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Scrutiny

Magnifying glassThe role of scrutiny

Scrutiny in local government is an independent function, led by councillors, which examines local policies and issues and makes recommendations to those who are responsible for services.

This enables us to scrutinise other bodies and agencies as well as ourselves – such as the Primary Care Trusts, the emergency services and national agencies such as the Environment Agency. Scrutiny does not begin and end with the public sector. We can also invite voluntary organisations, charities, businesses and individuals to participate too.

It is important that anything we recommend is based on properly researched evidence. Everyone who wants to participate is given an opportunity to get involved.

Meetings, minutes, agendas and reports

Where to find help

Scrutiny committees and panels 2012/13