(Relevant Portfolio Holder: Councillors I Moran & A Yates)
The Leader introduced the report of the Chief Operating Officer, which advised that the Local Government Association would be supporting the Council with a Corporate Peer Challenge in the coming months.
The minute of Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee held on 21 October 2021 had been circulated prior to the meeting.
A Motion, displayed on the screens, was moved and seconded.
In reaching the decision below, Cabinet considered the details set out in the report before it, the reasons contained therein and the agreed comments submitted from Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
RESOLVED: A. That the contents of the report and the indicative timetable at appendix 1, be noted.
B. That the results of the Corporate Peer Challenge and action plan be published following good practice and advice from the peer challenge team.
C. That all Councillors be invited to send their views on the scoping exercise to the Leader and Chief Operating Officer prior to the scoping meeting with the Local Government Association ahead of the onsite review.
To consider the report of the Chief Operating Officer.
Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Operating Officer as contained on pages 457 to 464 of the Book of Reports, which advised that the Local Government Association will be supporting the Council with a Corporate Peer Challenge (CPC) in the coming months.
The Service Improvement & Special Projects Manager outlined the report detailing the background of the LGA, who provide a range of resources and tools to help Councils with support and challenge to improve. He explained that in Autumn 2019, the LGA had invited the Council to take part in a CPC, however this was put on hold due to the Covid pandemic. He then went on to outline the CPC process and the indicative timetable as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.
In discussion comments and questions were raised in respect of:
· Financial and resource implications /officer time
· Welcome of the review
· Publication of results
· Involvement of all Political Leaders in discussions
That the content of the report be noted and that the following agreed comments of Executive Overview & Scrutiny Committee be presented to Cabinet for their consideration.
1. That the full results of the Corporate Peer Challenge be published subject to the redaction of commercially exempt information.
2. That all Political Leaders be invited to participate in the scoping meeting with the Local Government Association ahead of the onsite review.