Published Wednesday 13 September 2017

The Royal Borough has invited the Local Government Association (LGA) to conduct a peer review of the council and its governance in order to identify any areas where improvements can be made.

Any member of the LGA can request a review team of council leaders, directors and LGA officials to visit and examine their way of working under five key themes.

The peer review team will visit the Royal Borough next week and return their findings on any areas of strength and recommendations of where improvements could be made.

The council has decided to make use of this service from the LGA to assess its new role as a commissioning council.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: “We are committed to putting residents first and want to take this opportunity to ask the Local Government Association to help identify any areas where we can improve our way of working.

“The Royal Borough is settling into its new position as a commissioning council, managing excellent services on behalf of our residents, and by asking for a peer review we want to hear from colleagues across the country what we are doing well and where we can do more to improve.”

The LGA peer review team will speak to a range of people including councillors, staff, residents and external stakeholders and will then feedback their findings.

They will focus on five key areas; our understanding of the area and priority setting, leadership, financial planning and viability, organisational leadership and governance, and capacity to deliver.

They are specifically looking at how the council's governance works following our recent delivering differently programme with Optalis, Achieving for Children, VolkerHighways, Project Centre and Urbaser.

Following the review, which will take place next week, the LGA will return a public report with its findings. This will then feed into an action plan to focus on any areas that have been identified for further improvement.