Scrutiny in Bristol

Scrutiny in Bristol

The role of Scrutiny in the council.

Scrutiny helps the council and partners make decisions that reflect the opinions, wishes and priorities of the people of Bristol.

It is led by councillors to:

  • help the Mayor with policy development
  • review council performance
  • analyse current policies

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How Scrutiny works in Bristol

Scrutiny in Bristol is carried out in two ways: 

  • Scrutiny Commissions 
  • Task Groups 

Scrutiny Commissions 
There are four Scrutiny Commissions: 

  • Resources Scrutiny Commission
  • Communities Scrutiny Commission
  • Adults, Children and Education Scrutiny Commission
  • Growth and Regeneration Scrutiny Commission

This is also an Overview and Scrutiny Management Board (OSMB) which is responsible for the overview of all corporate Council business.   

The Commissions are made up of elected councillors, and on some Commissions, there are co-optees.

Scrutiny Commissions do not make decisions.  They aim to influence those who do by making recommendations based on the evidence they’ve gathered, and considered, about how services can be improved for local residents.

Task Groups 

Task Groups enable Councillors to carry out in-depth policy development work at the early stages of policy formation.  Members of OSMB have selected the following five priority topics for the current Task Groups:

  • SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
  • Sex Industry, Modern Slavery and Exploitation of Vulnerable People 
  • Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and the Budget 
  • Council Assets (Property)
  • Social Value, Procurement and SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises)

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