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Committees

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Our committees will be starting up again in August 2020. Please see our timetable of meetings covering August to Dec 2020 at the bottom of the page.

All the meetings will be held virtually instead of the usual face to face meetings. Our meetings usually allow the public to come in and view the meetings, if they wish. While this isn't possible due to current Scottish Government guidance surrounding face to face meetings, we are arranging to have them all live streamed. This will mean you will be able to view the meetings while they happen and still see what's going on. There will be a link available to access the live stream against each individual meeting on the regular committee pages.

In council committee meetings, councillors vote on specific issues such as policy, finance and legislation to make sure that the Council is working as it should.

This helps set out what the Plan for Fife aims to achieve and how money should be spent. Some councillors also have extra duties such as acting as convener, deputy convener or spokesperson for specific committees. Members of the public are welcome to attend all committee meetings.  There are lots of committees (listed below). You can also browse through a our diary of committee meetings to see what’s coming up soon.

We also webcast the following committees:

You'll find the broadcast links for these meetings by clicking on the committee from the above list that you wish to watch and selecting the date of the meeting. Please note that meeting links are only valid for 90 days after the date of the meeting. We also publish the webcast links on the day of the meetings on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Decision making

At its meeting in May 2017, Fife Council agreed to replace its previous system of an Executive / Scrutiny decision making model with a committee model of governance. Most of the council’s decision making is relating to developing policy, setting strategic direction and allocating resources.

Decisions of the strategic committees can be called-in and reviewed by the council’s scrutiny committee. These committees also have powers to scrutinise performance in their respective areas. The current list of committees is as follows:

Fife-wide or strategic committees

Scrutiny and audit function

Planning committees

Sub-committees

Fife Licensing Board

Licensing decisions are taken by the Fife Licensing Board which is an independent body:

Fife Licensing Forum

Fife Licensing Forum has been set up by Fife Council to review the operation of the Licensing (Scotland) act 2005 in Fife and to give advice and make recommendations to the Fife Licensing Board on licensing policy:

The Fife Partnership

The Fife Partnership is not a committee of the council but rather brings together representatives of all public sector organisations in Fife:

Area committees

Fife Council has established seven area committees based upon recognised groupings of the 22 wards. The committee structure reinforces the council’s commitment to localised decision making in addressing the differing needs of our communities.

You can access an overview map of the seven area committees at the bottom of this page.

The role of the area committees is to:

  • determine matters within their terms of reference which directly affect their area;
  • scrutinise service delivery and performance locally; and
  • monitor the impact of council and other public services on the community.

All local members sit on their area committee.

You can access information relating to the seven area committees here:

Committee Meeting Diary

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