CfPS Annual Survey of Overview and Scrutiny in Local Government

Publish date: 17/09/2019

2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the legislative changes that led to the establishment of the overview and scrutiny function in English and Welsh councils. In the run-up to this momentous event, the CfPS want to have – and we want you to have – the fullest possible picture of scrutiny across the country. Notable practice, practical experiences, resourcing, impact and the commitment of the executive – the better we can collectively understand these issues, the more we can do to improve scrutiny across the country. The main way that the CfPS help to do this is through thier annual surveys of overview and scrutiny in local government. This year’s survey is now open.

The closing date is the end of the day on 15 November and can be found here

In the last couple of years the CfPS have asked practitioners to fill in a fairly short survey. This year, they want a fuller picture and are asking you to spend a little more time to tell them a bit more about your work and your opinions.

The survey has two parts.

The most senior officer in the council with a day-to-day responsibility for scrutiny is asked to answer a detailed technical survey including questions about committee structures and recommendation monitoring – doing so will take just under half an hour. Everyone else is asked to fill in a survey which focuses on your perceptions of scrutiny's impact and effectiveness, and of your organisation's commitment to scrutiny's work. This should take under 10 minutes.

Why should you devote your time to filling this survey in for us?

The CfPS are particularly keen to get councillors to respond to our survey this year.

As an incentive to fill in the survey, every person who provides a response will be entered into a draw from which the CfPS will pick three people to each receive a free pass to their conference in December. This pass can either be used by you or any other person you choose to nominate.

the CfPS will publish an outline of findings in December, and a more detailed report setting out more comprehensive information towards the end of January.

If you've any questions about this year's survey, please contact Ed Hammond on or 020 3866 5109.