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You can watch meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on live stream through our You Tube channel.

What is Scrutiny?

Scrutiny ensures that decisions taken by the council and the services they run reflect the needs of Stevenage residents. Scrutiny is carried out by elected members, who understand and promote the concerns of the local residents who elected them. It looks to connect decision makers to local residents and involve them directly when possible.

The committees do not make decisions, but try to influence those who do by considering any concerns in Stevenage and make recommendations about how services can be improved.

What does it do?

Councils are required by the Local Government Act 2010 to have one or more overview and scrutiny committees as part of their formal political management arrangements.

Overview and scrutiny committees can:

  • Monitor council service delivery and performance
  • Review policies and practices
  • Call Executive (Cabinet) Members and chief officers to account for their actions
  • Scrutinise external organisations and agencies and partners (for example, the local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership)
  • Make recommendations to the Borough on matters which affect the area or its inhabitants by carrying out themed service reviews.

Some of the themed service reviews which the council has carried out in recent years are as follows:

Community Select Committee

  • Scrutiny of Housing Allocations
  • Scrutiny Review of Damp, Mould & Condensation in Stevenage Council Homes
  • Scrutiny Review Stevenage Museum
  • Public Health Discussion – Scrutiny of District use of HCC fund
  • Scrutiny Review of Conditions in the Private Rented Housing Sector
  • Crime & Disorder Scrutiny
  • Scrutiny Review of Community Transport for Older People
  • Scrutiny Review of Decent Homes
  • Scrutiny Review of Homelessness
  • Scrutiny Review of Local Community Budgets

See the Community Select agendas for more information.

Environment & Economy Select Committee

  • Scrutiny of the Indoor Market
  • Scrutiny of local Bus services
  • Scrutiny Review of the Business Technology Centre
  • Scrutiny Discussion on Open Spaces
  • Scrutiny Discussion on the maintenance of Underpasses
  • Scrutiny Review of Allotments
  • Scrutiny of Public Toilet Provision
  • Scrutiny of Fixed Penalty Notices (Dog Fouling)
  • Scrutiny Review of the Maintenance of Trees, Hedges & Shrub beds
  • Scrutiny of the Green Travel Plan – Action Plan
  • Scrutiny Review of Refuse & Recycling
  • Scrutiny Review of Training & Employment Opportunities for Young People
  • Scrutiny Review of Cleansing of Children’s Play Areas
  • Scrutiny Review of Inward Investment & Business Support
  • Scrutiny Discussion on Fly Tipping, Littering & Environmental Law

See the Environment & Economy Select agendas for more information.