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Overview and Scrutiny

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What is Overview and Scrutiny?

Overview & Scrutiny is about providing ideas, challenge and debate that contributes to making Northamptonshire an excellent place to live and work. Northamptonshire County Council has five scrutiny committees, which carry out this role by conducting scrutiny reviews into issues affecting the county; contributing to the development and review of policies; monitoring performance; and holding decision-makers to account. To find out more about the membership and meetings of each scrutiny committee, and to view agendas, reports and minutes, please use the menu below. Some of our meetings are now webcast live. To view webcast meetings, click here.

Overview & Scrutiny Committees

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Inactive Overview & Scrutiny Committees

Customers, Communities & Education Scrutiny Committee

The Customers, Communities & Education Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to community development; the voluntary & community sector; County Council customer services; culture, heritage and sport; libraries and learning; and education and schools.

Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee

The Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to highways and transport; growth, development and infrastructure; the environment; waste; flood risk management; and protective functions including Fire & Rescue, Trading Standards and Emergency Planning.

IRMP Working Group

To scrutinise the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2013-2017

Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee

The Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing adults' and children's social care; and NHS services delivered to the county.

Healthier Together Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee

The Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee has been formed by Northamptonshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council, Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council. It is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing proposals for future NHS acute services delivered in hospitals and in the community to be developed through the Healthier Together Programme.

Overview & Scrutiny Committees 2010-11

Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee

The Children & Young People Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing services and issues relating to children and young people’s educational and social care and health needs in Northamptonshire.

Customers & Communities Scrutiny Committee

The Customers & Communities Scrutiny Committee has the overview & scrutiny responsibilities for Customer Services, Culture, Community Safety, Highways and Transport, Waste, Procurement, Economic Development Regeneration and regional relationships, Commercial, Community renewal, Community Cohesion, Third Sector and Grownth.

Fire & Rescue Scrutiny Sub Committee

The aim of the sub committee is to carry out pre decision scrutiny of policy development and delivery issues and in-depth investigations of issues where scrutiny can contribute to service improvement.

Health & Adult Social Services Scrutiny Committee

The Health & Adult Social Service Scrutiny Committee has the overview and scrutiny function responsibilities for scrutiny of health under the Health and Social Care Act 2001, in conjunction with district and borough councils, Adult social care and Adult and community learning.

Scrutiny Management Committee

The Scrutiny Management Committee is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the Overview & Scrutiny Function to ensure that it achieves its objectives. The Committee is also responsible for scrutinising strategic and cross-cutting issues in the county and County Council organisational functions.

Overview & Scrutiny Committees 2011-2018

Children, Learning & Communities Scrutiny Committee

The Children, Learning & Education Scrutiny Committee is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to community development; the voluntary & community sector; County Council customer services; culture, heritage and sport; libraries and learning; and education and schools. It was disbanded in September 2018.

Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee

The Environment, Development & Transport Scrutiny Committee was responsible for scrutinising and reviewing matters relating to highways and transport; growth, development and infrastructure; the environment; waste; flood risk management; and protective functions including Fire & Rescue, Trading Standards and Emergency Planning. It was disbanded in September 2018.

Finance & Resources Scrutiny Committee

The Finance & Resources Scrutiny Committee was responsible for scrutinising and reviewing budget development and delivery; corporate planning and performance; and LGSS and corporate support services. It was disbanded in September 2018.

Health, Adult Care & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

The Health, Adult Care & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee had the overview and scrutiny function responsibilities for scrutiny of health, adult social care and Public Health. It was disbanded in September 2018.

Scrutiny Management Committee

The Scrutiny Management Committee was responsible for managing and co-ordinating the Overview & Scrutiny Function at Northamptonshire County Council to ensure that it operated effectively and achieves its objectives. It was disbanded in September 2018.