Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee

The next Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee meeting will take place on:

Monday 15 October, 6.30pm at Kensington Town Hall

At the meeting on Tuesday 24 July, which was chaired by Cllr Robert Thompson and included a number of newly-elected Councillors, the Committee considered where it needs to focus its attention over the coming year.  The Committee also discussed several important decisions to be taken by the Leadership Team at their meeting on Wednesday 25 July.

The agenda and accompanying papers are available on the RBKC website. You can find the minutes for this meeting here.

The Notting Dale Forum helps to ensure that the voices of those residents from Notting Dale are heard at the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee.  It is chaired by Notting Dale ward Councillor Robert Atkinson. Read more about the Notting Dale Forum here.

If you would like to be emailed when new dates and papers are published for meetings of the Scrutiny Committee, please contact scrutiny@rbkc.gov.uk

What is Scrutiny?

Scrutiny is a Councillor-led function within the Council.  Its purpose is to hold decision-makers to account on behalf of Borough residents and to help develop policies and initiatives that make the Borough a better place to live and work.  Its role and powers are set out in national legislation.

The day-to-day running of the Council is managed by those nine councillors who are members of the Leadership Team (also known as ‘the Executive’): they take most of the biggest financial, policy and service decisions – usually referred to as ‘key decisions’. The Leadership Team is held to account by six Scrutiny Committees, each of which focuses on specific service areas.

Terms of Reference and objectives

This Committee’s remit includes the scrutiny of ‘all decisions, policies, strategies, services and issues relating to the Grenfell Recovery Programme.’

More specifically, the Committee’s objectives are:

  • to hold the Executive to account for the decisions it takes, collectively and individually, and to monitor the progress of the Grenfell Recovery Programme;
  • to hold meetings that also provide an opportunity for survivors and members of the public to share their experiences and thoughts by providing a forum for these voices to be heard; and
  • to make suggestions to improve the Recovery Programme as well as to help set the agenda from the ground by listening to the voices of those affected and what is important to them.

The Committee consists of nine councillors, with the potential for up to four co-optees with particular expertise appointed by Full Council.  Membership is politically balanced so that the number of places given to a political group is proportionate to the number of councillors the group has on the Council.  All members of the Committee have full voting rights, although votes are rare at Scrutiny meetings.

The Lead Members, Cllrs Kim Taylor-Smith (Grenfell & Housing), Sarah Addenbrooke (Adult Social Care) and Gerard Hargreaves (Communities & Culture) by law cannot be a member of the Committee and, whilst they may be asked to attend meetings to present information and answer questions, they have no voting rights.

Senior Council officers attend to provide information and answer questions. They are not members of the Committee.

Who will be at the meeting?

At the Committee it is the role of the Chair to ensure that the Committee does its work both by hearing from the public and other stakeholders on particular topics, and also by the councillors holding the lead member(s) to account.  The Chair must ensure an appropriate balance of these elements in each meeting.

A member of the Council’s Governance Team will attend to take notes of the meeting, including a summary of the discussion and any recommendations.  The minutes will be approved by the Committee and published on the Council’s website in the papers for the next meeting so they can be confirmed as a correct record.

This is not a decision-making Committee, though the Committee can and does make recommendations to the Leadership Team and the senior officers who support them, who must provide a response to the Committee.

Effective scrutiny requires not only the Committee to ‘ask difficult questions’ but also the Executive to listen, respond and consider the impact of policies and also how these views could and should be considered when developing future policies and improving service.

Any contributions or comments relating to individual cases and circumstances should be referred to officers rather than raised at the meeting.

How are the meetings conducted?

Anyone attending the meeting who wants to raise a concern about their individual circumstances should speak to the officers present at the meeting: they will have the opportunity for a detailed confidential discussion of their needs and a full response.

All meeting papers can be found at www.rbkc.gov.uk/committees/Home.aspx.

Members of the Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee

Labour
Cllr Robert Thompson Chairman
Conservative
Cllr Malcolm Spalding Vice Chairman
Conservative
Cllr Max Chauhan Member
Labour
Cllr Marwan Elnaghi Member
Conservative
Cllr Gregory Hammond Member
Conservative
Cllr Walaa Idris Member
Conservative
Cllr Sof McVeigh Member
Labour
Cllr J. Robert Atkinson Member
Conservative
Cllr Hamish Adourian Member