Scrutiny at Southend
All non-Cabinet Members have the opportunity to serve on at least one Scrutiny Committee. The three Scrutiny Committees are chaired by Councillors from the opposition groups represented on the Council.
The People Scrutiny Committee has specialist co-opted members and observers that bring additional expertise and experience. There are 7 co-opted members on the Scrutiny Committee - two Diocesan representatives with voting rights on education matters, two elected parent governor representatives with voting rights on education matters, three non-voting members representing the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS), Healthwatch Southend and the Southend Carers’ Forum. In addition there are two observers representing the Youth Council.
Every Municipal Year, each of the Scrutiny Committees select a topic for an in-depth study/public inquiries into matters of local concern. These lead to reports and recommendations which advise the Executive and the Council as a whole on its policies, budget and service delivery. Copies of the reports regarding the previous topics undertaken can be accessed from the library.