationship of the Council with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
The group held its first formal meeting in December 2017. Meetings were held to:
- plan activities (December, 2017);
- receive evidence (5th February, 2018);
- consider all evidence received and to agree its findings and recommendations (final meeting on 28th February, 2018).
The group was also informed with background documentation and evidence. This included PowerPoint presentations provided by the WYCA and Calderdale Council's Leader & Chief Executive.
“Calderdale - A More Enterprising Council” - Commercialisation at Calderdale Council. A report of the Strategy and Performance Scrutiny Board.
The Board undertook this detailed review between August 2017 and January 2018 on topic of commercialisation at Calderdale Council.
A review group was formed from six of the Board's Members. It took an in-depth look at commercialisation at the Council and considered evidence from a variety of sources. It then produced a report that had a number of findings and recommendations, that were agreed by the Board.
Cabinet have looked at the findings and recommendations, giving an interim response to the Scrutiny Board at its March 2018 meeting. A full response, including an action plan was given to the April 2018 meeting of the Scrutiny Board.
Read the report: Calderdale: A More Enterprising Council - Scrutiny Review Report [PDF 398KB] (January 2018).
Litter and Fly-Tipping - Detailed Review
The Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel undertook a detailed scrutiny review of litter and fly-tipping in Calderdale between Autumn 2016 – Spring 2017.
A review group looked in depth at the matters of Litter and Fly-Tipping in Calderdale, the extent of the problem and how the Council deals with it.
The review group operated a thematic approach to its work, under the key headings of “education”, “enforcement” and “marketing”. The group heard from key stakeholders, in particular our staff and managers who deal with the issues on the frontline, our legal teams and the Cabinet Members, whose portfolio holder responsibilities related to this work.
The Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel accepted and endorsed the review group’s report and it findings and recommendations. Cabinet welcomed the report at its meeting in June 2017 and had an action plan drawn up in response to the findings and recommendations of the scrutiny review.
Looking forward, the newly constituted Place Scrutiny Board will now oversee the monitoring of progress in this matter, with a report on progress due in mid-2018.
Attendance Management Scrutiny Review (Supporting our workforce and improving attendance)
The Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel undertook a detailed scrutiny review on attendance management at Calderdale Council.
A review group looked at the matter of attendance management and how the Council as an employer, needed to ensure an effective balance between its duty of care for its employees and ensuring attendance and productivity at work.
The review heard from key stakeholders, in particular our staff and managers, from the Director of Public Health and from the Director of Communities and Service (who had overall responsibility for the Council’s Human Resources service) and from the recognised Trades Unions at the Council.
The Use of Resources Scrutiny Panel accepted and endorsed the review group’s findings and recommendations and these have been submitted to the Council’s Cabinet (April, 2016) and Corporate Leadership Team for consideration and responses to.
Wildflower Planting and Weed Control Policies – Detailed Review
Following representation from a number of constituents, a member of the Council’s Communities Scrutiny Panel raised the issues of both wildflower planting and the council’s methods of weed control and a detailed review was set up to look at both issues.
The Review Objectives were: to examine the Council’s current policy and practices regarding the planting of wildflowers on verges and in open spaces; to consider the economic and social impacts of wildflower planting, including community engagement; to examine the Council’s current policy and practices, and those of key partners, regarding the control of weeds, taking into account recent reports from WHO IARC, APSE and TUC amongst others; and to consider the economic, social and health implications of alternative options..
The review group’s findings in respect of wild flowers and weed control can be found in Appendices 1 and 2 to the attached scrutiny report below.
The Council’s Cabinet considered the Scrutiny Panel’s recommendations at its November, 2015 meeting and agreed that the planting of appropriate wildflowers wherever possible and appropriate should be encouraged; for members of the Council’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener Team to be asked to harvest wildflower seeds for wider use across the Council’s estate; and for the potential for the setting up of a fund for the purchase of wildflower seeds, which “Friends of” groups and other community organisations could bid for to be further investigated.
Wild flower and weed control scrutiny review [PDF 122KB] – October, 2015 – report of the Communities Scrutiny Panel.
App 1 - wildflower planting scheme and alternative grass maintenance [PDF 2268KB] - October, 2015 – report of the Communities Scrutiny Panel.
Weed control in calderdale [PDF 1315KB] - October, 2015 – report of the Communities Scrutiny Panel.
Review - Local Environment and Public Health in Calderdale
A Local Environment and Public Health in Calderdale detailed scrutiny review group was established by the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel to look in-depth at the subject of the relationships between the local environment and public health in the Borough.
The review group focused its work on the three key objectives identified within the group’s terms of reference:- developing policies that promoted active and sustainable travel across the Borough; developing policies that would reduce the negative impacts of living in cold homes upon public health and developing policies that sought to mitigate the public health effects of environmental pollution.
As part of its research, the review group also considered much background documentation and received a number of pieces of external evidence, including a presentation by the West Yorkshire Low Emission Strategy Manager at one of its meetings.
Arising from this work, a report was prepared in April, 2015 containing its findings and nine key recommendations. The report will now be submitted to an early Cabinet meeting in the next (2015/16) Municipal Year for consideration and responses thereto.
Local Environment and Public Health Scrutiny Review [PDF 671KB] - April, 2015 - report of the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel.