Scrutiny referral form

Referral requests from the public are put to the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for their consideration using the following form. Please first consider;

Whilst a complaint is generally regarded as being about something that affects you personally, we recognise that it might be the case that you have a concern that a council service or policy is:

  • Unfair to or discriminating against several residents in your community;
  • Out of date;
  • Not achieving the desired outcome;
  • Causing unforeseen, negative impacts that the council might not be aware of; or even
  • Unlawful.

The Scrutiny Committee will be more likely to consider your proposal if you can:

  • Show that the issue affects a significant number of people in the district;
  • Explain what the impact is; and
  • Provide evidence supporting your concern.

For scrutiny to consider this matter, it must

  • affect a group of people or an identifiable community in East Herts; and
  • relate to a service, event or issue in which the council has a significant stake.

However, it cannot be:

  • An individual service complaint;
  • A planning issue;
  • Something that Scrutiny dealt with in last 12 months; or
  • An issue that was dealt with by another council committee (except where there is an issue relating to process).

You might also want to check the Scrutiny Committee’s Work Programme, as your concern might already be due for consideration in the coming year.

If you wish to refer a matter to scrutiny please fill in the following details


Red asterisk denotes a required answer.

Contact Details


Proposal of Issue for scrutiny

Please outline which of the following contact you have had on the matter to date (more than one can apply)

Please outline which of the following contact you have had on the matter to date (more than one can apply)


For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice