Who carries out scrutiny Click to get info
Scrutiny is carried out by committees of councillors who are not member of the cabinet or non-executive members.
In Waltham Forest, this work is carried out by themed scrutiny committees, along with the joint Outer North East London (ONEL) joint health scrutiny committee. Non-executive councillors have been appointed to each of these committees. The committees hold a series of meetings each year, where they examine a range of issues related to the committee’s thematic area. Each committee publishes at least one report each year which outlines key findings in a particular policy area and makes recommendations for consideration by cabinet (and in some cases other stakeholders).
Scrutiny committees may invite people with particular expertise or local knowledge to sit on the committee as non-voting members or advisers. These are known as co-opted members.
Scrutiny committees can ask for a witness to attend meetings to give evidence to the committee on specific issues. Witnesses are people or representatives from organisations whose expertise, experience or opinion is relevant to a particular issue being scrutinised.
View details of scrutiny committee meetings and reports Click to get info
From the links below you can find out each committee’s
- contact details
- meeting agenda for current and future committee meetings
- decisions and minutes from previous meetings
- attendance statistics
- declarations of interest for each councillor involved
- Budget and performance Scrutiny committee
- Neighbourhoods scrutiny committee
- Growth scrutiny committee
- Children and families scrutiny committee
- Adult social care scrutiny committee
- Communities scrutiny committee
- Housing scrutiny committee
- Health scrutiny committee
- Joint health and overview scrutiny committee (INEL)
- Joint health and overview scrutiny committee (ONEL)
- Cabinet decisions on overview and scrutiny recommendations are reported in the cabinet minutes
- Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/19
How to get involved in scrutiny Click to get info
All scrutiny committee meetings are open to the public.
As a member of the public you can:
- speak for up to three minutes on an agenda item
- suggest matters for scrutiny
- give oral or written evidence to the scrutiny committee
From this process reports and recommendations may be made to a cabinet member (portfolio holder), the cabinet or to the full council.
These recommendations aren’t binding, but must be formally considered by the cabinet member, cabinet or council and the decision recorded.
Completed themed review reports Click to get info
Communities Scrutiny Committee Themed Review 2018/19: Public health approach to reducing violent crime
Growth Scrutiny Committee Themed Review 2018/19: Smart Cities
Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee Themed Review 2018/19: Waltham Forest’s Emergency Planning Arrangements
Children and Families Scrutiny Committee Themed Review 2018/19: Parenting Support