What is a Call-in?
One of the main responsibilities of Scrutiny is to make sure that the Cabinet is effectively discharging its powers. In order to do this, Scrutiny Councillors have the right to question Cabinet decisions. This is known as a Call-in and should only used in exceptional circumstances.
When a decision is made by the Cabinet the decision is published and the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Board is sent copies of the records of all such decisions. The decisions will come into force, and may then be implemented, five working days after the publication of the decision, unless at least five members of the Council object and wish to call it in.
If so notified, the Monitoring Officer will Call-in a decision for Scrutiny by the Overview and Scrutiny Board and will alert the elected Mayor and Cabinet. The item is then placed on the next Overview and Scrutiny Board agenda. Alternatively, a special meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Board can be called to address the item. This example comes from hackney. But you will get the idea.
What concerns me for example say a group leader calls it in, but all the group have no idea whats going on. Not a good idea would you say. It gives the impression that the leader of that group does not care less about other peoples views, not a good way to run a group. But that would never happen.Or would it?