Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scrutiny bodies 'too ready to believe officials'

The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal has shown that some council scrutiny bodies are being too easily assured about service standards.

That view has come from the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), after the Jay report into events at Rotherham strongly criticised the effectiveness of scrutiny there.

CfPS executive director Jessica Crowe (pictured) said in her response that the report’s findings pointed to a scrutiny culture that “placed too much store on the assurances of people in authority that everything was fine”.

Too many council scrutiny committees were content to discuss items “where the only source of evidence is a report written and presented by a chief officer” and councillors were asked merely to note the contents.  (more...)

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