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Posted on 01/01/2012 by Ed Hammond. Tags: ,

The first of two publications (the second being “Rethinking governance” (2014)) on council governance, which goes through some of the broad issues involved in deciding whether to adopt the committee system.

This document is designed to help councillors and officers who expect to be actively involved in developing new governance arrangements where their authority chooses to adopt a “committee system” under the Localism Act 2011.

Council leaders, Chief Executives and other senior officers and councillors may feel that changing governance arrangements is an administrative exercise and that they do not need to be closely involved in this process. But there are some key issues from our research that highlight the need for senior politicians and managers to establish the framework for transparent, inclusive and accountable governance.

About the Author: Ed Hammond

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