Task and finish groups

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

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

The task and finish group can gather evidence through a variety of ways, including (but not limited to):

  • 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 Scrutiny Committee outlining details of the review process, evidence gathered, conclusions and any subsequent recommendations.

The Scrutiny Committee can then refer the report to the relevant authorities/bodies/partners, and ask them to consider and respond to the recommendations arising from the review.

 appropriate partner organisation, asking them to consider the recommendations arising from the review.

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Page last reviewed: 22 March 2022