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Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
20-11-2009, 11:31 AM
Post: #1
RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
Suzanne,

Although we have not had a Call-In yet, the Joint Governance arrangements for the Adur and Worthing Councils joint scrutiny arrangements allow for the Joint OSC to call-in a decision made by the Joint Strategic Committee (The Joint Cabinets meeting together). The procedure for a Call-In is in accordance with the Worthing Constitution which allows for a Call-In to be made by 3 Members of the Councils.

This arrangement for joint Call-Ins has been adopted on the basis of legal advice from the Council's Legal Adviser.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Mark
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20-11-2009, 11:48 AM
Post: #2
RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
We've just established a joint executive committee for an MAA. The constitution says that decisions can be called in by any of the member authorities' scrutiny committees according to each authorities' own call in rules.

The only restriction is that the decision being called in must be a decision delegated to the joint committee by the authority making the call in (so you couldn't call in a decision that you don't like if it wouldn't have been your own council's to make if the joint committee didn't exist)

This does add a slight complexity, in that the decision makers must account for the "worst case" scenario in terms of call in - for example, we ask that decisions are not implemented for 3 working days to allow for call in, but one of the other partners in the MAA says it must be 6 days. Basically, that means that the default implementation date will have to be 6 days after decision, even though it will be well past our own ability to call it in by then!

Hope that makes sense
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07-12-2009, 05:06 PM
Post: #3
RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
Further to my earlier posting on this issue I have some breaking news.

A decision of the Adur and Worthing Joint Strategic Committee (Joint Cabinets) has now been called-in. The call-in will be considered by the Adur and Worthing Joint OSC at its meeting on 19 January 2010.

The decision which has been Called-In relates to progress with the Adur and Worthing Partnership - Next steps.

Is this Call-In the first of its kind?

Mark Lowe

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08-12-2009, 04:26 PM
Post: #4
RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
There's a 5-boroughs committee here in east and south London which takes some decisions relating to the Olympics legacy. In setting it up they had to follow the LG Act 2000, and thus add conditions for call-in. Advice from Counsel was that we couldn't have a joint OSC but needed to be able to call-in decisions.

Like Josh above, each of the five authorities can use its own arrangements to call-in a decisions of the joint executive committee. The difference is that it doesn't have to be about something your own authority would have taken a decision on anyway: any of the five boroughs can call in any decision.

The thing that's not clear enough in our example is how we hear about it's decisions. Also, despite following the Act 2000, there's no requirement
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08-12-2009, 04:26 PM
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RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
There's a 5-boroughs committee here in east and south London which takes some decisions relating to the Olympics legacy. In setting it up they had to follow the LG Act 2000, and thus add conditions for call-in. Advice from Counsel was that we couldn't have a joint OSC but needed to be able to call-in decisions.

Like Josh above, each of the five authorities can use its own arrangements to call-in a decisions of the joint executive committee. The difference is that it doesn't have to be about something your own authority would have taken a decision on anyway: any of the five boroughs can call in any decision.

The thing that's not clear enough in our example is how we hear about it's decisions. Also, despite following the Act 2000, there's no requirement to
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08-12-2009, 04:26 PM
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RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
There's a 5-boroughs committee here in east and south London which takes some decisions relating to the Olympics legacy. In setting it up they had to follow the LG Act 2000, and thus add conditions for call-in. Advice from Counsel was that we couldn't have a joint OSC but needed to be able to call-in decisions.

Like Josh above, each of the five authorities can use its own arrangements to call-in a decisions of the joint executive committee. The difference is that it doesn't have to be about something your own authority would have taken a decision on anyway: any of the five boroughs can call in any decision.

The thing that's not clear enough in our example is how we hear about it's decisions. Also, despite following the Act 2000, there's no requirement to produce
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08-12-2009, 04:29 PM
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RE: Can you call in a decision made by a joint committee?
Crumbs - no idea why that cut me short and posted 3 times - sorry all - hope it can be deleted, etc.

I was about to say...

There's no requirement to produce a Forward Plan.

So, as far as I know, I think Worthing & Adur might be a first here.

Gareth
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