Hinckley and Bosworth: developing the basics
CfGS can: get new members up to speed with the specialist skills and principles underpinning scrutiny.
Who: In July 2015, CfGS’ Regional Advocate Brenda Cook ran a development session in Hinckley and Bosworth in order to induct new members into the basics of scrutiny. She taught largely new members how to discuss and interact in a scrutiny committee versus other forums like full council or with their friends and family – thereby making clear the particular nuances to the scrutiny committee arena. The format included an introductory presentation, then discussions in small groups, before bringing the group back together for a Q&A session.
Outcome: “Members have been trying to get involved more in the process of scrutiny, which wouldn’t have happened without the session”. Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Officer, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council