The scrutiny function was created by the Local Government Act
2000 to lend greater transparency and accountability to councils'
- Publicly holding the Council’s Executive (the Cabinet) to
- Examining matters of wider public interest
- Contributing to policy review and development
In July 2011, the Council introduced a structure of four
- Resources Scrutiny Committee
- Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Committee
- Health and Well-being Scrutiny Committee
- Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee
The restructure reflects the
development of scrutiny since its inception in 2000. Scrutiny
has become more about 'scrutiny of place' than just scrutiny of
Council services. Two important aspects of this shift
(i) the increasing focus on the
leadership role of local councillors; and
(ii) scrutiny of partner
We are also witnessing a period of unprecedented change in the
delivery of local public services. The old ‘top down’ approach to
partnership working enshrined in the North Yorkshire Local Area
Agreement and the Sustainable Community Strategy is being replaced
by a more fluid landscape of different service providers (some at a
very local level) and new joint working arrangements with other
councils, other public bodies and private partners.
Regardless of the diversity of delivery models, ward councillors
have a democratic mandate which other partners do not have,
representing their local communities to hold decision-makers and
the different service providers to account.
By making three of the committees thematic, scrutiny can focus
on the broad subject areas integral to the achievement of the
Council’s Corporate Plan 2011-2016. This enables the work of
the increasing amount of partnerships and commissioned services to
be reported evenly across the structure. The fourth scrutiny
committee – Resources – takes a strategic overview of the Council’s
budget, organisation of services and staff, including the important
areas of financial and service planning.
Scrutiny's vision is that:
'Through a process of questioning, discussion and seeking a
wider representation of views outside the Executive, the quality of
the Cabinet and Council's decisions can be improved'
The same vision applies to the scrutiny of other public agencies
and their decision-makers.
The public can get involved in this process in a number of
different ways. See the first document listed on the right
Representation on the (Overview and) Scrutiny Committees
can be found on the Committee
Meetings of the (Overview and) Scrutiny Committees are on the
External website links