Continuity and renewal – meet the new scrutiny work programme

A new work programme has now been agreed, with a varied selection of topics that councillors plan to look at over the coming year. It represents both continuity and renewal to ensure that scrutiny is always looking at the right things. But before we get to that, a little about how we got here…   […]

Do you have a question for Cabinet Members?

The Council’s Scrutiny Programme Committee holds the Council’s Cabinet to account and during the course of the year arranges Q & A sessions with each Cabinet Member.       Each Q & A session will explore the work Cabinet Members have done in their role, looking at priorities, actions, achievements and impact. Is there […]

The best way to tackle poverty is to work with the people affected by poverty

Scrutiny councillors in Swansea have been looking at ways that the Council can improve its Tackling Poverty Strategy. Their main conclusion is that, when developing and delivering a strategy it is vital that those people experiencing poverty were not only involved, but involved in a powerful and meaningful way. The Panel Convener, Councillor Sybil Crouch, […]

What makes an effective tackling poverty strategy?

Tackling poverty is a massive challenge – particularly at the local level. It is essential, therefore, that any local strategy, such as the one put in place by Swansea Council, takes account of what evidence there is so that it can be as effective as possible. With that in mind, last week saw the first […]

How we use evidence for scrutiny inquiries

Evidence gathering for in-depth pieces of work is a fundamental aspect of scrutiny practice. Typically inquiries will be looking to offer credible solutions to complex issues that can be adopted with confidence. The work needs, therefore, to be underpinned by the robust collection and use of evidence. Like any research process it’s important to set […]