Committee is cross-party and made up of non-executive (backbench)
councillors. The Committee’s role is to carry out a
‘check and balance’ and ‘critical friend’
function to the City Executive Board by reviewing policies,
decisions and key issues affecting residents.
Scrutiny operates to
provide public assurance that the Board is carrying out its
business effectively, providing value for money and taking the best
decisions it can to improve public services and the quality of life
for the residents of Oxford. To provide this assurance, the
Committee carries out research, reviews and hears from independent
experts, making recommendations for service improvement where
necessary. The Committee also establishes standing panels to focus
on specific service areas (see below).
The Committee does
not have any decision making powers, but it can make
recommendations to the Board arguing for change and service
improvement. The Committee will also consider decisions that have
been “called in” by councillors for review. The
committee meets approximately 10 times a year.
scheduled meetings per year
Get involved at scrutiny committee meetings