Overview & Scrutiny Committee

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Dorset LEP takes scrutiny very seriously. In 2019 we fully reviewed our scrutiny arrangements to ensure that all of our activities and investments are open and transparent, and in line with the National Assurance Framework. Overview and scrutiny is an essential element of assuring democratic accountability for the use of public funds.

Dorset LEP has appropriate scrutiny arrangements in place to ensure that our decisions receive the necessary independent and external review. Prior to the 1st April 2019, Local Government Reorganisation (LGR), Dorset LEP was scrutinised by nine local councils to guarantee the effective and appropriate democratic scrutiny of our decisions. We have attended and presented at a number of overview and scrutiny meetings at the request of our local partners. In addition, local councillors have played an important part in our governance structure. For example, this is documented in the Dorset Council Overview and Scrutiny Meeting Minutes March 2019.

In mid-2019, we reviewed our governance structure and came to an agreement with both councils to set up a single independent committee for the whole of Dorset. The group will act as a critical friend, enabling increased transparency of the decisions made by Dorset LEP. This independent committee will be able to explore and interrogate the rationale for decisions made by the Dorset LEP Board. The committee will make positive recommendations for how future decision of Dorset LEP can be effectively implemented or improved.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is part of a governance structure of Dorset LEP and is fully accountable to the Dorset LEP Board. Overview and Scrutiny Committee information can be found here.

Committee membership

The membership of the group comprises of eight members made up of four local authority representatives and four private sector representatives. The list of committee members can be found here.

Terms of reference

The committe terms of reference can be found here.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Meetings will take place at least once per year. The scheduled meetings of this committee are listed below:

  • 5 January 2021
  • 28 April 2021
  • 6 September 2021

Copies of meeting documents will be published below when available.