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The latest governance and scrutiny news, opinions, research and updates. 

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    Working with CIPFA to transform scrutiny of local finances

    We have today (25 June 2020) published a comprehensive practice guide on financial scrutiny, with our colleagues at CIPFA.  You can read a piece in the LGC by CIPFA's ...

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    Council Logos, Part Two

    In part one I kicked off with a brief introduction to the world of council logos, this part sets out what I've learnt. Council logos - the insights. My methodical ...

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    Where do we go from here? Reflecting and learning from this experience

    Whilst we still face many months of uncertainty and many institutions continue to be focused on the operational response to the pandemic, there is a responsibility to consider what the ...

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    Reviewing governance, reviewing the constitution 

    A lot of councils fairly regularly conduct reviews of their constitution. Your council may be one of them. You might do them in-house (your Monitoring Officer or Head of Governance ...

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    Democracy and governance model reviews: supporting council’s review of democratic ways of working

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many councils were engaged in serious conversations about how they needed to rethink local democracy and local governance. For some, this has been about ...

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    Race, England and local government 

    It’s impossible to look across the Atlantic and experience anything but horror at the unfolding protests – and the police violence accompanying them. Seeing footage of running battles, the deployment ...

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    Free scrutiny webinars focussing on key areas of the COVID-19 crisis

    Free scrutiny webinars focussing on key areas of the COVID-19 crisis As scrutiny committees are now operating through virtual means, we need to think about how to focus agendas to ...

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    Council Logos, Part One

    Whilst our recent content has focused on COVID-19 and the associated fallout, I thought this lockdown side-project of mine might serve as a welcome interruption from the more serious content ...

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    Hybrid systems for meetings: a cause for concern?

    Remote meetings are now up and running everywhere; scrutiny meetings are beginning again in many places and council AGMs are taking place too. It’s something like normality, although we are ...

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    Scrutiny Improvement Reviews: a reflection on the first year 

    A year ago – it seems much longer – Government finally published the long-awaited statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local government. We followed that up a couple of ...

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    New beginnings for scrutiny

    Guest post from Councillor Mary Jones, Swansea Council We are delighted to share the experience of our first remote scrutiny meeting at Swansea Council, which I chaired, and hope that ...

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    Watch our recorded webinar: Online Scrutiny Meetings for Councillors

    We have recently recorded our 'Online Scrutiny Meetings for Councillors' webinar for you to watch below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aEJVtIBs4Y We will also be uploading recorded webinars for members and ...

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    Scrutiny locked out during lockdown?

    Should we begin to get worried that nine weeks since the lock-down started and seven weeks since the Coronavirus Act offered councils the means to reinstate council meetings through online, ...

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    Government and intervention

    A few people in the sector noted with raised eyebrows that Government chose last week to publish a paper setting out its approach to future interventions in failing councils.   As ...

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    Scrutiny in action

    Guest post from Councillor Philip Broadhead, BCP Council If we had tried to imagine only 6-7 weeks ago how very different the world would look today, I would be surprised ...

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    Scrutiny, finance and the COVID-19 crisis 

    One of many emerging risks arising from the COVID-19 crisis is that of council finances.   This is not as immediate and high profile as the threat to human health ...

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    COVID-19 helpdesk support

    The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny provides a helpdesk service on matters relating to governance and scrutiny. We are available on the phone, by e-mail and on Twitter to ...

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    Blog: COVID-19: webinars, workshops and other events

    Our training and development offer is changing in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find out more about our overall offer here.   From now until September we will be offering ...

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    Remote working regulations published

    The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) (Regulations) 2020 have now been published.   They come into force on 4 ...

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    What will scrutiny look like?

    UPDATE: since this post was published, Regulations on remote meetings have been published, and we have published a more detailed guide on scrutiny during the COVID-19 which you can find ...