The team of councillors who will spearhead Nottinghamshire County Council’s new administration has been unveiled, alongside proposals for a new streamlined committee structure to deliver on their priorities.
Nottinghamshire’s economy is being placed firmly at the heart of the council’s decision making, by moving business previously considered by the Economic Development Committee to come under the auspices of the Policy Committee – elevating the status of decisions on growth, job creation and infrastructure.
And the new Improvement and Change Sub Committee and Finance and Major Contracts Management Committee will drive better value for money and more effective and efficient service delivery.
Councillor Kay Cutts becomes the new Leader of the County Council, resuming the position she held from 2009 to 2013, and will chair the Policy Committee.
Chairing the individual committees will be:
- Councillor Reg Adair, Deputy Leader and Chairman of Improvement & Change Sub-Committee
- Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Adult Social Care & Public Health Committee
- Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of Children & Young People’s Committee
- Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities & Place Committee
- Councillor Richard Jackson, Chairman of Finance & Major Contracts Management Committee
- Councillor Bruce Laughton, Chairman of Governance & Ethics Committee
- Councillor Dr John Doddy, Chairman of Health & Wellbeing Board
- Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of Health Scrutiny for Nottinghamshire Committee
- Councillor Eric Kerry, Chairman of Nottinghamshire Pension Fund Committee
- Councillor Neil Clarke, Chairman of Personnel Committee
- Councillor Chris Barnfather, Chairman of Planning & Licensing Committee
All appointments will be confirmed at the County Council Annual Meeting on 25 May.
Councillor Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Improving the quality of life and opportunities for local people throughout the county, particularly in our market towns and villages will be at the core of this administration.
“We’re fortunate to have a talented pool of councillors with extensive local government, business and other life experience to lead our committees as they make the big decisions for the benefit of our residents, businesses and economy.
“We fully intend to deliver on our promise to local people to create an environment for economic growth and drive greater efficiencies in the way the Council is run, which will allow us to keep Council Tax as low as possible. The changes to the roles and responsibilities of our committees will support this aim, allowing us to take a more strategic and joined up approach to our decision making.”
Committees will meet more often than at present to reflect their increased workload. Changes to the structure and responsibilities of the committees include:
- The expansion of Policy Committee’s remit, to include economic development and property issues
- A new sub-committee of Policy – Improvement and Change – to drive forward the Council’s change programme and improve efficiency
- The amalgamation of the Adult Social Care and Health and Public Health committees to promote better, joined-up decision making
- Children and Young People’s Committee to taken on the work of the Corporate parenting Sub Committee
- A new Communities and Place Committee to take on responsibilities of the Culture, Community Safety, Environment and Sustainability and Transport and Highways Committee and Grant Aid Sub Committee
- The creation of a Finance and Major Contracts Management committee, focused on all budgetary issues, the development of a commercial strategy for the Council and providing strategic overview of all Council contracts worth in excess of £10m
- A Governance and Ethics Committee to take on the responsibilities of the Audit and Conduct Committees – providing a transparent overview of financial transactions and councillor’s conduct
- One Health Scrutiny Committee to cover all health scrutiny issues and promote better joint working with the NHS by increasing awareness of health provision across Nottinghamshire
It’s proposed that Full Council will review the operation of the new Committee structure and operation at its meeting in January 2018.