SIX county councillors have taken home a lengthy list of documents to research over the Christmas holidays. The ‘homework’ is the initial preparation by a newly-formed joint task and finish group, which will look at the effectiveness of Pembrokeshire County Council’s whistle-blowing policy. The group’s purpose will be to ensure that the Council’s key policy is robust and fit for purpose.
The six councillors are Pat Davies, Jonathan Nutting, David Bryan, Vivien Stoddart, Mike James and Reg Owens. Staff at all levels will be invited to contribute their views to the project by means of focus groups and drop-in sessions In addition to assessing the written evidence of partner organisations such as Hywel Dda University Health Board, and looking at best practice guidance from the Wales Audit Office and Welsh Government, the group’s research will include discussions with the Council’s senior managers and Cabinet members.
Union representatives will be invited to make their contribution to the group’s work. When the work is complete, it is intended that a report will be presented to the relevant scrutiny committees in the spring. Any recommendation coming from the report – if approved by the full overview and scrutiny committee – will be directed to the most appropriate decisionmaking body, for example, Cabinet, Council, or the corporate management team. The initiative stems from joint working between the scrutiny committees.