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NALC pilots first Peer Review in Chippenham, LRALC pilots Governance Review in Quorn

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has piloted its first-ever Peer Review at Chippenham Town Council in Wiltshire recently.

This exciting joint initiative between NALC and the Local Government Association (LGA), part of their joint work on sector-led improvement, helps to showcase the strong ambition within the sector to rise to the challenge of devolution and to raise the standard within the sector.

NALC's Peer Review is a performance improvement programme which involves a small team of local government officers and councillors spending time with a local council and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders connected to the council to help with the improvement and learning of the council, with immediate feedback and a report to follow.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: "We are thrilled to be working with the LGA, Chippenham Town Council and the review team to deliver this first-ever Peer Review. We are showing that our largest councils are rising to the challenge of devolution by not only taking on new services but opening themselves to scrutiny. It is a testimony to how the sector is evolving that we can embrace the sector-led improvement approach developed by the LGA and bring it to our local councils."

The review team visiting Chippenham Town Council consists of Paul Clarke, LGA, Charlotte Eisenhart, NALC, David Ashlee, Dunstable Town Council and Harvey Siggs, formerly of Mendip District Council.

At a local level LRALC delivered its first parish council governance review earlier this year for Quorn Parish Council which covered many of the aspects of the NALC peer review process but is more suitable for smaller parish and town councils (Chippenham operates a multi-million pound budget).

The LRALC process involves LRALC consultants visiting the council and speaking to councillors, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders and then issuing a report making a series of observations and recommendations based on statute, proper practices, and good governance standards.

We would invite councils who are interested in commissioning such a review to contact the LRALC office in the first instance.

Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:35 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Nalc, review, Guidance