Committee details

Overview & Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

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.

 

OSC Annual Work Programme

OSC Budget Meeting

 

Call-in

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:

 

  1. Refer the decision back to the decision making body for reconsideration explaining the concerns.
  2. Refer the decision to full Council.
  3. Confirm the original decision.

Workstreams

There are two standing Workstreams, 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

Standing Workstreams:

Crime Scrutiny Standing Workstream

Health Scrutiny Standing Workstream

 

Current Workstreams

Enfield 2017 Workstream

Property Services Workstream

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Scrutiny Workstream

Housing Repairs Scrutiny Workstream

Quality of Communications Scrutiny Workstream

 

Former Workstreams:

 Enforcement/Keep Enfield Clean Scrutiny Workstream

 Land Planning at Meridian Water Scrutiny Workstream

Sensory Impairment Scrutiny Workstream

School Places Scrutiny Worksteam

Adoption Scrutiny Workstream

Chase Farm Scrutiny Workstream

Gangs & Weapon Enabled Crime Scrutiny Workstream

Health Inequality Scrutiny Workstream

High Streets & Town Centres Scrutiny Workstream

Speech & Language Therapy Scrutiny Workstream

Temporary Accommodation Scrutiny Workstream

 

How to get involved

Members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in scrutiny meetings.

 

If you would like to suggest a topic for consideration by one of the scrutiny Workstreams please email scrutiny@enfield.gov.uk.

Membership

Contact information

Support officer: Stacey Gilmour.

Phone: 020 8379 4187

Email: stacey.gilmour@enfield.gov.uk