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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 making sure the council remains effective and accountable.

The structure of scrutiny

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

Scrutiny arrangements in Middlesbrough




Overview and Scrutiny Board

Ad Hoc Scrutiny Panel
Adult Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel
Children and Young People’s Learning Scrutiny Panel
Children and Young People’s Social Care and Services Scrutiny Panel
Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel
Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel



Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Whitby STP Joint Scrutiny Committee
Tees Valley Health Scrutiny Joint Committee
South Tees Health Scrutiny Joint Committee

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:


Culture and communities scrutiny panel

Susie Blood

Phone: 01642 729645


Health scrutiny panel

Scott Bonner

Phone: 01642 729708


Ad-hoc scrutiny panel, Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire, and Whitby STP joint scrutiny committee, South Tees health scrutiny joint committee, Tees Valley health scrutiny joint committee, overview and scrutiny board

Caroline Breheny

Phone: 01642 729752


Children and young people's social care and services scrutiny panel

Joanne Dixon

Phone: 01642 729713


Economic development, environment, and infrastructure scrutiny panel

Susan Lightwing

Phone: 01642 729712


Adult social care and services scrutiny panel

Chris Lunn

Phone: 01642 729742


Children and young people's learning scrutiny panel

Georgina Moore

Phone: 01642 729711