Scrutiny

Functions of Scrutiny

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Councillor Call for Action

From 1st April 2009 new powers called Councillor Call for Action are available to Councillors to help them tackle local problems on behalf of residents of Redcar and Cleveland. These powers are contained in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (the Act), and the Police and Justice Act 2006.

Scrutiny at Redcar and Cleveland can use these powers to invite representatives from partner organisations to attend, and to request information. The Scrutiny Board would explore potential solutions, and make recommendations that certain action be taken.

It should be noted that discussions at Scrutiny Board will not necessarily resolve the issue immediately. But the Councillor Call for Action process will act as a spur for Members and officers to work together to jointly develop policies to overcome the problem.

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Petitions

Under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have adopted a petitions scheme explaining how the Council will deal with any petitions it receives. The operation of the petition scheme is reviewed on a regular basis. More details on the petitions scheme can be found on the petitions page.

If petitioners feel that the Council has not dealt with the petition properly, the petition organiser has the right to request that the Scrutiny Board review the steps that the council has taken in response to the petition.

The Scrutiny Board will endeavour to consider the request at its next meeting, although on some occasions this may not be possible and consideration will take place at the following meeting.

Should the committee determine that the Council has not dealt with the petition adequately, it may use any of its powers to deal with the matter. These powers include:
  • Instigating an investigation
  • Making recommendations to the Cabinet
  • Arranging for the matter to be considered at a meeting of the full council

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Call-In

Call-In is a means by which decisions of the Cabinet can be examined further, to ensure that they have been properly made.

Once the Cabinet makes a decision, the Overview and Scrutiny function will have 5 working days from the date the decision is published, to request that the decision be called in for greater scrutiny.

Call In may only be used where it is felt that a decision has not been made in accordance with the following principles:
  • Proportionality (ie: the decision must be proportionate to the desired outcome)
  • Due consultation and taking of professional advice from Officers
  • Respect for human rights
  • A presumption in favour of openness
  • Clear aims and desired outcomes
  • An explanation of the options considered and the reasons for the decision
The Scrutiny Board will consider a decision which has been called in and if it is concerned about it, may refer it back to the decision maker or to full Council for reconsideration, setting out in writing, the nature of its concerns.

The decision maker will then reconsider the decision and make a final decision as to whether the decision should be amended or not.

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Getting Involved

If you have a particular interest in a subject the Scrutiny Board would like to hear from you. You can contact us by e-mail scrutiny@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or by telephone on 01642 444009. Alternatively please use this form to send in your information or query.

Scrutiny will endeavour to consider all suggestions; however we will keep you informed as to how your submission will be progressed. For example an issue may be better dealt with through another channel such as via your Ward Councillor. Scrutiny is not about individual complaints - the Council and other service providers have a dedicated complaints process to deal with such matters.
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20/09/2013

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