Completed inquiries

Scrutiny topics can be suggested by councillors, residents, partner organisations and staff.  Scrutiny inquiries often result in a public report being produced and/or improvement recommendations being made to Cabinet and/or other relevant bodies. The table below shows completed inquiries, including the Cabinet response and progress updates where available.

You can read more about our recent work in Buckinghamshire in our latest annual report

Completed inquiries

Inquiry name  Scrutiny Committee Response (from Cabinet or an external agency) 12 month progress report (from Cabinet or an external agency)

12 months on Committee
Assessment of Progress
Report

2017

Budget Scrutiny 2017/18 Inquiry

Finance, Performance and Resources Select Committee Cabinet Response     

Hospital Discharge Inquiry

Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee Cabinet Response    
Sustainable School Travel in Buckinghamshire Transport, Environment and Communities Select Committee Cabinet Response    
2016
Children's Workforce Inquiry Children’s Social Care and Learning Select Committee Cabinet Response April 2016 Update due April 2017   TBC

Accessibility and Promotion of Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities Inquiry

Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee Cabinet Response    

Economic Development in Buckinghamshire Inquiry

- Report Appendix

Transport, Environment and Communities Select Committee Cabinet Response    

Income Generation Inquiry

Finance, Performance and Resources Select Committee Cabinet Response    

Voice of the Child and Young Person 

Children’s Social Care and Learning Select Committee Cabinet Response    
2015
Child Sexual Exploitation November 2015 (PDF)

Children's Social Care and
Learning Select Committee

Due January 2016 12 Month Progress Report TBC
Flooding in Buckinghamshire 2013-14: Lessons Learned November 2015 (PDF)

Transport, Environment and
Communities Select Committee

Cabinet Response December 2015 (Webpage) 12 Month Progress Report The Committee agreed that all recommendations had been successfully implemented.
Access to Rent in Advance October 2015 (PDF)

Finance, Resources and Performance Select Committee

Cabinet Response November 2015 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report Committee's Assessment of progress 
15 minute care visits in Buckinghamshire August 2015 (PDF)

Health and Adult Social Care
Select Committee

Cabinet Response September 2015 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report The Committee agreed that all recommendations had been successfully implemented.
Improving Children's Social Care Inquiry June 2015 (PDF)

Children's Social Care and
Learning Select Committee

N/A - no recommendations were made to Cabinet N/A N/A 

Section 106: Getting better
outcomes and value from
developer contributions April 2015 (PDF)

Transport, Environment and
Communities Select Committee

Cabinet Response May 2015 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report The Committee agreed that all recommendations had been successfully implemented.
2015/16 Budget Scrutiny February 2015 (PDF)

Finance, Performance and
Resources Select Committee

Cabinet Response February 2015 (PDF)  

12 Month Progress Report December 2015 (PDF)

Committee's Assessment
Children's Internet Safety January 2015 (PDF)

Children's Social Care and
Learning Select Committee

Cabinet Response April 2015 (Webpage) 12 Month Progress Report March 2017 Committee Assessment of Progress 

2014

Crisis Support in Buckinghamshire December 2014 (PDF)

Finance, Performance and
Resources Select Committee

Cabinet Response April 2015 (Webpage)  Update due April 2016 TBC
General Practice Services November 2014 (PDF)

Health and Adult Social Care
Select Committee

NHS Response December 2014 (Word) 12 Month Progress Report Update November 2015 (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) Report November 2015 (Word)
Public Transport October 2014 (Word)

Transport, Environment and
Communities Select Committee

Cabinet Response November 2014 (Webpage) 12 Month Progress Report November 2015 (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) Report November 2015 (Word)
Urgent Care April 2014 (PDF)

Health and Adult Social Care
Select Committee

NHS Response September 2014 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report March 2015 (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) Report April 2015 (PDF)

Young People Ready
for Work April 2014 (PDF)

Children's Social Care and
Learning Select Committee

Cabinet Response April 2014 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report March 2015 (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) Report March 2015 (Word)

