What is ‘overview and scrutiny’?
‘Overview and Scrutiny’ (shortened to ‘scrutiny’) acts as a 'check and balance' to decision makers at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) and their partners. It holds them to account for the policies they adopt, the money they spend and the the services they provide.
What does scrutiny do?
Scrutiny investigates, influences, reports and recommends ways to strengthen policies, improve services, ensure best value for money and secure long-lasting positive benefits for local people.
Although scrutiny does not have the power to make or block any decisions of the Combined Authority (or the LEP), it does have the power to:
- ‘call-in’ decisions and delay their implementation in order to make a case for them to be formally reconsidered or changed
- oblige the Combined Authority to respond to its recommendations publicly within two months
- require any member (or officer) of the Combined Authority to appear before it to give evidence
All scrutiny work is led by an independent, politically-balanced group of elected councillors known as the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
The Committee is made up of 18 cross-party councillors from across West Yorkshire and York who are 'backbenchers' – that is, councillors who are not members of a local council's cabinet or executive. The current Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee is Councillor Peter Harrand.
To view a list of all scrutiny committee members, terms of reference, agendas, reports and minutes, please visit the committee page here.
Each year, scrutiny produces an end of year report summarising all the scrutiny work undertaken over the course of that year and any conclusions and recommendations that were made.
Get involved in scrutiny
Scrutiny is keen to hear from members of the public on issues of concern in the West Yorkshire and York area that relate to the functions and responsibilities of the Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.
You can contact scrutiny in the following ways.
By email: email@example.com
Legal & Governance Services
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
40-50 Wellington Street
Scrutiny in our partner councils
The Combined Authority's Overview and Scrutiny Committee seeks to work closely with scrutiny counterparts at partner councils and in the neighbouring LEP areas. You can read more about scrutiny at our partner councils on their scrutiny webpages: