Our support for scrutiny and governance in local government during COVID-19

(Updated February 2021)

CfGS is funded to deliver support to councils on governance and scrutiny on behalf of the Local Government Association. As part of this work we are putting in place a significant package of support to councils during COVID-19 and throughout the aftermath. Here, we set out some of the background to this support. More detail can be found in a separate paper which sets out our offer in more detail. This paper dates from late March 2020; since then we have made some refinements, so this page is the best place to make sure you are up to date.    

Our programme of support is designed to support councils to meet the challenge of supporting ongoing member governance as the crisis continues, and as councils begin a process of reflection and recovery from the crisis. Regular council meetings have now recommenced – reflecting our advice from earlier in the year about the central importance of scrutiny during this period.

To assist councils to put in place robust and proportionate scrutiny arrangements we have set out a comprehensive support offer for councils. This includes: 

We’ve also produced a significant amount of short-form content that you can access on our news and blogs page

Further reading

You can get a general insight into the approach we are taking to promoting the role that scrutiny can play at this difficult time by looking at: