The 'call-in' of Cabinet decisions by Labour backbenchers and opposition councillors is one of the few ways that the powerful Cabinet can be held to account. Opposition councillors called-in the decision on the award of the new recycling, waste collection and street cleansings to Veolia for further consideration LINK but this was refused by Carolyn Downs, the out-going CEO in this email:
As you are aware, in accordance with the Constitution the call-in request in respect of the Cabinet decision to award the has been sent to me to decide if its valid. As required by the Constitution I have consulted with the council’s statutory Scrutiny Officer and the Monitoring Officer in considering this issue
One criterion for validity of a call-in request is as follows:
Have the reasons for calling in the decision already been discussed by the Scrutiny Committee? If the reasons for calling in the decision have been discussed by the Scrutiny Committee prior to the decision being made the call-in will not be valid,
The Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee met on 15 December 2022 to consider and discuss a report called
- include the member’s suggested alternative proposals, action, or resolution of the matter
In view of the above, I am afraid I am not able to accept your request as a valid call-in.