Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday 9 July 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: To be held remotely via video conferencing facilities (Microsoft TeamsLive)

Contact: Christine Brain: Democratic Services Officer (Scrutiny)  Email:

Note: The link to view the live stream of the meeting is shown in 'Media' below together with a supporting guidance document 


No. Item


Procedural Matters



Any Member who is substituting for another Member should so indicate, together with the name of the relevant absent Member.


Apologies for Absence


Minutes pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2020 (copy attached).


Announcements from the Chair Regarding Responses from the Cabinet to Reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Part 1 – Public


Public Participation

Members of the public who live or work in the District are welcome to speak and may ask one question or make a statement of not more than three minutes duration relating to items to be discussed in Part 1 of the agenda only.  If a question is asked and answered within three minutes, the person who asked the question may ask a supplementary question that arises from the reply.


A person who wishes to speak must register by 9am the day before the Committee (Wednesday 8 July 2020) to enable the Council to ensure that there is time to brief them on now they can speak at the meeting. 


There is an overall limit of 15 minutes for public speaking, which may be extended at the Chair’s discretion.



Council Response to Covid-19

On 11 June 2020, the Committee held an informal meeting to discuss the development of its future work programme. 


At that meeting it agreed to invite the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to give an update from their perspective on how Covid-19 is impacting the Council and its communities, in order to inform the future work programme of the Committee.  The Committee indicated the following matters as topics for discussion:


-       the Chief Executive’s and Leader’s current priorities in their respective roles on Covid-19 and what they needed to do operationally and politically to achieve those;


-       the early thinking on the council’s own recovery plan;


-       the impact on projects and what the council was committed to delivering financially;


-       what are the effects of Covid-19 on the Council and its partners, focusing on financial impacts and service delivery (including the impact on the working environment);


-       what the council has changed to adapt to the impact of Covid-19;


-       the impact Covid-19 is having on West Suffolk communities, and in particular the social impacts in areas such as homelessness, social care, mental health and domestic abuse;


-       what the council has learnt from Covid-19;


-       reviewing local communities responses and their preparedness for responding to emergencies and major incidents;


-       reviewing how the Council is supporting/encouraging localism through the use of local resources and shops;


-       where the Overview and Scrutiny Committee could add value by exploring issues in detail.


Cabinet Decisions Plan: 1 July 2020 to 31 May 2021 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Report No: OAS/WS/20/010

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Scrutiny Work Programme 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Report No: OAS/WS/20/011

Additional documents:

Part 2 – Exempt