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Review Panels

What is a review panel?

Review panels are in depth studies into particular areas of council policy or issues of local concern. They give councillors the opportunity to examine areas in detail and to produce detailed and informed recommendations.Top of page

Which councillors sit on a review panel?

Review panels consist of six members, reflecting the political make up of the council.

  • Review Panel A – Chaired by Councillor Dennis to comprise of four Conservatives, one Labour and one Independent
  • Review Panel B – Chaired by Councillor West to comprise of four Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat (Chairman) and one Labour

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Who chairs review panel meetings?

Review panels are chaired either by Councillor Dennis (Conservative) or Councillor West  (Conservative).

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Are Review Panel meetings open to the public?

No. Due to confidential material being discussed which must be considered in private. The circumstances under which we can consider matters in private are tightly controlled by law.

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Can I record, film, take photographs or use social media during meetings?

No, due to the confidential material being discussed, filming or audio recording of appointments committee meetings is not allowed. For more information please visit the photography, filming and social media use page.

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How is it decided which topics are scrutinised by review panels?

Items for review are usually put forward by councillors to the Overview Management Committee who decide what order the topics should be looked at. However, we always welcome suggestions from the public.

If you would like to submit a topic to be considered for scrutiny, then please:


Telephone: (01482) 393204

or write to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Democratic Services
Overview and Scrutiny
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA

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How can I view a review panel report?

Review panel reports can be viewed by downloading the relevant report below.

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What is the process of a review panel?

A chairman and other review panel members are appointed who direct the course of the review and determine how the topic will be scrutinised. Review panels are supported by an overview and scrutiny officer who carries out research on behalf of the group and drafts the final report. Other council officers and where relevant, external bodies, are also involved in the process, providing information as and when required.
At the end of the review, the review panel will produce a draft report setting out its recommendations. This report goes forward to the Overview Management Committee who will comment on the recommendations. The report is then received by the Cabinet for comment before being discussed and approved by the full council.

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Are review panel meetings open to the public?

No. Review panels are not generally open to the public due to the often sensitive and confidential information discussed during meetings.

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