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SCRUTINY COMMITTEES 'WILL MEAN MORE EFFECTIVE ROLE FOR BACKBENCHERS'

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David Whiting, chair of Lewisham LBC's public accounts committee, defend local government reform in an article for ...
David Whiting, chair of Lewisham LBC's public accounts committee, defend local government reform in an article for UK Press Gazette (p27).

He says under the new systems backbench members will have a more demanding, but more influential and effective role. The work of effective scrutiny committees will provide them with detailed informations on the workings of local government, which they have never had before.

'The scrutiny committees will enable motivated councillors to gather evidence in depth about the performance and policies of their authorities. They will generate a flow of detailed information, which will, like the reports of the parliamentary select committees, provide an insight into the workings of their authorities and which will not always be comfortable for the executive.'

He concludes: 'I am convinced that in five years time any journalist who really wants to know what is going on in local government will start with the work of the scrutiny committees.'
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