The council commissioned a Peer Review in March 2014, in association with the Local Government Association. The Review Team consisted of councillors and senior officers from other councils who visited the council between 11-13 March and the review focused on:
For Thanet, there was also be a particular focus on Economic Development and the council’s customer services approach, as these are priority areas for the council.
The council would like to thank everyone who took part in the review and will now be working on an action plan to take forward the LGA’s recommendations.
The Terms of Reference for this board are as follows:
To assist, support and challenge the council in achieving desired improvements. Particular regard will be made to the findings arising from the Peer Review.
The Board will be voluntary, set up by the council with external and internal participants. It will be a local government, sector-led initiative.
The Board will work with the council to provide support and challenge through external advice and experience to validate the work Thanet District Council is undertaking to respond to the Corporate Peer Challenge of March 2014 and associated issues.
In the main the Board will:-
It is not intended that the Board will be burdensome, but to help provide focus, advice and challenge.
It will act as a “critical friend” on the adequacy of the council’s Improvement Plans, and progress by monitoring the speed, nature and impact of improvement.
The Board will be a useful barometer through which the council can assess its progress.
Unlike more formal types of intervention, the Board will not be reporting back to the Government. It will utilise contacts including the LGA to provide support.
The Board will consider its lifespan and remit at appropriate points and provide a timetable for completion – initially for review after six months.
Meetings of the board are informal and are not decision making. Meetings will initially take place monthly.
Board members will be able to request any appropriate information to help them carry out their role effectively.
Notes of the meetings will be produced by the council for the benefit of Board members.
In addition a note will be issued after each meeting highlighting key messages from the discussions, as a means of keeping staff and the wider council membership abreast of the work of the Board and its views on the council’s progress.
Agenda – at each meeting the Board will agree the content of the agenda for the next meeting. Standard agenda items should include:
These Terms of Reference will be kept under review by the Improvement Board as things develop and appropriate amendments made.
These are internal meetings but a note will be issued after each meeting highlighting key messages from the discussions, as a means of keeping staff and the wider council membership abreast of the work of the Board and its views on the council’s progress.