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Health and Care Act 2022

This briefing focuses on accountability, specifically the local accountability of NHS bodies to local authorities’ overview and scrutiny arrangements. In …

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Briefing

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 17th May 2022. This briefing provides …

Levelling-up White Paper: briefing on governance

A briefing setting out the key governance considerations for local and combined authorities arising from the Government’s Levelling-up White Paper.  …

Position paper and explainer: the Government’s health White Paper

This document explains some of the key features of the new White Paper, with a focus on the role of …

Letter to Clive Betts MP on the statutory scrutiny guidance

In May 2019, Clive Betts MP (Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee) wrote to CfGS to …

Response to Welsh Government local government Green Paper

The Welsh Government published a Green Paper on local government in March.  The main thrust of the Green Paper was …

Response to consultation by Committee on Standards in Public Life on ethical standards in local government

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is an independent body which provides advice to the Prime Minister on matters …

Letter to Health OSC Chairs from Dr Sarah Wollaston

Download this letter from Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health Select Committee of the House of Commons, inviting Health …

CfGS response to CLG Committee review of its own work since 2010

Responding to the House of Commons’ Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee’s review of its own work since 2010 …

CfGS Parliamentary Briefing on Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

Short briefing setting out CfGS’s suggestions on the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill. Intended principally for Parliamentarians but relevant …

Policy Briefing 28: social value

Briefing providing a comprehensive rundown on national policy and activity relating to the concept of social value (including the Social …

Home Affairs Select Committee Report on Policy and Crime Commissioners: Response from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny

Our response to an inquiry carried out by MPs into the effectiveness of Police and Crime Commissioners. 

Policy Briefing 27: domestic violence

Briefing providing policy background to national and local activity relating to domestic violence – how it is identified and tackling, …

Measles: frequently asked questions – briefing for councillors

Providing advice on the role that scrutiny can perform in helping councils and local health bodies to understand, and arrest, …

Safety, Quality, Trust – Briefing for council scrutiny about the Francis Report

Helping council scrutiny to support improvements in quality and patient experience and help the local NHS put patiends first, in …

Policy briefing 24: preventing violent extremism

Examining national and local steps to tackle violent extremism, and suggesting ways in which scrutiny can investigate this issue locally. …

Policy Briefing 25: emergency planning

This briefing, the twenty-fourth in our Policy Briefing series, look at national and local policy around emergency planning –the organisations …

Policy Briefing 23: local transport

This briefing, the twenty-second in our policy briefings series, looks at public transport in local areas. Public transport helps to …

Scrutiny and NHS health check: understanding data briefing

Raising questions that areas wishing to review their NHS Health Check service can use to help them understand their local …

Policy briefing 22: Funding outlook for councils 2012

Providing a comprehensive rundown on the likely funding outlook for local councils in 2012, and practical advice on how overview …