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‘Confidential’ peer report won't be published

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Another council has decided to keep its peer challenge performance report under wraps despite advice from its authors that it should be published.

Conservative-led Teignbridge DC has declined to publish the outcome of its ‘corporate peer challenge’, arguing that the information in the report is confidential to councillors.

Peer challenge reports are prepared by teams of council officers and members assembled by the LGA, which helped establish the regime after the abolition of the Audit Commission.

Exclusive LGC research, updated this week, reveals that all but five of the 50 councils that have booked corporate peer challenges have published or intend to publish the report.

Those five include Teignbridge, which said the report was “confidential”, and Hambleton and Richmondshire DCs, which previously said much of their report was “irrelevant” because their joint management arrangement had since changed.

North East Lincolnshire Council and Mansfield DC said they were yet to make a decision about publication.

LGA improvement board chairman Peter Fleming (Con) said: “We encourage them to publish the report, and the vast majority of councils have done so.”

 

CouncilPublication status
Allerdale BCPublished in full
Babergh and and Mid-Suffolk DCsPublished in full
Barnsley MBCPublished in full
Blackburn with Darwen BCPublished in full
Boston BCPublished in full
Bracknell Forest CouncilTaking place in March
Canterbury City CouncilIntend to publish
Castle Point BCIntend to publish
Christchurch BCIntend to publish
Cornwall CouncilPublished in full
Craven DCPublished in full
Durham CCPublished in full
East Dorset DCIntend to publish
East Hertfordshire DCPublished in full
Eastbourne BCPublished in full
Hambleton and Richmondshire DCsWon’t be published
Hartlepool BCPublished in full
Havering LBCPublished in full
Lincolnshire CCPublished in full
Malvern Hills DCPublished in full
Mansfield DCDecision pending
Mid-Devon DCPublished in full
Milton Keynes CouncilPublished in full
Newcastle under Lyme BCPublished in full
Newcastle upon Tyne City CouncilPublished in full
Newham LBCTaking place in March
North East Lincolnshire CouncilDecision pending
North Kesteven DCIntend to publish
Norwich City CouncilPublished in full
Nottinghamshire CCPublished in full
Portsmouth City CouncilTaking place in March
Redcar and Cleveland BCTaking place in March
Rochford DCPublished in full
Scarborough BCPublished in full
Solihull MBCTaking place in March
South Hams DC and West Devon BCPublished in full
South Norfolk CouncilPublished in full
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse DCsPublished in full
Stoke-on-Trent City CouncilPublished in full
Surrey CCIntend to publish
Sutton LBCPublished in full
Swale BCPublished in full
Taunton Deane BCPublished in full
Teignbridge DCWon’t be published
Thurrock CouncilPublished in full
Warwick DCPublished in full
West Lindsey DCPublished in full
Wirral BCPublished in full
Worcestershire CCPublished in full
Wyre Forest DCPublished in full
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