Meetings of this committee are audio
The Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) has
15 members and is based on political proportionality. It meets five
times a year and reports to Council. The committee’s three
main functions are set out below:
Policy Development and Review:
Reviewing current practices and policies to
bring them up to date and identify gaps.
Developing new policies in response to changed
priorities or legislation.
Researching and providing innovative thinking
on particular issues.
Monitoring and reviewing deliverability of
local services, whether provided by the Council or local
Challenging poor or
Ensuring the best use of resources and value
for money for local residents and eliminating waste.
Holding the Executive (Cabinet and Chief Officers) to
account for their decisions:
Questioning decisions taken by the
Ensuring they are ‘held to
account’ for their actions.
The committee also has a number of powers:
to make reports and recommendations to the council’s
Executive on issues which affect the area
to require members and officers of the council to attend meetings
and provide information
to require information from partners
to require partners to ‘have regard’ to a report or
to consider crime and disorder issues (at least once a year)
to consider Councillor Calls for Action requests and petitions
The committee presents an
annual report to the Council each year, setting out the work it
has done and the improvements it has brought about.
For a more in-depth look at the scrutiny
function please see the council's
Speaking at council and committee meetings