The Local Government Act 2000 requires that local authorities have a scrutiny function. More recently this has been extended to make sure that crime and disorder and health matters are under constant scrutiny.
Scrutiny takes a 'critical friend' approach and ensures that the Council and its partners are held accountable for the choices they make, that the decision-making process is clear and accessible to the public, and that there are opportunities for the public to influence and improve circumstances in the borough.
Scrutiny is non-adversarial and non-partisan, and it is this collaborative and objective approach that allows the Select Committees to both challenge the Council (and its partners) and provide clear guidance on relevant issues.
Scrutiny works for, and on behalf of, local people. We welcome public involvement at every opportunity. Get involved if you would like to contribute to the scrutiny process and help make Barking and Dagenham a better place.