Scrutiny committees consist of all members (also known as councillors) who are not members of our Executive Board.
Their main purpose is to:
- review and improve the services we provide as a council
- make recommendations on future policy options
- act as a check on the Executive Board by holding it to account for its decisions
Scrutiny is important in demonstrating the council's accountability. For example, scrutiny members can request that Executive Board members and council officers attend their meetings to account for their decisions.
There are five scrutiny committees in Wrexham:
The Scrutiny Co-ordinating Group (made up of the chairs and vice chairs of the scrutiny committees) oversees and co-ordinates the workload of the five scrutiny committees.
What can scrutiny committees do?
- review policies and decisions
- be involved in developing policies
- hold Executive Board and council officers to account
- undertake reviews to improve services
- review and scrutinise the services of external agencies that affect the people of Wrexham
- make evidence-based recommendations
- refer recommendations to the Executive Board or Full Council, as appropriate
How do issues come to scrutiny committees?
Scrutiny committees can take suggestions from various sources, including the public, as well as individual members and officers. Each committee can also identify their own area to review.
When an issue is presented, scrutiny members consider priorities in Wrexham, what needs reviewing and where scrutiny could make a difference. Their work programmes however are kept flexible, to take any unexpected issues into account.
Get involved in scrutiny
Members of the public can attend scrutiny committee meetings, except where personal or confidential items are being considered.
Each committee usually meets every month, although additional meetings may be called.
Most meetings take place in the Guildhall, Wrexham. However meetings can take place at other venues, if appropriate. If you wish to attend or be involved in a meeting of a scrutiny committee please read the public engagement protocol.
Scrutiny meetings and work programme
Each scrutiny committee reviews their work programme on a monthly basis.
You search through the calendar of meetings to view the most recent work programmes (select a meeting, where the relevant scrutiny committee is shown, to view the agenda and work programme report).
If the agenda for that particular meeting is not yet available, please check the agenda for the previous month, or contact our scrutiny team.
Section 7 of the Constitution contains the terms of reference of the scrutiny committees.