Overview and Scrutiny
To make sure these decisions are taken fairly, that local people get a say on how policies are produced, and that services are provided in the best possible way, many of the councillors sit on scrutiny commissions. In Hackney we have five commissions.
What matters most to you in Hackney? The borough's scrutiny councillors need to know your views. From housing and council budgets, to health and education, we want to know what your top priorities are, as part of an annual survey to shape next year's scrutiny work programme.
Scrutiny commissions are made up of councillors who work across party political lines to investigate issues of local concern, and they need to know what Hackney residents want to see reviewed from June this year. Good scrutiny plays an important role in the development of better policies and improving performance.Complete the survey
Look at each commission's page to see what they are working on at the moment, or see previous reviews to see reviews that have been completed.
Children and young people
We look at all services for children and young people, including those provided by the Hackney Learning Trust and social services.
Community safety and social inclusion
We review issues of crime and community safety. We also look at support for the voluntary sector, community cohesion and adult learning.
Governance and resources
We review the way the council operates, including how the budget is prepared and agreed.
Health in Hackney
We look at all health services, adult social care and services for older people.
Living in Hackney
We have a remit for all housing issues, as well as leisure and culture, planning, sustainability, waste and street cleanliness.
How do the reviews work?
Every year around June, each commission picks two or three topics they want to review. They then decide who they want to talk to, what sort of information is needed and the timelines to get it all done.
The commissions talk to the people who use the services they are reviewing, and the organisations that represent them. This is how we get the most honest picture of how the the council and our partners is doing.
The commission Councillors and support officers then look at that service's performance, find out who in the country does it better and looks for improvements that can be made in Hackney.
Occasionally the commissions complete one off investigations in addition to those planned at the beginning of the year. Details of these can be found towards the bottom of the webpages for the individual commissions.
Each year, the various Overview and Scrutiny commissions hold question and answer sessions with the elected councillors filling Cabinet Member positions in Hackney. View the timetable and submit a question.
Overview and Scrutiny and the law
Information about the law relating to Overview and Scrutiny can be found in a publication called Pulling It All Together written by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (as well as in this legislative framework update following the introduction of the Localism Act), and on Wikipedia.
Overview and Scrutiny has other powers that councillors can use to influence decision-making locally - call-ins, councillor call for action and calling to account.
Overview and Scrutiny presentation
If you can't see this presentation, please read: Overview and Scrutiny in Hackney (PDF, 635KB)
Page updated: 1 May 2015