Scrutiny: Reset and Recovery

Local government has changed significantly in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Functions, finances and political management arrangements have been re-shaped since March 2020.  Scrutiny has also been impacted by COVID.  This virtual workshop has been designed to focus on the role of scrutiny in the 'reset and recovery' period. 

It will examine a range of related issues:

  • reviewing the impact on scrutiny functions across the region, including how scrutiny members and officers have responded
  • highlighting best practice in working remotely and through virtual platforms
  • identifying learning from scrutiny reviews of council responses to COVID-19
  • considering the role that scrutiny can play in the recovery planning period
  • outside of COVID-19, identifying emerging and re-emergent priority topics for scrutiny to examine, for example, scrutiny of climate change and scrutiny of re-organisation

In particular, the workshop will focus on how the recovery stage is developing and how scrutiny needs to play a part in debates over growing financial and budgetary pressures and fundamental re-prioritisation processes.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Stephanie Snape. 

This workshop will be held virtually using MS Teams.

Date - 10 November 2020

Time - 09:30 – 12:00 (2.5 hour virtual workshop)

Audience – Councillors and Officers involved with Scrutiny


£65 per person for EMC Members

£75 per person for Associate Members; and

£95 for non-members

The workshop numbers are limited to ensure the sessions are interactive, early booking is advised.

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