The scrutiny process involves councillors examining any topic which impacts the local area. This often relates to council services, but it can also involve relevant external organisations and bodies.
Scrutiny ensures that the decisions taken by the council and its partners are appropriate. It creates an open, transparent way for councillors to shape, question, evaluate, and challenge policies, decisions, and performance.
Scrutiny investigations are usually carried out over the course of several meetings, which consider information from relevant sources, and examine current policies and practices.
At the end of the exercise an investigation report is prepared, which summarises the scrutiny panel's findings and puts forward recommendations to make Middlesbrough a better place to live and work.
Scrutiny is an essential part of making sure the council remains effective and accountable.