Scrutiny would like to hear residents’ views

Merton Council’s Scrutiny panels are after residents’ views on what issues should form the basis of future reviews.

Councillors on Merton’s overview and scrutiny panels regularly carry out reviews of issues and services that affect people living in the borough. These reviews involve finding out about local people’s experiences and looking at how other towns and cities deal with similar problems. Councillors then suggest ways of making things better in Merton.

Past reviews have covered issues ranging from the council’s library service to preventing ill health, to services for young people.

Merton Council would like to hear from residents about what to review next.

It could be about transport, parks and leisure centres, access to healthcare, recycling, road safety, or anything that affects people living in Merton.

If residents have suggestions, they can fill out the online suggestion form at http://www.merton.gov.uk/scrutiny or write to the Scrutiny Team at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX.

For further information on how to participate in overview and scrutiny work, please call 020 8545 3857 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/scrutiny

The deadline for suggestions is Wednesday 23 May 2007.

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Notes to editors:

· ‘Overview and scrutiny’ describes the way Merton’s non-executive councillors hold the Council’s Cabinet to account to make sure that they take the right decisions for the borough.

· Overview and scrutiny councillors also review council services and issues of local concern to find out how the council can improve or develop policy to meet the needs of local people.

· Merton has six overview and scrutiny panels, which are each responsible for focussing on a specific area of council policy and local issues.

· The panels’ findings and recommendations for improvement resulting from the reviews will be submitted to the council’s Cabinet (and where relevant, partner organisations) for consideration and response.

· Overview and scrutiny panels cannot consider individual service complaints, or matters that are dealt with by another council committee, unless the issue deals with procedure.