Scrutiny ensures transparency in the democratic process by providing an independent and impartial way in which decisions are taken for the Council and the public. The Scrutiny function includes a wide range of members across all political parties and geographical wards to bring wider experience and views to the Council’s policy development and service improvement activities.
It is an equal and critical part of the decision making process, and is vital in maintaining public confidence. Scrutiny Committees cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council but they can ensure that those that do so, are making robust decisions in the right way.
Each year a forward work programme is developed for each of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee. Blaenau Gwent currently has five Scrutiny Committees:
· Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee
· Social Services Scrutiny Committee
· Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee
· Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
· Community Services
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