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 policies and decisions

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How Scrutiny works in Bristol

Scrutiny in Bristol is carried out in three ways: 

  • Scrutiny Commissions 
  • Task Groups 
  • Inquiry days and one-off pieces of in-depth scrutiny work

Scrutiny Commissions 

There are four Scrutiny Commissions: 

  • Resources Scrutiny Commission
  • Communities Scrutiny Commission
  • People 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
  • management of the Scrutiny Work Programme  

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 for 2019 to 2020

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 priority topics for 2019 to 2020:

  • the medium term financial plan (MTFP)
  • selected council budgets and the overall council budget, which will be presented at Cabinet in early 2020

Inquiry days and one-off pieces of work for 2019 to 2020 will focus on:

  • climate adaption 
  • special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • high streets 

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