Schedule 3 – Public services boards: further provisions
122.Paragraph 1 establishes that the quorum of the public services board is all of its members. This means that all members must be in attendance at a meeting for the decisions made during that meeting to be considered valid.
123.Paragraphs 2 and 3 make provision as regards timings of meeting. A public services board must hold its ‘first meeting’, chaired by the local authority, no later than 60 days after the board is first established by the local authority. The board must also hold a ‘mandatory meeting’, chaired by the local authority, no later than 60 days after an ordinary election, as defined in section 26 of the Local Government Act 1972.
124.Paragraph 4 requires the public services board to agree its terms of reference at its ‘first meeting’. Subparagraph (2) details the matters to be covered by the terms of reference. The board may review its terms of reference as it sees fit but must review them at the ‘mandatory meeting’ held following an ordinary election. Following a review the board may amend their terms of reference.
125.Paragraph 5 requires the local authority to provide administrative support to the public services board.
126.Paragraph 6 makes provisions as regards the establishment of sub-groups of a public services board and the ability of those sub-groups to exercise the functions of the board. A sub-group of the public services board may not:
invite persons to participate under section 30 of the Act;
set, review or revise the board’s local objectives;
prepare or publish an assessment of local well-being
consult on a draft assessment of local well-being or prepare a draft assessment for the purposes of consulting;
prepare or publish a local well-being plan
consult on a draft local well-being plan or prepare a draft local well-being plan for the purposes of consulting;
review or amend a local well-being plan, publish an amended local well-being plan or consult on a draft of an amended local well-being plan
consult under section 44
agree that the board—(i)
merges with another public services board under section 47(1), or(ii)
collaborates with another board under section 48(1).
127.Paragraph 7 details the individuals who must represent each member of the board. Invited participants may designate the individual who is to represent them. The public services board may also invite any of its other partners to attend a meeting or any part of a meeting.