Policy and Scrutiny committees

1. Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee

The Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee scrutinises the broad range of important issues that make up the portfolios of the Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health and the Cabinet Portfolio for Public Protection and Licensing. However, this committee has 2 important and external statutory duties which it must carry out in relation to health and crime.

The importance of health scrutiny

This committee is Westminster’s statutory health scrutiny committee and looks at the work of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS provider trusts including ImperialChelsea and WestminsterCentral London Community Healthcare and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

The committee acts as a 'critical friend' by recommending ways that health-related services could be improved but also has a formal power to refer any variation in health services to the Secretary of State should they consider that the changes are inappropriate.

The committee also looks at the way the health service interacts with our social care services, the voluntary sector, independent providers and other council services to jointly provide better health services to meet the diverse needs of Westminster residents and improve their wellbeing.

The importance of scrutiny of public protection

The Adults, Health and Public Protection Committee also acts as Westminster’s Crime Committee as defined in the Crime and Disorder (Overview and Scrutiny) Regulations 2009. It carries out the scrutiny of decisions or action taken in connection with the discharge of their crime and disorder functions like the Safer Westminster Partnership and any decisions or strategies it adopts.

More information

View upcoming and previous committee meeting papers including agendas, reports and minutes.

The chairman of the committee is Councillor Jonathan Glanz.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

2. Business, Property and Transport Committee

The Business, Property and Transport Committee scrutinises work that falls within the portfolios of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business Culture and Heritage, the Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Realm and the Cabinet Member for City Highways.

Key policy areas and programmes within the remit of this committee include:

  • economic development
  • adult education
  • special projects
  • place-shaping
  • city promotion
  • planning policy and City Plan
  • utilities
  • roads and highway maintenance
  • transportation policy
  • parking policy and enforcement

The committee is also Westminster’s designated statutory ‘flood risk’ committee under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and restated in the Localism Act 2011.

The committee provides a role in holding to account a number of external organisations such as Park Authorities, Transport for London and the Highways Agency. The committee also takes an active interest in scrutinising utility company activity in Westminster.

More information

View upcoming and previous committee meeting papers including agendas, reports and minutes.

The Chairman of the committee is Cllr Anthony Devenish.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

3. Children, Environment and Leisure Committee

The Children, Environment and Leisure Committee specifically scrutinises work covered under the remit of the Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People and the Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community.

They examine executive decisions, monitor performance and develop and review policy on the council’s education function for children and young people, including the opportunities for education, training and learning outside the school environment and pre-school learning.

The portfolio includes:

  • the Building Schools for the Future and Primary Capital Programme 
  • children’s health and commissioning
  • youth offending
  • looked after children and care leavers
  • the environment portfolio which covers street cleansing, waste and recycling

Committee duties

This committee has a remit which includes education, therefore the council has a duty to make sure this committee includes the following representatives in its membership:

  • one Church of England diocese representative
  • one Roman Catholic diocese representative
  • 2 parent governor representatives
  • 2 headteachers from local schools or academies (non-voting members)

The details of your current representatives are on the Committee’s Agenda webpage.

More information

View upcoming and previous committee meeting papers including agendas, reports and minutes.

The Chairman of the committee is Cllr Andrew Smith.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

4. Housing, Finance and Corporate Services

The Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Committee scrutinises work that falls within the portfolios of the Cabinet Member for Housing and the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Corporate Services.

Key policy areas and programmes within the remit of this committee include:

  • housing management
  • city west homes
  • housing associations and registered providers
  • the Housing Options Service (HOS)
  • housing regeneration
  • corporate property
  • finance and resources
  • economic development
  • growth in Westminster
  • support provided to businesses
  • corporate services

Budget and Performance task group

This is a formal task group that reports back to the Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Committee in relation to the council’s budget.

Yearly scrutiny of the council’s budget setting process takes place in this group.

Membership of this group is taken from the Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Committee and any other interested frontline Councillors.

More information

View upcoming and previous committee meeting papers including agendas, reports and minutes.

The chairman of the committee is Cllr Brian Connell.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

5. Westminster Scrutiny Commission

The Westminster Scrutiny Commission is the overarching body which is responsible for the management and co-ordination of the council’s Policy and Scrutiny function. The Members are Chairmen of the respective committees, alongside an opposition nominee.

The commission has a number of important roles in the operation of the council:

  • scrutinising the Leader of the Council, by portfolio and in person
  • scrutinising the Chief Executive of the Council in person
  • responsible for the work programmes of all Policy and Scrutiny Committees and to resolve any issues identified in the delivery of their statutory duties
  • scrutinising the Leader’s portfolio, including but not limited to Strategy and Communications, Government Relations activity, Growth, Performance, the West End Partnership, Equalities, the council’s Pay Policy and the Royal Parks Board

More information

View upcoming and previous committee meeting papers including agendas, reports and minutes.

The Chairman of the committee is Councillor Brian Connell.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.


Last updated: 2 November 2017
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