Overview and Scrutiny
Overview & Scrutiny aims to make decision making
more accountable, transparent and inclusive and to improve services
provided for the community by:
- Holding the Council's Executive Committee and Planning
Committee to account for the decisions they make.
- Reviewing and developing the Council's policies to ensure that
they improve the well being of the community
- Scrutinising the decisions of outside organisations who's work
affects the local community
How does Overview & Scrutiny Work in Malvern Hills
By acting to champion issues causing concern to our local
communities demonstrates the District Council's commitment to
improve services in the interest of the wellbeing of the
District. The Committee acts as the Council's watchdog by
undertaking the scrutiny and review of Council services and the
services provided by other bodies whose services impact the
District and does so in a way for the benefit of the
district, not merely to criticise.
The work of Overview and Scrutiny is carried out by Councillors
who do not sit on the Council's Executive Committee and can
therefore approach issues with independence from the Council's key
decision making body. It also provides the District Council a means
of harnessing the valuable skills and knowledge of non-executive
The Committee Chairman is Councillor Mike Morgan and Vice
Chairman is Councillor Jan Marriott.
The Committee's pre-decision scrutiny, forming part of
the decision making process, demonstrates the Council's
commitment to an inclusive, open and transparent decision making
process. By encouraging input from the District's local communities
and partners shows how the public can be directly involved in
the Council's decision making process and thereby directly
influence the decisions that affect their communities.
The Committee's Work Programme is updated at
each meeting which allows flexibility to pick up
issues as they arise and suggestions for items for them to
look into are welcomed. To this end, the last few years has seen
the Work Programme shaped by the District's 54 Parish and Town
Councils providing a public platform for communities to air
issues that are causing concern locally and has resulted in the
Council taking direct action to address issues. This also places
the District in a strong position in terms of the positive
relationship it enjoys with the Parish and Town Councils in
preparation for the Localism agenda which is placing more
responsibility at the local level.
When a subject is suggested for Overview and
Scrutiny Committee to look into, that’s too big for the Committee
as a whole to deal with, it sets up a Task & Finish group to
investigate the matter in depth on its behalf and report back to
the Committee. Provided the Task and Finish group’s report and
recommendations are endorsed by the Committee, this is then put to
full Council for approval and the Recommendations are then
implemented. To date all Task and Finish
Reports have been endorsed and the resulting
How can I get involved?
We always welcome and actively encourage public involvement in
Scrutiny. You can become involved in several ways; you may suggest
a topic or may attend a meeting and have your say, suggest a
topic for the Committee to include within their meeting. The
Committee is always keen to know what the public are thinking
including any concerns you wish to report.
If this is the case then contact us in the first instance to
find out more by sending us an email at email@example.com.
or by calling Karen Jarman on 01684 862273 who will be pleased to
provided you with more information.
Or if you would like to see how differently Overview and
Scrutiny operates, then please feel free to attend one of
our meetings and have your say or just or see how the
Committee works, without participating if you wish.
What issues are the Committee currently looking at?
Overview and Scrutiny Committee reviews and
work programme at each meeting. Managing the work programme
with this flexibility enables the Committee to consider matters of
local concern, not previously scheduled but which may merit
The Committee also conducts its business
in part by the establishment of
Task and Finish groups who undertake in depth reviews
into specific issues.
Should you wish to find out more about the work of the
Committee you are welcome to attend meetings which
usually start at 6:30p.m. in Priory Lodge Hall, Avenue Road
Further details of the Committee's work can be accessed via
the Annual Reports below: