Council scrutiny committees are based on the model of parliamentary select committees, where witnesses are invited along and asked questions.
I am a member of EDDC’s overview and scrutiny committee and Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee.
The idea is to try and get behind an issue, to work through to the nub of it, particularly on issues of public concern. The role of the scrutiny committee is act on behalf of residents who do not have the opportunity to seek out, or ask such questions. And it should be taken seriously…. But is it?
Here are a few examples of EDDC overview and scrutiny meetings ….