Centre for Public Scrutiny

  • LGA code of conduct under fire

    20 August 2020

    A model code of conduct for councillors put forward by the Local Government Association (LGA) lacks teeth, according to bodies representing officers.

  • A review to learn lessons not lay blame

    27 July 2020

    Swift and focused reviews of local decision-making in response to the pandemic should be democratically-led by the overview and scrutiny function, says Sir Bob Kerslake.

  • I have a joke but

    27 July 2020

    Every now and again a social media phenomenon catches the mood and goes viral.

  • Concerns raised over scrutiny vacuum

    06 July 2020

    A charity has expressed worries about councils that are in danger of effectively having no scrutiny function for six months.

  • Scrutiny is still the 'poor relation' in councils

    03 December 2019

    A survey has revealed scrutiny remains a poor relation to the executive function in local government.

  • Think tanks to produce ‘toolkit’ to improve governance

    07 October 2019

    A project part-funded by Whitehall and the Local Government Association aims to produce ‘practical support’ and a toolkit to improve councils’ corporate governance by next summer.

  • Solace preview: Evolving our approach to ethics and standards

    18 September 2019

    Local government is well-placed to lead the way in evolving and supporting ethical standards to keep pace with challenging times, says Jacqui McKinley, who will speak at next month's Solace Summit 2019 in Birmingham.

  • Mastering the art of commercial destiny

    20 August 2019

    Solace has been considering how councils should best participate in the market. Eric Bohl reports on local government’s investment areas, and outlines the key tests for commercial plans.

  • The shows must go on

    15 May 2019

    Battles used to be fought with bayonets, crossbows and axes.

  • Call for councils to 'embrace' scrutiny

    08 May 2019

    The Government called on councils and combined authorities to ‘embrace’ scrutiny as it issued new guidance.

  • Time for a governance refresh

    08 May 2019

    May is a prime time to review governance - and this can be done by understanding and addressing the needs of democratic accountability, says Ed Hammond.

  • Open up to scrutiny

    07 May 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.

  • Fostering mutual understanding on scrutiny

    07 May 2019

    As the MHCLG releases statutory guidance on scrutiny, Camilla de Bernhardt Lane explains how Devon CC's decision makers welcome the challenge and contribution to policy made by scrutiny.

  • Experts warn of 'gap' in scrutiny of council finances

    28 March 2019

    An inquiry into council finance has heard warnings of a gap in oversight of the sector.

  • Risk and commercialisation: Why scrutiny matters

    01 February 2019

    Early engagement and streamlining of scrutiny into commercialisation decisions will provide scrutiny councillors with the knowledge and understanding to bring added value to the commercialisation journey, say Paul O'Brien and Ed Hammond

  • Scrutiny chief in failure warning

    10 December 2018

    Failure in local government is likely to become more prevalent in the years ahead due to looming pressures, the chief executive of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) has warned.

  • Scrutiny can reduce Government intervention risk - Kerslake

    04 December 2018

    Rishi Sunak has called for scrutiny to receive a ‘strong commitment from the top’ of councils amid warnings about the risk of further Whitehall intervention.

  • Researchers to look at '200-mile long Whitehall screwdriver'

    25 October 2018

    Experts have laid out their plans to examine whether the Government’s 20-year-old intervention regime remains fit-for-purpose.

  • Lessons from ‘failure’

    24 October 2018

    In the context of Northamptonshire’s failure and warnings of other councils on the edge of collapse, Ed Hammond argues local approaches are likely to work better than the formal intervention regime

  • The Cox report and its lessons for local government

    19 October 2018

    It’s time for local government to ask how it deals with poor behaviour in its own workplace in the light of the publication of the Cox report into bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff, argues Ed Hammond