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Ealing Council invites residents to get involved with its scrutiny panels and to “air your views”

Residents across Ealing are being invited to get involved with Ealing Council’s scrutiny panels and to have their say on four areas that have been chosen for the year ahead – housing and environment, economy and sustainability, children’s services and crime and disorder.

According to the Labour-run council: “These panels will meet regularly to hear evidence on key subjects and put them under scrutiny, while giving you the chance to air your views and get involved.”

It added: “The panels are keen to hear the views of the local community on all the areas that they will be scrutinising over the year. So, if you want to give your views or to be involved in the work of any of the panels then get in touch with the council’s scrutiny unit.”

The four scrutiny panels which Ealing Council is looking for residents to get involved in will cover a wide range of topics

  • housing and environment: This panel covers conditions in the private rented sector, council housing repairs, property licensing, and more
  • economy and sustainability: This panel covers climate action, the borough’s economic growth and more
  • children’s services: This panel covers child poverty, special educational needs and disabilities, mental health services and more
  • crime and disorder: This panel covers the Metropolitan Police’s turnaround plan, their engagement with the local community, and more

As well as the four new panels, the council also has two others that are running

  • overview and scrutiny committee which oversees and manages the scrutiny function of the council. It also undertakes scrutiny of core aspects of the council’s operations, such as performance, budget strategy, crime and disorder. It also looks at some policies before these go to the council’s cabinet for decisions
  • health and adult social services which is responsible for scrutinising health services in the borough and the social services provided for adults. The council says it would like to hear from those getting adult social care or their carers to talk about their experiences.

Councillor Gary Busuttil, deputy leader of Ealing Liberal Democrats welcomes the move. He told EALING.NEWS: “Lib Dems welcome residents getting more involved in the council’s scrutiny panels where we discuss relevant issues that matter to this local authority. To include residents in discussion will lead to more inclusive and better decisions being made.”

He added: “Furthermore, it’s a welcome step forward given the council’s record of consulting residents has been derisory, particularly in areas such as planning. Though this is a welcome step, more can done to include residents in council matters.”

To find out more about scrutiny panels and to get involved residents can email: scrutiny@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 7497.

More details of its scrutiny panels and the work it does along with details of councillors involved with them can be found by clicking here.

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