Filling the democracy void

By Jacqui McKinlay | 06 February 2018
  • Jacqui McKinlay

Five years after the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) first introduced the idea of local public accounts committees (PAC), events in national and local government have led us to dust down and reconsider the merits of the concept. We are now launching a discussion paper putting forward a refreshed version of the local PAC model. We think it’s time may now have come.

Since the original concept was developed, the world has become more complex. Local policy-making, and a significant amount of delivery, is now defined by partnerships – some formal, some informal – between public sector bodies and between the public and private sectors.

Want full article access?

Receive The MJ magazine each week and gain access to all the content on this website with a subscription.

Full website content includes additional, exclusive commentary and analysis on the issues affecting local government.


Already a subscriber? Login

Local democracy Scrutiny Accountability

Coronavirus Update


In light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, some of you may not be able to receive your copy of TheMJ magazine. If you’d like to change your delivery address, please contact our subscriptions department at
Read The MJ for free

Keep up to date by subscribing to our daily newsletter

theMJ products