The role of elected members performing the overview and scrutiny function is to:
- Review and report on issues that affect the economic, environmental and social well-being of local people;
- Act as a check and balance to the council's decision makers, examining and reviewing decisions;
- Consider the work of public bodies operating outside the council but which affect local residents, for example, local health services;
- Contribute to the development of future policies and strategies that will help improve services for local people;
- Involve local people in council decision making.
Scrutiny is carried out using a number of methods, such as panel meetings, working groups and select committees, but in all cases the process is non-political and members from all groups participate.