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New Role of Overview and Scrutiny

The Localism Act 2011 draws together all existing legislation in respect of overview and scrutiny but as the way services are commissioned and delivered changes so too will the role and potential of overview and scrutiny. With a greater emphasis on shared services, the external commissioning of services and the role of the council as an enabler rather than deliver of services this programme will focus on the important role for effective ’scrutiny and accountability’. The programme will focus on the role of overview and scrutiny in ensuring that the new arrangements are transparent, inclusive and accountable.

By the end of the workshop, Councillors will be able to:

  • have a clear understanding of the Localism Act and its implications for scrutiny and accountability
  • understand the impact of the changing role of councils in respect of a commissioning and enabling role and the importance of effective ‘scrutiny and accountability’
  • identify how to influence and hold to account external organisations and partners to ensure value for money outcomes
  • have a greater understanding of the skills required and how overview and scrutiny can have a positive impact on behalf of the community.


Mark Palmer, Development Director, SEE

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SEE is a Regional Employers' Organisation. We offer advice to local authorities across the south east, in addition to a range of training, development and consultancy opportunities tailored to your needs.


Content will include:

  • the Localism Act and related legislation and the impact on the role of overview and scrutiny
  • how to effectively scrutinise and hold to account jointly commissioned and funded services
  • how overview and scrutiny can work to ensure VFM outcomes of shared service delivery
  • how to identify work programme priorities that will ensure maximum impact.

For further information regarding the New Role of Overview and Scrutiny, please email or call 01962 840664.

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