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Overview & Scrutiny in Bournemouth


In Bournemouth there are six Overview and Scrutiny Panels| with a co-ordinating Management Panel.  


You can see Minutes, Agenda| and current membership| of each panel.


The panels recieve support from all areas of the Council, depending on what topics they are working on. Panels undertake project work, called Task and Finish| with the overall aim of developing and improving the Council.  Overview & Scrutiny has a dedicated management and support for project management and research. The panels principal roles are best described by the following four principles.

  • Provides a ‘critical friend’ to the decision-makers
  • Enables the voice and concerns of the public
  • Is carried out by ‘independent-minded councillors’ who lead and own the scrutiny process;
  • Drives improvement in public services.
  • Of all these principles, the fourth is arguably most important. The best quality overview and scrutiny adds real value to what Councils and their partners do.



Community Representatives

As a community representative you can play an important role in the investigations and reviews carried out by Overview and Scrutiny. Community Representatives will have the opportunity to work with Councillors to contribute to the Scrutiny process.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the scrutiny process as one of our community representatives further information can be found through the Bournemouth 2026 website|.


Getting Involved

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the Overview and Scrutiny| process to make a difference to people and places in Bournemouth.

A system has been put in place to gather ideas for reviews and projects to be carried out by the Councillors about the big issues that affect a great number of people.

Reviews will be carried out through the Overview and Scrutiny Panels. Councillors will ask for evidence to be collected, hold workshops or seminars, invite witnesses, and then study all the information before reporting their findings. The Councillors will report their findings and recommend what actions should be taken.

Anyone who uses the Council’s services can put in a request for a review.

The first step is to contact your Councillor or the email icon imageOverview & Scrutiny Team| to discuss. Before doing so you should think about:

  • The reasons why you think this service/problem needs to be reviewed/looked at.
  • The evidence that supports this.
  • What results you would like to see come out of the review.

Councillors have an annual workshop to plan the areas for review for the coming year and can also add relevant projects throughout the year. Councillors will look at the complete list of suggested reviews and prioritise the most high-impact topics to work on.



Find out more about Overview & Scrutiny on the Centre for Public Scrutiny| website


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