Information about the scrutiny committees that independently monitor how we go about our business and the decisions we make.

The work of the executive is monitored by various overview and scrutiny committees, which can check recent decisions, advise on policy development and review service performance. They can also call the executive to account where it is felt that their decisions have not been as effective as they should be.

Membership and independence

Each non-executive member has a seat on at least one of the four overview and scrutiny committees or the additional scrutiny of health committee.

To ensure that these committees take an independent view, executive members are not allowed to be members of them, although the committees can require executive members and officers of the council to attend to give evidence about issues under review. Committees are also able to co-opt additional non-voting members to provide an external view of council services.

There is also a scrutiny board, which helps to coordinate the workload of the committees and seeks to develop best practice. The board is made up of the five chairmen of the overview and scrutiny committees and is chaired by county councillor Liz Casling. There is also a scrutiny officers network in place for organisations in North Yorkshire to share information, resources and best practice (see below for more information).

See the  guide to overview and scrutiny in North Yorkshire County Council (pdf / 58 KB) for more information about overview and scrutiny committees and the work they do. You might also find the  overview and scrutiny information sheets (pdf / 125 KB) document useful. This contains more detailed information and guidance about scrutiny committees and the scrutiny process.

List of the overview and scrutiny committees

This scrutiny committee covers the following areas:

  • The needs of vulnerable adults, older people and people whose independence needs to be supported by intervention from the public or voluntary sector.

Support for this scrutiny committee is provided by:

  • Ray Busby, corporate development officer

The key members for this scrutiny committee are:

  • Chairman: Cllr Patrick Mulligan
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr John McCartney
  • Group spokesperson: Cllrs Lindsay Burr, Brian Marshall and John Savage

Making representations to scrutiny committee

If you would like to address this scrutiny committee, you need to register this with:

Ray Busby
Email: ray.busby@northyorks.gov.uk 
Tel: 01609 532655

This scrutiny committee covers the following areas:

  • Our corporate organisation and structure, resource allocation, asset management, procurement policy, people strategy, equality and diversity, performance management, communications and access to services; and
  • Partnership working, community development, community engagement, community strategies and community safety (the designated crime and disorder committee).

Support for this scrutiny committee is provided by:

  • Neil White, corporate development officer

The key members for this scrutiny committee are:

  • Chairman: Cllr Derek Bastiman
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Steve Shaw-Wright
  • Group spokesperson: Cllrs Sam Cross, Stuart Parsons and Elizabeth Shields

Making representations to scrutiny committee

If you would like to address this scrutiny committee, you need to register this with:

Neil White
Email: neil.white@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 0845 8 72 73 74

This scrutiny committee covers the following areas:

  • To review any matter relating to the planning, provision and operation of health services in the county, including ambulance trusts and the policies of the strategic health authority;
  • To act as a lever to improve the health of local people, ensuring that the needs of the local people are considered as an integral part of the delivery and development of health services; and
  • To focus on action to achieve health improvement; to examine health care in the context of the wider determinants of health; to examine how health services address the needs of local communities; especially to address health inequalities; to ensure that local health and health related issues are being tackled jointly and in a co-ordinated way across agencies.

Support for this scrutiny committee is provided by:

  • Bryon Hunter, scrutiny team leader

The key members for this scrutiny committee are:

  • Chairman: Cllr Jim Clark
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Philip Barrett
  • Group spokesperson: Cllrs David Billing, John Clark, David Simister and Margaret Ann De Courcey-Bayley

Making representations to scrutiny committee

If you would like to address this scrutiny committee, you need to register this with:

Bryon Hunter
Email: bryon.hunter@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 01609 532898

This scrutiny committee covers the following areas:

  • Transport and communications infrastructure of all kinds, however owned or provided, and how the transport needs of the community are met;
  • Support to business and helping people develop their skills, including lifelong learning; and
  • Sustainable development, climate change strategy, countryside management, waste management, environmental conservation and enhancement and cultural issues.

Support for this scrutiny committee is provided by:

  • Jonathan Spencer, corporate development officer

The key members for this scrutiny committee are:

  • Chairman: Cllr Andrew Backhouse
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Robert Packham
  • Group spokesperson: Cllrs Robert Heseltine, Peter Horton and Bill Hoult

Making representations to scrutiny committee

If you would like to address this scrutiny committee, you need to register this with:

Jonathan Spencer
Email: jonathan.spencer@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 01609 780780

This scrutiny committee covers the following areas:

  • The interests of young people, including education, care and protection and family support.

Support for this scrutiny committee is provided by:

  • Neil White, corporate development officer

The key members for this scrutiny committee are:

  • Chairman: Cllr Elizabeth Shields
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Joe Plant
  • Group spokesperson: Cllrs Janet Jefferson and John Ritchie

Making representations to scrutiny committee

If you would like to address this scrutiny committee, you need to register this with:

Neil White
Email: neil.white@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 01609 532669

Further information

The North Yorkshire scrutiny officers network meets four times a year to share information, resources and best practice. The network is made up of representatives from the scrutiny functions of each of the district and borough councils, North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.

These organisations have made a commitment to joint working based on good communication and sharing information and resources where possible, including:

  • sharing forward plans for scrutiny;
  • sharing the outcomes of scrutiny reviews;
  • organising a regular (at least annual) event for lead scrutiny members to meet and review how effectively the organisations are scrutinising partnership outcomes in North Yorkshire;
  • working together to scrutinise an issue jointly where this will add value or where an issue impacts on more than one area;
  • setting up informal task groups or formal joint committees as agreed on a case by case basis; and
  • liaising and co-ordinating responses to requests for information from stakeholders.

We are committed to involving anyone who wishes to participate in overview and scrutiny, irrespective of age, ability, sexuality, faith, race or gender. As such:

  • venues for any overview and scrutiny public meetings will be assessed to ensure that facilities and access are suitable for all;
  • overview and scrutiny publications can be made available on request in different formats and languages;
  • input into scrutiny reviews will be welcomed in different ways as appropriate (written, oral, one-to-one meetings, group meetings etc.); and
  • overview and scrutiny committees may request information on the equalities impact assessments for the service or policy area under scrutiny review.

To learn more about how to get involved in overview and scrutiny, please contact the appropriate scrutiny support officer or key member. If you would like to address a committee, you need to register this with the appropriate committee administrator.