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Could you help put local services under scrutiny?

Could you help put local services under scrutiny?

July 23, 2018

Groups called scrutiny panels will be meeting regularly this year at Ealing Council to look into and hear evidence on key subjects ranging from knife crime to air quaity. These give you the chance to air your views on important topics and get involved.

There are four new panels this year:

  1. Scrutiny Review Panel 1 – housing and planning: This panel will consider the work that is being done in Ealing to: Prevent homelessness; support residents to access affordable, well managed rented homes; increase the supply of affordable homes; and improve the quality of housing
  2. Scrutiny Review Panel 2 – knife crime and youth engagement: This panel will review aspects of community safety, public and mental health, social media and regeneration/planning of new housing estates
  3. Scrutiny Review Panel 3 – air quality: This panel will review the role of the council in tackling air quality in the borough, including how it works with other agencies, management of the council’s transport fleet and those of its contractors, impacts from construction projects and the effects on children
  4. Scrutiny Review Panel 4 – Future Ealing: On continuing the work of the previous year’s Panel, this Panel will review the developments in the Council’s Future Ealing programme including outcome reviews e.g. Brighter Futures, Better Lives (Adults Services), etc. and active citizenship in the designing of services.

In addition to these four new panels, there will be two ongoing panels that meet each year:

  • Overview and scrutiny committee
    This oversees and manages the scrutiny of the council in general, including checking its performance and its budget strategy. It also looks at certain policies before they go to the council’s cabinet for a decision. It produces an annual report.
  • Health and adult social services
    This panel is responsible for scrutinising health services in the borough and the council’s provision of social services for adults. This year, across a number of its meetings, the panel will also review to falls prevention because falling is  common among people aged over 65 years and are the leading cause of injury in this age group. The panel will also consider the Care Quality Commission’s review of health services for looked after children, and safeguarding, in Ealing. It will also look at the Ealing safeguarding adults annual board report; the single contract for out of hospital services; hospital discharge services; out-of-hospital care; and Ealing primary care standards.
Want to get involved or make a contribution?

The panels are all keen to hear the views of the local community on all the areas they will be scrutinising over the course of the year. So, if you wish to give your views or want to be involved in the work of any of the panels, get in touch:

More information

More information about scrutiny in Ealing, including meeting dates, work programmes, agendas and reports is available on the council’s website.