Support for Committees
The new phase of the project focuses on four spheres (assemblies, elections and external and internal audit offices) across the electoral cycle (pre-election, election and post-election). Whilst we continue our important public financial management support for Public Accounts Committees (PACs), External and Internal Audit, we are broadening our support into other areas of parliamentary oversight.
Across the OTs, PACs play a critical role in scrutinising the work of governments and ensuring financial transparency and accountability.
As part of the UK Overseas Territories Project, CPA UK has led the support to PACs, providing committee members with opportunities to share technical expertise and knowledge and enabling them to build on their own expertise to hold governments to account on behalf of their citizens.
From 16 -17 November 2020, CPA UK delivered a two-day virtual PAC Workshop in Anguilla. The Workshop explored four critical themes:
- Preparing for an evidence session and managing an inquiry,
- How to operate effectively as a PAC in a virtual world,
- Producing a fair and balanced report, and
- Measuring success as a PAC.
Read the Workshop report here.
In November and December 2020, CPA UK organised three virtual workshops on financial scrutiny for the St Helena Public Accounts Committee. The sessions, delivered by Larry Honeysett, Head of Financial Scrutiny at the UK Parliament Scrutiny Unit, focused on improving knowledge of financial scrutiny on three topics; Understanding Financial Statements, Measuring Performance and Value for Money, and Approaches to Scrutiny and Questioning. Read the Workshop report here.
Hon Cyril Gunnel from St Helena said: “We are very grateful to Larry for identifying the type of training we need. All of that has come through over the last three sessions and has been really beneficial to us and we look forward to the positive outcomes from that and how we take it forward.”
The review of Standing Orders (SOs) was identified this year as a new area of support under the wider remit of the project. As a result, CPA UK has secured the commitment of an experienced clerk from the UK Parliament, who is supporting the Montserrat Legislative Assembly with the review of its Standing Orders. This will be a valuable opportunity for both parties to learn from each other throughout the process, sharing knowledge and good practice.
The need for a review on Standing Orders in Montserrat was noted in late February 2020, when the UK Overseas Territories Project delivered a Post-Election Seminar on the Island. Members of the Legislative Assembly identified this need and agreed to a review; a commitment outlined in the final report of the post-election seminar. Read the Workshop report here.