The role of scrutiny in the Council

Scrutiny has an important role to play in providing local accountability, openness and involvement in decision-making, aiming to improve results for people in Taunton Deane.

The Committees scrutinise Performance Management; particular Key Decisions and other aspects of Executive activity; and review or scrutinise the performance of the Council in relation to its policy objectives, performance targets and/or particular service areas.

The full role and functions of the Committee are set out within the Council's Constitution together with the Terms of Reference.

Corporate Scrutiny and Community Scrutiny

The Overview and Scrutiny Role (often called 'Scrutiny') was introduced to help ensure the voice of the community is heard during the local council decision making process. Scrutiny was introduced to act as balance to the Executive - Scrutiny is here to ensure public accountability and reflect the needs and concerns of the residents of Taunton Deane through considering issues prior to decisions being taken and reviewing the effectiveness of public service delivery.

Scrutiny is undertaken by two committees of 15 elected Taunton Deane Councillors - appointed in political balance. Please view agendas and minutes for Corporate Scrutiny and Community Scrutiny for further information.

Scrutiny can:

Scrutiny topics in 2017-18

Scrutiny is a process that makes sure that decisions taken by the Council and our partners reflect the opinions, wishes and priorities of the people of Taunton Deane.

Some of the topics Community Scrutiny considered in the past year included:

Some of the topics Corporate Scrutiny considered in the past year included:

Scrutiny work programme

The Scrutiny process connects decision makers to local people and involves the community whenever possible.

To ensure continuous improvement of our services, we would like our residents to get involved with the Scrutiny process - this is your chance to influence decisions about how your public services are delivered to you. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved please contact Democratic Services c/o the Scrutiny Officer.