The Welsh Government is providing £800,000 grant to WLGA to support sector-led improvement in 2021-22. The Welsh Government is supportive of a three year-programme, 2021-24, with grant funding provided to the WLGA annually subject to the development and agreement of an annual delivery plan.
The WLGA is currently recruiting a small team to develop, deliver and manage the programme, to provide and commission support and to recruit a panel of member and officer peers. It is anticipated the team will be in place in early Summer 2021 and 80 peers will have been recruited to provide mutual aid support during 2021-22.
What is Sector-led improvement?
The success of sector led improvement is dependent on the active participation of the sector which in turn relies on the offer being relevant and of value.
Leaders and chief executives have expressed a commitment to sector-led improvement, underpinned by peer challenge, support and mutual aid. Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges during COVID 19, mutual aid and partnership has underpinned the collective local government and public service response and senior leaders have continued to provide mentoring, peer support and challenge to colleagues across the local government family.
A successful sector-led model will be reliant on a commitment from senior members and professionals to commit to engage and offer reciprocal support to colleagues within and across the local government family. The benefits of peer challenge and support are twofold:
- an authority receives expert and experienced peer perspectives in tackling a specific issue or undertaking an assessment/challenge process; and
- it is a developmental opportunity for peers, who experience other organisations’ approaches, cultures and solutions and brings back new organisational, personal or professional insights and learning.
Peer Challenge and Support
The WLGA will work closely with the LGA to provide access to programmes currently only available to English authorities and to recruit and train a pool of Welsh senior member and officer peers to provide peer challenge and support across our universal and targeted offer. Welsh authorities will also have access to the expertise and experience of peers from England and vice versa.
The WLGA is currently developing its peer challenge and support offer, but in the meantime will fund Welsh authorities to access the LGA’s peer offer.
For further information about any of the support, please contact Jo Hendy: