1 What are select committees?
Select committees are the means by which proposed decisions are scrutinised, the effectiveness of existing policy is reviewed and the budget and performance monitoring of service delivery is undertaken.
The County Council has a Cabinet of eight county councillors, which makes the day-to-day decisions about issues affecting West Sussex. It is the role of those county councillors who are not in the Cabinet to make sure that the Cabinet is held to account for all its decisions and to consider whether service improvements could or should be put in place.
This 'scrutiny' role is carried out by county councillors on select committees, which meet regularly to review key decisions and service performance. Select committees scrutinise strategic issues affecting the whole of West Sussex.
The purpose of scrutiny is to improve outcomes for West Sussex by providing:
- robust challenge to the Cabinet
- input into the annual cycle of budget setting and planning corporate priorities
- quarterly budget and performance monitoring of each portfolio area
- constructive joint scrutiny of partnerships and other services which have an impact on the local community, including the examination of decisions taken by some external organisations.
West Sussex County Council has four select committees. Select committees typically meet in public. Items considered to be of significant public interest are webcast live and are archived after the meeting.
Details of recent select committee work can also be found in the Scrutiny Newsletter.
The County Council has identified three key corporate priority themes as part of the Future West Sussex Vision and three of the select committees are aligned to these themes:
- early life - Children and Young People's Services Select Committee
- the economy - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
- later life - Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee.
2 What the HASC does
The Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee is responsible for:
- Adults' Social Care Services
- Adults' Safeguarding
- dementia services
- health and health partnerships
- public health
- the review and scrutiny of the planning, provision and operation of health services in West Sussex.
It was formed in April 2012 with the merger of the former Adults’ Services Select Committee and the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
3 Agendas and minutes
29 September 2017
7 July 2017
8 March 2017
18 January 2017
10 November 2016
29 September 2016
2 September 2016
30 June 2016
10 June 2016
27 April 2016
- Minutes (PDF, 35KB)
- Minutes (PDF, 38KB) - A joint meeting of the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee and Children & Young People’s Services Select Committee
- Agenda (PDF, 44KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 40KB) - A joint meeting of the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee and Children & Young People’s Services Select Committee
10 March 2016
20 January 2016
4 December 2015
1 October 2015
11 June 2015
12 March 2015
21 January 2015
22 January 2014
13 March 2014
12 June 2014
2 October 2014
5 December 2014
23 January 2013
14 March 2013
26 June 2013
3 October 2013
14 November 2013
26 April 2012
4 July 2012
3 October 2012
15 November 2012
4 Meeting dates and locations
- 29 September 2017 - 1.00pm
- 9 November 2017 - cancelled
- 1 December 2017
- 17 January 2018
- 8 March 2018
Start time - 10.30am (unless otherwise stated)
Location - County Hall, Chichester (unless otherwise stated)
These meetings are open to the public.
5 Get involved
Select Committee meetings are held in public and although welcome to attend and observe, members of the public may not speak at these sessions (unless appearing as a witness, by prior arrangement).
Suggest a topic for scrutiny
The Committee is open to suggestions on what it should scrutinise. Careful consideration is given to each proposal, with members first needing to satisfy themselves that scrutiny could have a positive impact before agreeing to add an item to a future agenda.
Bear in mind that select committees do not examine individual problems or complaints about the County Council, but focus on County Council decisions, services and policies affecting the whole of West Sussex.
6 Committee members
The Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee has 20 members, made up of 12 county councillors, seven district and borough councillors and one Local Healthwatch member (non-voting).
West Sussex County Council
County Council membership of the Committee is as follows:
- Mrs Pat Arculus
- Lt Cdr Noel Atkins
- Mrs Ann Bridges
- Mr David Edwards
- Mr Jamie Fitzjohn
- Ms Hilary Flynn
- Mrs Anne Jones
- Dr Kate O'Kelly
- Mr Charles Petts
- Mrs Brenda Smith
- Mr Bryan Turner (Chairman)
- Dr James Walsh (Vice-Chairman)
District and Borough Councils
- Cllr George Barton (Adur District Council)
- Cllr Edward Belsey (Mid Sussex District Council)
- Cllr George Blampied (Arun District Council)
- Cllr Mrs Caroline Neville (Chichester District Council)
- Cllr David Coldwell (Horsham District Council)
- Cllr Ms Karen Sudan (Crawley Borough Council)
- Cllr Keith Bickers (Worthing Borough Council)
- Alan Pickering