Agenda item

CONSTITUTION REVIEW GROUP

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

The Leader presented a report from the Constitution Review Group, which made proposals for full Council to approve the establishment of a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, and if approved, to delegate to the Monitoring Officer authority to finalise the terms of reference of the joint committee and to appoint members and substitute members to the joint committee.

 

There was an existing joint committee in operation but this only covered South Cumbria and North Lancashire (Morecambe Bay Footprint).  It was envisaged that this committee would continue and be convened to consider any specific proposals which related only to that footprint.  Any change to the existing joint committee’s terms of reference would require a decision of Council and the agreement of Lancashire County Council.

 

Lancashire County Council had taken the lead on establishing the new Joint Committee.  The draft terms of reference were considered and the establishment of the Joint Committee supported by the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee on the 7 October 2019.

 

The terms of reference presented in Appendix 1 had been drafted by the four local authorities. While the main principles had been agreed between the Health Scrutiny Chairs for the four authorities, the terms of reference were not yet in final form.  Council was asked to delegate authority to the Monitoring Officer to approve the final form of the terms of reference on behalf of the Council. 

 

Council was asked to approve the inclusion of the final terms of reference in Part 5C (Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules) of the Constitution.  It would be necessary to make incidental amendments to Part 1 (paragraph 6.6), and Part 2C (paragraph 1.3) to add the name of the committee "Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System” to these Parts. Council was asked to authorise the Monitoring Officer to make these changes to the Constitution.

 

Full Council is the appointing body for members of the Joint Committee as a non-executive committee carrying out scrutiny functions. Since the terms of reference for the Joint Committee were not yet in final form, Council was asked to authorise the Monitoring Officer to make the appointments to the Joint Committee up to the annual meeting of the Council in 2020, in line with the wishes of the political groups, acting in accordance with the final terms of reference.

 

RESOLVED,     that Council

 

(1)      Approve the establishment of a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System in accordance with the principles set out in the draft terms of reference (Appendix 1);

(2)      Authorise the Monitoring Officer to finalise the terms of reference for the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee in consultation with the Chair of the Cumbria Joint Health Scrutiny Committee;

(3)      Authorise the Monitoring Officer to formally appoint members and substitute members to the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to serve up to the annual meeting of the Council 2020, on the nomination of the political groups acting in accordance with the terms of reference of the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee;

(4)      Approve that the final terms of reference of the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee are included in Part 5C of the Constitution and that the Monitoring Officer is authorised to make consequential amendments to Part 1 (paragraph 6.6) and Part 2C (paragraph 1.3) to include the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee.

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