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Overview and Scrutiny

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.

Allerdale's Overview and Scrutiny function:

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee will carry out work aligned to the following departments within the Council:

  • Governance
  • Financial Services
  • Organisational Development and Transformation
  • Housing and Health
  • Community Services
  • Development Services
  • Business and Property Services

See the membership details of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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 or attend a meeting

You can 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.

Contact us with your suggestion.

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.