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Overview and Scrutiny Committees’ Work Programme Consultation

Bedford Borough Council has five Committees that review and investigate issues that matter to local people and local communities, as well as reviewing the Council’s own decisions and policies.

These Committees are called Overview and Scrutiny Committees and are made up of elected Councillors who are not on the Council’s Executive.

They have a role not only in looking at Council services but also health and community safety.

Each Committee specialises in one particular area, Children’s Services, Environmental Services and Community Safety, Adult Services, Health, and Corporate Services.

What we are consulting on

We would like your help to develop next year’s agendas. What do you think that the Committees should look at?

Examples from this year of what the Committees have considered:

  • Implementation of the Council’s Digital Operating Model
  • HEART MAT restructure
  • Urgent Treatment Centre and Putnoe Walk-in Centre
  • Covanta Waste Incinerator
  • Town centre traffic

The majority of these items were suggested through the consultation process last year.

Please note that the Overview and Scrutiny Committees do not deal with individual queries or complaints, such as individual planning applications or housing benefit claims. Any such queries should be addressed to the relevant department.

Have your say

A wide range of individuals and organisations are being consulted in this process. The replies will be used by the Committees to draw up their Annual Work Programmes to reflect local priorities.

Your views really can make a difference.

We look forward to hearing from you by 29 March 2019.

You can contact us by phone on 01234 228905

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Or write to us at:

The Democratic Services Team
Room 323
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP