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    Andy Fry OBE appointed as new Chief Executive of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny  

    Lord Kerslake, Chair of CfGS, has announced Andy Fry OBE as the new Chief Executive of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny. Andy is a former Chief Executive of Royal ...

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    Council action on the climate emergency

    We’ve produced material on the climate emergency before – we published a blog on how scrutiny could approach the issue in 2019, and in July last year we published a ...

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    Jacqui McKinlay is to step down as Chief Executive of CfGS

    Jacqui McKinlay is set to step down as Chief Executive of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny after six years leading the organisation. She is taking up a new role ...

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    HCLG Committee publishes report on progress on English devolution

    On 1 October, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee of the House of Commons published its long-awaited report on the progress of English devolution (long-awaited because the inquiry ...

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    Annual Review of Adult Social Care complaints 2020/21

    The recently published ‘Annual Review of Adult Social Care complaints 2020/21’ by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman pulls together the national picture of complaints about adult social care ...

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    Health and Care Bill update

    The Health and Care Bill is now making its way through Parliament. We are at the stage in the Commons where the real meat of scrutiny – committee stage. At ...

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    Now is the perfect time to check your governance

    Please note: this article was originally published on the Local Government Chronicle website here. Most councils are in a good place for reviewing and implementing improvements that will help ...

  • Blog

    Governance and accountability: ICSs and LGR

    In this guest blog, Mark Sandford, a senior research analyst at the House of Commons Library, delves into the implications for local accountability through reorganisation and the Health and Care ...

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    Constructive scrutiny: What does it look like in practice?

    In this guest blog, Dr Dave McKenna, a CfGS associate and local government practitioner, draws together his insights on how to get the balance right in providing effective challenge. I’ve ...

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    Performative aspects of scrutiny

    In this guest blog Cllr Bryony Rudkin, deputy leader at Ipswich Borough Council, reflects on the importance of behaviours in how local councillors enact democracy and scrutiny. “Read the standing ...

  • Blog

    Local and national scrutiny: challenges in common

    In this guest blog Mark Sandford, senior research analyst at the House of Commons Library, takes a comparative look at scrutiny on a national and local level. The Municipal Journal ...

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    Lessons from scrutiny improvement reviews

    In 2018, CfGS carried out its first evaluations of local authority scrutiny functions using a new method, and under a new title. We brought together our wealth of research, policy ...

  • News

    Post-pandemic recovery: the importance of debriefing

    We are currently drawing together evidence to support some guidance for councils on how they can use scrutiny to look back on their experiences during the pandemic – as well ...

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    Scrutiny, governance and “levelling up”

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s speech on “levelling up” last week provided less, rather than more, certainty about what the Government flagpole policy agenda actually means for local councils and ...

  • Blog

    An update on the Health and Care Bill

    Happening parallel with England’s run of success at the Euros (and ongoing covid rolling news), the introduction into the Commons of the long-awaited Health and Care Bill received less media ...

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    Bolstering governance

    This week (w/c 5 July 2021), we are starting work to highlight the need for councils to support and bolster their commitments to good governance, as we continue to emerge ...

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    2021 annual survey: main findings

    Our annual survey of overview and scrutiny in local government is published today (7 July). It’s been the first opportunity to fully assess the impact of the pandemic on councils’ ...

  • Blog

    Financial scrutiny

    New municipal year, new financial year – same pressures. We move into quarter 2 of 2021/22 still struggling to shake off the pandemic, and still facing unprecedented uncertainty about fundamental ...

  • Blog

    Devolution and combined authorities: common themes so far

    This week we published two practical guides for those involved, or with an interest in, local governance, combined authorities (CAs) and devolution. Our COVID-19 ‘lessons learnt’ style debrief highlights the ...

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    Anticipating, managing and adapting to ‘No overall control’

    This longer read is the first in a series for senior officers on working in a political environment – capturing some reflections and considerations for those operating in authorities that ...