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What is Overview and Scrutiny

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

 Performance Review

        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

 External Scrutiny

        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