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 PFSC does
The Committee is responsible for undertaking assurance of the Council’s performance management systems and capacity and its financial performance.
It also oversees the effectiveness of scrutiny work by the other select committees as they focus on outcomes for communities in their area of influence.
3 Agendas and minutes
18 January 2018
8 December 2017
22 November 2017
12 October 2017
14 July 2017
15 March 2017
19 January 2017
11 January 2017
- Agenda (PDF, 69KB) Joint meeting of Environmental and Community Services and Performance and Finance Select Committees
1 December 2016
30 September 2016
15 September 2016
- Agenda (PDF, 84KB) Joint meeting of Environmental and Community Services and Performance and Finance Select Committees
24 June 2016
20 May 2016
16 March 2016
25 February 2016
21 January 2016
3 December 2015
11 November 2015
- Minutes (PDF, 39KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 54KB) - Joint meeting of Environmental and Community Services and Performance and Finance Select Committees
19 October 2015
2 October 2015
3 September 2015
26 June 2015
16 April 2015
18 March 2015
27 February 2015
- Minutes (PDF, 40KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 52KB) - Joint meeting of Environmental and Community Services and Performance and Finance Select Committees
22 January 2015
23 January 2014
26 March 2014
1 May 2014
- Minutes (PDF, 39KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 51KB) - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee and Performance and Finance Select Committee
16 May 2014
4 July 2014
- Minutes (PDF, 37KB) - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee and Performance and Finance Select Committee
- Agenda (PDF, 48KB) - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee and Performance and Finance Select Committee
- Minutes (PDF, 51KB)
- Agenda (PDF, 47KB)
3 October 2014
4 December 2014
5 July 2013
4 October 2013
6 November 2013
4 December 2013
Policy and Resources Select Committee agendas and minutes prior to prior to 1 May 2013, when it was replaced by the Performance and Finance Select Committee.
4 Meeting dates and locations
- 18 January 2018
- 21 March 2018
- 18 May 2018
- 9 July 2018
- 5 October 2018
- 22 November 2018
- 17 January 2019
- 20 March 2019
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.