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Dates for scrutiny committee meetings

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Dudley Council’s budget proposals for next year will be reviewed when its scrutiny committees meet later this month.

The local authority’s scrutiny committees meet five times a year to give local councillors an opportunity to review key policies and services, to inform the decisions made by full council and the cabinet.

The budget proposals for the next financial year will be one of the key items discussed in this round, which begins on Wednesday November 13 with the place scrutiny committee, followed by the children’s services scrutiny committee on Thursday November 14.

The health and adult social care scrutiny committee will be on Wednesday November 20 and the corporate scrutiny committee on Thursday November 21.

The final meeting in this round will be the overview and scrutiny management board, where feedback from the previous meetings will be considered. This meeting will be held on Wednesday November 27.

Scrutiny committees can also carry out inquiries into specific topics and make recommendations to the relevant decision-takers. They are set up on a cross-party basis and are an open and transparent way to hold decision-takers to account.

All meetings start at 6pm and are held in committee room two in the Council House on Priory Road, Dudley. Members of the public are welcome to attend. A public forum is held at the beginning of each meeting.

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