Effectiveness of local authority examined

16 October 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee questions local government experts as part of its inquiry into local authority effectiveness.


Members continue the work of the previous committee in the last Parliament in examining the effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees, which were created by the Local Government Act 2000 as a way of balancing the increased powers of Leaders and Cabinets.

Purpose of the session

The session covers a wide range of issues including whether scrutiny committees are effective in holding decision makers to account, how committee chairs are selected, whether they are politically impartial and whether committees have sufficient powers to summon witnesses.


Monday 16 October 2017, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm:

  • Prof Colin Copus, Director of the Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University
  • Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS)
  • Cllr Marianne Overton, Leader of the Independent Group, Local Government Association 

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