About Scrutiny

Overview and Scrutiny plays an important role in the successful functioning of local democracy.

The Role of Scrutiny

Effective overview and scrutiny should:

  • provide constructive “critical friend” challenge;
  • amplify the voices and concerns of the public;
  • be led by independent people who take responsibility for their role; and
  • drive improvement in public services.

How Scrutiny works in Hounslow

Overview and Scrutiny in Hounslow consists of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a Call-in Subcommittee and three Scrutiny Panels (Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel; Health and Adults Social Care Scrutiny Panel; and Housing and Environment Scrutiny Panel). Hounslow is also a member of the North West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


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