How are subjects chosen for scrutiny?

All scrutiny committees and panels have a rolling work programme, setting out the subjects members want to scrutinise. New items can be added to the programme when it has been agreed by the committee or panel. Overview and Scrutiny Committee may suggest that a task group is set up to carry out an in depth review of a subject.

Scrutiny subjects must:

  • affect a group or community of people in Watford
  • relate to a service, event or issue in which the council has a significant stake
  • not have been a scrutiny topic in the last 12 months
  • not be a planning or licensing issue

The subject must meet at least one of the council's priorities:

  • identify ways to manage the borough's housing needs
  • champion smart growth and economic prosperity
  • provide for our vulnerable and disadvantaged communities
  • deliver a digital Watford to empower our community
  • secure our own financial future

Scrutiny suggestions can come from any of the following:

  • councillors
  • council officers
  • the public

When someone wants to propose a topic for scrutiny they need to complete the 'scrutiny proposal form' and forward it to Democratic Services.  If you would like a copy of the proposal form please contact Democratic Services.

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