Rugby borough councillors looking for suggestions of local issues of concern

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COUNCILLORS at Rugby Borough Council will shortly be deciding on their programme of overview and scrutiny work for the coming year.

They are asking for suggestions of issues of local concern that would benefit from a detailed review.

Councillors will consider submitted ideas at a workshop on March 4, and the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Management Board will make the final choice on 18 March.

Each topic included in the work programme will be the subject of an in-depth review by a dedicated cross-party task group of councillors or one of the scrutiny committees. They will gather evidence, analyse the issues and make recommendations to the Council’s Cabinet for changes and improvements.

Recent and current reviews include youth provision, inward investment, the impact of the changes to welfare benefits, procurement and employee well-being.

Past overview and scrutiny reviews have resulted in real change in the borough. As a direct result of recent reviews by councillors, work is currently underway to address problems with heating in the borough’s high rise flats and some of the council’s housing stock is being re-designated to better meet the needs of residents. It was also following overview and scrutiny work demonstrating need and financial viability that the new leisure centre and crematorium projects were given the go-ahead.

Cllr Dr James Shera MBE, Overview and Scrutiny Management Board chairman, said: “Overview and scrutiny reviews give us an opportunity to take a closer look at issues of real importance and come up with recommendations for change that will be noticed by local people and make a difference in their communities. We’re keen to hear from residents about the things that matter to them to help us decide on our work priorities.”

To find out more and suggest topics, go to www.rugby.gov.uk/scrutiny and select ‘Getting involved’. Alternatively, telephone Democratic and Scrutiny Services on (01788) 533592 for more information.