Providing proper, meaningful induction to scrutiny councillors is critical. The scrutiny role is an important one; the reduction in resources available for officer support to the function means that councillors must increasingly be self-servicing. But this will not happen automatically. Councillors need support to give them the confidence to take charge of the scrutiny function – especially when they are newly elected. Effective induction also promises to end, or curtail, damaging or negative political cultures within a council, that might make proper scrutiny more difficult.
We can help to design a deliver comprehensive induction programmes for scrutiny councillors. This can range from one-off, two-hour induction sessions covering the basics, to longer-term induction programmes, where we can help with the design and assist with elements of delivery – for example, facilitating new members’ consideration and agreement of the scrutiny work programme.
We can provide induction support specific to either the English or Wales local government framework.
Call Ed Hammond on 020 7187 7369 to learn more about what we can offer, and how we can help.