Issue details

LGA Peer Challenge – report, recommendations and action plan

Purpose of report: An LGA Peer Challenge took place in February 2024. The LGA Peer Challenge set out to understand how the council operates, exploring the council’s leadership at place and organisational level, governance, culture, financial management and capacity to improve, with a focus on improving customer service and working closely with regional partners to best represent York’s interests.

The LGA report presented to Executive shares their recommendations about how the council can improve, the council’s strengths and areas of concern. In response to the LGA Peer Challenge, the council will share an action plan setting out the activities and projects that will support the council be best placed to address issues and consider opportunities.

Members will be asked to: Note the LGA Peer Challenge report and recommendations, and approve the council’s action plan in response to the LGA recommendations and consider next steps.


This item was deferred from the 18 April 2024 meeting due to amended timescale for receiving the final agreed Peer report.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/03/2024

Level of Risk: 04-08 Regular monitoring required;

Decision due: 09/05/24 by Executive
Reason: This item has now been deferred, please see item description for more detail.

Lead member: Executive Leader inc. Corporate Services, Policy, Strategy and Partnerships (and Devolution)

Lead director: Director of Governance

Department: Directorate of Corporate

Contact: Claire Foale, Assistant Director of Policy and Strategy Email: Email:

Consultation process

The Audit and Governance Committee considered the approach to the LGA Peer Challenge prior to it taking place. The LGA Peer Challenge involved over 60 interviews to gain a clear understanding of how the council operates, it’s strengths and areas of concern.

Focus groups and 121 discussions were held by the LGA Peers with:
• Residents / invited participants of the Talkabout Panel
• Elected members / Executive / Scrutiny Chairs / Group Leaders
• Partners / Public Sector partners / economic partners
• Officers / Corporate Management Team / Heads of Service / Frontline

Equality Impact Assessment Completed?: Yes


Agenda items


  • LGA Peer Challenge – report, recommendations and action plan  


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