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Medway Council:
Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The full portfolio for this Committee is as follows:

To fulfil all the functions of an overview and scrutiny committee in relation to community services, and in particular (but not limited to):
  1. scrutiny of the Health Service including NHS scrutiny;
  2. health promotion;
  3. all the functions and duties of the Council under all relevant legislation in force from time to time and relating to residential and day care, domiciliary care and respite care and social work for elderly people, adults with physical disabilities, people with mental health problems and learning difficulties; home care service, staffing and emergency response for elderly persons in sheltered housing and hospital social workers;
  4. social care procurement;
  5. adult learning;
  6. collaborative working with health and voluntary sector agencies in the area;
  7. the promotion of good health and the council's specific initiatives to support this;
  8. to review and scrutinise matters relating to the health service in the area, in accordance with the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2001;
  9. the operational management of the council's housing stock;
  10. the development of partnerships with external organisations to meet housing need and regenerate unsatisfactory housing;
  11. the improvement of private sector housing;
  12. grants and loans to owner occupiers, tenants, landlords and/or developers;
  13. homelessness and rehousing;
  14. special needs housing;
  15. the provision and management of community services and participation;
  16. economic development and social regeneration including to fulfil the overview and scrutiny role in relation to the development of the council's economic development strategy;
  17. the management of festival events and heritage attractions;
  18. the development and promotion of tourism;
  19. the development of the council's annual library plan and cultural strategy;
  20. the provision and management of castles, museums, art galleries, theatre, archives and local history activities, libraries, leisure centres, swimming pools and other like facilities;
  21. leisure, arts, sport and recreational activities to enhance the quality of life for local people;
  22. the provision and management of trees, parks, grounds and other like facilities;
  23. all of the functions of the council in relation to European matters;
  24. social inclusion, community development and neighbourhood renewal and the council's specific initiatives to promote them; and
  25. scrutiny of work areas within the remit of the Director of Community Services.


The Overview and Scrutiny Committees now have 12 members each, and are chaired by members of the ruling group.

Chairmen of the Community Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Chairman: Cllr Jane Etheridge

Cllr Jane Etheridge

Vice-Chairman: Cllr Sylvia Griffin

Cllr Sylvia Griffin
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Other Members : Conservative

Cllr John Avey
Cllr John Avey
Cllr Pat GulvinCllr Vaughan Hewett
Cllr Pat GulvinCllr Vaughan Hewett
Cllr Barry KempCllr Ray Maisey
Cllr Barry KempCllr Ray Maisey
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Three other Members : (details not included, as requested by the political group concerned)

Other Members : Liberal Democrat

Cllr Sheila KearneyCllr Cathy Sutton
Cllr Sheila KearneyCllr Cathy Sutton


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