Scrutiny in Challenging Times

Location
Courtyard Room, Edgbaston Campus, Park House
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences, Teaching
Dates
Friday 24th March 2017 (09:30-16:00)
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Contact

To book a place on this seminar please visit the University's Online Shop http://shop.bham.ac.uk. If you are unable to book via the Online Shop please contact Sarah Smith, Tel:  0121 414 8390 Email:  s.e.smith.2@bham.ac.uk.

Register for this event

Hosted by the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), this seminar is a collaboration between the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and INLOGOV.

The expectations and demands placed on overview and scrutiny have never been higher, yet the resources to support this work are constantly being squeezed.  Addressing this dichotomy, this training event focuses on best practice and how to achieve realistic and good outcomes.

Questions which need to be asked include:

  • Should there be fewer scrutiny committees?
  • If these focus increasingly on matters that are of direct interest to the Executive (‘pre-decision scrutiny’) how can we maintain the element of challenge which is a key part of the process?
  • Should scrutiny reviews be shorter and simpler?  Could effective recommendations be made with minimal or no supporting reports?
  • How do we deal with situations where increasing proportions of Councils’ responsibilities are outsourced?
  • How can Councils best support health scrutiny?

This event will be a great benefit to officers who support the scrutiny function either solely or in part.  It may also interest elected Members involved in overview and scrutiny.

Programme

Programme - Scrutiny in Challenging Times
09.30 Coffee and registration
10.00

Welcome, introductions and immediate perceptions of the ambiguities, challenges and opportunities facing scrutiny.
John Cade, INLOGOV

10.40 A Centre for Public Scrutiny perspective.

Jacqui McKinlay, Executive Director CfPS

10.55

An Association of Democratic Services perspective.
John Austin, Chair ADSO

11.10 Questions
11.30 Break
11.50 Group discussion on how we respond to issues raised and enhance the role of scrutiny.  Are there any specific issues you would welcome input on during the day?
12.30

A Councillor's Perspective
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Deputy Leader, Ipswich Borough Council

13.15 Lunch
14.00

A scrutiny journey through a changing landscape
Paul Dean, Member Services Manager, East Sussex County Council

14.45 Group discussion on pertinence of issues raised.
15.15 Round table discussion, involving all contributors, on key emerging threads and which issues participants are taking back to their own Councils.

Chaired by John Cade, INLOGOV

16.00 Close

Booking

To book a place on this seminar please visit the University's Online Shop http://shop.bham.ac.uk. If you are unable to book via the Online Shop please contact Sarah Smith, Tel:  0121 414 8390 Email:  s.e.smith.2@bham.ac.uk.

Learn more

To discuss the course content in more detail or to book and reserve places on this module please contact: Sarah Smith Tel: 0121 414 8390, Email: s.e.smith.2@bham.ac.uk.