Our investigations and governance examinations contain information which can help councils improve their practices, read the summaries of some of our recent investigations.
Personal interests returns: encouraging disclosure and increasing transparency
The Local Government Inspectorate's comprehensive review into personal interest returns of 650 councillors found 332 did not complete their returns in compliance with the Local Government Act. The project looked at 4,600 councillor returns between October 2016 and February 2020.
Social media fuels rise in complaints during 2020 council elections
The Local Government Inspectorate’s comprehensive report into the 2020 council elections details the numbers and trends of complaints we received before, during and after the election period. Complaints to the Local Government Inspectorate doubled to 848 compared to 409.