Committee details

People and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

Delivering good outcomes for the residents and communities we serve through a constructive, proactive and objective approach to the consideration, scrutiny and review of policies, strategies, financial and performance issues.



- To review and develop policy at the Committee's own initiative or at the request of the Cabinet or the Public Health Joint Board and make recommendations to the Cabinet, Joint Committee or the Full Council.

- To oversee major consultations and make recommendations to the Cabinet, Joint Committee or the Full Council.

- To give advice on any matters as requested by the Cabinet or the Joint Committee.



- To hold the Executive to account through a process that seeks and considers necessary explanations, information and evidence to ensure good outcomes for our residents and communities.

- Through proactive scrutiny inquiry work, to contribute to improving the lives of our residents and communities, through an active contribution to the Council’s improvement agenda.

- To scrutinise key areas of strategic and operational activity and, where necessary, make recommendations to the Full Council, Cabinet or Joint Committee in respect of;

i) Matters which affect the Council's area or its residents.

ii) Performance of services in accordance with the targets in the Corporate Plan or other approved service plans.

iii) To provide a clear focus on finding efficiency savings in accordance with requirements in the Council’s financial strategy.

iv) To monitor expenditure against available budgets and, where necessary, make recommendations to the Cabinet or the Joint Committee.

v) To consider proposed budget plans, service plans and any other major planning or strategic statements and to make recommendations to the Cabinet or the Joint Committee.


Specific responsibilities for the Committees are;

‘To exercise a proactive and effective overview and scrutiny of functions to ensure the effective delivery of those specific outcomes as contained in the Corporate Plan…;’


Outcomes:- To ensure that people in Dorset are HEALTHY and INDEPENDENT


Most people are healthy and make good lifestyle choices….

- Children and families know what it means to be healthy and happy

- People adopt healthy lifestyles and lead active lives;

- People enjoy emotional and mental wellbeing;

- People stay healthy, avoiding preventable illness as they grow older;

- People live in healthy, accessible communities and environments.


We all want to live independent lives and have a choice over how we live….

- Families are strong and stable and experience positive relationships;

- Children and young people are confident learners and are successful as they grow

into adulthood;

- People remain happily independent and stay in their own homes for as long as


- People are part of inclusive communities and don’t feel lonely or isolated;

- People who do need help have control over their own care.


Membership: 10 members of the County Council not being members of the Cabinet.


4 statutory co-optees (voting rights in relation to education matters only).

-       a representative of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Plymouth and Portsmouth

-       a representative of Bath and Wells, Salisbury and Winchester Dioceses and Councils for Education

-       two parent governor representatives (and two named substitutes)


Contact information

Support officer: Helen Whitby, Senior Democratic Services Officer. 01305 224187 - Email:

Postal address:
County Hall
Colliton Park

Phone: 01305 224187


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