Scrutiny Arrangements with the Local Government
Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Overview and Scrutiny Committee
The Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Joint Scrutiny Committee are comprised of Councillors from local authorities which are within the Coventry & Warwickshire boundary.
These local authorities are:
- Warwickshire County Council
- Coventry City Council
- Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
- Rugby Borough Council
- Warwick District Council
- Stratford District Council
- North Warwickshire Borough Council
- Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Representatives are nominated annually by their respective Council’s to serve on the Joint Scrutiny Committee.
The Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee has responsibility for providing independent scrutiny of the activities of the CWLEP, specifically in relation to the effectiveness and deployment of public funding.
CWLEP is a voting member of the Coventry, Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth Joint Committee for Economic Growth and Prosperity. Its overarching aim is to provide its constituent local authorities and the LEP with a forum and a scrutiny panel to address collaborative issues relating to economic development.
An Overview and Scrutiny function is a sub set of the Joint Committee and will further ensure external scrutiny and expert oversight, delivering effective and appropriate democratic scrutiny of CWLEP’s investment decisions.
This additional Oversight and Scrutiny function to the Joint Committee will be the forum in which related Local Authority partners can come together to discuss and review CWLEP actions and related expenditures on behalf of the region.
Given that most Council Leaders who attend the Joint Committee are also Directors of the CWLEP, a sub-committee has been established to discharge this function to avoid CWLEP Directors having a conflict of interest. The meetings will be in public. Each LA and Council will nominate a suitably experiences representative to attend.
Due to the nature of CWLEP’s business the sub-committee will not work in the same way as a Local Authority scrutiny function around call in decisions. The subcommittee will have a wide ‘overseeing/reviewing’ role, be able to ask to see information and make recommendations to the CWLEP Board.
A set of terms of reference are expected to be drafted for consideration at the first meeting of the subcommittee, proposed for June 2020, including the issue of inviting or co-opting representatives from other agencies as required.
Where appropriate CWLEP will also seek to promote its transparency and governance by presenting relevant project related issues and expenditure to its two upper tier local authorities for their representative scrutiny committee consideration and review.
The need for audit and scrutiny of the LEP is recognised, the principal aim of which will be to ensure the LEP is operating effectively as per the terms of its agreed assurance framework. Specifically, CWLEP will ensure:
- Clear independent audit of value for money and governance, which will be undertaken using a ‘panel’ of external suppliers and / or peer-to-peer review.
- Accurate expenditure and defrayal on project activity as part of grant funded activity. The Accountable Body will undertake such checks as appropriate as part of their quarterly claims process.
At the close of each financial year an independent financial audit will be undertaken to ensure sign off on programmes and an independent accountants report or similar published dependent on the requirements of the funding regime. CWLEP annual audit of accounts are commissioned from suitably qualified independent auditors, the findings of which are reported to the CWLEP Board and any Sub-Board with annual accounts for each company published at Companies House .
If you have any queries or require further information regarding the work of the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Scrutiny Committee, please contact the CWLEP Company Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View CWLEP's annual accounts.
Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Presentation to Coventry City Council Scrutiny Board 3 5th February 2020