Scrutiny is about asking questions which get to the heart of a matter. This means getting to the important part of the situation or problem.
Scrutiny is led by locally elected councillors. In Swansea Council there are 75 councillors.
A small number of these Councillors are Cabinet Members. They are the main decision and policy makers for the Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different portfolio of services within the council that they are responsible for.
The rest of the Councillors all have the chance to be a part of Scrutiny. Their role within Scrutiny is to hold the Cabinet Members to account, to be the voice of the public and to help drive improvement of the council's services. Councillors who take part in Scrutiny are known as Scrutiny Councillors.
There is also a team of Scrutiny Officers who are council staff who give advice and support.