Corporate Peer Challenge
In November 2017, Gloucester City Council invited a team of local government officers and members to review and challenge us on how we operate. This process was managed by the Local Government Association. The peer team spoke with over 150 people, including members, officers and partners.
The team were very positive about the progress we have made, and when comparing the Council they visited with the last time peers visited in 2013 they said it was like ‘chalk and cheese’. They told us that there is strong confidence in political and managerial leadership arrangements and that we have strong financial management. The team recognised the significant level of top quality regeneration that has been delivered within the City over a sustained period of time and our positive work with partners in delivering benefits to the community. They were positive about our shared arrangements with the County Council that deliver value for money and improve our resilience. The team said that the City Council is regarded as a strong, credible and reliable partner with a focus and ability to deliver on shared projects. They congratulated the Council on completing the first phase of the Together Gloucester transformation programme on time and for meeting financial savings targets, but pointed out that we now need to deliver the next phases to include an improved IT platform and the promotion of new forms of customer access.
We know that there are areas where can do better and the team left us with a number of helpful challenges. We need to put in place a coherent transformation programme and a clearer narrative for our internal transformation plans. The team challenged us to identify and promote Gloucester’s ‘Unique Selling Point’ and that we use this consistently for inward investment, tourism, cultural and economic development regeneration and to establish a stronger identity for Gloucester. The team also urged us to find effective ways to harness the co-operation, spending power and resources of local, county and regional partners to shape and deliver Gloucester based solutions which have a beneficial social impact and make the most of our ‘asset based community development’ approach. We are embracing this challenge and have responded to the team’s recommendation with an action plan which we completed in October 2018.
Please do a take a moment to read the report, presentation and action plan which you can find on this page.