Council leaders have outlined their blue print for a self-regulated local government sector, following the abolition of the Audit Commission.
The Local Government Group said its seven-point offer was designed to “create a light-touch system of self regulation to replace the time consuming, costly and overly prescriptive central government regime”.
The dossier, Taking the Lead: self regulation and improvement in local government, offers a range of local accountability tools designed to help local authorities improve the way they gather and respond to feedback from residents, boost accountability and transparency.
The offer also includes a number of new tools local authorities can use to explore how effectively they are delivering services, including a “peer challenge” which will be free of charge.
The peer challenge will be carried out by a mixture of local authority leaders, chief executives and directors of finance, along with people from a range of organisations including the third sector and business communities.
LG Group improvement board chairman, Cllr David Parsons (Con), said: “Unlike the regime of centrally imposed targets, plans and inspections we have successfully campaigned to reduce, our offer does not tell councils what services they should deliver or how it should be done.
“Instead, it is designed to help councils improve local accountability in ways which are most appropriate to them.
“The LG Group’s Taking the Lead offer is designed to help what is already the most directly accessible and accountable level of government to become even more responsive to local residents.”