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Overview and Scrutiny, known in Bristol as ‘Scrutiny’ is a process that ensures that decisions taken by the Council and its partners reflect the opinions, wishes and priorities of residents in Bristol.
Scrutiny is carried out by elected members who understand and promote the concerns of the local residents who elected them. The Scrutiny process connects decision makers to local residents and involves the community whenever possible.
The Scrutiny Commissions have a key role to play in delivering local accountability, transparency and involvement in decision-making and improving outcomes for people in Bristol.
Scrutiny acts as a ‘critical friend’, providing support to ensure decisions are carried out correctly and sometimes recommending alternative or additional courses of action.
Bristol has five Scrutiny Commissions that reflect the Council’s directorates.
The membership of each Scrutiny Commission reflects the Council’s overall political composition.
By following the links below you will find more information about the Commissions, membership and you can view the Terms of Reference for 2014 to 2015.
The Overview and Scrutiny Management (OSM) Board review the Scrutiny Work Programme each quarter.
Please note, the work programme could be subject to minor changes between OSM meetings so if you have an interest in a particular agenda item, please contact us for further information.