Overview and scrutiny

The overview and scrutiny function is vital to our work, helping us develop policies, improve our performance and hold the City Mayor and Executive to account for their decisions.

Further information

It can also help scrutinise work carried out by other organisations, such as the NHS.

The scrutiny commissions are made up of councillors who are not members of our main decision-making executive. They can also include people from outside bodies, such as community leaders, teachers and members of our Young People's Council.

They meet to gather evidence from officers, councillors, service users and experts before making recommendations to the City Mayor and executive.

What areas do we scrutinise?

We have eight scrutiny commissions, looking at each of the main areas in which we provide services:

  • Adult social care focuses on matters relating to our delivery of statutory adult social care functions, such as home care and care homes.
  • Children, young people and schools looks at learning services and our Building Schools for the Future programme.
  • Economic development, transport and tourism considers matters which include planning policies, employment and skills; leisure services and tourism.
  • Health and wellbeing has a unique democratic mandate to act in the interests all Leicester residents in relation to the health services they receive.
  • Heritage, culture, leisure and sport looks at areas including parks and play areas; museums and heritage interpretation.
  • Housing¬†considers matters relating to housing and the homeless. It was previously part of the adult social care commission.
  • Neighbourhood services and community involvement¬†looks at the provision of community services, libraries, environmental and enforcement services, and the voluntary and community sector.

Contact us

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