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Adult Social Care Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Board and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board

An Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of services for older and vulnerable adults and local safeguarding arrangements for adults.

Asset Management and Land Disposal Cabinet Committee

The Counicl has established an Asset Management and Land Disposal Committee of Cabinet to provide strategic policy direction for all matters relating to the acquisition, management and disposal of land and property and to maximise the value of capital assets to achieve priority outcomes.

Audit Committee

The Council has established an Audit Committee in order to follow good practice in governance and to improve corporate focus on the issues arising from risk management, internal control and reporting.

Budget Scrutiny Board

A Budget Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of budget strategy, budget monitoring, examination of outturn reports and the treasury management function.

Chief Officer Terms and Conditions Committee

The Council appoints a Chief Officer Terms and Conditions Committee to deal with the process of selection and appointment of the Chief Executive and Chief Officers of the authority. (To view the Terms of Reference, please click on 'Public Documents' on the left hand side and follow the links to the Constitution).

Children's Services Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at a Decision Making Session. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Board and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views, but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Children's Services Scrutiny Board

A Children's Services Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of children’s social care, children and family services and education.

Council

The Council is responsible for approving the overall policy framework including the budget and retains responsibility for regulatory functions (most of which it will delegate to committees operating within the ‘Constitutional’ arm of the decision-making structure. The Council will also have a key role in holding the executive to account.

Emergency Committee

In the event of a serious incident and/or major emergencies where the District Emergency Co-ordinator considers that the Emergency Committee is required to be convened, the Committee shall consider and approve requests for funding above and beyond normal allocated budget expenditure; provide guidance on issues of national significance; assist in briefing Council Members as appropriate and authorise any other actions that may be deemed appropriate under the prevailing circumstances which would otherwise require a decision of the Cabinet, an individual Cabinet Member or the full Council.

General Purposes and Arbitration Committee

The Council appoints a General Purposes Committee to deal with a diverse range of issues, in particular to make recommendations to Council on the appointment of representatives on outside bodies, civic and ceremonial matters, all matters relating to the boundaries of the Borough and the Wards, the registration of electors and the conduct of European, Parliamentary and local government elections and the power to make, amend, revoke and re-enact by-laws. (To view the Terms of Reference, please click on 'Public Documents' on the left hand side and follow the links to the Constitution).

Health and Wellbeing Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at a Decision Making Session. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Board and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Health Scrutiny Board

A Health Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of health and public health, including holding the Health and Well Being Board to account.

Highways and Environment Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Housing, Jobs and Economy Scrutiny Board

A Housing, Jobs and Economy Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of housing strategy and housing services, asset management, regeneration within the Borough, management of town centres, transportation and road safety and innovation, skills, work and enterprise.

Jobs and Economy Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Health & Wellbeing and Adult Social Care

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Health and Wellbeing and Jobs and Economy Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Council has established joint Health Overview and Scrutiny arrangements with Birmingham City Council and with Wolverhampton City Council to enable the joint review and scrutiny of matters relating to the planning, provision and operation of health services in the area.

Joint Leader and Strategic Resources Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Strategic Resources and Health and Wellbeing Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Strategic Resources and Jobs & Economy Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Joint Strategic Resources and Town & Neighbourhood Services Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Leader Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Licensing (Miscellaneous) Committee

The Council appoints a Licensing (Miscellaneous) Committee to determine all licensing matters arising from the Council's powers and duties under various Acts and Regulations. (To view the Terms of Reference, please click on 'Public Documents' on the left hand side and follow the links to the Constitution).

Licensing Committee

The Council has established a licensing Committee to deal with all matters relating to the discharge of the functions of the Licensing Authority under the Licensing Act 2003 and any regulations made under that Act, together with any related functions, with the exception of any function conferred on the Licensing Authority by Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Statement of Licensing Policy) and any function discharged under Section 5(a) of that Act by a committee other than the Licensing Committee. The Committee also deals with all matters relating to the discharge of the functions of the Licensing Authority under the Gambling Act 2005 and any regulations made under the 2005 Act, together with any related functions, with the exception of any function conferred on the Licensing Authority by Section 166 of the 2005 Act (Casino Resolution) and Section 349 of the 2005 Act (Statement of Principles). (To view the Terms of Reference, please click on 'Public Documents' on the left hand side and follow the links to the Constitution).

