Task and finish groups

Task and finish groups may be established by a Scrutiny Committee for the purpose of conducting an in-depth review of any service, policy or issue that affects the Borough, which falls under the remit of that Committee.

The Committee setting up the group will decide on the number of members to form the group and also seek volunteers from within the committee’s membership to join the group. The Committee may also decide to open up membership of the task and finish group to other councillors, or co-opt other members on to the group from relevant partners, organisation or community groups. Finally, the Committee will agree a timescale for the process.

The task and finish group can gather evidence through a variety of ways, such as:

  • written evidence
  • oral evidence and interviews with external and internal witnesses
  • site visits
  • visiting other organisations - partners, user groups, other councils
  • research
  • holding public meetings to seek views on an issue
  • talking to people who are affected by the issue

Once the evidence has been gathered, the task and finish groups will produce a report to be submitted to the relevant Scrutiny Committee outlining details of the review process, evidence gathered, conclusions and subsequent recommendations.

The Scrutiny Committee can then refer the report to the Cabinet and/or the appropriate partner organisation, asking them to consider the recommendations arising from the review.

Previous task and finish reviews