Overview and Scrutiny at Richmondshire District
The 4 main areas of Overview and Scrutiny
- Holding the decision makers to account
- Performance Monitoring
- Policy Development and Review
- Internal/External Scrutiny
What Overview and Scrutiny aims to do:
- Provide 'critical friend' challenge to the Strategy Board as
well as external Authorities and Agencies
- Reflect the voice and concerns of the public and its
- Enable Members to take the lead
- Make an impact on the delivery of public services
can Overview and Scrutiny lead to?
- More openness and accountability about the way that decisions
- A Council that holds to account those Councillors and Officers
responsible for formulating implementing policies and delivering
- A Council that measures its own performance and regularly
reports, in public, on how it is meeting its promises to local
- A Council that is more responsive to the needs of local
- Improved policies and services from other Organisations that
serve the people of the Richmondshire District.
The scrutiny office has produced a
guidance booklet to provide the tools to offer effective
scrutiny for the District of Richmondshire. Within this guide, you
will find information on how scrutiny is arranged, the process of
scrutiny and useful hints and tips on effective scrutiny.
Part of the work of scrutiny involves carrying out reviews,
sometimes they are quite lengthy and in depth and other times
they are fairly short and concise. They can be on internal or
external topics. Members of the public can be co-opted
by the Committee to assist with their reviews if they have a
special knowledge or interest in the topic of review, as can
experts on that particular area.
Richmondshire District Council already use a variety of
questionnaires and surveys to gauge the opinions of local
However, if you think that a particular topic or service should be
scrutinised, please complete the form below, or write to the
Overview and Scrutiny Committees at the address below.
The Government has given Overview and Scrutiny Committees a
wide brief, allowing then to look at any issues that affect the
local area and the quality of life of local people.
Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme and Annual
The Overview and Scrutiny Committees have an annual work programme
which is regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the
concerns of local people.
Scrutiny produces an Annual Report setting out what has
been achieved over the previous twelve months.
Formal Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings are open to the
public. They are usually held at the Council Offices, Swale House,
Frenchgate, Richmond but sometimes go out to external venues.
Overview and Scrutiny Committees also work in an
informal way by means of Task Groups and Review
Groups and whilst working informally they can make site
visits, go out into the district to engage with the residents,
carry out surveys etc. to gather information to enable them to
reach conclusions on internal or external matters. They can
then for conclusions and make recommendations for improvement which
they take formally to the Strategy Board or Council or pass to the
external organisations that have been looked at.
Click on the links below to read Scrutiny Commitee 1
workplans, and the Annual Report
The Overview and Scrutiny Committees regularly review their work
programme to take account of issues of concern to local
Please fill in the online
and submit or print and return to:
Richmondshire District Council
For further, general information
on Overview and Scrutiny please click on the link below: -
Members of Overview & Scrutiny
Committee 1 (Internal Scrutiny)
Councillor Paul Cullen
Councillor John Amsden
Councillor Linda Curran DL
Councillor Matthew Wilkes
Councillor Stephanie Todd
Councillor Bill Glover
Councillor Keith Loadman
Councillor Stuart Parsons
Members of Overview & Scrutiny Committee 2
Councillor John Robinson (Chairman)
Councillor Mark Bradbury
Councillor Malcolm Gardner
Councillor Bob Gale
Councillor Tony Pelton
Councillor Muriel Blythman
Councillor Danny Gill
Councillor Rob Johnson
Councillor Campbell Dawson
Councillor Stuart Parsons
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