Scrutiny is a statutory role fulfilled by
councillors who are not members of the cabinet.
The role of the scrutiny committees is to help
develop policy, to carry out reviews of council and other local
services, and to hold decision makers to account for their actions
The remit of the Scrutiny Management Board
To undertake the scrutiny role in relation to areas which are cross
cutting nature e.g. corporate strategy and finance (budget), people
and performance and corporate support.
Where a matter falls within the remit of one or more scrutiny
committees, decide which committee will consider it and whether a
spotlight, task and finish or standing panel review is
Approve an annual work programme for itself and the other scrutiny
Oversee communications to members and public in relation to
The co-ordination of an annual effectiveness review
Oversight of performance of Council’s companies, e.g.
Members of the public
involved by attending
a meeting in public, asking
a question at a meeting in public and
a topic for scrutiny.
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