Overview and Scrutiny Committees

The council's Overview and Scrutiny function is a statutory requirement and is carried out through three Overview and Scrutiny Committees. They are not decision-making bodies, but they do have the power to influence, review, investigate and persuade.

The council has three Overview and Scrutiny Committees dedicated to specific areas of Council responsibility. These are:

  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Communities)
  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Place)
  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Corporate).

Each Committee looks at council policies, decisions and services within the Committee's respective remit to ensure that they are relevant, efficient and cost-effective. It allows Members who are not part of the Cabinet to influence decisions and actions of the Council.

The Committees can also suggest improvements or savings through their recommendations, although they are not binding.

Overview and Scrutiny Committees have their initial meeting dates for the upcoming year agreed at full Council, but they also tend to meet as and when required. Members of the public are able to speak at Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings.

See meetings, agendas and minutes for more information.

Members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Overview and Scrutiny Committee​ (Communities)

Councillor Ward was elected Chair of the Committee for 2019/20 on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Members of this committee include:

  • Councillor B. Answer – MIF
  • Councillor T. Clay - Labour
  • Councillor B. Drewett – MIF
  • Councillor A. Norman - Labour
  • Councillor J. Smart – Labour
  • Councillor S. Swinscoe - Labour
  • Councillor S. Walker – MIF
  • Councillor S. Wallace – MIF

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Place)

Councillor Norman was elected Chair of the Committee for 2019/20 on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Members of this committee include:

  • Councillor M. Barton – MIF
  • Councillor J. Coxhead - Labour
  • Councillor V. Hopewell – MIF
  • Councillor B. Lohan - Labour
  • Councillor J. Smart - Labour
  • Councillor S. Wallace – MIF
  • Councillor A. Wetton - Labour
  • Councillor M. Wright - MIF

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Corporate)

Councillor Clay was elected Chair of the Committee for 2019/20 on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Members of this committee include:

  • Councillor L. Anderson - Conservative
  • Councillor S. Bodle – MIF
  • Councillor M. Fretwell - Labour
  • Councillor T. Hanstock – MIF
  • Councillor B. Lohan – Labour
  • Councillor A. Norman - Labour
  • Councillor D. Smith – MIF
  • Councillor S. Wallace - MIF