On Friday I attended what was effectively the AGM of LGSS. The substantive business was to elect the chair for the next 12 months. As it is Cambridgeshires turn, to take the chair, that pleasure falls to me. This is an increasingly important committee as it controls the majority of back office functions for both counties. Sovereignty remains with each of the respective councils.
This was the first time that the LGSS committee met with the newly formed joint overview and scrutiny committee. This initial meeting was all about bringing scrutiny up to speed before they start acting as our critical friends. Robust overview and scrutiny is a fundamental check and balance that ensures good governance. I was able to state publicly my desire for effective scrutiny.