The Scrutiny Committee is made up of 15 councillors and usually meets once a month. Its plays an important role in providing local accountability, openness and involvement in decision-making.
Scrutiny was introduced to act as the Executive’s ‘critical friend’. It ensures public accountability and reflects the needs and concerns of Somerset West and Taunton residents by considering issues before decisions are made and reviewing how effectively public services are provided. Scrutiny’s role and functions are set out in the Terms of Reference in the Constitution.