RE: Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill
I've only skim read your comments, obviously, but what I want to know is - how much use is section 9? I'm all in favour and everything, but it will depend on the strength of the Scrtiny Officers' position, and my reading of the LDEDC Act is that the SO role isn't all that strong really, if an authority doesn't want it to be. And if the authority does want the SO role to be strong, well then it's probably an authority with strong & independent O&S already.
Clearly O&S can't become untouchable, but what's to stop the SO being leaned on? Or even for an authority to specifically name a tame SO? Is there a need to enshrine the actual power, rather than the role, of the SO?