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Overview and Scrutiny

Overview and Scrutiny in local government is an essential part of the Councillors role as a representative of the people. It is about councillors making a difference by holding the cabinet to account; looking in depth at how services are provided and at reviewing and developing policies.

We believe that good scrutiny should:

  • provide a 'critical friend' challenge to decision-makers
  • reflect the public voice
  • take the lead and own the scrutiny process
  • make an impact on service delivery.

The below pages set out what scrutiny is, how it works at South Holland and how you can get involved.