Scrutiny Committee

Scrutiny is a key part of the checks and balances necessary to ensure the decisions made by the Council are the best ones.  It is key to improving policies and performance.  It can help ensure that services respond to the needs of the local community and are efficient, cost effective and easy to use.

The Committee is made up of a chair and 12 members from all the Political Groups.

Scrutiny Committee is able to consider any matter affecting Worcester or its residents and have powers to:

  • Review and scrutinise the decisions made by the Cabinet and Council officers both in relation to individual decisions and over time
  • Call-in decisions made by the Cabinet
  • Review and scrutinise the performance of the Council in relation to its policy objectives in not more than four service areas in any one year
  • question Members of the Cabinet and Senior officers about their decisions and performance in relation to particular decisions, initiatives or projects
  • make recommendations to the Cabinet and the Council arising from the outcome of the scrutiny process
  • Review and scrutinise the performance of other public bodies in the area and invite reports from them requesting them to address the Scrutiny Committee or scrutiny panels and local people about their activities and performance

Scrutiny Committee are therefore keen to listen and take your views on issues. See the How I Can Get Involved section below.

Scrutiny Reviews

As part of Scrutiny Committee's role, the Committee can conduct a review of a specific issue.  The reviews are time-limited projects designed to look at issues in detail.  They are usually carried out by specially created Scrutiny Task Groups.

The reviews can investigate services and issues, examine how policies are implemented/what people think of them and what changes, if any are needed.

Councillors carrying out a scrutiny review can:

  • Question cabinet members and senior council staff about their decisions and performance
  • Hear from local people and organisations
  • Conduct research
  • Visit other local authorities
  • Ask other organisations to comment

Councillors collect as much evidence as they can and then publish a report.  Their report may contain recommendations for improvements and changes for the Cabinet to consider.

The Cabinet must respond to the scrutiny report and decide whether or not to accept any recommendations.

Recent reviews include:

How can I get involved in Scrutiny?

Scrutiny Committee welcome the involvement and views of the public.  There are a number of ways in which members of the public can get involved in the scrutiny process. You can:

  • Submit your views to the Committee either in writing or in person
  • Suggest items or topics for future scrutiny review
  • Volunteer to be a witness to share views and knowledge on a particular issue when requested as part of a review.