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February 6, 2018
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Robust decision making challenges and responsibilities

To outline the components of robust decision making by local authorities, the areas of potential challenge and to explore the role and responsibilities of councillors.

  • Newly elected councillors
  • Refresher know-how for returning councillors
  • All councillors in key decision-making roles
  • Lawful decision-making by a local authority
  • “Reasonable and rational” decisions
  • Bias and predetermination
  • Procedural requirements
  • Internal and external challenges and how to avoid them
    • Judicial review
    • Ombudsman
    • Auditor
    • Statutory officers
  • Risks for individual councillors

Very well presented, logically moved forward; interesting and to the point

District Councillor

Addresses all the skills but particularly

  • Local leadership
  • Political understanding
  • Scrutiny and challenge
  • Regulating and monitoring

That councillors will feel confident in their role in robust decision-making, can identify potential issues and risks early (to avoid/mitigate them) and can minimise challenges.

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