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Mayor, Councillors and Committees


The scrutiny process involves the council’s elected members examining any topic which impacts on the local area. This often relates to council services, but the process 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 elected members to shape, question, evaluate and challenge policies, decisions and performance.

Scrutiny investigations are usually undertaken 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 ensuring that the council remains effective and accountable.

The structure of scrutiny

Currently, the panels are currently organised around the following themes.




Overview and Scrutiny Board

Children and Learning
Culture and Communities
Economic Development and Infrastructure



Middlesbrough Learns
South Tees Health Scrutiny Joint Committee - issues across the Middlesbrough PCT area
Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee - sub-regional health issues
Social Care and Adult Services

Have your say

The Overview and Scrutiny Board and scrutiny panels welcome your views on which aspects of council business should be reviewed.

Your suggestions must:

  • affect a group of people living within the Middlesbrough area
  • relate to a service, event or issue in which the council has a significant stake or over which the council has an influence
  • not be an issue which the Overview and Scrutiny Board or the scrutiny panels have considered during the last 12 months
  • not relate to an individual service complaint
  • not relate to matters dealt with by another council committee, unless the issue deals with procedure

You can forward your suggestion by one of the following methods:


Contact details for Scrutiny

Team member


Responsible for

Bernie Carr

Principal Democratic Services Officer

01642 729714
Overview and Scrutiny Board

Susie Blood

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729645
Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel

Caroline Breheny

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729752

Health Scrutiny Panel

South Tees Health Scrutiny Joint Committee

Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee

Joanne Dixon

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729713
Environment Scrutiny Panel

Susan Lightwing

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729712
Economic Development and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel

Chris Lunn

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729742
Social Care and Adult Services Scrutiny Panel

Georgina Moore

Democratic Services Officer

01642 729711

Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel