The Queen’s Speech – moving away from ‘Whitehall knows best’?

Peeking through a blind

Supporting councils to tackle modern slavery

Our recent Safer and Stronger Communities Board meeting heard from the new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton CBE QPM. Supporting councils to tackle modern slavery has been a key priority of the board for several years now, following an early presentation from Dame Sara’s predecessor Kevin Hyland.

hospital management listening to doctor

Joint scrutiny of health services

Many members of health overview and scrutiny committees will feel that their role is a complex task. In my experience, this area of scrutiny becomes even more demanding when there is a joint committee, involving a number of local authorities, to scrutinise health services across a large area.