Taking a closer look at scrutiny

Contributed by webmaster on Feb 11, 2004 - 03:53 AM


Councillors and officers from across Kent will be taking a closer look at the role of overview and scrutiny at a special conference at Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall o­n 16 March.

Scrutiny Uncovered is being held to provide an opportunity to share ideas and experience, discuss progress and consider the future development of overview and scrutiny.

It is the first to be held in the county and representatives from14 local authorities, including Kent County Council and Medway unitary authority, have been invited.

Keynote speakers are Gareth Wall from the Centre for Public Scrutiny and David Natzler from the House of Commons. The Rt Hon Bernard Jenkin, MP for North Essex and Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions, will give the closing address.

Delegates will be able to choose four workshops to attend – reviewing budgets, health scrutiny, publicising scrutiny and conducting good reviews.

RADA in Business will be demonstrating practical scrutiny skills.

Scrutiny Uncovered is organised by the Kent and Medway Scrutiny Officers Network.