Question from: County Councillor Jake Berriman Subject: Growing Mid-Wales scrutiny
I attended the informal briefing of Members on Monday for the Growing Mid-Wales Joint Overview and Scrutiny sub-cttee, and accepted the open apology offered by officers for the delay in bringing forward this important group as part of the proper governance and oversight of the Growth Deal commenced back in 2015.
Given the repeated problems that Powys has faced with managing large and complex capital projects, such as schools, and the very serious lessons which the Council now needs to learn from the overspent Y Gaer project, what assurance can you give that this committee will have the resources and scope to review, scrutinise and challenge decisions of the Board providing effective oversight and governance?
Can we be assured in advance that the representatives of the joint-committee, including the chair (to be elected from within) have sufficient gravitas, experience and expertise to properly discharge their responsibilities and effectively hold the Board to account?
In light of the Y Gaer findings, do you consider that the draft terms of reference for the joint-scrutiny committee need to be reviewed to more explicit about decision-making accountability and mechanisms for robust challenge?