Overview and Scrutiny Function

The Council's Constitution provides for an Overview and Scrutiny Committee and two Scrutiny Panels (Panels A and B) which each have seven Members.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee and two Scrutiny Panels support the work of the Cabinet and the Council as a whole.  The Committee and Panels play a significant role in policy development and in reviewing decisions that have already been made.

They allow citizens to have a greater say in Council matters by holding public inquiries into matters of local concern.  These lead to reports and recommendations which advise the Cabinet and the Council as a whole on its policies, budgets and service delivery.  Indeed, the Cabinet or the Council may consult with them on forthcoming decisions and the development of policy.

 The Overview and Scrutiny Committee also monitors executive decisions once they are made.  In certain circumstances, Overview and Scrutiny Members can 'call-in' a decision which has been made by the Cabinet but not yet implemented.

Scrutiny also has a role in:

  • Reviewing decisions made
  • Reviewing performance
  • Policy development and review
  • Examining issues of concern to local people
  • Engaging partner organisations and local people.

 A Scrutiny Workplan is agreed each year.  The plan is a list of topics that will be examined by the Committee and its Panels during that year.  Topics for the workplan are agreed formally on an annual basis, however the workplan is reviewed monthly to consider incorporating new topics as and when they are raised.

On an annual basis the Overview and Scrutiny Committee produce a scrutiny report which details the work that has been undertaken during the previous 12 months: 

 Annual Scrutiny Report  
 2017/18  Download
 2016/17  Download
 2015/16  Download
 2014/15   Download
 2013/14   Download
 2012/13  Download


For more information on how to get involved in the Scrutiny process or to suggest a topic for consideration, please contact the Scrutiny Manager:

Tel: 01623 457232

Email: scrutiny@ashfield.gov.uk

In addition, the Centre for Public Scrutiny  promotes the value of scrutiny in modern and effective government and provides a unique focus in relation to good governance and the principles of accountability, transparency and involvement.