This publication showcases a selection of authorities whose scrutiny resulted in real effective outcomes and direct changes. It shows that across all topics and all types of authorities, scrutiny bites.
From the Centre for Public Scrutiny's last annual survey in 2006, it was found that almost all members involved in overview and scrutiny present recommendations as part of their role. Further to this, it was found that 83% of these recommendations were accepted by the executive or external organisation and 74% of recommendations were actually implemented following acceptance. These figures represent a general rise over the years that shows that overview and scrutiny is becoming more effective and making more of an impact.
It is important to look at the types of things that have been implemented as a result of overview and scrutiny to demonstrate the impact of their work. Therefore, this publication showcases a selection of authorities whose scrutiny resulted in real effective outcomes and direct change in a range of areas. The selection has been chosen to reflect the diverse work programmes followed by local authority's scrutiny functions and shows that across all topics and all types of authorities.