Research Project

Realising the Potential of Scrutiny: Research and Recommendations on the Overview and Scrutiny Function in Local Government


This NLGN report calls on local authorities to address the extent to which ‘Overview & Scrutiny’ is not yet embedded in the culture of their organisation.

Realising the Potential of Scrutiny by NLGN’s Warren Hatter and Katy Johnson says that even where a council is positive about the new decision making structures, the Overview and Scrutiny function can still lack the backing needed to make the new system effective.


Realising the Potential of Scrutiny:
Research and Recommendations on the Overview and Scrutiny Function in Local Government
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