What is Scrutiny?
Local Government scrutiny was created by the Local Government Act 2000 which required every local authority to have a scrutiny function. Scrutiny is a way of holding the council and external service providers to account on behalf of residents. Scrutiny aims to increase accountability by making the decision-making process clear and understandable and to ensure that the decisions being made by the Council are the best option for all those living and working in the borough.
Overview & Scrutiny Committee (OSC)
Enfield Council has an overarching Overview & Scrutiny Committee whose main role is to scrutinise the whole of the Council’s functions and responsibilities. The Overview & Scrutiny Committee (OSC) coordinates the work of time-limited Workstreams and two standing Workstreams on Crime and Health. In addition, OSC has a standing item at every meeting on children and young people’s issues. Made up of 6 Members, OSC ensures that the Scrutiny function in Enfield operates smoothly.
Equally important is OSC’s role in hearing ‘Call Ins’ and Councillor Call for Actions. Decisions made by the Council can be called-in through the Scrutiny process for questioning. OSC can decide whether the original decisions should be reconsidered, upheld or referred to Full Council.
Councillors who are not on the cabinet can use call-ins to challenge decisions made by the Cabinet, a sub-committee of the Cabinet, an individual cabinet member or key decision made by an officer. To call a decision in the councillor must submit a call in request stating the reason for the call-in and have the signatures of 7 other members of the council. A Call-In meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will then be held within 14 days where the one of 3 decisions will be made:
There are two standing Panels, Crime and Health as well as a number of additional Workstreams which look into a variety of topics suggested by Councillors.
Each workstreams key roles are as follows:
- To review and scrutinise decisions made or actions taken by any of the Council’s functions
-To make reports and recommendations to Full Council and the Executive
-To look into any issues affecting the borough
Support officer: Stacey Gilmour.
Phone: 020 8379 4187