2015 - 2016

Appeals Committee

To exercise the Council's functions in relation to all appeals, licensing and registration, as specified in Schedule 1 to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended) other than those that fall within the remit of the Licensing Committee.

Audit Committee

To exercise the Council's functions in relation to:- Matters arising out of internal audit and control reports; the scope of internal audit activity; review of the adequacy of governance and risk management arrangements and internal control; consideration of matters arising from external audit as are referred to it by the External Auditor, including the management of the budget in respect of these functions.

Development Committee (21/10/2015 - 04/05/2016)

To exercise the Council's functions in relation to Town & Country Planning and Development Control as specified in Schedule 1 to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended)

Development Committee (Expired)

To exercise the Council’s functions in relation to Town & Country Planning and Development Control as specified in Schedule 1 to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended)

Full Council

Responsible for all functions of the authority, including all matters specifically reserved to Council by regulation and statute. It approves and keeps under review the Constitution of the Council, appoints, and where necessary, dismisses the Leader/Spokesperson of the Council, approves procedures for and the appointment of the Committees and such other bodies as the Council may decide. It appoints Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Committees and determines their membership. It makes appointments to outside organisations. It adopts statutory and major non-statutory policies, including best value performance plan; community care plan; community strategy; crime & disorder reduction strategy; Development Plan; Corporate Plan; Plans or Strategies for the control of the Council's borrowing or capital expenditure; Plans or Strategies or draft plans or strategies for any of the above descriptions which have to be submitted to the Secretary of State or a Minister for approval; Food Safety Service Plan; Housing Investment Programme; Local Agenda 21 Strategy; IS/ICT Strategy; Asset Management Plan; Leisure and Cultural Strategy; Licensing Policy Statement; Gambling Policy Statement. It approves the Members' allowances scheme and the Council's budget and Council Tax for the District. It provides an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions or make statements about any aspects of Council policy. It receives reports from its Committees and officers. It promotes and opposes Bills and Orders in Parliament. It carries out any other functions required by Statute to be discharged by the Council. It makes and revokes Byelaws. It deals with matters relating to elections. It determines any decision of a Policy Committee, not yet implemented, referred to it by the Review Committee. It considers proposals to establish, dissolve or group Parish Councils and fixes the number of Parish Councillors. It authorises applications to the Secretary of State for the transfer of housing land or stock owned by the Council and discusses Notices of Motion submitted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.

Chief Officer Appointments Committee

To appoint to the tier two (Director) and tier three (Assistant Director) posts resulting from the leadership and organisational redesign 2014 assisted by the Chief Executive and representatives from the Organisational Redesign Advisory Group and the East of England Local Government Association as considered appropriate by the Committee.

Local Development Framework Sub-Committee

To review and report on the contents of emerging planning policy evidence base documents, supplementary planning documents and the new Local Plan.

Investment Board

To ensure that best use is made of sites and property and that opportunities for co-location and income generating activities explored; maximising both the Economic and Social Value to the District. To consider and, where appropriate, approve a pipeline of projects/activity, based on professional advice outlined in business cases from the Leadership Team, and setting the conditions to be met in perusal of objectives. To monitor the co-ordinated delivery of major schemes and projects to support property development and community facilities within the District; ensuring programme delivery, performance and quality. To shape, challenge and review business cases in relation to transformation and service development that require new investment (in excess of £25,000); with a particular focus on schemes that improve quality whilst reducing cost or generating a financial return. To act on conditions and advice given by Government, the accountable bodies where external or specific funding is being utilised and the Section 151 officer in ensuring that investment decisions are prudent, affordable and sustainable. To share information and good practice to ensure that the optimum use is made of all public and private sector resources. To have access to sufficient administrative resources in order to carry out the Committee’s duties and to be provided with appropriate and timely training in the form of an induction programme and ongoing training for new appointees.

Licensing Committee

To exercise functions under the Licensing Act 2003, the Gambling Act 2005 and all associated or amending legislation.

Licensing Sub-Committee

To determine applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005, in respect of which relevant representations have been made and not withdrawn.

Review Committee

To assist the Council and the Executive in the development of its budget and policy framework by in-depth analysis of policy issues. Conduct research, community and other consultation in the analysis of policy issues and possible options. Consider and implement mechanisms to encourage and enhance community participation in the development of policy options. Question Members of the Executive and other Committees, Chief Officers and Heads of Service about their views on issues and proposals affecting the area. Liaise with other external organisations operating in the area, whether national, regional or local, to ensure that the interests of local people are enhanced by collaborative working. Review and scrutinise the decisions made by and performance of the Executive, other Committees and Council officers both in relation to individual decisions and over time. Review and scrutinise the performance of the Council in relation to its policy objectives, performance targets and/or particular service areas. Question Members of the Executive, other Committees, Chief Officers and Heads of Service about their decisions and performance, whether generally in comparison with service plans and targets over a period of time, or in relation to particular decisions, initiatives or projects. Review and scrutinise the decisions made, or other action taken, in connection with the discharge by the responsible authorities of their crime and disorder functions. Make recommendations to the Executive and/or appropriate Committee and/or Council arising from the outcome of the scrutiny process. Review and scrutinise the performance of other public bodies in the area and invite reports from them by requesting them to address the Review Committee and local people about their activities and performance, and question and gather evidence from any person (with their consent). The Review Committee may be allocated funding for its role by the Council and will exercise overall responsibility for the finances made available to it. The Review Committee must report annually to Full Council on its workings and make recommendations for future work programmes and amended working methods, if appropriate. The Review Committee may exercise overall responsibility for the work programme of the officers employed to support its work.

Standards Committee

All matters set out in paragraph 9.04 of Article 9 of the Constitution.

The Executive

To make recommendations to the Council in relation to the functions contained in Part A to Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution. Subject to those matters reserved to the Council in Part A to Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, the Review Committee functions and with the exception of those Council (non-Executive) powers specifically delegated to other forums set out in Parts A and C to Part 3 of the Constitution, the Executive has full power to act in respect of every other function. To refer at its discretion, any issue to the Review Committee for detailed consideration and report. To consider the recommendations of the Review Committee either arising from an issue referred to it as above, or where the latter Committee has “called-in” a decision of the Executive for review.