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Each year the scrutiny commission agrees an annual work programme. The work programme will focus on performance of council services, services provided by our partners and other issues of local concern.
Getting the work programme right is crucial for effective scrutiny and we need to make sure we choose the right topics - those which will make a demonstrable difference and improve things for the public. We want to make sure that over the next year our work reflects those issues that matter most to people in St Helens.
Scrutiny has a very broad scope for the topics it can address and the approaches it can take to an enquiry: a single issue or decision might be dealt with over one meeting, whereas a review of council policy or a cross-cutting issue that involves external partners might take a number of months to conclude. There is no limit to the nature of an issue that scrutiny panels can choose to investigate.
Carrying out effective scrutiny takes a lot of time, commitment and effort so it is simply not possible to look at every issue. When choosing issues, scrutiny will consider whether it can make a real difference (e.g. would the recommendation result in improved services).
How can you get involved?
We welcome your views, suggestions and comments on issues affecting St Helens. Suggestions will be considered when agreeing our annual work programme for 2019/20. Please complete the form below to send us your suggestions.