Scrutiny in Redbridge
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:
- holding the Cabinet to account
- policy development and review
- external scrutiny including issues affecting the wider community such as health and crime
- 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
Read the Scrutiny Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 2MB) which outline scrutiny work undertaken in the past year.
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.
This Committee meets monthly in advance of Cabinet as it has a key role in leading on pre-decision scrutiny of forthcoming Cabinet agendas, and if requested could ‘call in’ a Cabinet decision for further consideration. The Committee will also monitor the response to petitions and deputations submitted by the Council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, provisionand 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.
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:
- attending Scrutiny Committee or Panel meeting
- suggesting topics for scrutiny by downloading a Scrutiny topic form (PDF 32KB) and send it to us at: email@example.com
- taking part in consultations
Forthcoming scrutiny meetings are displayed on our Town Hall notice board and agenda papers are available online using the links provided above.
Scrutiny reviews, often referred to as working groups, are time limited Councillor-led investigations into selected topics. Working groups add significantly to a Committee / Panel’s ability to scrutinise particular policy or service areas and how this will impact on the performance of local services.
A small group of Councillors and supporting officers will be selected to undertake the review and to report findings back to the relevant Committee. Wherever possible, members of the public and community and voluntary groups will be consulted for their input into this work.
Once working group findings have been reported to the relevant Committee, the report will be submitted to Cabinet, and any other relevant organisations and recommendations from the report will be monitored by the relevant Committee.
A Scrutiny Review was completed in 2015 to investigate Routes out of Prostitution and the findings were reported to Cabinet in January 2017 and recommendations will be implemented in 2017 to 2018.
Current Scrutiny Reviews are as follows: topics:
- BHRUT Emergency Department
- Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Civic Pride and Enforcement
For further information about scrutiny, contact firstname.lastname@example.org