The “councillor call for action” (CCfA) was introduced under Section 119 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (the Act), and came into force on 1 April 2009. The statutory requirement to implement CCfA by 1 April 2009 applies to all councils in England (with the exception of parish councils) regardless of their executive arrangements.
Any member of the council may refer to the scrutiny committee any local government matter or any crime and disorder matter which affects their ward.
The power to refer a matter is available only where the matter is of direct concern to the ward which the councillor represents. A councillor can refer a matter even if no citizen has asked him/her to consider it, and there is no requirement for councillors in multi-member wards to agree – any of them can refer a matter.
The council has published a protocol which was adopted at its meeting of full council on 23 September 2009 and explains how CCfA will work in practice at Amber Valley. The protocol sets out elected members’ rights in relation to bringing matters of community concern to the attention of the council via the scrutiny process.
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