Scrutiny is still the 'poor relation' in councils

03 December 2019

A survey has revealed scrutiny remains a poor relation to the executive function in local government.

The research by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) found just 31% of councillors and local authority officers felt there was ‘parity of esteem between the executive and scrutiny’ functions.

This was despite the survey showing 82% of scrutiny recommendations were accepted by councils and 62% of respondents agreeing that the function impacted on the lives of local people.

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