This is the chief Overview and Scrutiny body. The Chairman, Councillor Michael Mullaney, is the leader of the main opposition group – the Liberal Democrats.
The Scrutiny Commission is responsible for:
- Coordinating the work of the Overview and Scrutiny committees
- Looking into issues which aren’t covered by any other Overview and Scrutiny committee, or which are covered by more than one committee
- Resolving disagreements between Overview and Scrutiny committees
- Allocating specific issues on an ad-hoc basis
- Looking at the council’s plan for capital investment, budget, property, information and technology
- Acting as the Crime and Disorder Committee
- Monitoring the activities of partnerships
You can explore the latest agendas and minutes of the meetings.
Other Overview and Scrutiny committees
The other Overview and Scrutiny committees, scrutinise the activities of the services of the council. These are:
- Adults and Communities Overview and Scrutiny committee
- Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny committee
- Environment and Climate Change Overview and Scrutiny committee
- Highways and Transport Overview and Scrutiny committee
- Health Overview and Scrutiny committee
In addition to the committee-based work they carry out, Overview and Scrutiny Committees can also initiate task and finish work to look at a particular issue in more detail.
Scrutiny Review Panels, as they are known, are made up of usually five members and their recommendations, which may suggest a change in policy or service provision, are submitted to the relevant parent committee prior to consideration by the Cabinet.
Previous reviews can be found on the Scrutiny Review Panels page.