Final Corporate Peer Challenge report now available
Fri, 25 Mar 2022

The final Corporate Peer Challenge report which has been agreed with the Local Government Association is now available to view.


This final version of the report has been completed after a factual accuracy checking process of an initial draft. The report contains recommendations across a number of areas which we welcome and which are expected as part of the process.

A proposed action plan has subsequently been developed in response to the recommendations.  This draft action plan was considered by the Overview Management & Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 24 March 2022. Feedback from this Committee will now be incorporated into an updated action plan for consideration and approval by the Cabinet on 19 April 2022.

Whilst on site with us for four days in late 2021, the Peer Challenge team reviewed a range of information, the challenges we face and our plans for the future.

Seven recommendations were made. They are:

  • Develop a compelling shared vision and narrative for place with clear local priorities and desired outcomes, that are widely communicated and tracked.
  • Strengthen the roles, responsibilities and leadership positions of Cabinet Members.
  • Put in place robust performance management reporting mechanisms with key performance measures to track progress against priorities; make the Cabinet central to the management of performance; and develop a culture of challenge and scrutiny.
  • Increase transparency and shared ownership by developing a 'one team' ethos across the Council through an organisation-wide transformation plan that is Member-led and officer-managed.
  • Implement the planned fundamental review of organisational structures and pay and reward to ensure resources are in the right place and at the right level. Learn and make use of good practice from other Councils.
  • Put in place a more Member-led financial planning process which enhances understanding and ownership of the Council's future financial challenges.
  • Strengthen relationships with strategic partners and key stakeholders to co-design and co-produce approaches to shared challenges to create capacity and community resilience.

Once the action plan has been approved by Cabinet, we will work together across the Council to implement the recommendations.

Thank you to all staff and partners for your support and co-operation throughout this process.


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