What is scrutiny?
The current political management arrangements for Adur District Council were introduced in May 2008 and for Worthing Borough Council in September 2001.
Scrutiny is the mechanism by which public accountability is exercised.
See also: Political management structure
Are you concerned about local issues? If so then you can ask the Adur and Worthing Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee to investigate using the form below.
If you are a local resident you can ask a Councillor to help in completing the form, if you are unsure who your councillors are then please see:
- Find your local councillor - in Adur
- Find your local councillor - in Worthing
Please submit your request using the form below:
Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council each have an Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Adur's Committee is made up of eight members and Worthing's is made up of fifteen members, both Committees are politically balanced.
There is also a Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee which is made up of eight members from Adur and eight members from Worthing.
Overview and Scrutiny plays a vital role in the Council decision making and policy development processes. The Overview and Scrutiny Committees are responsible for holding the Executives and Joint Strategic Committee to account and helping to develop new policies. The Committees can review/scrutinise decisions made, conduct reviews of services, monitor the council's performance and carry out policy development functions.
You can find the agendas, reports and minutes and the committee members via the links below:
- Adur Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Worthing Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee
At the Annual Council meetings each year a work programme for the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee is agreed.
The current work programme for 2016/17 is a rolling programme and details are available on request.
The Overview and Scrutiny Committees can review and advise on all existing policies of the council, including making recommendations for future options to the Executives and Joint Strategic Committee.
The committees can review arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which the councils' functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
Working groups are established to conduct work on behalf of the committees. They are made up of three or four of members of the committee. A scoping report is received by the committee who determine the working group's membership, who to consult with and the timescale of the review.
When undertaking investigations a working group or the committees might determine to interview witnesses as part of a public hearing. The working group will invite key witnesses to appear before them to give evidence and answer questions. Written submissions are usually made by the witnesses and these are made available within the agenda. Written submissions are welcomed from other interested parties.
At the end of each municipal year the committees produce an Annual Report.
- No annual report was produced for 2015-16
- Adur & Worthing Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Annual Report 2013-14 (55KB)
- Adur & Worthing Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Forward Work Programme 2014-15 (38KB)
- Adur Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Annual Report 2009-10 (1,040KB)
- Worthing Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Annual Report 2009-10 (1,955KB)
- Adur Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Annual Report 2008-09 (108KB)
- Worthing Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Annual Report 2008-09 (1,981KB)
Contact Policy Officer for Scrutiny, Strategic Performance and Risk Management
Policy Officer for Scrutiny, Strategic Performance and Risk Management,
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,