Issue - meetings

Review of Ward Member Budget scheme

Meeting: 24/11/2022 - Audit and Governance Committee (Item 52)

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To consider the Ward Member Budget report considered by Highways Committee on 22 September 2022.



The Committee considered the review of the report previously considered by the Highways and Transport Committee on Ward Members Budgets. 


The Committee had requested that the report be reviewed, and any audit or governance issues be identified for the scheme.


The report detailed the background to the scheme, the difficulty of setting up an initial scheme which was introduced as an amendment without notice at the Council meeting in February 23021, the Member engagement undertaken, the reasons for use of the description of ‘pilot’ for the scheme, and identified issues that had been noted during the initial delivery of the scheme


The report concluded that the thematic issue was not governance but one of meeting Members’ expectations.  As there had been no existing mechanism for the Ward Member Budget scheme when proposed, it had required policy development, interpretation of the decision and recognition of the practical delivery issues to be implemented and this had led to different interpretations and understandings.




That the report be noted.