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Public Eye - Autumn/Winter 2014

Change is sweeping through the public sector. In this issue we focus on how public bodies are being held to account right across the board.

Change is sweeping through the public sector. In this issue we focus on how public bodies are being held to account right across the board.

Auditing is perhaps the most obvious example of accountability and in an insightful opinion piece, Jayne Francis-Ward, Corporate Director, Policy, Planning and Corporate Services at Nottinghamshire County Council, says the current process can be vastly improved through an outcome-focused approach. On the same topic, Mike Thomas from Grant Thornton explains how major changes are on the way.

Many thought social media was a passing fad when it first hit the public consciousness, but as Simon Goacher says, it is here to stay. And, with the implementation of the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, it is very much on the agenda of local authorities everywhere.

In other articles, we examine accountability and public interest, changes to the UK’s inquiry process, the latest trends in legal claims and the challenges the NHS faces in delivering a safe and efficient service in an environment of greater scrutiny. Plus we look at why universities need robust procedures in place for dealing with complaints and academic appeals.

There’s a lot to take in – but for those working within the public sector, there always is.

Enjoy the read. As ever, your feedback and views are very welcome.