Scrutiny Committees

Scrutiny at Southend

Southend Borough Council has three multi-party Scrutiny Committees which support the work of the Executive (Cabinet) and the Council as a whole:
The Committees meet on average six times a year, and the meetings are held in public. These generally take place at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea. For further information about the meetings of Scrutiny Committees, please visit the Meetings page.

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.

The remits of the Scrutiny Committees are:

People Scrutiny Committee:
  • All Child and Adult Education
  • Youth Services
  • Children’s Social Services
  • Adult Social Services
  • Public Health
  • Commissioning / Procurement for Children, Adults and Public Health
  • Health Scrutiny Role
  • The Committee can also establish Joint Committees - previously it has established 2 such Joint Committees looking at urological cancer services and the location of the PETCT scanner in south Essex. The Committee has now established a Joint Committee on the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Place Scrutiny Committee:
  • Planning, Highways & Transportation and Engineering
  • Environmental, Waste Management and Public Protection (Regulatory Services) Regeneration and Economic Development
  • Tourism and Events
  • Leisure, Culture and Sport
  • Foreshore
Policy & Resources Scrutiny Committee:
  • Corporate Planning & Policy
  • Asset Management
  • Corporate Services (ICT, Data Protection, Human Resources)
  • Corporate Finance Matters e.g. Localisation of benefits; Localisation of business rates
  • Customer Services
  • Crime and Disorder issues
  • Corporate Procurement
  • Core Client Housing Responsibilities, including Commissioning / Procurement
There are 17 elected Members appointed to each Scrutiny Committee. Each Committee must reflect the political balance of the full Council, which is made up of 51 Members.

All non-Executive Councillors 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.


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