Scrutiny ensures transparency in the democratic process by providing an independent and impartial way in which decisions are taken for the Council and the public. The Scrutiny function includes a wide range of members across all political parties and geographical wards to bring wider experience and views to the Council’s policy development and service improvement activities.
It is an equal and critical part of the decision making process, and is vital in maintaining public confidence. Scrutiny Committees cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council but they can ensure that those that do so, are making robust decisions in the right way.
Each year a forward work programme is developed for each of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee. Blaenau Gwent currently has 4 Scrutiny Committees:
- People Scrutiny Committee
- Place Scrutiny Committee
- Partnerships Scrutiny Committee
- Corporate & Performance Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny/Regulatory Committees 2023 - 2024
Chair & Vice-Chair People Scrutiny Committee
Chair: Councillor T. Smith
Vice-Chair:Councillor J. Morgan, J.P.
Chair & Vice-Chair Place Scrutiny Committee
Chair: Councillor M. Cross
Vice-Chair: Councillor R. Leadbeater
Chair & Vice-Chair Partnerships Scrutiny Committee
Chair: Councillor W. Hodgins
Vice-Chair: Councillor D. Bevan
Chair & Vice-Chair Corporate and Performance Scrutiny Committee
Chair: Councillor J. Wilkins
Vice-Chair: Councillor J. Thomas
Chair & Vice-Chair Democratic Services Committee
Chair: Councillor J. Hill
Vice-Chair: Councillor E. Jones
Chair & Vice-Chair Governance & Audit Committee
Chair: Lay Member - Mrs J. Absalom
Vice-Chair: Councillor S. Behr
Chair & Vice-Chair Planning, General & Statutory Licensing Committees
Chair: Councillor L. Winnett
Vice-Chair: Councillor P. Baldwin
The latest reports and agendas for all of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees are available to download.
Each year we produce an annual report outlining activity undertaken by each scrutiny committee. The latest Annual Scrutiny report can be downloaded here