England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development



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This introductory session explores the role of overview and scrutiny within an authority, how to get the best results from its work and the key skills and approaches for doing so. Join us as we take part in guided, interactive activities that will help you build a team, program your work, scope your project, and gather evidence.

Key outcomes

  • Better understand scrutiny including its role, principles, and value
  • Learn from good practice of other councils
  • Develop scrutiny skills
  • Explore opportunities and options for the development of scrutiny in the council

Who should attend

This online session is aimed at elected members who are new to overview and scrutiny and need to find their feet as soon as possible.

Your LGIU Trainer

Miranda Smythe has 30 years of experience helping organisations (mainly local governments) identify learning gaps and develop tailored, creative strategies to address their goals. Miranda is also involved in local community development activities and provides mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations. She is chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

What others are saying about LGIU training

The lesson was extremely clear and was packed with good tips around scrutiny. I especially liked the group work — the whole session was interactive and it was helpful to be able to ask questions.”

– Keith, from West Northamptonshire