Haringey Councillor Call for Action (CCfA)
The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007
The Councillor Call for Action (CCfA) allows councillors to refer matters of concern within the community to the local Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The aim of this measure is to provide councillors with additional powers that enable them to respond to local community concerns which have proved difficult to resolve.
The CCfA process emphasises the role of ward councillors as ‘community champions’ and is a clear recognition by government of the role that ward councillors can play in providing local leadership and developing local engagement in the resolution of community concerns.
Under CCfA, ward councillors are able to refer issues to Overview and Scrutiny Committee where it can be shown that:
- the issue is of a genuine and persistent local concern
- the issue is not subject to ongoing legal processes, and
- other courses of action have failed to resolve the matter
The Localism Act (2011) has provided further clarification on the matters or concerns that can be referred through the CCfA process:
- Ward councillors are no longer restricted to referring matters of 'local government' concern to Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Matters must be referred to the main Overview and Scrutiny Committee, though this committee can subsequently decide that a sub-committee or panel may deal with the matter
The documents below provide guidance for the use of CCfA, a case study scenario of CCfA in action and the referral form to submit CCfA requests.
For further information:
Tel: 020 8489 2920