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Overview and Scrutiny

The Role of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee consists of six members of the Council and can be any Member except Members of the Cabinet. No member is allowed to scrutinise a decision where they have been part of the decision process. Substitutes for Members on the Committee must be from the same political group and Council.  The Committee sets its own workplan and can set up task and finish groups as and when considered appropriate.

The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Overview and Scrutiny Committees also conduct joint meetings on a regular basis, when similar topics have been identified, to scrutinise topics and external stakeholders and Service providers relevant to both Councils. 

Overview and Scrutiny forms an important part of the democratic process within the Council and wider community by examining topics and continuing to monitor the outcome of its work. Where it is considered necessary to follow up on the outcome of a scrutinised topic, the Committee will conduct further scrutiny or receive updates on the topic to enable the Council to continue to deliver the best service for all residents in the District.

The Overview and Scrutiny workplans are updated regularly and can be viewed on the links below:

BABERGH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY WORK PLAN  2022 -2023

MID SUFFOLK OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY WORK PLAN 2022 - 2023

The Overview and Scrutiny Annual Reports are presented to Full Council every year. The annual Overview and Scrutiny Committee report  2022 – 2021 can be viewed on the links below:

Babergh Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2020 -2021

Mid Suffolk Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2020 -2021