Overview and scrutiny in combined authorities – a plain English guide

Written by Ed Hammond

Overview and scrutiny in combined authorities: a plain English guide provides officers and members with a straightforward guide to the legislation as it relates to scrutiny in CA areas. The guide covers key areas such as, the role of scrutiny, resourcing the function, who should form part of the combined scrutiny group, who to chair committees, co-opting etc.

This report forms part of our ongoing work to support local government devolution.

 

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Governance and devolution: charting the way

Written by Ed Hammond

Devolution is of interest to everyone in local government. This CfPS publication explores some of the common challenges around governance and devolution and how a number of areas have tried to resolve them. The research highlighted a number of key issues for devolved areas – principally the need for a clear sense for each local area to understand the rational underpinning devolution, and the existence of a “sequence” for the devolution process, at each point of which a space has to be found for scrutiny by the public and by elected members. 

This report will be of specific interest for those with a responsibility for managing the establishment of a combined authority, for developing detailed governance arrangements on a devolution deal, for overseeing or scrutinising the devolution deal process, and for a wider group of councillors, council officers, partners, and interested citizens. 

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