Become part of an investigation

This page details the review process, current reviews and explains how you can become involved.

A Scrutiny investigation, or review, involves:

  • Establishing the current position.
  • Seeking help from experts on the issue.
  • Inviting members of the public to give their views.
  • Looking at what is happening in other Councils.
  • Seeing how we compare to similar Councils and, if they are better than us in that area, establishing why that is.
  • Producing a report for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
  • Making recommendations to the Cabinet/Council as appropriate.
  • Monitoring progress against any agreed recommendations to ensure that improvements are being achieved.

If you are an expert you may be invited to act as a 'witness' or be co-opted onto a Review panel to provide valuable evidence and expertise to support an investigation.  More information about the role of a 'witness' can be obtained from the Overview and Scrutiny Team.

If you are a member of the public the Councillors of a Scrutiny Review would like to know your views. These views can be gathered in a variety of ways: issuing a questionnaire, conducting a one-to-one interview, holding a group discussion or publicising a request for written evidence and views relating to a current commission or task and finish review.

Joining the Scrutineer Pool

Whether you are an expert or a member of the public, you are invited to join South Somerset's Scrutineer Pool. The pool is a database of interested individuals or groups who would like to be consulted on future Scrutiny investigations.

To find out more about being a 'witness' or joining the Scrutineer Pool contact us online. Alternatively call Emily Mcguinness, Scrutiny Manager 01935 462566 for an informal chat.