Accountability and scrutiny: The issues for local government in a changing political environment

Written by Jacqui McKinlay

New research complied by CfPS for APSE exploring the effectiveness of scrutiny. Good governance is critical to public trust in decision-making. In times of uncertainty, it is important that decisions are made in a way that is transparent and holds to account those responsible for implementation. Worryingly, the report shows that scrutiny is perceived as weak and ineffective and makes suggestions for how scrutiny might be improved in the future.  The report is available to download for free, or purchase from the APSE website.

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Governance of Sustainability and Transformation Plans: the verdict so far

Written by Jolanta Shields

This publication examines the governance and scrutiny of Sustainability and Transformation Plans/Partnerships (STPs). The report is based on research conducted by Jolanta Shields, a doctoral researcher from the University of Manchester, and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Eighteen semi-structured interviews were carried out with STP leaders, communication and engagement leads, chairs of health scrutiny and other stakeholders. The report examines what has worked well and what has been less successful and makes five recommendations to improve the governance of sustainability and transformation plans. 

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