Overview and scrutiny is a process that enables Councillors who are not members of the Council's decision-making process to review and scrutinise matters affecting local people.

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.