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. We would like your help to develop next year’s agendas. What do you think that the Committees should look at? Here are some examples from this year of what the Committees have considered: Highways works Planning Services Education performance and the attainment gap Review of Bedford Borough bus services Bedford Hospital A&E and Urgent Treatment Centre provision Safe discharge of hospital patients into home environments 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. How to 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 4.30pm on Friday 31 March 2023. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01234 228905.