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What is scrutiny?

Scrutiny is a statutory function for non executive councillors to keep a check on Executive decisions, acts as a 'critical' friend asking challenging questions and can respond to the needs and requests of residents.

Scrutiny at Eden can consider any matter affecting Eden District or its residents.

The role of Scrutiny can be summarised under the following headings:

  • Holding the Executive to account
  • Holding other agencies, including local partners, to account for the way services are being run in Eden.
  • Making sure that the Council is performing well
  • Contributing to policy-making

Scrutiny members can require the Executive or a Portfolio Holder to reconsider a decision through a process known as call-in.

Scrutiny members can invite outside organisations and representative groups to offer views on service or policy issues.  This can be at a full Board or Committee meeting, or a review group: a small group nominated to scrutinise a particular topic.

Scrutiny allows local people to have a say on matters that affect them. Scrutiny tries to make sure that under represented groups are included when carrying out reviews. Scrutiny also uses Equality Impact Assessment reports as important evidence to make sure that equalities considerations are properly taken into account.

For further information:

  • Contact: Member Services Officer
  • Email: scrutiny@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 212275/212142
  • Address: Eden District Council, Town Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF

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