RE: Three wishes for the future of scrutiny
It's not impossible but ultimately I can't see the financial independence being achievable, at least in the short term.
But it would be an excellent solution to the "additional responsibilities without additional resources" problem. The financial simplicity and transparency of the whole thing makes it very attractive.
I suppose that, if planned carefully, there's no reason why something looking like this couldn't be done under the terms of the existing legislation. The interface with police authorities would, as ever, need to be planned with care.
At the moment, Cardiff's LSB Scrutiny Panel is what looks most like this model. Maybe we should be encouraging more councils to take this approach? By spreading support for scrutiny across other partners it reduces the risk of arbitrary budget cuts (or abolition) by an antagonistic executive.