Scrutiny at a Crossroads

Locations
Edgbaston campus, Muirhead Tower
Category
Social Sciences, Teaching
Date(s)
Thursday 3rd July 2014 (09:30-16:15)
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 Sue Platt on 0121 414 5002 or email s.p.platt@bham.ac.uk.

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Convenors: John Cade

Primarily because of the harsh financial regime local government is working within many councils are questioning the role and purpose of scrutiny.  This seminar is designed to address these issues head on by recognising the threats and opportunities faced by scrutiny and developing best practice.

This seminar will examine the following key issues:

  • The latest thinking on overview and scrutiny in the light of the Localism Act and the many pressures on council budgets
  • The importance of relationships - between scrutiny members, the cabinet and senior officers
  • The skills needed to manage the scrutiny process
  • The particular skills involved in the scrutiny of financial issues and proposed service reconfigurations
  • How to select appropriate topics for reviews and
  • The opportunities for external and health scrutiny and the scrutiny of partnerships
  • Good Practice

The convenor for the day is John Cade, an experienced scrutiny trainers, teaching and working with Local Authority Members and Officers on most aspects of Local Government but with particular focus on governance structures, Councillor/Officer relationships, Partnership working and the place of Scrutiny.  John was until recently Director of Scrutiny in Birmingham and is an Associate Lecturer at INLOGOV.

Programme

09.30 Coffee and registration
10.15 Welcome, Introductions, Aims for the Day
10.30 Local Government Scrutiny at the moment: challenges and opportunities
11.15 Refreshments
11.30 Relationships – the key to scrutiny success
12.15 The day-to-day imperatives 
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Scrutiny in a changing landscape
Paul Dean, Scrutiny Manager, East Sussex County Council
15.00 Refreshments
15.15 Scrutiny in a Harsh Climate – The Scrutiny of Budget Changes and Reconfigurations of Services
16.00 Key Learning and Action Points
16.15 Seminar concludes


Fees

£195 and £95 for a second participant from the same authority.  Fee includes refreshments, lunch and resrouce pack.

Booking Information

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 Sue Platt on 0121 414 5002 or email s.p.platt@bham.ac.uk.