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Audit committees and scrutiny committees: working together

Effective, member-level oversight of financial matters is a cornerstone of good governance. This is a guide for councillors on audit …

A practical toolkit for emerging combined authorities

This practial guide will be of specific interest for local areas seeking to establish a combined authority, or those in …

Combined authority governance during COVID-19: lessons learnt

All parts of the public sector have been subject to stresses and pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ‘lessons learnt’ …

Using scrutiny to tackle gambling harms: case studies

CfGS is working on a project with the Gambling Commission to raise awareness, and increase the involvement of elected members, …

The governance risk and resilience framework: the seven characteristics

This is a document setting out the “seven characteristics” used to support the CfGS governance risk and resilience framework. You …

Revised guidance: Overview and Scrutiny in Combined Authorities

This is our second edition of the guide to overview and scrutiny in Combined Authorities (CAs). When the first edition …

Rethinking governance for the 20s

An update to the CfPS/LGA publication “Rethinking governance” (2014).  A separate appendix is available which provides more details on the …

Rethinking governance for the 20s: appendix

This is an appendix to the CfGS publication “Rethinking governance for the 20s”, which is a new edition of the …

Scrutiny, counter-extremism and the Prevent duty

With the LGA, we have produced guidance for councils on ways that scrutiny can effectively contribute to local policy on …

Improving the scrutiny of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships

This practical guide has been produced in partnership with the NHS Confederation. It is based on discussions with around 70 …

10 questions to ask if you’re scrutinising climate change

A guide for scrutineers on how to go about scrutiny and inquiry on climate change at local level, with a …

Financial scrutiny practice guide

Published in partnership with CIPFA.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on council finances, uncertainty regarding the delayed fair funding …

COVID-19 Guide 5: council finances and scrutiny

This is the fifth of five guides for councillors (and those supporting them) on managing some of the challenges associated …

COVID-19 Guide 3: councillors’ access to information

This is the third of five guides for councillors (and those supporting them) on managing some of the challenges associated …

COVID-19 Guide 2: scrutiny

This is the second of five guides for councillors (and those supporting them) on managing some of the challenges associated …

COVID-19 Guide 1: behaviour and etiquette for remote meetings

This is the first of five guides for councillors (and those supporting them) on managing some of the challenges associated …

Our support plans for councils dealing with the COVID-19 crisis

This plan will be regularly updated. It reflects our current expectations of our LGA-funded activity in the coming months.  

Commercialisation and scrutiny – a practical guide for councillors

Our commercialisation and scrutiny guide is a practical tool for councillors who are involved in scrutiny and wish to find …

Taking Scrutiny Seriously

Taking Scrutiny Seriously is a series of tools to help council CEOs and senior statutory officers improve the profile and …

10 questions to ask to enhance the value of sexual health, reproductive health and contraception services

Ten questions council scrutiny committees can ask about commissioning, delivery and outcomes from services. This guide aims to help councillors …