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Guide: Scrutiny

A guide to scrutiny

The 4 principles of good scrutiny

1. Provides critical friend challenge to executive policy and decision makers

  • Constructive, robust and purposeful challenge
  • Non-aggressive to create optimum conditions for investigative evidence based process.

2. Enables the voice and concerns of the public

  • Meetings conducted in public and are webcast
  • Innovative public communication, consultation and feedback.

3. Carried out by independent minded councillors

  • Councillors actively engage in the scrutiny function to drive improvement
  • Areas are reviewed in an a-political atmosphere.

4. Drives improvement

  • Promotes community well-being and improves the quality of life
  • Strategic review of corporate policies, plans, performance and budgets.