Introduction to Committees

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This page contains details of all of the Councils current decision making and overview and scrutiny committees. You can access older committees and committees that are no longer active, by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Committees

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Current Decision Making Committees

Ad Hoc Appointment and Appeals Committee

This committee is responsible for agreeing arrangements for the appointment of certain Chief Officers. It is also responsible for agreeing arrangements in the appeals against dismissal for the Head of Paid Service and Chief Officers.

Audit Committee

The role of the Audit Committee is concerned with increasing public confidence in the objectivity and fairness of financial reporting and assurance. Audit committees are deemed to be essential to good governance.

Cabinet

The Cabinet is the body that takes most of the decisions relating to the running of services provided by Northamptonshire County Council, within the policies (for example the Council budget) that have been agreed by Full Council.

Cabinet Member Decisions

Some executive decisions can be taken by individual members of the Cabinet.

Empowering Councillors & Communities Cabinet Member Decisions

Cabinet Member Decisions relating to the Empowering Councillors and Communities Scheme

Council

The most important decisions can only be made by the full council (all 57 councillors meeting together) which meets six times a year, in public, at County Hall, Northampton. This includes setting the council's budget and council tax level each year and agreeing the important policies that make up key plans that all councils have to have each year. Meetings are chaired by the chairman of the county council, who also has the important role of representing the council at a wide range of events and meetings throughout the year.

Development Control Committee

The County Council makes decisions on certain types of planning proposals only. These are for minerals related development (e.g. quarries), waste related development (e.g. recycling facilities) and development for and by the County Council (e.g. libraries, county council schools, new roads).

LGSS Joint Committee

The LGSS Joint Committee is established pursuant to an agreement between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils. The Joint Committee's remit is to have overall responsibility for the provision, to the Councils, of shared services through the LGSS arrangements.

Local Pension Board (Northamtponshire Fire & Rescue Service - Firefighters' Scheme)

The Local Pension Board has the authority to assist Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service (as the administering authority of the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service - Firefighters' Scheme) in securing compliance with the Principal 2013 Pension Regulations; and any other legislation; and any requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to the Scheme. It also has the authority to assist the administering authority in ensuring the effective and efficient governance and administration of the Scheme.

North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Committee

The Joint Planning Committee was established in July 2005 as the formal decision making body for the North Northamptoshire Joint Planning Unit. The Joint Planning Committee is the first such committee established under new planning legislation and is made up of 3 elected members from each planning authority (Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Northamptonshire). It is responsible for agreeing the Joint Core Spatial Strategy and joint other planning policy work, but has no development control powers, which remain with the individual district/borough councils.

Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board is a forum that enables key leaders from across the Northamptonshire health and care system to jointly work to: • improve the health and wellbeing of the people in their area, • reduce health inequalities; and • promote the integration of services The statutory duties of the Health and Wellbeing Board are: • to produce the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment • to produce the Health and Wellbeing Strategy • to foster integration of services; and • to oversee the successful implementation of Better Care Fund arrangements locally Health and wellbeing board members collaborate to understand their local community's needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined-up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services. The aim of the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board is to secure better health and wellbeing outcomes in the region, better quality of care for all their patients and care users, and better value for the taxpayer. In doing so, it brings together the NHS, local councils, the Police and other services. The Board also aims to increase democratic legitimacy in health and provide a key forum for public accountability of the NHS, public health, social care for adults and children and other commissioned services that the Board agrees are directly related to health and wellbeing. Please note, if you would like to see paperwork for the meetings of the Board, click on the “Scheduled Meeting Date” from the list of dates It will then bring up a list of paperwork for past meetings, and the next meeting (if paperwork for that has been uploaded).

Northamptonshire Local Pension Board (Local Government Pension Scheme)

The Local Pension Board has the authority to assist Northamptonshire County Council (as the administering authority of the Northamptonshire Local Government Pension Scheme) in securing compliance with the the Principal 2013 Pension Regulations; andy other legislation; and any requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to the Scheme. It also has the authority to assist the administering authority in ensuring the effective and efficient governance and administration of the Scheme.

Northamptonshire Schools Forum

The Forum has a statutory role in ensuring that school funding across the county is equitable and fair by considering proposals from the Council for such areas as the school funding formula and central expenditure from the Dedicated Schools Grant.

Pension Committee

The Pension Committee has responsibility for ensuring the Local Government Pension Fund for Northamptonshire, managed by the Council complies with all relevant legislation governing the administration of the fund, ensuring appropriate arrangements for the administration of benefits in place and reviewing investment strategies for the Fund.

Investment Sub-Committee

The Investment Sub-Committee is a sub-committee of the Pension Committee. It is responsible for making investments for the benefit of the Local Government Pension Fund and in line with the strategy agreed by the Pensions Fund Board.

Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee is responsible for staff issues providing a strategic overview of people management issues within the Council. It is responsible for Chief Officer discipline and redundancy appeals as well as the appointment of the Head of Paid Service and Chief Officers.

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee's role is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor representatives.

Current Overview & Scrutiny Committees

Children, Learning & Communities Scrutiny Committee

The Children, Learning & Education Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to community development; the voluntary & community sector; County Council customer services; culture, heritage and sport; libraries and learning; and education and schools.

Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee

The Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to highways and transport; growth, development and infrastructure; the environment; waste; flood risk management; and protective functions including Fire & Rescue, Trading Standards and Emergency Planning.

Finance & Resources Scrutiny Committee

The Finance & Resources Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing budget development and delivery; corporate planning and performance; and LGSS and corporate support services.

LGSS Joint Overview & Scrutiny Working Group

The LGSS Joint Overview & Scrutiny Working Group is a joint group formed by the Overview & Scrutiny functions (or equivalent) of the three LGSS partner authorities: Northamptonshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. It is intended to scrutinise the development and performance of LGSS. The Working Group is not a formal committee but has resolved that it will meet in public.

Health, Adult Care & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

The Health, Adult Care & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee has the overview and scrutiny function responsibilities for scrutiny of health, adult social care and Public Health.

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel

The Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced new structural arrangements for policing, including the replacement of police authorities with directly-elected Police & Crime Commissioners (PCC) for each police area. The Act also required the Council to establish a Police & Crime Panel (PCP) to scrutinise the Northamptonshire PCC in order to promote openness in the transaction of police business. The Northamptonshire PCP has the following functions: Reviewing and responding to the PCCs Draft Police & Crime Plan, Proposed Precept and Annual Report; Reviewing and responding to proposed senior appointments; Reviewing the proposed removal by the PCC of the Chief Constable; Power to suspend the PCC if charged with a serious criminal offence; and Scrutinising decisions and actions taken by the PCC in discharging their functions.

Northamptonshire Police & Crime Panel Complaints Sub Committee

The Complaints Sub Committee has been established by the Police & Crime Panel to carry out the Informal Resolution of non-criminal complaints about the conduct of the Northamptonshire Police & Crime Commissioner. Informal Resolution is intended to represent a locally-agreed process for resolving a complaint as far as possible by mediation between the complainant and the subject of the complaint.

Scrutiny Management Committee

The Scrutiny Management Committee is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the Overview & Scrutiny Function at Northamptonshire County Council to ensure that it operates effectively and achieves its objectives.

Local Pension Board (Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service - Firefighters' Scheme)

Archived Committees

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