Licensing Panel 1

The Council appoints four Licensing Panels to deal with licensing applications which are required to be determined by members.

Licensing Panel 2

The Council appoints four Licensing Panels to deal with licensing applications which are required to be determined by members.

Licensing Panel 3

The Council appoints four Licensing Panels to deal with licensing applications which are required to be determined by members.

Licensing Panel 4

The Council appoints four Licensing Panels to deal with licensing applications which are required to be determined by members.

Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Board

A Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Board has been established to review and advise on the Council’s policies and practices in respect of strategic town planning and development control; neighbourhood services, community services; including crime and community safety; transport, highways management and public infrastructure; trading standards, environmental health functions and environmental services and the visual appearance of the Borough.

Oldbury Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

Planning Committee

The Council appoints a Planning Committee to deal with matters relating to town and country planning and development control, including the determination of planning applications. (To view the Terms of Reference, please click on 'Public Documents' on the left hand side and follow the links to the Constitution).

Rowley Regis Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board

In line with proposals in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to:- i) Secure better health and wellbeing outcomes, promoting independence, choice and control for the whole population; ii) ensure a joined-up approach on commissioning priorities across NHS, public health, social care for adults and children and related services; iii) encourage greater integration across health, social care and related services to improve health and wellbeing outcomes; iv) stimulate delivery of health and wellbeing priorities, focusing on ‘People’ and ‘Place’ and promoting a sense of Civic pride; v) monitor progress on delivery of agreed joint strategic priorities, holding individual partners to account.

Sandwell Local Access Forum

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has placed a duty on Sandwell Council to establish an advisory body known as the Sandwell Local Access Forum. The Sandwell Local Access Forum is constituted in accordance with the Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2002. Its purpose is to provide independent advice to highway authorities on access to open areas for informal recreational purposes and in the preparation of rights of way improvement plans. The Forum will cover the whole of the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough.

Schools Forum

The Schools Forum is constituted in accordance with the Schools Forum (England) Regulations 2012 and Section 47A and 138(7) of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998 (1). The purpose of the Forum is to provide a means of ensuring good dialogue and an active interchange of advice and consultation between schools and the Local Education Authority (LEA) on matters relating to the Schools Budget.

Smethwick Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee promotes high standards of conduct and ethical governance for elected members. The Committee assists councillors in observing the Member Code of Conduct and approves the arrangements for dealing with allegations of breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Standards Sub-Committee 1

Standards Sub Committees consider investigation reports and conduct hearings into allegations of member misconduct; at the request of the complainant, review decisions of the Monitoring Officer to take no action on a complaint; and at the request of the subject member, review findings of failure to comply with the Code of Conduct and decisions on any follow up action.

Standards Sub-Committee 2

Standards Sub Committees consider investigation reports and conduct hearings into allegations of member misconduct; at the request of the complainant, review decisions of the Monitoring Officer to take no action on a complaint; and at the request of the subject member, review findings of failure to comply with the Code of Conduct and decisions on any follow up action.

Strategic Resources Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at a Decision Making Session. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Board and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Tenant Review Panel

The Tenant Review Panel has been established to involve tenants in the scrutiny process. The Panel is comprised of tenants and a leaseholder.

Tipton Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

Town and Neighbourhood Services Decision Making Session

Cabinet Members acting individually, have the responsibility for determining matters which fall within their portfolios. The Cabinet Member will take decisions in the public arena (except where exempt or confidential information is involved) and they will do this formally at Decision Making Sessions. Other members such as the Chair of a relevant Scrutiny Panel and named opposition representatives may also attend and express their views but it is stressed that only the Cabinet Member is responsible for taking the decision, no one else.

Wednesbury Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

West Bromwich Town Service Improvement Board

Service Improvement Boards have been established to allow members, as leaders of their communities, to engage with, and respond to local community need. The Boards will assist the Council in achieving continuous improvement and excellent service delivery.

Youth Employment Commission

A Youth Employment Commission has been established to work with public sector organisations, the business community, schools, colleges, young people’s groups and organisations and other interested parties to develop an understanding of the reasons for the levels of unemployment, its implications now and for the future and what can be done to improve the situation for young people looking for and entering work.

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