Scrutiny and public engagement / Craffu ac ymgysylltu â'r cyhoedd


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Tim Buckle, the Welsh Local Government Association’s Performance & Improvement Advisor, used this workshop to reflect on the role scrutiny can play within public engagement.

The session explored what we mean by scrutiny, shared examples of engaging with the public through scrutiny and identified how scrutiny can help public engagement and how public engagement can inform scrutiny.

Fe wnaeth Tim Buckle, Ymgynghorydd Perfformiad a Gwella Cymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol Cymru, defnyddio’r gweithdy yma i ystyried y rôl y gall craffu ei chwarae o fewn ymgysylltu cyhoeddus.

Fe wnaeth y sesiwn ystyried beth yw craffu, rhannu enghreifftiau o ymgysylltu gyda'r cyhoedd trwy graffu a chlustnodi sut gall craffu helpu ymgysylltu gyda'r cyhoedd a sut y gall ymgysylltu gyda'r cyhoedd helpu’r gwaith craffu.

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Scrutiny and public engagement / Craffu ac ymgysylltu â'r cyhoedd

  1. 1. Scrutiny and Public Engagement15 June 2012Tim
  2. 2. What is scrutiny? ???
  3. 3. ‘Scrutiny’ in context•Local Authority Overview & Scrutiny•Parliamentary Select Committees•National Assembly for Wales Committees•Regulators – e.g. Wales Audit Office, Estyn•Internal Audit functions•Performance management arrangements
  4. 4. Why scrutinise?“Scrutiny ensures that executives are heldaccountable for their decisions, that theirdecision-making process is clear andaccessible to the public and that there areopportunities for the public and theirrepresentatives to influence and improvepublic policy”*Centre for Public Scrutiny, Introduction to scrutiny web pages,
  5. 5. Overview & Scrutiny Committee Roles in Local Government•Scrutiny committees do no makedecisions, they make recommendations•Holding the ‘executive’ to account•Policy development and review•External scrutiny of partnerships, partnersand issues of community concern (including‘designated persons’)
  6. 6. Ways of working•Various ways in which scrutiny committees can work: –Task and finish groups –Asking for written submissions –Co-opting additional members –Undertaking site visits –Questions and answer sessions
  7. 7. Experiences of ‘scrutiny’ to date… ???
  8. 8. Principles of Good Scrutiny•Constructive ‘critical friend’ challenge•Amplifies the voice and concerns of thepublic•Led by independent-minded people whotake responsibility for their role•Drives improvement in public servicesSource: Centre for Public Scrutiny,
  9. 9. Report of the ‘Beecham Review’ (2006)•Recommended that local authorities:“enhance challenge capacity by raising theprofile of scrutiny, making it a strong vehiclefor service improvement and citizenengagement, by involving a wider range ofstakeholders and developing skills acrosssectors”**Beyond Boundaries, Citizen-Centred Local Services for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, 2006,Crown Copyright
  10. 10. Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011Section 62:“Introduces provision to require local authorities tomake arrangements to enable the public toexpress their views in relation to any matter beingconsidered by the committee.”*Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011: Explanatory Notes
  11. 11. However….“Half the public do not actually want to be involvedin decision-making in their local area. Even more– 55% - do not wish to be involved in decision-making in the country as a whole.”**Audit of Political Engagement 6, The 2009 Report: with a focus on political participation andcitizenship, Hansard Society, 2009
  12. 12. Two years later“the situation has now changed in the interveningtwo years. The proportion of people who want toget involved in decision-making in their local areahas fallen by five points to 43%; in contrast thetwo in five people who want to be involved innational decision-making remains stable.”*Audit of Political Engagement 8, The 2011 Report: with a focus on coalition politics, civicinvolvement and the Big Society, Hansard Society, 2011
  13. 13. DiscussionHow can scrutiny amplify ‘the voice andconcerns of the public’?
  14. 14. Why engage the public in overview & scrutiny?•Scrutiny as an advocate for the localcommunity•Improve the evidence base forrecommendations•Public accountability*Citizen-centred scrutiny: Engaging the public in overview & scrutiny, July 2012, WLGA
  15. 15. How / when the public can be involved in overview & scrutiny?•Developing the forward work programme•Helping to shape/scope scrutiny exercises•Evidence for scrutiny exercises•At the end of a scrutiny exercise –communicating findings•Observing scrutiny meetings*Citizen-centred scrutiny: Engaging the public in overview & scrutiny, July 2012, WLGA
  16. 16. Some examples of public engagement through scrutiny in Wales•Merthyr Tydfil – co-opting members of the publiconto scrutiny committees•Monmouthshire – gathering evidence from thepublic through scrutiny•Newport – involving stakeholders in the scopingof a scrutiny review•Wrexham – engaging the public and partners inscrutiny work programming•Swansea – use of social media / onlinequestionnaire
  17. 17. How could public engagement throughscrutiny be improved? ???
  18. 18. Further information and resources•Centre for Public Scrutiny –•Scrutiny Time Bank –•WLGA overview & scrutiny pages –