11 January 2013
Peer Review gives Council glowing report
“A great place to work with a strong track record of achievement” an organisation that “punches above its weight” which has “a strong track record of innovation.”
These are just some of the phrases used by an independent panel who recently reviewed the way Rochford District Council operates.
In November 2012 the Council invited a team comprising a Leader, Chief Executive and specialist officers from other local authorities to look at how the Council operates and offer feedback on how it can improve.
The Peer Review team spent time at the Council’s offices and conducted a series of interviews with Councillors, staff, residents and partners in order to get their views on what the Council does well and where it could improve.
The Review team provided its full report last week and among their findings were that Rochford District Council:
• is a great place to work with a very strong and positive organisational culture
• has a strong and effective senior management and political leadership with “the Chief Executive as the heartbeat of the organisation”
• is a good partner to work with, including its role in the Joint Area Action Plan for London Southend Airport with Southend Borough Council
• has a strong track record of achievement specifically in the areas of waste and recycling rates and outsourcing
The Review Team also suggested areas where the Council could look to introduce improvements by concentrating its expertise in carefully chosen areas and ensuring that our corporate aims are closely aligned to our financial strategies which cover the next five years.
The Leader of Rochford District Council, Councillor Terry Cutmore, said: “We were really pleased in 2010 when we were awarded Gold status by the Investors in People assessors who said that Rochford was an excellent place to work. However, for our peers from other local authorities to come in and look at the organisation from top to bottom and confirm that not only is Rochford a great place to work, but is also a very effective and efficient organisation in the way it serves our residents is fantastic news. The panel also made some really useful recommendations for where we might want to look to improve in the future, by further strengthening our relationships with partners and planning for the future in terms of developing our workforce. As a Council, we will study their recommendations carefully and ensure that we implement those that will benefit our residents both now and in the future.”