Friday 30 October 2020

The Future Role of Scrutiny

East Midlands Councils is holding a half day event for Councillors and Officers involved with Scrutiny, this event is now full.

The event will explore the impact of the current and likely future financial and policy environment for local government on the role of overview and scrutiny.

The local government policy, financial and political environment has much changed over the last three years.  Economic downturn, harsh funding regimes, the move to self-regulation, shared services and commissioning provide new challenges and opportunities for scrutiny.   As the harsher funding regimes combined with increased demand in key services continues to bite, councils across the country have been experimenting with a wide range of strategies to adjust to the new national context. The strategic direction and corporate plans of councils have had to change with this altered context. 

How is scrutiny responding across the East Midlands?  Is scrutiny working at the strategic heart of the authority?  Is scrutiny 'fit for purpose' going forward given the range of challenges facing authorities?  Is scrutiny adding value to the work of councils?  What innovative, creative and effective work are East Midlands' scrutiny functions undertaking? This East Midlands workshop has been designed to provide an opportunity for scrutiny leaders in the region to discuss their answers to these questions and to consider how scrutiny needs to change to be fully effective going forward. 


  • To explore the impact of the current and likely future financial and policy environment for local government on the role of overview and scrutiny
  • To determine how scrutiny can be 'fit for purpose' to support councils and their partners in meeting the challenges of the current environment
  • To review innovative scrutiny work being undertaken both outside and inside the region

Content of the Workshop

Post Regulation Scrutiny: The Future Role of Scrutiny

Case Studies of Scrutiny in Action drawn from outside the East Midlands - illustrating innovative work being undertaken across country on key strategic issues e.g. scrutiny of welfare reform, scrutiny of local growth strategies

East Midlands Case Studies - Small group discussion on key work being undertaken in East Midlands

Taking the Learning Forward - Capturing the learning - action planning - evaluation

Style & Format of the Wrkshop

The workshop would be designed to be interactive and participative.  There would be a mix of interactive presentations and small group working.  The aim would be to have a positive formative impact on the future direction of scrutiny in the east midlands.

The Workshop Facilitator

Dr Stephanie Snape, Associate of the LGA & Director New Leadership Foundation

Stephanie has worked in the world of local government for 28 years as a local government officer, academic and latterly consultant. She has been employed by the two leading local government research centres: the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) at the University of Birmingham – where she became one of four Associate Directors at the Institute before leaving for Warwick; and the Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick where Stephanie was employed for nine years.

Aimed at

Thos involved with Scrutiny, both Councillors and Officers.

Event date

12 December 2014, 13:00 – 16:00

This is a half day event, that will take place after the meeting of the East Midlands Scrutiny Network.


East Midlands Councils, Pera Business Park, Nottingham  Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0PB


  • Local Authority Members £95
  • Associate Members £115
  • Non-members £150

(all prices subject to VAT)

How to book

The event is now full.

For Further Details Contact:

Kirsty Lowe, East Midlands Councils, First Floor Offices, South Annexe, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB or call 01664 502 637

Upcoming Dates for this event