Overview and scrutiny is an essential part of modern government. It helps to ensure that government is effective and accountable. The central purpose of scrutiny is to monitor and examine services provided by the Council and its partners, as well as to carry out in-depth reviews into specific service areas. The aim of these scrutiny functions is to continuously improve the delivery of local public services to residents.
Information on the Scrutiny process:
There are four Scrutiny and Policy Development Committees that monitor and evaluate decisions affecting services, performance of officers and contribute to the development of policy. This can include looking at the decisions made by the Cabinet and certain officer decisions. The Committees can make recommendations to the Cabinet or Full Council on changes to policy and the provision of Council services.
The Committees cover the following areas:-
Meetings are held in the Town Hall, Pinstone Street and are open to members of the public.
The Scrutiny Management Committee comprises the Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the four Scrutiny Committees. The key tasks of the Committee are:
- Overseeing the development of an annual Overview and Scrutiny work programme comprising programmes for each of the Scrutiny Committees.
- Managing and co-ordinating overview and scrutiny activity by determining which Scrutiny Committee will assume responsibility for a particular issue or request (e.g. from Executive or Council).
- Actively considering and promoting proposals for the further development of overview and scrutiny, helping to shape new ways of working.
- Considering and recommending support and development required by chairs and deputy chairs of scrutiny committees, other committee members and co-opted members.
- Monitoring, collating and communicating the success and impact of overview and scrutiny by regularly reviewing the implementation of recommendations.
- Undertaking cross-cutting and/or strategic overview and scrutiny work as a Scrutiny Committee.
Use the links on the left for further information on each of the Scrutiny Committees and to access the agendas, minutes and reports.
Information is also available in our archive of old Scrutiny Committees/Boards that no longer exist.
We are keen to involve members of the public and organisations outside the Council in the work of the Scrutiny Committees. This can either be through representatives from particular groups or organisations being invited to contribute to a particular scrutiny exercise or receiving contributions from members of the public on items in a Scrutiny Committee's work programme. The Scrutiny Committees also welcome any suggestions you may have for potential scrutiny items.
Please use the links on the left for further information on each of the Scrutiny Committees and how you can be involved in their work. You can also contact the relevant Scrutiny Policy Officer below:
- Scrutiny Management Committee -David Campbell-Molloy and Emily Standbrook-Shaw
- Children, Young People and Family Support - David Campbell-Molloy
- Economic and Environmental Wellbeing - Emily Standbrook-Shaw
- Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care - Emily Standbrook-Shaw
- Safer and Stronger Communities - David Campbell-Molloy
Information is also available on attending Scrutiny meetings.
If you require any further information please email Emily Standbrook-Shaw or David Molloy on email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0114 273 5065.