Scrutiny is a key democratic mechanism for holding public-service providers in Lambeth to account and facilitating the improvement of public services in the area.
Working with citizens and public servants, scrutiny councillors undertake the following roles:
- Monitor, question and investigate the performance of the council's Cabinet, senior officers and council services
- Develop, review and make recommendations for the improvement of policy and services
- Hold the Cabinet and officers making decisions on behalf of the council to account in public and
- Scrutinise other public service providers’ work and its impact on the local community.
Effective scrutiny enhances accountability, ensures transparency of decision-making, contributes to service improvement and acts as a 'check and balance' on decision-makers.
The Lambeth scrutiny system explained.
Information on the role and work programmes of the council’s scrutiny committees.
How you can get involved in helping to improve Lambeth.
Every year the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and sub-committees agree on areas for in depth investigation and review. For each of these topics an individual commission (a working group) with between three and five non-Cabinet councillors is set up.