Scrutiny

Scrutiny is an important part of the local democratic process and represents the interests of residents.

It allows the cabinet to be held to account by other council members. It also helps review and improve services and functions run by the council and its local partners.

The council’s constitution sets out the role of overview and scrutiny. Overview and scrutiny:

  • develops and reviews policy
  • holds the executive (cabinet) to account
  • scrutinises the work and impact of our partners on the local community so that councillors can represent the views of that community to the council

Scrutiny can be applied to any agency whose activities affect residents of the London Borough of Hounslow.  This can include the police, the NHS, and other bodies providing services to local people or affecting the local area

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee and panels in Hounslow are made up of councillors from all political parties on the council as well as co-optees from the community. Scrutiny can review any key decisions of the cabinet before the decision is made, or shortly afterwards.

In Hounslow, we have an Overview & Scrutiny Committee with three scrutiny panels that oversee the service areas of council business:

Scrutiny Committee meetings are open to the public to attend and view details of meetings, agendas, minutes and reports from these bodies.

Hounslow members and the Scrutiny team also support the North West Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) on Shaping a Healthier Future

The team also supports the Hounslow Tenant and Leaseholder Scrutiny Board who are arms-length from the council. Board members are either tenants or leaseholders of council property.  Their focus is on the scrutiny of services or issues affecting council tenants or those leasing council property.

Scrutiny’s work

The Scrutiny Programme of Work sets out the plan for Scrutiny meetings and areas of focus. The Programme of Work is a live document and items for agendas may change as new or urgent issues arise during a year.

The Scrutiny Annual Report provides an overview of the work of the OSC and Panels in 2017/18.

For further information about Scrutiny in the London Borough of Hounslow, contact scrutiny@hounslow.gov.uk

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