Read about the findings and recommendations following peer challenges of the council.

Equalities peer challenge - January 2021

In June 2020, the council unanimously passed a motion to record its commitment to eradicating racism in all forms so that our towns are inclusive and anti-racist. This followed the death of George Floyd in the USA and the issues raised by the global Black Lives Matter movement.

To support that work, the council asked the Local Government Association (LGA) to carry out an equality peer challenge based on the Equality Framework for Local Government.

We asked the peer team to look specifically at Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) issues rather than other protected characteristics. The equality framework has four areas of performance:

  • Understanding and working with your communities
  • Leadership and organisational commitment
  •  Responsive services and customer care
  • A diverse and engaged workforce

The peer team carried out the challenge on 19 and 20 January 2021, speaking to our staff, our councillors, our partners and our local community groups. You can read the team's findings and recommendations in the LGA's 2021 Equality peer challenge report.

Corporate peer challenge follow-up visit - September 2019

A peer challenge team from the Local Government Association (LGA) returned to the council on 24 and 25 September 2019 to carry out a follow-up visit and review the progress made towards the recommendations of its previous visit in December 2017. In particular, the team looked at the areas of strategic planning and partnerships, scrutiny, financial strategy and transformation and change management.

Overall, the team was very positive about the progress the council has made, highlighting:

  • New senior appointments making a real difference to taking the organisation forward
  • The development of a 2030 vision and council business plan, which give us a clear idea on the council's priorities
  • A clearer idea of the budget position and the savings and investments needed to sustain this in the future
  • The ICE programme, which is helping to modernise council services
  • Greater investment in staff and their development

There were also a number of areas for further consideration that we will be looking at in more detail.

You can read the team's findings and recommendations in the LGA's 2019 Corporate peer challenge follow-up report.

Corporate peer challenge - December 2017

We asked the Local Government Association (LGA) to carry our a peer challenge of the council.

A review team of senior councillors and officers from other authorities carried out the review challenge in December 2017.

After reviewing key documents about the council, the team spent three days on-site, speaking with more than 70 people, including staff, councillors and partners and gathering information and views from 25 meetings and additional research and reading.

They then put together their findings and made a number of recommendations, aimed at helping the council to meet its challenges, modernise its services and the organisation as a whole, and to deliver its main priorities, such as the regeneration of Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.

You can read the team's findings and recommendations in the LGA's 2017 Corporate peer challenge feedback report.

Corporate peer challenge - February 2015

The Local Government Association (LGA) carried out the corporate peer challenge in February 2015.

The review team, also made up of councillors and senior officers from other councils, visited us between 3 and 5 February.

The review focused on:

  • Understanding the local context and priority setting
  • Financial planning
  • Political and managerial leadership
  • Governance and decision-making
  • Organisational capacity

The LGA published the findings and recommendations in a 2015 Corporate peer challenge report.

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