Delivering effective scrutiny: Our take on the single committee model

The model of scrutiny that we have recently adopted in Swansea has been attracting interest from some other councils in Wales. It is a single committee system that does its work through informal cross party task and finish groups called panels. While the single committee model for scrutiny has been used before ours is perhaps […]

Scrutiny wants to hear from the voluntary sector

So maybe you have been invited to give evidence to scrutiny and you are wondering what it is all about.  Maybe you are even a little nervous. Don’t worry!  Scrutiny does not want to “scrutinise” you or your organisation.  But it does want to benefit from your knowledge, experience and advice. Scrutiny is about councillors […]

Do You Think We Are Making a Difference?

Measuring the effectiveness of scrutiny is no easy task but an important one nevertheless.  Councillors want to know that the scrutiny work that they have been doing has been done well and, more to the point, has made a difference.  In Swansea we have recently adopted a results based approach and used 19 different indicators […]

Scrutiny Councillors Visit The Phoenix and The Canolfan Centres

Last week the Economic Inactivity Inquiry Panel members visited The Phoenix Centre, Townhill and the Canolfan Centre in Gorseinon. As with the previous site visits, the intention of visiting these two centres was to find out what work is being carried out to promote economic activity and to support the local community.   The Phoenix […]

Views sought from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

A representative from the office of the Children’s Commissioner will be meeting with the Attainment and Wellbeing Scrutiny Inquiry Panel next week to discuss children and young peoples wellbeing especially in relation to schools. Some of the issues the Panel will raise include for example: What young people are most concerned about currently (in relation to Wellbeing […]

Tourism Scrutiny report published

The Tourism Scrutiny Inquiry Panel has completed their inquiry into Tourism entitled ‘Are we making the most of Swansea’s potential as a destination for tourists’.  The report, which was presented to the Scrutiny Programme Committee on Monday 10th June, contains the conclusions and recommendations from the panel after 6 months of evidence gathering. Why carry out this inquiry? […]