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Overview and Scrutiny

What is Overview and Scrutiny?

Related links

An Introduction to Overview and Scrutiny (under review)

Hampshire County Council Constitution


The statutory requirement for Overview and Scrutiny was introduced by the Local Government Act 2000. The function is designed to ‘assert and protect the public interest by holding decision makers and policy makers to account’. This role has now been strengthened and extended by subsequent legislation to include the NHS and other public sector services.

Providing checks and balances to the executive

It can include any of the following activities:


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