RE: riots - a role for scrutiny ?
Earl and Shelley,
My take.- A key policy issue for scrutiny I guess, is how ever decreasing resources are allocated? Does scrutiny work need to ensure that it properly (and takes time to) examine the equality impact assessments on budget reduction, service change proposals? Does resource allocation support policy objectives of organisations and so on. Does policy implementation advantage some at the cost of others? And if so, how does scrutiny in its work gather evidence of this?
Does scrutiny ensure that it takes a whole system approach to impact analysis through for example, the EIAs, and therefore looks at the proposed allocation of resources of other public sector providers? What is the likey collective impact on a locality and or group? Does it make sure that members examine whether risks and mitigation have been adequately covered and or given equal attention through the EIA process?
Business recovery after major incidents in a locality - from ICT security to floods to riots, looting etc - should in my opinion be considered by scrutiny. This at least teases out resillience issues - if it is done after the fact. However I agree with Shelley that I'm not sure about scrutiny role per se following the major incidents we saw last week...