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Scrutiny and Accountability

The role of scrutiny is to provide challenge and support in order to secure continuous improvement for the Board.

In order to assure democratic accountability there is a requirement for a designated local government scrutiny committee of the relevant local authority to scrutinise the work of the public services board.

Scrutiny of the Board is the responsibility of the council's Scrutiny Programme Committee.  A multi-agency panel is the agreed method for undertaking scrutiny that includes, alongside councillors, the following non executive members from Core Group Member organisations as co-opted members:

  • Swansea Bay University Health Board - Non-executive Board Member
  • Member of the South Wales Police and Crime Panel
  • Member of the Performance, Audit and Scrutiny Committee, Mid and West Wales Fire Authority
  • Swansea Council of Voluntary Services - Non-executive management Committee Member

Scrutiny councillors have the power to:

  • review or scrutinise the decisions made or actions taken by the public services board;
  • review or scrutinise the board's governance arrangements;
  • make reports or recommendations to the board regarding its functions or governance arrangements;
  • consider matters relating to the board as the Welsh Ministers may refer to it and report to the Welsh Ministers accordingly; and
  • carry out other functions in relation to the board that are imposed on it by the Act.

Welsh Ministers have a power to refer a plan to the local scrutiny committee if it is not considered sufficient; for example, due to an adverse report by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales or a concern statutory duties are not being met.

 The scrutiny committee or panel can require any member of the board to give evidence, but only in respect of the exercise of joint functions conferred on them as a member of the Board.

Scrutiny must send a copy of any report or recommendation it makes to the Welsh Ministers, the Commissioner and the Auditor General for Wales.

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