Issue - meetings

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

Meeting: 11/03/2021 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 73)

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with paragraph 2.32 of the Committee Procedural Rules and Appendix 7 to the Rules a total period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the Committee on any matter relevant to the work of the body in question.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers. Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility.


Members of the public wishing to ask a question or make a statement at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.



Councillor Janet Clowes stated that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 8 April 2020 would reviewing the Council’s management and governance structure as it moved to the committee system of governance.  Concerns had been raised on the potential cost versus cost neutrality of the committee system and asked that the Audit and Governance Committee take on the responsibility for considering this as it was one of the principle factors governing the move to the committee system and that as the Constitution Committee will be subsumed into the Corporate Policy Committee it was more appropriate for the Audit and Governance to consider this matter.


Councillor Liz Wardlaw referred to the winter support grant of £880k and the lunch voucher scheme and asked if the Audit and Governance Committee would look at the how the process for distribution of these had worked, how the process had worked, where did the money and vouchers go to and did it go to the right people.  In response it was stated that all grant funding would be subject to the appropriate audit to understand if the conditions of the grant had been met.