Scrutiny is an umbrella term covering a wide range of roles with key legislative responsibility for:
Overview and Scrutiny Committees help ensure local public services are delivered effectively and efficiently, and have wide ranging powers to investigate areas of local interest.
Scrutiny can question decision takers, call in expert witnesses or hear evidence from other local stakeholders. Investigations are not restricted to Council run services, any area of interest to the local community may be investigated by scrutiny.
The Council has five scrutiny committees:
Scrutiny Committees have arrangements to allow people who live or work in the local authority area to get involved in the work of scrutiny:
You could apply to become a co-opted member on one of the council's Scrutiny Committees.As a co-opted member you will participate on one of the Council's Scrutiny Committees with elected Councillors and other co-opted members. You will use your skills and knowledge of issues and services within the county borough to add to the discussion and debate.
There is no salary or allowance for the role, but reimbursements are made for reasonable travel expenses.