Our Overview and Scrutiny Committees aim to improve the
services that you use by monitoring the work of the Council and
making recommendations on the way services are
provided. They play a vital role in the decision-making
and policy development processes at Maidstone Borough Council.
There are three Overview and Scrutiny Committees which
correspond to the Council's strategic priorities.
Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee is
responsible for monitoring issues relating to the development of
policy framework documents, the budget, performance management, IT,
customer care and complaints, emergency planning, communications,
legal services, licensing, local strategic partnerships, adult
services, corporate services and procurement.
The Regeneration and
Economic Development Overview and Scrutiny
Committee is responsible for looking at
transport, economic development, support for business, the visitor
economy, planning, regeneration projects, learning and skills,
local development framework and core strategy, highways and
Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee is
responsible for looking at community development, social inclusion,
environment, housing, revenues and benefits, parks and open spaces,
environmental services, waste and recycling, crime and disorder,
vulnerable people and deprivation, street cleansing, neighbourhood
action planning, active citizenship and democracy, health and
Operating rather like Select Committees in the House of Commons,
the Committees’ work falls into four broad areas:
- Call-in: The Overview and Scrutiny Committees
are charged with ensuring that the decisions taken by the Executive
are appropriate and within the Council’s policy framework. If two
members of a Committee feel that the decision is inappropriate they
can ‘call the decision in’ after it has been made to prevent the
decision taking immediate effect. They can then interview the
Cabinet Member or Council Officers and make recommendations to the
decision-maker suggesting improvements to the decision.
- Policy Reviews: The Committees carry out
detailed, evidence-based assessments of Council services or issues
which affect the lives of local people. At the end of the inquiry
the Committee produce reports making recommendations to the
Executive and other partner agencies as to how things could be
improved. During the course of reviews Councillors speak to Council
Officers and external witnesses to assist them in their information
- One-Off Reviews: In addition to conducting
in-depth policy reviews Committees often want to conduct a quick,
one-off review of a topic. Typically the Committee will ask Council
Officers to come and speak to them about a service or issue before
making recommendations to the Cabinet.
- Scrutiny of Council Documents: Much of the
Scrutiny Committees’ work involves the detailed examination of key
Council documents. The Budget, the Corporate Plan, the Best Value
Performance Plan and the Asset Management Plan have all come under
scrutiny in the last year and this process will be expanded over
the coming year.
Watch our Meetings
All public items on our meeting agendas are webcast live and are
then available to view from 24 hours after the meeting was
held. You can visit the Council's webcasting site here.
Suggest a Review
Suggest a topic for the Committees to
review in 2011/12. If you need this form in a different
format, contact the OSC Team using the details to the right.
Guidance for Councillors
Office guidance on scrutinising Crime and Disorder Reduction
Centre for Public
Scrutiny and Improvement and Development Agency guidance on
Councillor Call for Action.
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