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Have your say on topics for scrutiny

Middlesbrough residents are being asked which issues they’d like put under the microscope to help inform how local services are delivered.

The call is part of the Council’s Scrutiny process which allows local elected councillors to explore any topic which affects local people and the area they live in.

These often relate to the work of the Council but can also involve other relevant organisations and bodies.

Scrutiny offers an open and transparent way to explore issues and evaluate and challenge policies, decisions and performance.

Middlesbrough Council has a number of scrutiny panels that undertake detailed, evidence-based reviews covering areas including the environment, health services, social care, housing, transport and education.

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.

Members of the public – who are also welcome to attend scrutiny meetings – are being asked for suggestions as to which topics they would like to see put under the spotlight.

Some examples of previous scrutiny panel investigations include:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Crime and anti-social behaviour in Middlesbrough
  • Fly-tipping and bulky waste collections
  • Eyesore / empty / derelict commercial properties
  • The recruitment and retention of staff within Adult Social Care

The Overview and Scrutiny Board and scrutiny panels will shortly be deciding which topics they wish to investigate over the coming year based on suggestions from a variety of sources, including those from the public.

To suggest a topic, email scrutiny@middlesbrough.gov.uk or write to the Democratic Services Team, PO Box 503, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FX by Friday, June 3 and include:

  • Suggested topics for scrutiny review
  • Reasons for suggesting the topics