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Overview and scrutiny committee

Issues and solutions

Overview and Scrutiny is made up of councillors (members) who review significant issues that matter to people and make value for money recommendations to improve services for people. We hold local decision makers to account for their performance in developing policies, delivering services and financial management. 

Guide to Local Government and Overview and Scrutiny (PDF/226KB/6 pages)

Background and structure

Overview and Scrutiny was introduced through the Local Government Act 2000 alongside new executive style decision making arrangements (smaller group of councillors responsible for decision making).

We have a Cabinet of seven members. There is the Leader of the council and six other Portfolio Holders, each responsible for specific policies and services. Decisions may be made by the collective Cabinet, or through delegated decision making by individual Portfolio Holders or senior council officers.  

The Overview and Scrutiny committee is made up of 12 members. From those 12 members, a Performance Sub Committee of 6 members is appointed to undertake regular monitoring work.

The role of Overview and Scrutiny and how it works

The committee considers our strategic priorities which currently are; the local economy, housing, the environment and supporting people's health and wellbeing. The committee comments on the development of priorities, whether the actions underpinning priorities are on track and that useful outcomes are being achieved. It also looks at the development of our budgets and whether spending is within budget and achieving value for money.

Through consulting local people the committee identify specific issues that need reviewing. This is usually done in adhoc review groups and members are frequently drawn from the community. Get involved

The committee welcomes input from the public. 

The committee holds meetings which includes reports about the relevant issues and challenging the decision makers. Adhoc reviews will involve a smaller group of members (any councillors other than executive members) who undertake detailed investigations collecting a range of evidence through interviews, surveys, site visits and other means such as looking at best practice in other similar districts.