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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 …

Consultation response: LGA consultation on the Model Code of Conduct for local authorities

The LGA has (in late spring 2020) consulted on a draft of the revised Model Code of Conduct for councils …

Scrutiny and COVID-19: practitioners’ voices

Complementing the revised 2nd edition of our guide to scrutiny and COVID-19, this publication sets out the views of practitioners …

Transport governance in combined authorities

This paper is intended to support those involved in strategic, member-led transport governance in a (mayoral) combined authority, specifically those …

Combined authorities’ governance relationship with Local Enterprise Partnerships

This is a short research report commissioned by the Combined Authorities Governance Network (CAGN) to explore the governance relationship with …

Management of freedom of information by combined authorities

This is a short research report commissioned by the Combined Authorities Governance Network (CAGN) to explore the management of freedom …

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 …

Governance, culture and collaboration

A CfGS discussion paper on how our attitudes and behaviours influence how decisions are made – and how the changing …

Decline and fall: understanding how and why local government fails, what leads to central Government intervention, and what comes after

Why do councils fail? What happens when they do? As a sector we’ve been grappling with these questions for some …

Scrutiny guidance: things to think about

        Scrutiny guidance: things to think about (You can download a print version of this document at the bottom …

Roundtable note: central Government intervention

In June 2018 CfGS convened a roundtable to discuss central Government intervention in local government.  The Government has power to …

Discussion paper: local Public Accounts Committees

This is an update to a discussion paper produced in early 2018, expanding further on our proposals for local Public …

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 …

Reflecting on public comments in relation to the independent governance study at Kensington and Chelsea Council

On 19th March we presented the report and recommendations of our independent governance study to a scrutiny committee of the …

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 …

Local Public Accounts Committees – discussion paper

Why is it needed? What will it deliver? How will it work? This discussion paper sets out the details of …

Combined authority scrutiny: six months on

CfGS reviews the first few months in operation of the new scrutiny arrangements for Mayoral combined authorities.  Since 2015, the …

Scrutiny: the new assurance?

A good governance discussion document  As collaboration and partnership working need to become more streamlined, more strategic and more effective, …

Governance of Sustainability and Transformation Plans: the verdict so far

This publication examines the governance and scrutiny of Sustainability and Transformation Plans/Partnerships (STPs). The report is based on research conducted …

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 …