Abstracts: July 12th, 2004

This pack from the Centre for Public Scrutiny demonstrates that public scrutiny is starting to make a difference. Across the public sector non-executive scrutineers are enhancing the accountability of public bodies. The publication highlights the experiences of eight non-executive scrutiny chairs who have influenced executive colleagues in key decisions and made an impact on the well-being of the communities they represent. The case studies include the recovery of fly-tipping land for regeneration in Rotherham, the championing of early years education in Kent and a bus service for disenfranchised youth in Durham. The case studies show that the scrutiny process holds powerful executives to account, that it promotes real change while at the same time it is a mechanism for listening to public concerns.The pack is available from http://www.cfps.org.uk   http://www.cfps.org.uk/