Overview and Scrutiny was introduced as a new way of working by the Local Government Act 2000. It was set up to address the relationship and balance of power between the Executive and non-executive members. Scrutiny is a way for elected non-executive councillors to make a positive contribution and add value to effective decision making, and hold the decision makers to account.
the main roles for scrutiny are
Holding the Executive to account
· Challenge executive decisions before they are implemented through a 'call in' mechanism.
· Scrutinise decisions after they have been made and implemented
Policy Review and Development
· Assist in developing and improving key policies for the county council
· Review an existing policy, how well it is carried out, and its impact
· Conduct wide-ranging and cross-cutting reviews on priority issues
· Check service delivery to improve performance - anticipate and address poor performance
· Play a key role in driving continuous performance
· Monitor the performance of directorates, with a view to ensuring value for money
· Investigate the contributions made by external partners who's work links with the function of the county council
· Enhance the community leadership role of councillors and promote the power of well-being