Member led governance
and accountability April 2014 (PDF)

Finance, Performance and
Resources Select Committee

Cabinet Response April 2014 (PDF) 12 Month Progress Report May 2015 (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) 12 Months on May 2015 (Word)
Narrowing the Gap February 2014 (PDF)

Children's Social Care and
Learning Select Committee

Cabinet Response March 2014 (PDF) 12 Month June 2015 Update (PDF) Committee Assessment of Progress (RAG Status) 12 Months On September 2015 (Word)
2014/15 Budget Scrutiny January 2014 (PDF)

Finance, Performance and
Resources Select Committee

Cabinet Response February 2014 (PDF) N/A N/A 

 

2013

Transport for Buckinghamshire - Ringway Jacobs contract
(PDF)

The following report presents the findings of an inquiry of the Environment, Transport and Locality Services Select Committee on the Transport for Bucks (Ringway Jacobs) contract. The inquiry was commissioned on the 24th July 2013 at the first full meeting of the committee. The impetus for the work came from Members of the committee and senior management to examine the contract, its delivery and performance. Informing our initial scope were issues raised by Members including; communication, performance, contract management by the client, value for money, and the role of Local Area Technicians. Contract review 2013 (PDF) 

 

 
Keogh report on the quality of care and treatment at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust The findings of the work conducted by the committee working group established to review the Keogh Report into Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT). Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Response February 2014 final update due Feb 2015
Strategic Plan and Draft Budget The main objective was to examine the linkages between the new Strategic Plan and the financial proposals and whether these proposals will deliver Council priorities.  Key findings were around possible improvements to the budget setting process so that residents, partners and elected members are able to fully contribute to the budget setting process. February 2013 December 2013
2012
Who Cares? Care of Older People in Hospital Wards (PDF) This was a review on the quality of care in a hospital setting, in response to national concerns and the fact that the majority of hospital patients are older people.  Evidence for the review was gathered via hospital ward visits, speaking to patients and staff, performance data and inspection reports, and from representatives from the local NHS Trusts, Royal College of Nurses and Carers Bucks. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Response March 2013 (PDF)

 

Oct 2013
Reducing Alcohol Misuse (PDF)

19% of Buckinghamshire residents drink at levels above recommended guidelines, putting their health at risk.  Locally the costs to the NHS from alcohol misuse are estimated at £26m/yr.  The overall costs to society in England from alcohol misuse (taking account of health, crime, productivity, and other social impacts) is estimated at £18-25billion/yr. 

This review aimed to support the local Alcohol Strategy by looking at the role licensing, and initiatives to encourage behaviour change could play in reducing the number of people who drink above recommended levels.

