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Governance

The purpose of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership is to build collaboration across the county on economic development, strategic planning and growth, and to extend that collaboration to authorities representing other areas, such as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. The Future Oxfordshire Partnership is responsible for oversight of several programmes, including the Oxfordshire Housing & Growth Deal, City Deal, and Strategic Economic Plan. This involves agreeing the detailed contents of specific priorities, plans and projects.


Voting

Voting

All six voting members of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership are elected representatives nominated by their respective local authority. Future Oxfordshire Partnership meetings are held in public, with the papers published online a week in advance.  The Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s Terms of Reference allow for circumstances where a member authority that does not support a particular proposition, may opt out of it.

Following the Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s negotiation of the terms of the Oxfordshire Housing & Growth Deal with Government, its adoption was agreed by affirmative votes in all six councils and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) Board. The Future Oxfordshire Partnership is responsible both for decisions about how Deal money is spent and for overseeing the work undertaken to deliver the agreed outcomes.

Governance Advisory

Advisory Groups

Recognising the value in involving a wider group of elected members in considering detailed aspects of delivery of infrastructure, housing, the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and the environment, Advisory Groups have been formed focusing on each of these areas. The Chair of each Advisory Group is drawn from the voting members of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership, with the express requirement that their role is to act independently in the interests of Oxfordshire and the Future Oxfordshire Partnership, and not of their own political group or local authority area. The other members of each Advisory Group are drawn from elected members from each Council. OxLEP’s Board provides similar advisory oversight of the work undertaken in the Deal’s Productivity workstream.

List of members of the Advisory Sub-Groups

Governance -Scrutiny Panel

Scrutiny Panel

Given the Future Oxfordshire Partnership’s responsibilities for allocation of funding streams under the Growth Deal, the Future Oxfordshire Partnership Scrutiny Panel ensures effective and coordinated scrutiny of the work and decision-making of the Future Oxfordshire Partnership. It’s membership comprises three councillors from each authority and it is empowered to review any decisions and make recommendations on reports to the Future Oxfordshire Partnership. This additional joint scrutiny function complements rather than replaces the existing Scrutiny Committees of each authority.

List of members of the Scrutiny Panel

Future Oxfordshire Partnership Scrutiny Panel Terms

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