RE: Cabinet giving reasons for rejection of Scrutiny recommendations
Thanks Nick. This is very helpful. I had a look at the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 as to how it can be used to request reasons for not accepting recommendations.
Section 122 (3) states that
The overview and scrutiny committee must by notice in writing require the authority or executive -
(a) to consider the report or recommendations,
(b) to respond to the overview and scrutiny committee indicating what (if any) action the authority propose, or the executive proposes, to take
As you pointed out in our subsequent chat, a scrutiny report can have a final paragraph that reads along the lines of "In the event the Executive does not accept any of the above, this committee be advised in each case of the reasons for any such rejection" The Executve then presumably has to consider that and respond.