Scrutiny Committee

Scrutiny ensures transparency in the democratic process by providing an independent and impartial way in which decisions are taken for the Council and the public.  The Scrutiny function includes a wide range of members across all political parties and geographical wards to bring wider experience and views to the Council’s policy development and service improvement activities.

It is an equal and critical part of the decision making process, and is vital in maintaining public confidence. Scrutiny Committees cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council but they can ensure that those that do so, are making robust decisions in the right way.

Each year a forward work programme is developed for each of the Council’s Scrutiny Committee. Blaenau Gwent currently has 4 Scrutiny Committees:

  • People Scrutiny Committee
  • Place Scrutiny Committee
  • Partnerships Scrutiny Committee
  • Corporate & Performance Scrutiny Committee

Scrutiny/Regulatory Committees 2023 - 2024

Chair & Vice-Chair People Scrutiny Committee 

Chair: Councillor T. Smith

Vice-Chair:Councillor J. Morgan, J.P.

Chair & Vice-Chair Place Scrutiny Committee 

Chair: Councillor M. Cross

Vice-Chair: Councillor R. Leadbeater

Chair & Vice-Chair Partnerships Scrutiny Committee

Chair: Councillor W. Hodgins

Vice-Chair: Councillor D. Bevan

Chair & Vice-Chair Corporate and Performance Scrutiny Committee

Chair: Councillor J. Wilkins

Vice-Chair: Councillor J. Thomas

Chair & Vice-Chair Democratic Services Committee 

Chair: Councillor J. Hill

Vice-Chair: Councillor E. Jones

Chair & Vice-Chair Governance & Audit Committee 

Chair: Lay Member - Mrs J. Absalom

Vice-Chair: Councillor S. Behr

Chair & Vice-Chair Planning, General & Statutory Licensing Committees

Chair: Councillor L. Winnett

Vice-Chair: Councillor P. Baldwin

The latest reports and agendas for all of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees are available to download.

Each year we produce an annual report outlining activity undertaken by each scrutiny committee. The latest Annual Scrutiny report can be downloaded here