A PEER review has found that Sefton Council has successfully managed its budget “effectively” despite cutbacks and the impact of the pandemic.
Commissioned through the Local Government Association (LGA), the review was carried out by the Leader of Barnsley Council, the Chief Executive at London Councils, Cheshire East Council’s Executive Director for Place and a Programme Manager from the LGA.
Clear sense of direction
The review team found progress had been made against all the recommendations of a previous 2018 peer review, and that Sefton Council has “a clear sense of direction around commercialisation.”
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “I welcome the positive feedback from the peer review teams and am pleased that after being forced to make more than £230m of savings over the past 10 years due to Government funding cuts and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the review team agreed the Council is managing its budget effectively.
“Among the review’s recommendations were that the council should ensure the refresh of its Vision for Sefton reflect key priorities such as improving Children’s Services.
“The review team also said that given how much change the world has seen over the past two years, Sefton Council should work with its partners to review the localities model.
“In its response, the council has pointed out a new Executive Director Children’s Social Care and Education and Assistant Director Safeguarding Review & Quality Assurance are now in post and that six new permanent Service Managers have been recruited in Children’s Social Care.
“Additionally, the frequency of Corporate Parenting Board and Overview and Scrutiny of Children’s Services and Safeguarding onto which the two leaders of the main opposition parties have been invited, have increased to every six weeks.”