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Find out what is going on in scrutiny.

Keep up to date with the current work of Scrutiny through our monthly NewsletterOpens new window. You can subscribeOpens new window to our Newsletter to receive a monthly update via email.

We also write interesting blogOpens new window about our work.

The Annual Work Programme sets out which topics will be looked at by the Scrutiny Councillors each year. Please find this year's programme detailed below.

You may click on the links of any of the Panel titles to view the planned meetings and their agendas.  

A progress report on all scrutiny activities, and timetable of future meetings, is included within each monthly Scrutiny Programme CommitteeOpens new window agenda.

Scrutiny Work Programme - 2019 / 2020

 Inquiry Panel

(time-limited in-depth scrutiny - six months)

 Working Groups

(light-touch scrutiny / one-off meetings)

Performance Panels

(ongoing in-depth performance / financial monitoring and challenge)

Issues for Scrutiny Programme CommitteeOpens new window

(Overall work programme management; Cabinet Member Q and As; discussion of broad range of policy and service issues)

1.   ProcurementOpens new window

(Terms of Reference to be agreed by Panel but may look at: effectiveness of process and Strategy; value for money / social value; benefits to local economy; impact of local procurement on regeneration / jobs; financial savings to Council; collaboration etc)

Follow up of previous inquiries:

1.   Regional WorkingOpens new window

2.   EqualitiesOpens new window
















1.   BrexitOpens new window

(Council preparedness and resilience; how is this being discussed; what plans / contingencies are being put in place given possible impact, relationship with Wales / UK Government)

2.   Employee Health and Wellbeing

(how the Council supports members of staff; issues around staff sickness; pressures)

3.   Road Safety

(hot spots; work to improve safety; preventative measures; speed controls; safety of cycling routes; partnership working)

4.   Digital Inclusion

(follow up on previous -Mar 2017-   discussion around digital transformation, the Council's digital inclusion strategy, and how well prepared both the Council and the public is to use and communicate / engage via digital technology to avoid exclusion / poor access)

Reserve List:

  • Active Travel

(are we meeting obligations of Welsh Government Active Travel Act; encouragement of cycling / walking)

  • Leisure Facilities

(assessment of the leisure offer to residents and visitors; discussion around issues; gaps; work to cater for the young eg skateboard parks)

  • Services for the Disabled and their Carers

(Council's overall approach to inclusion / access to information, advice, and services, improving quality of life, progress with Carers Strategy; compliance with legislation)


1.   Service Improvement and FinanceOpens new window (monthly)

Specific issues to pick up:

  • Budget (spend / sustainability)
  • Waste and Recycling (incl. issues around plastic waste, civic amenity site provision; influence on commercial organisations)
  • Embedding Welsh Language Measures
  • Archives Service (concern about accommodation issues and their effect on current/future service)
  • Co-production (Council's approach to improving involvement and engagement, embedding Well-being of Future Generations Act)

2.   EducationOpens new window (monthly)

Specific issues to pick up:

  • Additional Learning Needs (impact of new legislation)
  • Performance of Children on Free School Meals

3.   Adult ServicesOpens new window (monthly)

Specific issues to pick up:

  • Commissioning of Residential Care (quality of service / contracts; financial stability)
  • Quality of Needs Assessments / Care Plans
  • Charging
  • Availability of Specialised Dementia Beds in Care Homes
  • Waiting Lists for Care in the Community

4.   Child and Family ServicesOpens new window (every two months)

Specific issues to pick up:

Youth Offending Service (effectiveness of new local arrangements following critical regional inspection)

5.   Development and RegenerationOpens new window (every two months)

Specific issues to pick up:

  • Inward Investment (concern about retail collapse in city centres; advice/support to SMEs)
  • City Deal and Wider Regeneration
  • Management of Gower AONB
  • Regeneration Projects in Deprived Communities
  • Seafront Proposals
  • Student Accommodation Developments (managing impact)

6.   Natural EnvironmentOpens new window (quarterly)

Specific issues to pick up:

  • Follow up on Inquiry Recommendations
  • Local Flood Risk Management
  • Pollution Control
  • Use of Glyphosate for Weed Spraying
  • Council action on Climate Change

7.   Public Services BoardOpens new window (twice yearly)

Specific discussions:

  • Corporate Safeguarding
  • Housing Commissioning Review

Cabinet Member Q and A Sessions (issues to pick up):

  • Policy Commitments
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Regional Working
  • 5G Roll-out and Health Concerns (local impact; council involvement re. testing and response)
  • Fires on Kilvey Hill
  • Beach / Cliff Incidents
  • Youth Work
  • Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan Progress
  • Council Housebuilding
  • Rural Economy

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation / County Lines (size / scope of problem and efforts to tackle)
  • Community Cohesion / Hate Crime

Follow Up on Previous Working Groups:


Regional Scrutiny

Equalities Scrutiny Inquiry

The inquiry looked at 'how the Council can improve how it is meeting and embedding the requirements under the Equality Act 2010 (Public Sector Equality Duty for Wales 2011)'.

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