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The Overview and Scrutiny Commission (OSC)

The Council is required to have an Overview and Scrutiny function which:

 

·          provides 'critical friend' challenge and holds to account the executive policy and decision makers

·          drives improvement, finds efficiencies and new ways of delivering services

·          enables the voice and concerns of the public and its communities to be heard

·          will be carried out by Councillors in an apolitical and non-partisan manner and who lead and own the scrutiny process

 

The OSC is a non-partisan committee made up non Cabinet Councillors and is politically representative of the Council with all parties being represented on it. 

 

Scrutiny Panels

The OSC can establish Scrutiny Panels made up of non-Cabinet Councillors, to carry out in-depth, time-limited reviews on a particular issue, policy or service provided by the Council or other local bodies.

 

However, Scrutiny and its Panels cannot deal with:

·          Individual complaints.

·          Individual decisions made by regulatory Committees i.e. Planning, Licensing and Standards Committees.

 

How they work

·         The Panel decides what to examine and what information might be needed during the review including witnesses and site visits.

·         Panel meetings are more informal.  Investigations are carried out and recommendations produced through evidence gathering.

·         A final report of the review including the recommendations is considered by the Commission, before being sent for approval.

 

Getting involved

Getting involved in scrutiny gives you an opportunity to tell us what issues are important to you and to help make a difference.  

You can suggest a topic by filling in a Scrutiny Suggestion eForm.