Scrutiny committees

Scrutiny review of cabinet decisions

The overview and scrutiny committee can review decisions made by or on behalf of the cabinet. This is known as 'calling in' the decision.

The key rules around calling-in decisions are:

  • decisions may only be called-in in certain instances; for example, where it's believed there was inadequate consultation or the decision breaches human rights
  • that three members of overview and scrutiny committee must all agree that the decision should be called-in
  • the call-in must be requested within five working days of the decision being published

The decision will then be reviewed by overview and scrutiny committee, normally within two weeks from the date of the call-in request.

The overview and scrutiny committee can recommend that the decision is reconsidered by the original decision-taker. 

View call-in meetings

Page last updated: 01 August 2017