April 2013 Nov 2013
Learning New Ways - Academies and the local authority in Buckinghamshire (PDF) The Academies Act 2010 changed the nature of relationships between schools and local authorities by allowing schools to become independent of councils. This project aims to develop an overview report on joint working arrangements between academies and the local authority since the Academies Act 2010. The group has also been asked to explore any future areas of working that could benefit academies, the local authority and children in Buckinghamshire, and to look ahead to potential developments in the county. December 2012 (PDF) NA
Local Area Forums (LAFs) (PDF) The review aimed to gather a good overview and understanding of how all the LAFs currently operate and their contribution to locality working, identifying good practice and existing shortcomings, and suggesting how the current model could be improved. October 2012 (PDF) NA
Trading Opportunities (PDF) This review set out to gather considerations towards developing trading options for Buckinghamshire County Council. Trading, along with other income generation opportunities, is increasingly on the local government agenda because income generation represents one option for local authorities to make financial ends meet in a time of decreasing funding and increased costs by earning income to invest back into services. July 2012 (PDF) NA
Addressing Domestic Violence and Abuse in Buckinghamshire (PDF) Domestic violence and abuse affects people regardless of their background and is a much hidden problem with figures suggesting that it is vastly under-reported. This review was timed to feed into the development of the 2012-2015 countywide Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy. The review gathered a wide range of evidence, and the recommendations reflect the view that there is much more that should be done to address domestic violence and abuse including issues around multi-agency working, access to services and housing support. May 2012 (PDF) NA
Better healthcare in Buckinghamshire consultation proposal response (PDF) The Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee response to NHS Buckinghamshire’s Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation proposals. NA NA
Transport for Buckinghamshire - Ringway Jacobs contract (PDF) This review examined the Ringway Jacobs contract with Buckinghamshire County Council. The contract was awarded to Ringway Jacobs in April 2009 for an 8 year period (with the possibility of extension for up to 15 years). The contract is based upon the principle of integration between the public and private sectors with staff working for both Ringway Jacobs and BCC. The review will examine whether the TfB contract is providing ongoing value for money and meeting the transport needs of Bucks residents. The review will investigate contract objectives, performance and processes, and will examine TfB's responsiveness to customer contact. February 2012 (PDF) Contract review 2012 (PDF)
Budget Challenge 2012 (PDF) The review set out to provide an independent and public examination of the Council’s draft budget plans. The Task & Finish Group sought to address the key overarching question: Will the proposed budget for 2012/13 and the Medium Term Plan for subsequent years enable the Council to deliver its Corporate Plan priorities and respond to the needs and views of Buckinghamshire residents? February 2012 (PDF) Recommendations August 2012 (PDF)
2011
The 2012 Games: Is Buckinghamshire ready? (PDF)   The review set out to ensure that the County Council’s preparations for the 2012 Games are effective, and to ensure that Buckinghamshire residents have a positive experience of the Games taking place on their doorstep. November 2011 (PDF) 6 month review (PDF)
Big Society (PDF) This joint county and district review looked at how councillors, councils and our partners can support the development of the Big Society in Buckinghamshire and develop a shared approach where possible. July 2011(PDF)   12 month review (PDF)
Dementia Services (PDF) The Public Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee commissioned a review into dementia services in Buckinghamshire focusing on identifying the benefits of early diagnosis and the services in place to support dementia once a diagnosis has been made. May 2011 (PDF) 6 month review (PDF)
Public Engagement and Corporate Consultation (PDF) The review set out to ensure that the County Council has a consistent approach to consultation and engagement, improve opportunities for residents to influence the Council’s decision making process and ensure that the results from consultation and engagement exercises are reported consistently. May 2011 (PDF) 12 month review (June 2012) (PDF)
Procurement (PDF)  The review focused on the issues of getting the strategy for procurement right, strengthening democratic accountability and transparency, improving the contract letting process and ensuring that there is robust contract management. April 2011 (PDF) 12 month review (PDF)
Examination of the budget in public 2011/12-13/14 (PDF) Members robustly challenged each Cabinet Member on their proposed budget and medium-term plan (MTP) over the 2011/12-13/14 period. The Task and Finish Group took into consideration performance and risk information to ensure that the proposed MTP focused on providing services to those deemed to be the most vulnerable in society.   February 2011 (PDF)

NA

Hays recruitment service (PDF) The review understand the objectives set out in the New Ways of Recruiting contract, the tender document, to examine the risk associated with outsourcing the Council's recruitment service and to identify good practice in recruitment from other organisations. Due to the commercial sensitivities surrounding the contract, only a summary report can be provided. January 2011 (PDF) NA
2010  
Crime and Disorder Management in Buckinghamshire (PDF) The joint review group focused on partnership working in the context of reducing the fear of crime in Buckinghamshire and communicating safety messages to residents November 2010 (PDF) NA
Winter maintenance report (PDF) The purpose of the review was to examine the County Council's performance during the harsh winter of 2009/10 against Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Winter Maintenance Policy and Operational Plan, what the obstacles to success were and the associated issue of road maintenance. September 2010 (PDF) NA
Statutory, mandatory and discretionary spend review - Options for change final report (PDF) There increasing pressure on the Council to reduce spend, whilst continuing to improve and increase its service provision of frontline services to residents at the same time. In light of this the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee took on a piece of work to review which Council services are statutory or mandatory, and which services are discretionary. This is the final Options for change report. June 2010(PDF) NA
Casualty reduction (PDF) This piece of work examined the activities that Buckinghamshire County Council’s casualty reduction service undertakes to fulfil its statutory obligations, as part of the second phase of the overarching Statutory, Mandatory and Discretionary review.  The review looked into how funding was being used by the service, and how well the Council was working with partners in this area with a view to finding efficiencies. June 2010(PDF)

