Centre for Governance and Scrutiny

  • Turn and face the changes

    18 June 2024

    As we head for a General Election, it’s a good time to reflect on what a new government will need to deliver and review how councils may need to change the way things are done, says Mel Stevens.


  • Chief executives' development programme launched

    14 June 2024

    A first-of-its-kind development programme designed to meet the needs and future challenges of chief executives from councils across the country has been opened to applications.


  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.


  • Oflog should be handed audit oversight, MPs told

    16 April 2024

    The Office for Local Government (Oflog) should be handed oversight of England’s broken audit regime – a role earmarked for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) - accounting experts have told MPs.


  • Moving forward after failure

    06 March 2024

    Ed Hammond considers the governance challenges facing members under section 114 and other models of oversight and the implications for member-officer relationships.


  • Brum blame culture still 'largely unaddressed'

    04 December 2023

    Birmingham City Council’s problems of governance and accountability are still ‘largely unaddressed’, despite some gains made by the authority.


  • Curating a good council and government system

    21 November 2023

    Ed Hammond says Oflog has the potential to make Government's actions and interventions more predictable and evidence-based.


  • Animosity hampering scrutiny, investigation warns

    30 October 2023

    Animosity between councillors and the mayor of an east London council are hampering proper scrutiny of its activities, an investigation has warned.


  • East Devon chief expected to leave

    07 September 2023

    The chief executive of East Devon DC is expected to leave ‘imminently’ once a settlement agreement has been struck, The MJ understands.


  • Sector to step up anti-mayor lobbying

    01 August 2023

    The sector is to step up its lobbying for the Government to use its King’s Speech to end its fixation on elected leaders, The MJ understands.


  • Government refuses to commit to statutory officer guidance

    25 July 2023

    The Government has refused to commit to issuing fresh guidance to strengthen the role of the three statutory officers.


  • Blueprint for a mayor

    14 June 2023

    Ed Hammond and Megan Ingle reflect on good mayoral governance and the attributes that make for an effective mayor.


  • New audit framework within weeks

    16 May 2023

    A new framework to bolster local government audit will be brought forward within weeks.


  • The drumbeat of oversight could be a good thing

    12 April 2023

    Ed Hammond examines the emerging accountability framework in local government and says that, rather than something to be feared, it promises to place central-local relations on a stable footing.


  • Warning over councillor-officer problems

    21 November 2022

    A governance review of Southampton City Council has warned the authority’s new administration could experience councillor-officer problems encountered by its predecessor unless reforms follow.


  • Evaluating innovation and risk

    26 October 2022

    Camilla de Bernhardt Lane examines the value of scrutinising councils’ financial innovation and commercial opportunities.