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Borough Council welcomes Peer Review Team visit

Published on Friday, 24th September 2021

Peer Review Team visitors from the Local Government Association have been at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and the Council will produce their series of recommendations

24 September 2021

Borough Council welcomes Peer Review Team scrutiny

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council leader Cllr Kristofer Wilson has welcomed initial feedback following a visit by a team of local government experts from national body the Local Government Association.

The team came to the Borough for three days this week and spoke to more than 80 people from inside and outside the council, including front line staff and senior management at the Warwickshire authority.

A written report from the Team will land in just a couple of weeks, and Cllr Wilson pledged the report would be published in full and discussed by the Borough Council’s Cabinet.

But he described a verbal feedback session with officers and councillors before the team left the Borough as ‘extremely positive’.

Said Cllr Wilson: “The team were themselves keen to emphasise how much evidence of positive endeavour and attitudes they found when they came here. They appreciated the passion they heard from everyone they met about the Council and its opportunity to improve lives in the Borough. They also highlighted the good start that the new Conservative administration has made in terms of getting on top of the issues and working positively with officers to implement changes.

“They identified a number of areas where they feel we need to do more work. These are long term issues that we know about, but we are keen as a new administration to put right. They said they felt we need to strengthen the way we run, monitor and manage project working.

“They also felt we could do more to develop our strategic thinking in key areas. They felt we could make greater use of social media to engage and inform the public. And they felt that although showed a good understanding of the budget challenges we face, we could achieve tighter budget control around some of our current processes.

“I also wanted to assure you that this Peer Review Report will be examined very closely when it lands, for any clues to how we can make improvements that will help the people of Nuneaton and Bedworth.”

He added: “We are very grateful to everyone who took part in the visit, and genuinely look forward to sharing more information about how their feedback is going to help us improve as a Council in the future.”