Get involved in scrutiny
By carrying out scrutiny we make sure that we are transparent and have democratic accountability for the running of the council.
We want to encourage greater public participation in our work. This is particularly important in the area of scrutiny. This page has a number of ways you can get involved in this.
Attend a meeting
You are welcome to come to our public meetings to see local democratic accountability in action.
Dates of meetings
Overview and scrutiny meetings start at 7:30pm. They are usually held in the council chamber at Time Square (unless otherwise specified).
The following links will take you to the dates of the meetings as well as the agendas and minutes:
- Overview and Scrutiny Commission
- Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel
- Children, Young People and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Panel
- Environment, Culture and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel
Agendas are published 5 working days before each meeting.
Speak at a meeting
Our public participation scheme gives you the chance to directly tell councillors about the things that concern you.
All issues raised by the public under this scheme will be given careful consideration. This is under the control of the chairman of the meeting. Three clear working days advance notice of matters to be raised at a meeting must be given.
The full public participation scheme is part of the council’s constitution.
Please contact the scrutiny team to request to speak at a meeting.
Submitting written evidence
We encourage the submission of written evidence. Written evidence should contain:
- factual evidence and information from which conclusions can be drawn
- any suggested recommendations for action by the council or others, which you would like to be considered
Written evidence may be published by the commission or panel along with the final report. If any part of the evidence is confidential or if you wish to remain anonymous please state this in your submission.
Please submit evidence by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can post evidence to:
The Committee or Panel Chairman
Overview and Scrutiny
In addition to formal written submissions, if you have any comments on current inquiries, please contact the overview and scrutiny team.
Give verbal evidence at a meeting
Members of the public, community groups, and other key stakeholders may be invited to give evidence in person at an overview and scrutiny meeting. This gives the commission or panel members a chance to discuss issues with the experts or allows witnesses to elaborate on written evidence.