The Elected Members' webinar Series has been developed by the IS to provide elected members with further development opportunities. Webinars are held live and elected members are encouraged to join in and participate on the day. Webinars are also recorded, so elected members that couldn’t join in on the day, can access and view the content.
A list of our upcoming and archived webinars are below.
17 December 2019, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Internal controls and risk management helps councils to safeguard their finances, implement their policies and deliver high-quality services. Controls include procedures for paying the right sum of money to the right person at the right time, and minimising a council’s exposure to fraud and corruption. Things work well most of the time and councils have officers who are expert on these matters.
However, a small problem can quickly escalate and affect the funding available for services. Ultimately, elected members are accountable for scrutinising a council’s use of public money. Scrutiny and audit committees have leading roles but every committee and elected member has a scrutiny role too. So members should not hesitate to seek assurances from relevant officers that rigorous arrangements are in place.
This webinar will cover:
This webinar provided an overview of the Local Government Benchmarking Framework and showed how to explore your council's performance data across a number of themes and how best to use the performance data to scrutinise performance and drive improvement.
A recording of this webinar will be available shortly.
The Fairer Scotland Duty was introduced in April 2018 and places a duty on certain public bodies in Scotland (including local authorities and Integrated Joint Boards) to consider how to reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socioeconomic disadvantage. This webinar introduced the Fairer Scotland Duty to elected members, highlighting their role in the implementation of the duty. It also gave examples of how consideration of the duty has been given to strategic decisions in councils.
Paul Reilly from the Accounts Commission presents and answers questions on best value, including:
Eibhlin McHugh (Co-director, Public Health Reform) provides an overview of the reform programme, public health priorities, public health Scotland and the whole system approach.
Jacqui McGinn (Health Improvement & Inequalities Manager, West Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership) provides first-hand experience of working with a whole system approach by developing Community Planning West Dunbartonshire Substance Use Prevention Strategy.
Dave Allen from the Scottish Community Development Centre speaks about community participation. David Barr from the Improvement Service hosts.
Hosted by David Barr with speakers Dr Rachel McAdams from NHS Health Scotland and Hanna McCulloch from the Improvement Service.
Hosted by David Barr with speakers Martyn Wallace and Colin Birchenall from the Digital Office - Scottish Local Government, this webinar discusses Digital Transformation in local government.
Hosted by Ross McCulloch of Third Sector Lab, this webinar looks at how elected members can use social media to engage with their constituents.
Christina Cox, planning and building standards manager at Stirling Council presents an overview of the document 'The Planning System in Scotland: A guide for Elected Members'. This webinar is will help give an understanding of what the planning system in Scotland seeks to achieve, and the processed used in decision making. The presentation given is followed by a Q+A session with current elected members.
Tel. 01506 283778