Practice Guide 4: Call-in

Posted on 05/04/2014 by Ed Hammond. Tags: ,

This guide is about call-in, the right for councillors sitting on scrutiny committees to delay the implementation of a decision which has been made (but has not yet been implemented) to allow a committee to consider the decision. It focuses on the legal powers relating to call-in, and looks at approaches that some councils have taken to its use.

In February 2014, CfGS contributed to a piece of research carried out by the Northern Ireland Assembly on the use of call-in by councils in England and Wales –the research can be found at

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Ed leads CfGS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.