Scrutiny

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

Council leadership needs to have oversight of the entire AI system

10/02/2020

Council leaders need to provide ‘proper accountability’ for AI technology and staff cannot take a ‘computer says no’ approach, according to the chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

What next for the Environment Bill?

04/12/2019

Simon Colvin explores what local government needs to know about the Environment Bill.

Council governance systems ‘inadequate’ for austerity era

15/05/2019

The Government has not done enough to ensure that governance systems in local authorities are suitable for an ‘era of financial pressure and rapid change’, MPs have warned.

Open up to scrutiny

09/05/2019

For many councils scrutiny has failed to live up to its potential, says Ed Hammond. But he hopes new statutory guidance out today will help them take active steps to promote and support the function.

Councils urged to 'embrace scrutiny'

08/05/2019

Councils have been urged to ‘embrace scrutiny’ of their spending decisions in new guidance issued by the Government.

Scottish councils lose over £120m due to ‘weak’ financial controls

11/04/2019

Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in local government ‘may be under strain’, Audit Scotland has warned.

Auditors call for Welsh councils to make scrutiny ‘fit for the future’

12/02/2019

Auditors in Wales have outlined the six steps that Welsh councils need to take in order to improve overview and scrutiny functions.

Calls for a 'radical rethink' on local government failure

11/12/2018

The established ways of thinking about and addressing failure in local government are no longer fit for purpose, a new discussion paper has warned.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

06/09/2018

Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.

What the fire taught us

14/06/2018

After Grenfell, changes to governance and consultation were the recommendations of a study for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and the Democratic Society. Jacqui McKinlay explains.

Government oversight of LEPs not good enough, MPs say

16/03/2018

The Public Accounts Committee has stressed its lack of faith in the Government’s oversight of local enterprise partnerships in a critical report published today.

Report demands new accountability powers for local government

26/02/2018

Academics have demanded a raft of tools to enable local government to hold to account the ‘chaotic network’ of agencies involved in providing public services.

Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding

24/01/2018

A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.

LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England

16/01/2018

A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.

The top 10 things local government can expect in 2018

10/01/2018

Tiffany Cloynes outlines her predictions for the top 10 issues for local government in 2018.

‘Culture change’ needed to improve local government scrutiny, MPs say

15/12/2017

A 'culture change' is needed to make sure decisions taken by council leaders are properly scrutinised, MPs have warned.

Local government accountability inquiry ‘long overdue’, MPs say

24/01/2017

MPs today announced the launch of a ‘long overdue’ inquiry into overview and scrutiny in local government.

Taxpayers denied full access to information on public spending

27/09/2016

The taxpayer is being prevented from fully scrutinising the way public funds are spent, anti-corruption group warns.

Council pension fund supports working practices review of Sports Direct

24/08/2016

A local government pensions body has backed calls for a review into the working practices at Sports Direct.

MPs warn devolution deals 'lack transparency'

01/07/2016

The government’s approach to devolution, including timetabling, accountability and transparency, have come under fire today in a new report from MPs.

The dog that did not bark

30/06/2016

After his FOI request on government funding to councils was blocked, Graham Chapman says serious questions must still be answered over distribution.

Watchdog calls for improved scrutiny of public spending

04/05/2016

The increased used of outsourcing and devolution to local areas is undermining Parliament's ability to hold the Government to account, the public spending watchdog is warning today.

Devolution must be more openly negotiated, urges MPs

03/02/2016

The government’s devolution agenda has been characterised by a lack of clear objectives, rushed negotiations, and insufficient openness, according to select committee.

Scottish Parliament launches probe of arm’s length council operations

23/09/2015

The way in which councils in Scotland use arm’s length bodies to deliver local services is to be examined by MSPs to ensure they are accountable and provide value for money.

Think tanks calls for greater transparency in devolution deals

08/09/2015

Councils should put transparency at the heart of any devolution deal, the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) is warning.

Falkirk Council urged to be more ambitious by spending watchdog

27/08/2015

Falkirk Council must commit to ‘a more ambitious’ financial plan if it is to secure £46m savings over the next three years, a public spending watchdog is warning.

Rotherham to remain under Government control until 2019

25/08/2015

The Government has said it is likely to take four years until full powers are returned to Rotherham Council following intervention after a sexual abuse scandal emerged in 2014.

Tower Hamlets aims to become transparency ‘beacon’ with launch of commission

04/08/2015

Tower Hamlets has launched a commission to examine how it can improve transparency, after revelations about historic corruption forced an election re-run.

Innovation in inertia – the cultural barrier

31/07/2015

Why councils need to overcome cultural barriers and the skills gaps to achieve transformational change.

Review to probe links between care and custody

23/06/2015

A review has been launched to find new ways to end the 'depressing route from care to custody' experienced by vulnerable teenagers.

Kerslake to head scrutiny charity

02/06/2015

Lord Bob Kerslake, who rose from being CEO at two local authorities to become head of the civil service and permanent secretary to the Department of Communities and Local Government, is to take up the position of chair at the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

Councils urged to work together on scrutiny

30/04/2015

A new guide to help councils work together on scrutiny and improve accountability has been launched.

Scottish councils urged to better control borrowing

19/03/2015

Scottish councillors must improve scrutiny over borrowing if local authorities are to manage their near £15bn of debt – auditors have warned.

Poll reveals questions over effectiveness of council scrutiny

10/02/2015

Scrutiny of council decisions varies 'widely' across the country while opinion is 'divided' on local effectiveness, research suggests.

Councils warned structural change will not prevent service failures

09/02/2015

Councils have been urged to ‘resist the temptation’ to make structural changes in the wake of the Rotherham scandal by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS).

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