Pulling it all together: a guide to legislation on overview and scrutiny

Posted on 16/01/2018 by Ed Hammond.

This is the third edition of our comprehensive guide to legislation on overview and scrutiny – with a particular focus on the operation of overview and scrutiny arrangements. 

Fully updated and revised to take account of all legislation relating to overview and scrutiny since 2012, it has been reorganised with a new index to be more easily navigable. 

(Although all attempts have been made to ensure the legal accuracy of the guide, no warranty can be given. Any errors are those of the author. Readers should note that CfGS cannot provide legal advice and that the opinion and direction of a council’s Monitoring Officer should be treated as final.)

The guide is a piece of technical guidance for officers providing support to the scrutiny function in local authorities. It is intended to complement rather than replace support provided by Monitoring Officers. Legislation should be seen as an enabling framework rather than a narrow menu for compliance. Statute only takes us so far – local activity depends on councillors determining what is important to their communities. Having a coherent and comprehensive understanding of this legislative framework allows scrutiny councillors, and the officers who support them, to ensure they use all the powers available to them to help make improvements to local services.

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.