Community and Councillor Call for Action
Community Call for Action (CCA)
The Police and Justice Act 2006 states that where a councillor is asked to consider a local crime and disorder or substance misuse matter by a person who lives or works in their ward, that councillor must consider the matter.
The councillor must respond to the person indicating what, if any, action they intend to take to resolve the matter.
This action may include referring the matter to the Overview and Scrutiny Commission. The commission has the power to:
- review or scrutinise decisions made, or other action taken, in connection with the discharge of local crime and disorder functions
- make reports or recommendations to the council or the executive about the discharge of those functions, copies of which should be sent to other responsible authorities and co-operating persons/bodies
Councillor Call for Action (CCfA)
By law, we have to ensure that our overview and scrutiny function enables any councillor to refer a local government matter affecting the authority’s area to the relevant body for discussion.
CCfA is only to be used when other resolution avenues have been exhausted.
Where a councillor raises a CCfA, the Overview and Scrutiny Commission must decide whether to exercise its powers. Those powers are to:
- review or scrutinise a decision made, or other action taken
- make reports or recommendations to the council or the executive about the discharge of any functions or matters which affect the authority’s area or residents
Where the commission decides not to exercise its powers in relation to the matter it must notify the councillor of the decision giving the reason. Where it does exercise its powers it must provide the councillor with a copy of any report or recommendations made to the council or the executive.
If you wish to propose an issue to be raised as a CCA or a CCfA, please complete the request form.