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general role for the overview and scrutiny function is set out in
Section 21 Local Government Act 2000.
Overview and Scrutiny should be carried out in a constructive
way and should aim to contribute to the delivery of efficient and
effective services that meet the needs and aspirations of local
inhabitants. The Committees should also be prepared to challenge
and question decisions and made constructive criticism.
Council has split its overview and scrutiny responsibilities across
three overview and scrutiny committees.
policy-focused committees, which undertake forward looking, policy
development work and pre-decision scrutiny relevant to their
specific areas. These are the Business and Housing Policy Committee
and the Health and Environment Policy Committee.
Scrutiny Committee (which holds the Cabinet to account, has a
strategic outlook and solely holds the power of
detailed definitive Terms of Reference are listed in Part 4 of the
Constitution – Overview and Scrutiny Procedure
Terms of Reference
In general the two policy committees
Assist the Council, Leader and Cabinet in the
development of its budget and policy framework by in depth analysis
of the policy issues within the priority areas allocated to them in
the Council strategy.
Conduct research, as well as community and other
consultation, for the analysis of policy issues, the identification
of possible options and to make recommendations to Cabinet or
Council. They will consider the impact of policies to assess
if they have made a difference
Question the Leader and other Members of the Cabinet and/or
committees and senior officers of the Council about their views and
issues of proposals affecting the delegated priority of the Council
strategy in each Committee’s remit.
ensure that the Council adopts an entrepreneurial approach in
achieving all the outcomes in the Council strategy.