Co-opted and independent members
Co-opted members of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel
The Local Government Act 2000 confers the power to co-opt non-voting members onto overview and scrutiny committees. The Council’s constitution reflects the legislative position. Additionally, there is a statutory requirement to include parent governors and Church school representatives where education matters are being discussed. These co-opted members serve on the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel, with voting rights in respect of education matters.
The role of a non-voting co-opted member is to contribute to discussion at scrutiny meetings or at any working groups established by the panel on which they may serve. Co-opted members of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel, as well as having voting rights on education matters, also have the opportunity to be part of the call in of a cabinet decision that relates to an education matter.
Independent Chair of the Audit Committee
In line with good practice and to promote public confidence in the local democratic arrangements, the Council has also appointed an independent Chairman of its Audit and Governance committee. This appointment reflects the committee’s significant role and responsibilities in respect of the corporate governance of the Council and ensuring that the financial management, risk management and partnership governance arrangements are fit for purpose.
Code of conduct
Co-opted and independent members are expected to sign an undertaking to comply with the Council’s code of conduct, including the requirement to register interests.
Register of interests
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