How to get involved in Scrutiny
An Open and Accessible Process
The council is keen to develop scrutiny as an open and accessible process. For this purpose all formal meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the four scrutiny panels are held in public and everyone is welcome to attend.
As well as attending a scrutiny meeting, there are a number of ways in which local people can be actively involved in the scrutiny process:
Members of the public and community groups can also suggest topics for possible scrutiny review. Please use the scrutiny suggestion form (Word, 52KB) to suggest a topic for inclusion within the scrutiny work programme. Contact details for the scrutiny team are at the bottom of this page.
Like parliamentary select committees, a range of individuals may be asked to give evidence to support scrutiny reviews. This may include service users and community stakeholders, as well as service providers, policy makers, managers and people who have some knowledge or expertise of the area under consideration.
The ways in which evidence is collected will vary, but may include online surveys, focus groups or public meetings. Details of current scrutiny projects and how you can participate can be viewed on the scrutiny consultation page. For more information contact the scrutiny service - details below.
Overview and Scrutiny may call Cabinet Members and/or chief officers (such as a service Director) to answer questions on the performance, policy plans and targets for their portfolio or service. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee, or relevant scrutiny panel may also call local NHS executives to account for policy and performance issues in the health sector. Representatives from other local public services (for example, police service, fire service, housing associations or Jobcentre Plus) may also be invited to scrutiny meetings where appropriate.
Members of the public can also raise questions about a subject being scrutinised and can submit questions in writing to be asked of executive councillors and chief officers called before the Overview and Scrutiny Committee or panels.
Questions should be sent in writing at least 5 clear working days in advance of the meeting. Questions can be sent by email or post to the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager, or the appropriate committee or panel support officer.
For more information about asking a question at a scrutiny meeting, please contact the scrutiny team - details below.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview and Scrutiny
5th Floor River Park House
255 High Road
- Tel: 020 8489 2920
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