The Community 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. Community 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.
Community Scrutiny considers matters relating to the External Operations and Climate Change Directorate and Housing and Communities Directorate, including their performance and budget monitoring.
Community Scrutiny also carries out the functions of the Crime and Disorder Committee (as per S19 of the Police and Justice Act) with responsibility for scrutinising crime and disorder in the District.
Matters relating to the External Operations and Climate Change Directorate, including:
Parks & Open Spaces
Public Health & wellbeing
Matters relating to the Housing and Communities Directorate, including:
Housing Revenue Account 30 year Business Plan
Sheltered and Extra Care Housing Service
Housing Options, Homelessness and Homefinder
Community resilience and engagement
Housing Property (including repairs and maintenance, voids, safety compliance)
Housing development and regeneration (affordable housing, projects such as North Taunton Woolaway Project and low carbon homes)
Scrutiny’s role and functions are set out in the Terms of Reference in the Constitution.