Scrutiny is a process that enables those Councillors who are not Cabinet Members to review decisions, develop and review policies, and scrutinise performance affecting the Borough.
Scrutiny helps to ensure that the Council's services and policies meet the needs of local people according to the Council's own aims and standards.
Scrutiny also enables reviews to be carried out in relation to services provided by other public organisations on issues causing public concern. It provides the opportunity for Councillors to champion the issues of local concern to residents and participate in the development of new policy.
The Council has an Executive Scrutiny Committee which has a co-ordinating role, and seven Select Committees which provide the opportunity for Members to examine the various services of the Council, to ask questions on how decisions have been made, to consider whether service improvements can be put in place and to make recommendations to achieve this.
Please take a look at the rest of the scrutiny pages for more information on how the process works, who is involved, when meetings are scheduled to take place, and how you can get involved yourself.
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- Local Government Information Unit
- Improvement and Development Agency
- Centre for Public Scrutiny
- UK Parliament