Sector-led improvement is right approach, say councils

The vast majority of councils say that the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) is the right approach to improvement.

An independent report, conducted by Shared Intelligence, reviewed the LGA’s SLI offer over the last three years and collected feedback from councils. It found very high levels of satisfaction with 80 per cent of councils believing that the LGA’s SLI offer added value to the sector.

Between April 2017 and April 2020, more than 4,000 instances of sector-led improvement support were delivered to councils, including 447 Peer reviews and follow-up visits. In total, all councils received at least six parts of the SLI offer. This compliments the LGAs latest perception survey which revealed that 94 per cent of leaders and 98 per cent of chief executives say support from the association has a positive impact on their authority.

Peter Fleming, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “This independent evaluation and review shows that sector-led improvement is a local government success story. The evidence and feedback collected clearly demonstrates the overwhelming support for SLI and the very high levels of satisfaction with our offer.

“It is therefore no surprise that during these challenging times, councils are utilising our SLI offer to find the best solutions to support their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we look ahead to the recovery period, we will continue to work closely with the Government and councils to embed sector-led strengths, bringing fresh ideas and innovation, utilising clear data and evidence and securing longer-term funding for SLI. This report provides us with some helpful reflections to further enhance SLI in the future. The report also rightly emphasises the importance of ensuring councils can continue to directly shape our SLI offer and we’ll be working closely with all councils over the coming months to ensure that SLI fully reflects what councils need over the next three years.”