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First meeting held of Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Commission

Date Published: 17 June 2022
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The first meeting of the newly formed Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been held as part of Rutland County Council’s new scrutiny structure.

The meeting took place on Thursday 9 June and began with a unanimous vote to appoint Councillor Sue Webb as the Vice Chair of the committee. Members went on to discuss the Committee’s proposed Work Plan for the municipal year and agreed the following:

Residents’ access to dentistry services within Rutland was identified as a priority for scrutinising by the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee (SOSC). An update on Dental Services, providing information on the recovery of services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) following COVID-19 and access to dentistry was presented at the LLR Joint Health Scrutiny Committee in November 2021. A further update will be considered at its next meeting on the 27 June 2022. However, it is felt that more detail relating to Rutland is needed and so the issue will be looked at by the Rutland SOSC.

Members of the SOSC also confirmed their intention to examine and report back on the issue of homelessness in Rutland, as well as gathering information and reporting back on implementation of the Council’s Minerals Authority Contract. The Minerals Authority Contract was first discussed by the Council’s Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 10 February 2022, with an update report to follow inside six months.

Highways and transport remain areas of concern for Rutland residents – particularly the issue of speeding. It was agreed that further discussion will take place to help inform the committee on the best method of scrutinising this important issue.

Consideration will be given to how to follow up on SEND work that was started by the last Children's Scrutiny Committee, especially in light of the Government's support via the Delivering Better Value programme.

Non-executive Councillors will be approached about the creation of a ‘Customer Experience’ Task and Finish Group to learn more about what Rutland residents experience when accessing Council services.

The agenda and reports for the first meeting of Rutland County Council’s new Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 9 June can be read online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/meetings.

The Committee’s next meeting is due to take place on Thursday 7 July, starting at 7.00pm. Members of the public can submit questions or ask to make a deputation at the meeting. Questions and deputations must be relevant to the Council and its functions or relate to an issue that affects Rutland. Submissions need to be made by emailing: governance@rutland.gov.uk before midday on Monday 4 July.

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