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Speaking on Cabinet decisions at Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The more significant cabinet decisions receive pre-decision scrutiny at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Meetings take place three weeks before the Cabinet meeting. The public are encouraged to speak at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee so that views are heard in sufficient time for them to be taken into account before decisions are taken. 

If the report is listed on the forward plan of upcoming Cabinet decisions to go to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee you can only speak there and not at Cabinet.

You can listen live or access a recording of each Cabinet meeting.

Public speaking at Cabinet

If an item isn't being discussed at Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the public can speak at Cabinet. This means that for every decision being taken there is an opportunity for members of the public to speak.

Enabling people to give their views early on, at the pre-decision stage of the process results in the Cabinet having more time to reflect on what has been said before it takes decisions.

Ask to speak at Overview and Scrutiny Committee

If you've been given permission to speak at Cabinet instead, you also need to follow this process.

Once the agenda is published, you must email democracy@canterbury.gov.uk or call 01227 862 009, no later than 12:30pm the day before the meeting.

You'll need to provide the following information:

  • your name and email address or phone number
  • the name of the agenda item you wish to speak on
  • whether you're speaking on behalf of an organisation or group and the name of it if so