Jacqui McKinlay is the chief executive of the Centre for Public Scrutiny
The market mindset took us a long way. But it’s time to move on.
Last year seemed to catch out a few companies, some accused of not being upfront about problems, or exposed as operating unethically.
In the aftermath of major incidents and disasters, councils often swiftly turn to governance – to understand if decision-making could be changed or improved to lessen the likelihood of something similar happening again.
When developing budgets, many local authorities involve local councillors too late. It’s a mistake which carries with it potentially serious consequences.
Amid the current focus on council finances, it is easy and understandable that attention moves away from other aspects of our complex and slightly dysfunctional world.
The investigation into Grenfell cuts to the heart of what the Centre for Public Scrutiny is about: improving lives through better governance and scrutiny.
Fake news is now an everyday phenomenon and looks like it’s here to stay.
The last few weeks have been confusing in terms of devolution.
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Warwickshire CC chief executive Jim Graham recently suggested local scrutiny arrangements should be replaced with a system that focuses on local people.
With a new education secretary comes the potential for a further shift in policy in the drive to improve education standards.