Overview and Scrutiny Management Board

Councillor David Pickersgill

Board Members: Councillor David Pickersgill (Chair)

The Management Board will scrutinise, monitor and review:


  • act as the general interface with the Cabinet for all Overview and Scrutiny issues
  • make sure the work of the four overview and scrutiny committees is in line with Council priorities and the committees operate effectively
  • agree the Annual Work Programme and oversee the progress of all scrutiny activity
  • manage any working groups set up to examine major cross-cutting, district-wide issues
  • make recommendations to Full Council, Cabinet or any other body on matters which affect local people
  • collaborate with partners, stakeholders, and the public to include external points of view in scrutiny work
  • check the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA’s) impact across the district.  Invite Wakefield’s WYCA scrutiny members to address the Board
  • approve the Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report, before its submission full Council
  • manage, develop and champion the Council’s overview and scrutiny function:
    • as a vehicle to provide the following for the people of the Wakefield District:
      • constructive challenge
      • public accountability
      • improved outcomes
    • as a forum to consider evidence and different views and respond to public priorities;
    • to promote confidence and greater involvement in local democracy;
    • to review requests made through the Councillor Call for Action. Assign members to the Scrutiny Panel for that review. They will also agree on the details of the review;
    • to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of the overview and scrutiny function; and make recommendations to Full Council, as necessary

Budget and Policy Framework Development and Review

  • assist the Council and the Executive in the
    • development of the Budget and Policy Framework by in-depth analysis of policy issues
    • development, implementation and review of strategic priorities and policy
  • review the impact on service delivery and outcomes for the people of the district
  • consider and respond to any proposals from the Executive as part of the development of the budget and policy framework
  • seek the views of Cabinet Members, Corporate Directors and Directors on matters that affect their area
  • work with national, regional or local organisations, for the benefit of local people


  • Review and scrutinise;
    • the performance of the Council in relation to the objectives and priorities identified in the corporate plan
    • the performance of Council services
    • how outcomes, impact and value for money are being measured.
    • important decisions made by the Cabinet, Cabinet Members or Officers in any of the Board's functions
  • commission external scrutiny reviews
  • make recommendations based on the findings of the scrutiny process. Keep Council Members informed about the work of the overview and scrutiny function
  • monitor the implementation of Cabinet and Council recommendations
  • examine any new laws, policy, or national advice that relate to the Board's mandate, and analyse how they impact the Council
  • examine the performance of joint authorities working for the Council. Invite Elected Members serving on them to speak to the Board

Board Members

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

You can find the minutes, agendas, and future meeting dates of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board and Committees in Our Meetings Database.

Contact Us

Overview and Scrutiny Office County Hall Wakefield WF1 2QW

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