Overview and scrutiny

Councillors who are not members of 'the Executive' act as watchdogs examining Executive decisions and policies, and the overall performance of the Council, these 'non-executive' members of the council make recommendations to the Executive about improvements for residents - this is known as ‘overview and scrutiny’.

The process is designed to be non-party political so committees who undertake overview and scrutiny must be politically balanced. Their main role is to:

  • hold the Executive to Account scrutinising decisions before they are made/implemented
  • examine implementation of policies
  • consider the introduction of a new policies and their affects
  • examine the functions of the Council’s partners, the Police or local health service providers

Overview and scrutiny committees in York

Corporate and Scrutiny Management Policy and Scrutiny Committee meets periodically throughout the year. There are also four other committees, whose remits are designed around the themes of the Local Area Agreement:

Get involved in overview and scrutiny

Our public participation scheme encourages residents to attend meetings and participate. You can come along and observe any public Overview and Scrutiny meeting or arrange to contribute to the debate and express your views by registering to speak; find out how to have your say.

York residents can also register possible topics for review by the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee, see our guide to overview and scrutiny in York for more information.

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