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Scrutiny Commission and committees

The Overview and scrutiny function of the council scrutinises the council’s decisions and performance. It also assists in research and policy review and development, mainly through the work of Scrutiny Review Panels.


There are five Overview and Scrutiny committees. You can attend all Overview and Scrutiny meetings and can submit questions and present petitions at these meetings.

Scrutiny Commission

This is the chief Overview and Scrutiny body. The Chairman, Councillor Simon Galton, 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.

Overview and Scrutiny annual report 2019/20    Opens new window

Other Overview and Scrutiny committees

The other Overview and Scrutiny committees, scrutinise the activities of the services of the council. These are:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen and Spokesmen job description    Opens new window

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