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Overview and Scrutiny 

The Council takes lots of decisions every day about how to provide public services and spend money. These decisions are taken by the Cabinet, made up of the Mayor and seven Cabinet Members.

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.

Scrutiny commissions

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. You can also view our latest annual report which summarises the work of all the different Commissions in the last year.

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.

Cabinet question time sessions

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.

Calling to account 

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)

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Page updated: 29 Jul 2015 

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Overview and Scrutiny
2nd Floor
Hackney Town Hall
Mare Street
E8 1EA
Opening Times
Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm.
Tel:020 8356 3000
Fax:020 8356 3752