The Local Government Association (LGA) is undertaking a corporate peer challenge at the City Council from 11 to 14 October.
This is part of the support that the LGA offers to councils. It provides independent and external support and challenge, conducted by a team of councillors and senior officers from other councils. The ‘peer’ teams spend significant time within the council to identify and address issues and challenge progress across key themes.
It will be delivered at no cost to the council. It is also an opportunity to review and assess the plans and framework we have in place to best respond to challenges, both in the short-term and the long term.
As part of the peer challenge, a position statement is produced. This provides a summary of the council’s achievements and challenges, with a focus since April 2021, including our plans for the future. Below is an excerpt from the executive summary.
Like many other local authorities, we are planning in anticipation of a post-pandemic society. Increased demand for support services will require close management within confined budgets and the need to meet core adults’, children’s, environmental and place priorities.
More recent developments such as the cost-of-living crisis, energy price cap rises, the record inflation rate and the conflict in Ukraine has meant that cost and budget pressures are further outstripping expectation. Planning for a financially stable future whilst facing increasing demands for services requires additional solutions, to optimise efficacy in decision making and operations. Duplication and delays must be minimised at all costs.
Supporting the community to adapt and thrive under challenging conditions requires the council to have the right governance framework and conditions, as well as the capacity for ongoing agility and flexibility. The council welcomes the peers’ experience and feedback on how it can take steps to overcome these challenges.