Scrutiny helps the council develop new policies and plays an important role in monitoring council performance.
By holding the council's Cabinet to account it ensures that services respond to the needs of the local community and are efficient, cost effective and easy to use.
Why do we have scrutiny?
Under the current system of local government, most council decisions are taken by the council's Cabinet. This concentrates a lot of responsibility into the hands of a relatively small number of councillors.
Scrutiny acts as a check and balance to the Cabinet and seeks to involve the public to ensure that decisions are made in line with council policy and in the public interest.