Abstracts: February 8th, 2005

This revised report, which was first issued in September 2004, describes how local authorities can realise the potential of the overview and scrutiny process. It draws on the positive lessons from local implementation and presents practical solutions to on-the-ground barriers and obstacles across local government. It covers an exploratory research study, qualitative in nature, which sought to identify good practice in the development of overview and scrutiny.The research found a good deal of experimentation across local authorities in terms of the structure and operation of overview and scrutiny and within this there is a strong trend towards individual authorities emphasising particular key roles. The report explores topics such as policy development and review which was found to be most impressive the element undertaken by overview and scrutiny committees. In a number of the authorities this has involved a wide range of investigative methods and the production of well honed and targeted reports.

The report is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/page/odpm_lcgov_030249.pdf