Focusing on services affecting the lives of
children and families across the city to monitor ogress towards
becoming a child friendly city and putting children first.
Statement from all Leeds City Council Scrutiny Board
On 16 March 2020,
Leeds City Council took the necessary step to cancel a number of
planned meetings of various Committees, Boards and Panels. This
included all Scrutiny Board meetings and any joint scrutiny
arrangements where the Council acts as the lead
As Scrutiny Board
Chairs, we were fully involved in the decision-making process to
cancel all Scrutiny Board meetings for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, we fully support the action taken by the Council in what
are unprecedented circumstances.
actions taken by the Council have since been reinforced by the
further restrictions placed on people’s movement and public
contact, announced by Prime Minister on 23 March 2020.
after the current circumstances have passed and a high degree of
normality returns to daily living, there will be opportunity to
reflect and identify any lessons learned across different service
areas and statutory local authority scrutiny functions will have an
important role to play in this process.
is important to recognise that all public services across the UK
are grappling with the worst public health crisis in a century. As
such, services and local leaders need the time and space to deal
with the ‘here and now’ and respond to the fast-paced
changes that are occurring on a daily basis.
As Scrutiny Board
Chairs we are actively engaged in the review and clearance of key
decisions that are necessarily taken under our Urgency provisions.
It is also worth confirming that Call-in arrangements continue and,
if such a meeting were to be necessary, this would be facilitated
as a remote meeting of the appropriate Board. We jointly applaud
the speed and dedication with which the staff of the Council and
its partners are working to address this enormous