Wakefield Council praised after Corporate Peer Challenge

​Date: 30/8/2016

Ref: PR 8331

Wakefield Council has been found to be 'high performing and ambitious' following a recent Corporate Peer Challenge from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Cabinet Members will meet on 6 September to discuss the feedback from the Corporate Peer Challenge, which took place in June. It was carried out by a team of experienced councillors and officers from other local authorities, along with a representative from the LGA.

The team who visited Wakefield, reported that Wakefield is a high performing and ambitious Council, with strong and stable leadership. They found that public confidence has also significantly improved and stated that councillors were visible in the Council and in communities. It was also noted that there is sustained growth across the district during a time of austerity and they acknowledged that finances are managed well.

The Corporate Peer Challenge is part of the Council's firm commitment to continuous improvement, to ensure it delivers the best services possible for the district's residents.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: "I am extremely pleased that Wakefield Council has been recognised as high performing and ambitious. It is testimony to the dedication and commitment of councillors and officers to deliver the best possible services for our residents.

"The Corporate Peer Challenge has provided a valuable insight into our strengths and achievements and is external validation of our high performing and ambitious standing.

"The recommendations made by the team will help us to focus our time and resources into the right areas to meet resident's needs and achieve our future ambitions."

The Corporate Peer Challenge team spent four days in Wakefield, meeting more than 140 people including council staff, councillors, partners, and stakeholders. They attended over 40 meetings to explore the following areas:

  • Understanding of the local place and priority setting
  • Leadership of place
  • Financial planning and viability
  • Organisational leadership and governance
  • Capacity to deliver
  • Economic growth

The team's report will be presented at Cabinet, where councillors will discuss the findings and consider the next steps. 

The Cabinet meeting takes place on Tuesday 6 September at Pontefract Town Hall from 10.30am.