How to get involved in Overview and Scrutiny

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We are inviting residents to suggest items for inclusion within the work programmes for the three relevant overview and scrutiny panels:

  • Corporate
  • People
  • Place

As part of the council’s Constitution part A7.2, we invite you to submit topics of scrutiny for potential consideration by the relevant overview and scrutiny panel. 

If you have any suggestions of topics that you wish to be considered for scrutiny, please complete the suggestion form. Your request will then be considered for approval against the outlined criteria and considered for inclusion on the relevant work programme. 

Topic criteria

Topics should relate to a service, event or issue which affects the social, environmental or economic wellbeing of a group or community of the people in the borough.

What makes a good scrutiny topic:

  • Scope - is it an issue of concern to our local communities and other organisations?
  • Significance - could a review of this issue improve the council's (or other organisation's) processes or performance and make a positive difference to the lives of our residents?
  • Appropriate - is this review timely and does it avoid duplicating other work?

Items that will not be considered include:

  • Individual service complaints for which there is a corporate complaints procedure.
  • Topics outside of the remit of the council or where the council has no powers or influence to change an outcome.
  • Issues which scrutiny has considered in the last 12 months.
  • Areas relating to quasi-judicial functions, for example: planning, licensing and standards.

For further information, please contact the Scrutiny Officer by emailing: or call 01628 796560. 

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Attend or speak at a scrutiny meeting

All scrutiny meetings are held in public at either the Town Hall in Maidenhead or York House in Windsor. Residents are welcome to observe meetings in person or watch via our YouTube channel

To speak at a meeting, please email before 5pm, two working days before the meeting takes place. You will need to let us know which agenda item you would like to speak on. Should you be registered to speak at the meeting, you will be allowed three minutes to address the Panel. You can attend to speak either in person or virtually.

Further information on speaking at council meetings can be found in Part 7F of the Council's Constitution.

Democratic services : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Democratic Services - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF