Overview and Scrutiny
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What is Scrutiny.
Scrutiny provides the role of the "critical friend" to the decision makers within the Council. It assists in strategic policy development, it drives improvement in public services and it enables the voice of the public to be heard.
Scrutiny In Birmingham
Following the May 2012 elections there are now 77 Labour Members 28 Conservative Members, and 15 Liberal Democrat Members.
There are eight Overview and Scrutiny Committees, which are structured to cover every aspect of the City Council's work, ensuring that Cabinet Members are accountable for the decisions they make and for the services being delivered across the city. The Health and Social Care Committee also oversees health issues and looks at the work of the NHS in Birmingham and across the West Midlands.
Below are the details for the eight new cross cutting Overview and Scrutiny Committees :
Councillor Carl Rice (Ladywood) will chair the Resources, Governance and Member Development committee.
Councillor Susan Barnett (Billesley) will chair the Health and Social Care committee
Councillor Zafar Iqbal (South Yardley) will chair the Birmingham Economy and Jobs committee
Councillor Majid Mahmood (Hodge Hill) will chair the Partnership, Contract Performance and the Third Sector committee
Councillor Victoria Quinn (Sparkbrook) will chair the Transport, Connectivity and Sustainability committee
Councillor Lisa Trickett (Moseley and Kings Heath) will chair the Districts and Public Engagement committee
Councillor Anita Ward (Hodge Hill) will chair the Education and Vulnerable Children committee
Councillor Waseem Zaffer (Lozells and East Handsworth) will chair the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Committee.