Scrutiny in Redbridge

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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has issued a report following its investigation of a complaint against London Borough of Redbridge. The complaint was about Education & Children's Services. The Ombudsman found that there had been fault on the part of the Council, and this had caused injustice to the complainant. The Council must now consider the report and tell the Ombudsman within three months (or such longer period as the Ombudsman may agree) what it proposes to do. The Ombudsman’s report is available for three weeks starting from 29 March 2021. Anyone is entitled to request for a copy of the report or extracts from it. Copies will be supplied free of charge.

Overview and Scrutiny (or Scrutiny) is a statutory function – a power by which decision-makers can be held to account on behalf of the public.

It has 4 main roles:

  1. holding the Cabinet to account
  2. policy development and review
  3. external scrutiny including issues affecting the wider community such as health and crime
  4. performance review and monitoring to ensure continuous improvement

Scrutiny provides independent examination of policies and decisions about local services, whether provided by Redbridge Council or external organisations, and opportunities to champion issues of local concern.

Scrutiny checks what is happening against what should be happening and plays a similar role to that of Select Committees in Parliament.

Strengths of scrutiny:

  • enables Councillor (or Member) participation at all stages of the Council’s decision-making structure, encourages cross-party discussions of an issue
  • it focuses on evidence-based recommendations
  • it provides a voice for local people on local issues

 

Scrutiny annual report

The Scrutiny annual report outlines work undertaken during the year 2019/20 and was agreed by Cabinet on September 24 2020. To access the report, please view the Cabinet meeting agenda.

Scrutiny Committees and Panels 

Following a revised Governance Structure, see the Scrutiny bodies that are operational in Redbridge. These comprise Councillors and Co-opted Members, where appropriate, and are generally scheduled to meet quarterly.

 

Overview Committee has responsibility for pre-decision scrutiny, having the option of considering items on the Forward Plan in advance of Cabinet and to question the relevant Cabinet Member on their reports. Overview meetings are scheduled in advance of Cabinet meetings so that any comments can be forwarded for Cabinet consideration as part of its decision making.

View Overview Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

This Committee has a role in scrutinising the effectiveness of the Council’s cross –cutting and corporate strategies and policies, to review performance and to scrutinise the Council’s management of its financial resources. 

View Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

This Committee has a key role in scrutinising the appropriateness and effectiveness of the strategies and policies relating to children adults and children’s social care, youth justice and health and social care integration. 

View People Scrutiny Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

This Panel is established by the People Scrutiny Committee and has a key role in scrutinising the appropriateness and effectiveness of the strategies and policies relating to education matters, to review performance and to scrutinise the Council’s management of its financial resources.

View Education Scrutiny Panel meeting dates/agenda papers

This Committee has a role in scrutinising the appropriateness and effectiveness of the strategies and policies relating to  the environment and sustainability, regeneration and economic growth, transport and parking, crime and policing, housing, neighbourhoods, leisure and entertainment and green spaces.

View Place Scrutiny Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

This Panel is established by the Place Scrutiny Committee and has a role in scrutinising the appropriateness and effectiveness of the strategies and policies of external partners, including but not limited to the police, the Probation Service, the Fire and Rescue Authority and transport providers and to review performance. 

View External Scrutiny Panel meeting dates/agenda papers

The Health Scrutiny Committee has a key role in scrutinising the planning, delivery and performance of local health services and in discharging the Council's functions relating to section 244  of the National Health Service Act 2006 and the local authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) regulations 2013

View Health Scrutiny Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

The Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee is a participant of the ONEL JHOSC, which was established in 2006 by the London Borough Councils of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest to scrutinise any matters relating to the planning, provision and operation of health services that affect 2 or more boroughs in outer north east London. It is scheduled to meet quarterly.

Wherever possible, scrutiny of a matter will take place within one scrutiny body in order to prevent duplication.

View Outer North East London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting dates/agenda papers 

 

Get involved in Scrutiny

It is very important that scrutiny reflects local needs. In order to do this, we would encourage members of the public to get involved by:

 

Suggesting Topics

The role of Scrutiny is to achieve positive outcomes for local people by undertaking a thorough, targeted examination of the council’s service provision and procedures.

However, since it is not possible to examine every service in detail, it is important for the Scrutiny Committees to prioritise and plan their workloads.

The first step is to identify potential topics to scrutinise and we always welcome residents to submit their suggestions to us.

Currently, we are putting together our work programme for the coming year and there is opportunity for your suggestions to be included within this. We must receive all submissions by 31 May 2021.

Complete the scrutiny topic suggestion survey

 

View past recordings of Overview Committee meetings

View past recordings of Scrutiny Committee meetings

 

Scrutiny Task and Finish Groups 

Also known as ‘scrutiny reviews’ or ‘scrutiny working groups’, task and finish groups are time-limited, Councillor-led investigations into selected topics which significantly contribute to a committee/panel’s ability to scrutinise particular policies or service areas and make recommendations that will impact on the delivery and performance of local services.

A small group of Councillors and supporting officers is selected to undertake this work and recommendations are reported back to the relevant Committee and referred to Cabinet (or other decision-making bodies as relevant) for response to the recommendations. Wherever possible, members of the community and voluntary groups, and members of the public, are invited to input.

Once recommendations have been reported, they will be monitored by the relevant scrutiny committee.

Topics that are in progress, for reporting within 2020/21, are:

  • Nature and Environment
  • Highways and Transport

For further information about scrutiny, contact scrutiny@redbridge.gov.uk

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