AWICS is assisting the Local Government Association with peer reviews by providing expert advice on financial diagnostic reports. Adrian Waite has also assisted as lead associate consultant on a financial peer review.
Peer Challenge is a core element of the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement offer to local authorities, the approach to which is set out in ‘Sector led improvement in local government’ and that has received high levels of support from councils who overwhelmingly endorse the key principles on which it is based:
The offer of support set out in ‘Sector-led improvement in local government’ is a core part of the Local Government Association’s offer to councils and includes a range of free of charge / subsidised tools and support for councils.
A major part of the support is the offer to each council and fire and rescue service to have a corporate peer challenge (at no charge) at a time of its choosing.
Peer challenges are managed and delivered by the sector for the sector. They are improvement focused; the scope is agreed with the council and tailored to reflect their local needs and specific requirements.
The peer teams involve peers from across the sector and beyond. Their ambition is to help the council to respond to its local priorities and issues in its own way to greatest effect.
There are some design principles that it is important to understand:
More information about the Local Government Association’s Peer Reviews can be found on their website at: http://www.local.gov.uk/peer-challenge
One of Slough Borough Council's offices.
Adrian Waite was lead associate in a Local Government Association financial peer review for the Council.
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