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Revised guidance: Overview and Scrutiny in Combined Authorities

Posted on 26/02/2021 by Kate Grigg

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

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

Posted on 19/02/2021 by Ed Hammond

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

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Position paper: May 2021 elections and remote meetings

Posted on 08/02/2021 by Ed Hammond

This is a CfGS position paper with our views on the potential postponement of the May 2021 elections (notwithstanding Government’s …

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Rethinking governance for the 20s

Posted on 24/11/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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Rethinking governance for the 20s: appendix

Posted on 04/11/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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Planning work, delivering impact

Posted on 04/11/2020 by Ed Hammond

CfGS has produced updated material on work programming and the production of scrutiny annual reports.  This replaces earlier guidance produced …

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Response to Independent Review of Administrative Law

Posted on 20/10/2020 by Ed Hammond

The Government has established an Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL), chaired by Lord Faulks, which is considering whether action …

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

Posted on 20/08/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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Our research takes different forms:

Publications exploring the governance and scrutiny challenges which form part of new developments such as devolution, sustainability and transformation plans in health or new delivery vehicles. These are free to access, and some are funded by our partners including the Local Government Association.

Thought-leadership and policy development work which seeks to learn from our delivery experience or provide insight into new and potential challenges facing leaders and the governance community. This often takes the form of roundtables, blogs and think pieces.

Organising idea exchanges, best practice and support events including conferences, regional seminars and gatherings for specific groups of practitioners. These are promoted via our newsletter and you can sign-up here.

Running campaigns when we think something needs highlighting or changing. Often this involves advocating the benefits of transparency and accountability – an example is changes we promoted to local government scrutiny to coincide with the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry. You can read about our submission to the inquiry here.

Research is an area where CfGS is looking to increase activity. The aim is to have a good balance between work we fund from income generation and projects funded via grants and other research funding mechanisms.

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