The role of the monitoring officer

The Local Democracy Research Centre, together with Browne Jacobson and Lawyers in Local Government, are investigating the changing role of the monitoring officer in English local government. The monitoring officer’s responsibilities – to ensure legal governance and conduct in local government – are essential for good democratic governance. We are asking a series of questions, including:
  • What are the contextual challenges and tensions for monitoring officers?
  • What are the existing models, and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • What skills, capacities, resources and structures does a successful monitoring officer require?
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The Changing Role of the Monitoring Officer

Our new report shines a light on the crucial role of the monitoring officer in English local government which is coming under severe pressure. It illuminates the importance of the role in ensuring quality governance and makes recommendations for changes to improve the status and effectiveness of the position and support monitoring officers in what is an essential job. Read the full report.

What is a monitoring officer and what do they do? Here are the answers

The Monitoring Officer’s responsibilities – to ensure legal governance and conduct in local government – are essential for good democratic governance. But how much do we already know about Monitoring Officers? In this article Dr Greg Stride and Beth Haines look at the role, the challenges and give a brief overview of our research project. Read the article.

Trust and the Monitoring Officer

In this article Dr Greg Stride explores the importance of monitoring officers to maintaining the trust of the public in local government. Read the article.