The new Chair of one of the Council’s key scrutiny committees has pledged to take to the road to make sure residents are able to engage with the big issues.
Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu was appointed Chair of Scrutiny Board 2 following the last local elections.
Scrutiny Board 2 has a wide responsibility which covers the service provided by the City Council and its partners to children and young people, including education and social care. The Board is also responsible for scrutinising adult, higher and further education, as well as libraries.
The Board helps the Council to improve services through challenging policies and decisions as well as making suggestions to the Cabinet Members on how services could be improved.
The regular meetings always take place in the Council House but Cllr Dr Sandhu wants to make sure they are more accessible.
She said: “Scrutiny Board meetings are open to the public but unfortunately attendance by anyone not part of the Board is very low. The issues we discuss and scrutinise are ones that affect so many residents including children and vulnerable adults, so I would love more people to come along.
“If we can make it easier by getting out of the Council House once in a while then I think we should. I will be looking for suitable venues such as Family Hubs, community centres or libraries.”
At its last meeting the Board were given an overview of Children’s Services and Education, and agreed a workplan for the year detailing the areas it would like to scrutinise in more detail.
They included children missing education, Children’s Services improvement plan and early help.
Find out more about all the Council’s scrutiny boards.