NA

Out of County placements (PDF) The report looked at spend on out of county placements for children in Buckinghamshire. Members learned that some of the key challenges in this area include an overspent budget, a demand-led service, an overall increase in numbers of children in care, shortage of both foster placements and social workers, and delays in court processes. June 2010(PDF) NA
Safeguarding practices in client transport (PDF) The review examined the issues of safeguarding for vulnerable children and adults within the collective client transport function. Members sought to gain reassurance that effective systems are in place for the vulnerable children and adults when using transport commissioned by the County Council. April 2010(PDF) NA
Examination of the budget in public 2010/11-2013/14 (PDF) As part of the annual budget setting process Scrutiny examined the proposed budget for 2010/11 and the medium term plan for 2011-2014.  February 2010 (PDF) NA
South Central Ambulance Service: Review of rural performance (PDF) The joint review group examined the performance of ambulance response times in rural areas after concern was expressed by local residents and Councillors. It was evident from the review that rural areas receive slower response times than urban areas, mainly due to population density and the placement of ambulance resources. NA NA
2009
A Review into statutory, mandatory and discretionary spend - Phase 1 (PDF) There increasing pressure on the Council to reduce spend, whilst continuing to improve and increase its service provision of frontline services to residents at the same time. In light of this the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee took on a piece of work to review which Council services are statutory or mandatory, and which services are discretionary. This interim report marks the end of Phase 1 of the review. November 2009 (PDF) NA

Efficiency savings  (PDF)

 

The review sought to ensure that the County Council has a robust efficiency programme and that there is a clear understanding across the organisation about what constitutes a true cashable efficiency saving.

May 2009 (PDF) NA

Delayed transfers of care (PDF)

The review examined the reasons for high levels of delays from hospitals to other forms of care in Buckinghamshire. The work was carried out to reduce delays and investigate how the organisations involved were working together to make improvements

May 2009 (PDF) NA

Empty homes (PDF)

The joint county and task scrutiny task group examined the issue of empty homes. The purpose of the review was to identify areas where Councils and other partners can work better together to return more homes back to use, to highlight best practice and learn from success and to ensure that all is being done to help plug the gap of available housing.

April 2009 (PDF) NA
Neighbourhood policing (PDF)

The review examined opportunities to maximise the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Policing.

March 2009 (PDF) NA
A weighty issue (PDF)

The review aimed to understand the prevalence of childhood obesity in the county and explore the impact of the implementation of national and local initiatives.

March 2009 (PDF) Child obesity review - 2 years on (PDF)
Medium term planning 2009/10-2011/12 (PDF)

The committee examined the current year’s performance of each portfolio. The proposed Council budget was also scrutinised in order to ensure that it was robust and had taken into account numerous risks in the period of economic downturn.

January 2009 (PDF)

NA

2008
Supporting the emotional health & wellbeing of children (PDF)

  The committee examined how the emotional wellbeing of two specific groups – young carers and pre-school children – was being supported in Buckinghamshire.

October 2008 (PDF) NA
Beyond the cover: new ideas for Buckinghamshire Libraries (PDF)

In a background of declining library use, members aimed to identify options for small and large libraries. They looked at how libraries can change to improve the quality and access of services for all current and future library users.

September 2008 (PDF) NA
Capital receipts (PDF)

A review was carried out to evaluate the risks associated with achieving the capital receipt targets required to fund the agreed capital programme

September 2008 (PDF) NA

 

Help us to improve Buckinghamshire County Council

Don't include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.


Live Chat Software by Click4Assistance UK