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 Executive Scrutiny Board would explore potential solutions, and make recommendations that certain action be taken.

It should be noted that discussions at The Executive 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.



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 Executive Scrutiny Board review the steps that the council has taken in response to the petition.

The Executive 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



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 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 Executive 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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