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What is the scrutiny process?

The Scrutiny Programme Committee has a cross cutting and coordinating role in respect of the work of the scrutiny panels and an overview of scrutiny nationally.

All scrutiny activity within the Authority is managed by the Committee through a single workplan. Specific work is undertaken both through the committee and by establishing informal panels (for in-depth activities) or working groups.

The Chair of the Committee is Councillor Mary Jones. You can contact Councillor Mary Jones by email at

The Agendas and minutes of committee meetings from the Scrutiny Programme Committee are also available.

Informal Scrutiny panels are established by the Scrutiny Programme Committee, with conveners appointed by the committee.

There are 2 types of panel:

a) Inquiry Panels: these undertake discrete in-depth inquiries into specific and significant areas of concern on a task and finish basis. These will be significant topics where scrutiny can make a real difference. Inquiry panels will produce a final report at the end the inquiry, informed by the extent of evidence gathered. The committee determines the aim of each of the inquiries and key question that is to be explored. It will also set a clear time-limit for the panel to carry out and complete the inquiry.

b) Performance Panels: these provide in-depth monitoring and challenge for clearly defined service areas. Performance panels are expected to have on-going correspondence with relevant cabinet members in order to share views and recommendations, arising from monitoring activities, about the service.

Working Groups: These are one-off meetings enabling a 'light-touch' approach to specific topics of concern. Scrutiny councillors will consider a specific report or information on the agreed topic, resulting in a letter to relevant Cabinet Member(s) with views and recommendations.

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