What is scrutiny?

Scrutiny is a non-executive function. This means that the Executive (the Mayor and Cabinet) cannot be members of a scrutiny committee or task group.

Scrutiny has four key roles:

  • holding the executive to account, including monitoring the council's performance
  • policy review
  • policy development
  • external scrutiny, which includes crime and disorder and other statutory partners

Each year a report is produced and presented to the council. It explains the work scrutiny has undertaken during the previous year.

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