#Manchester City Council scrutiny committee agendas June 2014

Manchester City Council has 96 councillors. The Labour Party has – via first past the post elections – 95 of those seats.
There’s a 9 member “Executive” that makes the decisions.
The other councillors are supposed to keep tabs on the Executive and the bureaucracy via 6 “scrutiny committees.”
These committees – Young People & Children, Neighbourhoods, Economy, Communities, Finance and Health – meet, in public, about 10 times a year.

As part of their on-going efforts to make democracy relevant and accessible to the voters, the Council’s officers (with the full knowledge of the members) choose to put the agendas up in… six separate pages that you can only find if you know where to look. And not to reveal the location and time of the meetings unless you download 6 separate pdfs.

So, here are those six agendas, for the meetings happening next week (scrutiny meeting are bunched together, Tues 10am/2pm, Weds 10am/2pm and Thurs 10am/2pm, every 5 weeks or so). From a climate change perspective, the only one of specific interest is Economy Scrutiny hearing back on the bland and inconsequential recommendations of its “Environmental Sustainability Subgroup”. [see this post about what they could have done, and also here, and here].

Next month, though, the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee is supposed to get a “progress” “report” on the Council’s Carbon “Reduction” “Plan.”

Meanwhile, there is an urgent need for an urgent need for a seventh – Environmental – Scrutiny Committee, to push the performance of the city on climate change, biodiversity and disaster preparedness and much else.
If you want to get involved in turning that Enviornmental Scrutiny Committee from an idea into a reality, please email today – mcmonthly@gmail.com

Tuesday 10th June

Young People and Children’s

10am The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Neighbourhoods

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Wednesday 11th June

Economy

10am The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Communities

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Thursday 12th June

Finance

10am The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Health

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Download the Agenda (Download Agenda. 63.59 KB)

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