Committee details

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

Terms of Reference




6.3.1  Overview and Scrutiny will review policies and contribute to policy development to assist Council and the Executive in the development of its budget and policy framework by in-depth analysis of policy issues.


6.3.2  In carrying out its work, Overview and Scrutiny will:


(a)  carry out research and consultation with the community, local businesses and other appropriate interest groups in considering different policy options;


(b)  question members of the Executive, other committee members, officers and other appropriate people to canvass opinion and gather evidence to assist in developing their conclusions, and liaise with external organisations to gather evidence based on wide-ranging views;


(c)  make recommendations to the Executive, to an appropriate committee or to Council arising from the outcome of the scrutiny process.  They may also make recommendations to partner and external organisations as appropriate;


(d)  invite individual witnesses, other public bodies or partnerships in the Borough to participate in the scrutiny process and question any person (with their consent). 


6.3.3  Overview and Scrutiny will report annually to Council and the chairs will jointly keep scrutiny practices, procedures and work programmes under periodic review. 



Contact information

Support officer: Ian Hinde. 01900 702544