How we make decisions

Scrutinising decisions made by the executive

If a non-executive councillor believes a decision made by the executive or a key decision made by an officer is contrary to our policies he or she can challenge that decision. This is known as a ‘call in’.

The ‘call in’ procedures are set out in the Overview and Scrutiny procedure rules (part 4.5) of our Constitution

This call-in procedure does not apply to:

  • Urgent decisions where the call-in rights have been waived
  • Planning decisions
  • Licensing decisions
  • Council employee or staffing matters
  • Issues that could be dealt with under the complaints procedure.

Find out more about scrutiny on our scrutiny and overview page