Overview & Scrutiny

Overview and Scrutiny was set up when new arrangements were put in place for Local Authorities by the Local Government Act 2000. Overview and Scrutiny is about councillors working together with local people, businesses, service partners and the community to improve policies and services. It can be a powerful tool for empowering communities and enabling local people, through the elected members, to have a say in decisions which affect their day to day lives.

The key roles of Overview and Scrutiny include:

  • Holding the Executive to account.
  • Monitoring and reviewing policies.
  • Reviewing Council services in order to obtain better outcomes for the community.

Overview and Scrutiny in Allerdale consists of two separate committees:

  • Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Annual Report

The Overview and Scrutiny Committees produce an annual report, detailing the reviews that they have carried out over the year.

Raise an issue

Please feel free to suggest an item for the Overview and Scrutiny to consider. While your suggestion will be given serious consideration, please be aware that the committees may not always be able to take it on as a work plan item.

If you wish to raise an issue for consideration by Overview and Scrutiny, please fill in the Scrutiny topic suggestion form.

Overview & Scrutiny meetings are open to the public unless otherwise stated (i.e. confidential matters are being discussed) and members of the public are welcome to come along. Find out where and when the next meeting will be.

Councillor Call for Action

Current legislation allows a Councillor to raise an issue in their ward with the scrutiny committees. For further information on Councillor Call for Action please see the Councillor Call for Action pages.

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatOverview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2010/11 in Word format1193 Kb2 mins 50 secs @ 56k, 5 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatscrutiny topic suggestion form in Word format76 Kb11 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb

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