CfPS 2003-13: A decade under the microscope

Posted on 01/01/2013 by Jessica Crowe. Tags:

The year 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s founding. The Centre is the first national body charged with promoting and supporting the important role of holding public institutions and those contracted to provide public services to account. Initially set up to support the new local authority scrutiny arrangements, it has since 2003 extended its remit into all parts of the public realm and beyond, aiming to develop understanding and to promote public scrutiny, accountability, transparency and involvement.

“I want to argue that there is a perfectly respectable alternative career in public life and it is that of holding powerful people to account.” – Jeremy Paxman, speaking at CfPS’s first Annual Conference in 2003