28/10/2011

Scrutiny Committee

Wednesday saw a meeting of the City Council's Scrutiny Committee. I spoke on a number of issues, such as how the council will promote information about its winter maintenance work. I pointed out that if the council is to use social media it must think about what users of social media think it is for. For example, can people use social media to report problems or not?

I also asked about procedures which are in place to ensure that fraud is prevented in the council's payroll.

I made the point in relation to the report on Scotland's public finances that any scheme which is designed to create joint working or shared services must have effective governance structures. Scrutiny and transparency are essential when dealing with public money.