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Legal powers

Overview and Scrutiny has legal powers in the Local Government Act and elsewhere to:

  • review the activities of a wide range of public bodies
  • require people to attend public meetings
  • issue reports which must be responded to

This scrutiny must be carried out within the legal framework set by parliament, and other rules set by the government. Please see the legislation and rules document for further information.

The council has also adopted local arrangements for the conduct of Overview and Scrutiny. These appear in the council’s constitution.

Overview and Scrutiny cannot change the Executive’s decisions, but it has the power to ‘call in’ a decision which has not yet been carried through, and require it to be reconsidered.

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