LGA Corporate Peer Challenge | Sevenoaks District Council

LGA Corporate Peer Challenge

We have received a positive report following an independent review into the running of the Council.

Late in 2021, we invited a team from the Local Government Association (LGA) to carry out a Corporate Peer Challenge, a detailed review of how we are led, managed and what we achieve.

The team was made up of leaders, a chief executive and senior staff from other councils and the LGA. The team was asked to recommend where we could do more to support the community, including the provision of more affordable homes.

The LGA said the Council is well led and managed with a longstanding track record of effective delivery.

When it came to finances, we had consistently demonstrated good management and was an example to the whole of local government.

The team praised us for being open and transparent with a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation and for being a valued and respected partner locally.

Council Leader, Cllr Peter Fleming, says: “We are extremely grateful to the LGA team who spent time looking over our plans, finances and performance as well as spending several days with staff, councillors and partners and visiting sites across the District to get a rounded view of our performance.

“The team were extremely positive about how we are led and managed, the caliber of staff and councillors and what we achieve for our residents and businesses.

“However, we are never complacent. The team has given us a number of recommendations, in particular around how to provide new affordable housing and further ideas to regenerate our towns post-pandemic. We will look at how best to take these ideas forward.”

A Progress Review was carried out in November 2022 and the progress review report is published below.

View the LGA Peer Challenge Report

View the LGA Peer Challenge Action Plan

View the LGA Peer Challenge Progress Review Report