West Berkshire Council

Peer review for West Berkshire Council

Review provides feedback on Council performance

Market Street offices in Newbury

West Berkshire Council will be visited by local government officers and councillors from around the country next week as part of a voluntary peer review.

Eight officers and councillors from councils across the country will be spending a week with the Council to help it assess how we are doing, whether we are being ambitious enough for our residents and whether we have the resources to deliver that ambition.

Speaking ahead of the review, Chief Executive Nick Carter said:

"This year a new Council Administration was elected and a four-year Council Strategy was agreed so we felt that now would be a good time to have a peer challenge. It's not an inspection but an opportunity to have others in the sector act as critical friend providing an insight into our strengths and opportunities for improvement. I'm looking forward to welcoming them next week and hearing what they have to say."

During its visit the review team will interview Councillors and officers, hold focus groups with officers and residents, speak to partner organisations and attend council meetings, to provide a rounded view of the Council. Initial feedback will be provided at the end of the visit and then followed by a formal report. The team will also return in a couple of years to follow up on the visit and help assess the progress made since the peer review.

West Berkshire Council last had a peer review five years ago - read the 2014 peer review report.

The review has been arranged through the Local Government Association as part of the support it offers to councils across the country. Peer reviews were introduced in 2011 and since then more than 1,000 reviews have been held. Each one is different with the scope of the review and the people on the review team reflecting the main focus of the review.

A report on the peer review, its findings, and the Council's response will be published in the new year.