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 […]

Seven reasons to love your scrutiny annual report

Last week the Scrutiny Annual Report was reported to Swansea’s Council Meeting. You can download it here. OK, it might not be the most exciting document ever produced but, for anyone involved in scrutiny, it really is important and, as many Councils produce them, they might as well be a worthwhile exercise. So I thought […]

Scrutiny Shortlisted for Top National Award

Swansea Council has been shortlisted for an MJ Award, otherwise known as the local government Oscars, in the category of ‘Excellence in Governance and Scrutiny’. The shortlisting reflects the Council’s ‘agile’ approach to scrutiny work – less of the work is done in formal committees and more by flexible working groups. This allows councillors to […]