Ashfield District Council Continues to Move Forward

November 12, 2013 4:34 pm

Ashfield District Council has made good progress in a range of areas according to an independent report.  The Council recently underwent a Corporate Peer Challenge which involved an external team of local government officers and members taking an independent look at how the Council functions through its services and processes.

The Local Government Association was invited to undertake the challenge to help drive the Council’s corporate objectives and continuously improve its services.  Following the inspection, a full report was submitted by the Peer Challenge team and its outcomes and recommendations have now been considered by the Authority.

This document was very clear in its view that the Council has made huge and positive strides since 2009, when it last underwent an independent inspection and states that there is no reason why Ashfield shouldn’t be looking ahead with optimism and being boosted by its progress and achievements.

Improvements identified as part of the report’s findings are now being incorporated into a continuing focus on delivering quality services for residents and businesses.  The Council has established a good track record of achieving savings, effective partnership working and demonstrated a good delivery of economic regeneration activities to date.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Chris Baron, said: “Ashfield has a lot to be proud of in this report. It states that the authority has responded positively to the improvement challenges identified back in 2009.  While we acknowledge that there are areas where further improvement is necessary, this independent assessment confirms that this Council is moving in the right direction.”


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