Council to be reviewed by its peers

14 September 2018

Norfolk County Council has invited leading councillors and officers from other authorities to visit and assess its performance.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, the council’s leader, said: “ We’ve invited highly experienced, senior colleagues from other councils to check we’re going in the right direction and help us to become even more effective.  It's like a council MOT.

“This kind of support makes sense, at a time we’re making major savings, transforming the way we operate and reintroducing a cabinet system.”

The Council has asked the Local Government Association to stage a week-long peer review, overseen by a council leader, a chief executive and other senior officers from other councils. Membership of the team will be confirmed shortly.

The review, expected to start on 26 November, will help to inform the council’s transformation plans and the proposed reintroduction of cabinet system of leadership next year.

A report to the Council’s policy and resources committee says:  “The peer view will provide an opportunity to gain useful insight into how the Council is doing and where we can further improve.

“A corporate peer review is not an inspection and is intended to contribute to improvement and public assurance.  It demonstrates the Council’s commitment to transparency and good governance.”

Members of the policy and resources committee will discuss the review when it meets at 10am on Monday 24 September.

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