Your ideas for what the council should investigate through scrutiny?

Magnifying glassIn depth scrutiny is used to investigate a matter thoroughly, considering evidence and opinions from a wide range of interested people and organisations to recommend improvements.  The results of these investigations have a real impact on policy and service improvements.  Bristol City Council conducts 2-3 scrutiny projects each year.

We are keen to investigate and review issues that matter to the people of Bristol and want to hear from you about what  themes and policies you would like us to examine in depth.

Here are previous examples of in-depth scrutiny to give you an idea of the sorts of citywide public service issues that we can investigate.  These have already been covered so we are interested in your suggestions for new topics.

  • Community Learning
  • Third Sector Commissioning
  • Bristol’s Street Sex Market
  • Sustainable Travel
  • Museum and Archives
  • Bristol’s Bus Services
  • Adult Community Care
  • Climate Change
  • Local Post Offices
  • Libraries
  • Health Walk in Centre

You can read the reports of these scrutiny commissions here
Phone Ian Scott – Scrutiny Officer – 0117 9222770 for more information.

Your suggested topic should be a city wide issue of public concern. Issues related to your local neighbourhood are addressed through the committee of your neighbourhood partnership www.bristol.gov.uk/neighbourhoodpartnerships

In your comment, please say –
Your suggested topic for scrutiny and why you think this matter needs to be addressed?

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7 thoughts on “Your ideas for what the council should investigate through scrutiny?

  1. The setting up of large scale Tenant Management Organisations in Bristol has been devoid of proper scrutiny, most of these TMOs have been undemocratically formed from the dying moments of the old Area housing Committees and are a draw on not only the BCC Housing Revenue Account (HRA), but also on BCC Tenant Participation Resources and costs are not just local, but also nationaly to the Department of Communities that also helps to fund office space and consultants – Bedminster TMO I am told is being funded to the tune of £200,000 this financial year, £50k approximately from the HRA. There are to my knowledge about 6 disparate individuals running this group for 3000+ homes – democratic no!

    Most TMOs in Bristol have not been setup from grass rooted constituted Tenants groups, which is how TMOs are supposed to be created! What is really happening is that a promotional campaign is being mounted to garner support, instead of the scrutiny of wether these TMOs are ligitimately allowed to use this funding which is considerate, especialy as they are not wanted on the whole and will probably take a considerable amount of time and money to establish, if this happens at all – I have heard for instance that Southwark has had a TMO steering group in operation for about 12 years without establishing a TMO – what a waste of public funds!

    Bristol City Council should reinvestigate wether these TMOs are legitimate, the few that seem ligitimate in having been setup from tenant action groups, I believe however that these groups no longer exist! Withdraw funding and support from those TMOs that are not legitimate and concentrate HRA and TPU resources on core housing issues, what Bristol needs, such as more council homes and TPU support for constituted Tenants Associations.

    Thank You

    Mike Chappell

  2. As an example, the Council budget includes 3 separate entries for “Corporate Management and Strategy” none of which are itemised but in total add up to in excess of £11,000,000. These sums appear to be spent on non-portfolio executive salary and offices but do not appear to have been scrutinised at all in the debates on the budget by any of the councillors. Further, the number and function of excecutive officers is not particularly well known or understood.

    At a time when cuts are being made to library services, adult education and presumably more cuts on the way, the expense and structure of the council’s higher paid officers could and should be scrutinised to see if there are areas of unnecessaty expense.

    • Thanks Harry for your clarification.

      I shall put forward your suggestion, along with others received, for consideration by scrutiny members at their Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee Meeting that is provisionally scheduled for the 27th May.

      I will contact you again nearer the time.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Scott
      Scrutiny Officer
      Bristol City Council
      0117 9222770

      • Thanks Ian

        Can you clarift who is on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee Meeting ?

        • Dear Harry,

          Your suggestion is now contained in Item 12. TOPICS FOR IN-DEPTH SCRUTINY INVESTIGATION 2010/11 of the next Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee (details below) This Committee is responsible for co-ordinating the scrutiny work of the Council.

          If you wish to attend the meeting, details as follows. If you wish further clarification please call me on 0117 9222770.

          OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ABOVE COMMITTEE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 5.00 PM ON THURSDAY 27 TH MAY 2010 IN A COMMITTEE ROOM AT THE COUNCIL HOUSE, COLLEGE GREEN, BRISTOL, BS1 5TR

          webref: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/item/committeecontent/?ref=wa&code=wa041&year=2010&month=05&day=27&hour=17&minute=00

          Item 12. TOPICS FOR IN-DEPTH SCRUTINY INVESTIGATION 2010/11
          [6.00 pm – estimate]
          To determine topics for in-depth scrutiny during 2010/11
          (Report of the Service Director, Strategy and Performance)

  3. You should scrutinise the Council’s budget, patrticularly the spending on executive salaries and offices.

    • Thanks Harry,

      In line with the above can you please clarify why you think this matter needs to be addressed?

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Scott
      Scrutiny Officer
      Bristol City Council
      0117 9222770

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