VCF Forum March 2019 – How can the voluntary sector strengthen local government Scrutiny?

For the VCF Forum in March 2018, Healthwatch Sheffield worked in partnership with Sheffield City Council to discuss Scrutiny. Scrutiny is an essential part of modern government. It helps to ensure that government is effective and accountable.
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Our VCF (Voluntary, Community, and Faith sector) Forums bring together decision makers, members of the public, and those working across voluntary and statutory organisations. We discuss topics related to the health & wellbeing of local people. Find out more here.

What is Scrutiny?

The central purpose of scrutiny is to hold decision makers to account, examine services provided by the Council and its partners, as well as to carry out in-depth reviews into specific service areas.

The aim of these scrutiny functions is to continuously improve the delivery of local public services to residents.

Both overview and scrutiny committees and local Healthwatch have powers that can be used to hold commissioners and providers to account. This forum provided an opportunity to find out how Healthwatch contributes to the scrutiny process and opportunities for the wider voluntary and community sector to bring the voices of local people to the fore.

The panel included:

-Denise Fox, Chair, Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee
-Pat Midgley, Chair Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee


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