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Corporate Peer Challenge

Published on 29 April 2020

Corporate Peer Challenge

Carlisle City Council’s ‘stable and experienced management and workforce’ have been praised by a group of external assessors.

A Corporate Peer Challenge, held earlier this year, has also highlighted the strong partnerships the council has in place. A public report highlighted the following strengths within the council:

  • ‘Punching well above our weight’ for a small district council.
  • Strong partnership working e.g. Borderlands, Public Health.
  • Great working relationships between officers and councillors.
  • Committed, experienced and stable workforce - proud to work for Carlisle.

The report includes a series of recommendations. These include:

  • Decision-making processes could be more streamlined with a clearer purpose for Overview & Scrutiny.
  • Need to develop a new Carlisle Plan and review long-term aims.
  • Need to make sure sufficient resources available for the major projects.

The Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the Peer Challenge. It’s important that we invite scrutiny of our services and how we deliver them. This will help us make improvements. I’m delighted that the Peer Challenge came back with lots of positive praise and also highlighted some ways we can take steps to firm up our processes.”

The next step is to develop an action plan picking up on the recommendations within the report.

Jason Gooding, Carlisle City Council Chief Executive, added:

“We have achieved much since our last Corporate Peer Challenge in 2014 and we should be proud of the progress we are making. Warm congratulations and thanks to all our staff and councillors. I’d like to thank the LGA team for their expert analysis. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners as we make further improvements. We need to be in the best shape we can to support recovery after Covid-19.”

A link to the report is available on our website.

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