Haringey's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and Scrutiny Review Panels, may commission in-depth investigations into local policy and performance issues. Topics chosen for in-depth investigation are developed in consultation with Councillors, officers, partners and members of the public with a view to making recommendations to improve a particular service area.
Completed in-depth reviews with their recommendations for service improvement, must be approved by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Once approved, scrutiny reports are sent to Cabinet and/or to the relevant external body for decision and implementation. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee, or relevant Panel, then monitors the implementation of the recommendations agreed by Cabinet and requests update reports (at 6-12 months and 12-24 months post completion) to ensure the desired outcomes have been achieved.
Scrutiny topics are chosen having regard to:
- Council priorities as set out in the Corporate Plan;
- Government policy and new legislation which identifies additional or changed duties or powers;
- Views on local services expressed in independent assessments such the Care Quality Commission, the annual external audit management letter, residents’ surveys and other assessments of need or provision;
- The views of the local community, including service users;
- Where work is adjudged to have greatest impact.
Suggestions for topics are usually received from councillors, officers, Council partners, local community groups and members of the general public. Please see our page Suggest a topic for scrutiny review for details on how to become involved in scrutiny.
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