Policy and Scrutiny committees

1. Family and People Services Committee

The Family and People Services Committee scrutinises the broad range of important issues that make up the portfolio of the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health. However, this committee has an important and external statutory duty which it must carry out in relation to health.

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.

More information

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

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

2. City Management and Public Protection Committee

The City Management and Public Protection Committee scrutinises work that falls within the portfolios of the Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management and the Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing.

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

  • utilities
  • roads and highway maintenance
  • transportation policy
  • parking policy and enforcement
  • community safety

The committee provides a role in holding to account a number of external organisations such as Park Authorities, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service. 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.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

3. Economic Development, Education, Community and Place Shaping Committee

The Economic Development, Education, Community and Place Shaping Committee specifically scrutinises work covered under the remit of the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community and the Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning.

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.

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.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.

4. Housing, Finance and Customer Services

The Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Committee scrutinises work that falls within the portfolios of the Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Regeneration and the Cabinet Member for Housing and Customer 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 Customer Services Committee and any other interested frontline Councillors.

More information

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

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.

For more information, contact the scrutiny team.


Last updated: 2 July 2018
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