• Necessary or desirable?  Scrutiny cttee looks at cuts to services

    15th October 2013 | News | Claire
  • Page 14 of the agenda – link here – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/os_agenda_241013_combined.pdf – contains the following points for the committee to consider: 

    1. Is the activity essential or is it something that helps to fulfil one or more of the council’s key priorities?
    2. Is the activity something that either has to be done by the Council or is the council best fitted to carry it out?
    3. If the answer to the above to questions is not necessarily yes then consider the following issues.

    A) Is the activity necessary or desirable for residents?
    B) Is the activity very popular with residents or visitors?
    C) Are the number of users sufficient to justify the cost of the activity?
    D) Can the extent (and therefore cost) of the activity be reduced?
    E) Can the activity be run by someone else? (e.g. Town or parish council, charitable group, sports group)
    F) Is it really necessary to spend the sums currently being consumed by the activity?
    G) Are there other groups who may be prepared to make a contribution (or make an increased contribution) to the running of the activity?

    There should be no assumption that because a service or activity has been run by the council for the past ten or more years that that is sufficient justification for its continuation by the council.

    The meeting starts at 6.30pm and takes place in the council chamber, Knowle, Sidmouth.  Members of the public are welcome to speak at the beginning of the meeting at the relevant agenda item.