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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 …

Consultation: scrutiny self-evaluation framework

A draft of our new scrutiny self-evaluation framework. This is intended to provide a basis for discussion and comment; a …

Governance and devolution: charting the way

Devolution is of interest to everyone in local government. This CfGS publication explores some of the common challenges around governance and …

Risk and resilience

A publication on risk, resilience and scrutiny – exploring how scrutiny can help to develop and sustain a positive risk …

Whose school is it anyway? A roundtable on school accountability

In March 2016, CfGS held a roundtable on school accountability, inviting senior academics, journalists and school leaders to debate key …

Devo why, devo how?

Kicking off our 2015/16 campaign on devolution and governance, this report highlights the key steps that we think areas pursuing …

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 …

Local Public Accounts Committees: detailed proposals

Delivering place-based accountability –a local Public Accounts Committee for every place. Published in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, …

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 …

The role for leaders in creating an accountable culture in public services

Summary of the outcomes of a roundtable meeting which CfGS held to discuss the responsibility on leaders and those in …

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, …

Lecture by Nick Raynsford MP on Parliament and Local Government

The text of a lecture on links between Parliament and local government given by our former Chair, Rt Hon Nick …

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. …