The Council's framework and scrutiny committees are an integral part of the Council's framework. They support the work of the Cabinet and Council, to whom they make recommendations. They contribute to the policy-making process by:
- reviewing policies
- scrutinising Best Value reviews
- examining issues in the Cabinet's forward plan
- reviewing information on the performance of services
The committees monitor Cabinet decisions and hold decision makers into account. They can question decisions yet to be implemented and ask the decision maker to think again. They can also hold reviews and inquiries into matters concerning local people, not only dealing with Council services but also ensuring that other agencies, public and private, play their part in achieving a better quality of life for Gateshead residents.