The Joint Committee was established when PUSH formalised the partnership arrangements between each of the partner Local Authorities through a Joint Agreement under Local Government Acts. This was subject to approval by all the partner Councils and came into force in November 2007.
The Joint Committee is the decision making body for PUSH. The membership consists of the Leaders or their nominated representative of the ten councils, supported by their Chief Executives and the PUSH Executive Director. The Joint Committee is currently chaired by Councillor Seán Woodward, the Leader of Fareham Borough Council with Councillor Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council as Vice Chairman.
The Joint Committee meets approximately bi-monthly with the Solent Local Enterpise Partnership (LEP), Environment Agency, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and the Chair of the PUSH Employment and Skills Board represented on the Committee as observers.
Meetings of the Joint Committee are open to members of the public and its agenda, papers and reports are published on the PUSH website seven days in advance of scheduled meetings.
Alongside the Joint Committee, an Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been established to compliment and, where necessary, make recommendations to the Joint Committee with regards PUSH business. The Committee comprises of a nominated Councillor from each of the ten PUSH authorities.