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Scrutiny, counter-extremism and the Prevent duty

Posted on 20/08/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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

Posted on 31/07/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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10 questions to ask if you’re scrutinising climate change

Posted on 16/07/2020 by Kate Grigg

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

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Scrutiny and COVID-19: practitioners’ voices

Posted on 25/06/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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Financial scrutiny practice guide

Posted on 25/06/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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COVID-19 Guide 5: council finances and scrutiny

Posted on 14/05/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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COVID-19 Guide 4: scrutiny and supporting the vulnerable

Posted on 30/04/2020 by Ed Hammond

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

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Transport governance in combined authorities

Posted on 20/04/2020 by Kate Grigg

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

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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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To find out more about CfGS’s research and publications please contact Ed Hammond on