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Overview (Audit) Panel

Purpose of committee


The Overview (Audit) Panel shall act as a mechanism to allow for dialogue between Executive and Scrutiny to provide a constant rolling review (but not scrutiny) of Council activities and will have responsibility to overview the Council's service improvement programme and budget. It will also provide an important role in forward business planning for the Council's agenda.

The Panel will also provide for agenda planning for future scrutiny programmes and provide important links for policy review and future policy development.

The Panel will receive and consider final reports from Scrutiny Panels and co-ordinate the scrutiny processes including co-ordination of scrutiny reviews involving more than one Scrutiny Panel.

To provide a facility for the Main Opposition Group Spokespersons to be invited to attend meetings of the Panel (with speaking rights) in respect of items relating to their brief.

To have delegated powers to approve the unaudited statement of accounts.

To approve the audited statement of accounts.

Call In Panel

The non-Executive Members of the Overview (Audit) Panel (i.e. the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Overview (Audit) Panel, the Chairs of the Scrutiny Panels, the Chair of Council Business and one Opposition Member, subject to the political balance rules) shall be responsible for giving initial consideration to call in of decisions outside the budget or policy framework, in accordance with the procedures set out in Part 4 of the Constitution.

Scrutiny Dispute Resolution

To determine (following any dispute as to the authority of a Scrutiny Panel to consider a specific matter, and where the Executive Director (Governance) has exercised her/his absolute discretion in referring the dispute to this Panel whether the Scrutiny Panel referred to has authority to consider such matter.


Contact information

Support officer: Charlotte Forrest, Senior Democratic Services Officer on 0161 342 2346 or Email: charlotte.forrest@tameside.gov.uk.

Postal address:
Dukinfield Town Hall
King Street
SK16 4LA

Phone: 0161 342 2346

Email: charlotte.forrest@tameside.gov.uk