At its meeting on Wednesday 14 February, Cabinet will consider the Action Plan produced in response to the Corporate Peer Challenge which took place in September 2017.
Peer challenge is a core element of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) sector-led improvement offer to local authorities. Every council is offered a fully funded Corporate Peer Challenge every four to five years.
The peer review team consisted of seven experienced individuals from within local authorities who reviewed key aspects of the way Walsall council operates and provided feedback on strengths whilst also identifying potential areas for further improvement.
Councillor Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council said:
“The Peer Challenge process was really valuable and I would definitely recommend it to other local authorities.”
“When the LGA team fed their initial findings back to us, we all recognised the organisation they were describing and were not surprised by the strengths they identified, such as how well we work with partners, and the strength of that relationship. We do sometimes undersell ourselves – perhaps that’s a Black Country trait! I was particularly pleased that they acknowledged that the Council is financially sound with adequate reserves, and more importantly that our staff are loyal, committed and highly motivated to deliver good quality services.”
“The team also suggested areas where further improvements could be made, notably around the ambition of our transformation programme and our programme and performance management systems. Again, this confirmed what we already knew. The Action Plan sets out how we’re going to further develop our working, and we have already made a start.”
“I’m really pleased that the team recognised that we are now in a strong and stable position and ready to move on with the next stage of our improvement journey. Part of that journey is in refreshing the council’s Corporate Plan, which clearly sets out our vision for the borough and its alignment with our budget setting process.
As I have said before, we are committed to reducing inequalities within our communities and maximizing everyone’s potential.”