Sir Jeremy Beecham, chair of the LGA said: 'This review is an important and useful milestone in the development and growth of the EO, which clearly states the organisation is fit for purpose. Both the LGA and the EO recognise specific improvements need to be made. It is very important however to highlight the EO's many achievements such as the successful introduction of the National Graduate Development Programme, its vital contribution to the National Pay and Workforce Strategy, and work on issues such as equalities and flexible working in local government.
Charles Nolda, executive director of the EO, adds: 'The review report endorses the Employers' Organisation; endorses what it does and the direction it is taking. It also confirms that the EO has an important role to play in making sure people management and development issues have sufficient weight and priority in local government, as well as in the drive to improve the services local authorities provide.'