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Independent review into corporate governance at Birmingham City Council

Call for evidence announced at start of Kerslake Review into Birmingham City Council governance.

Sir Bob Kerslake recently (5 September 2014) launched a call for evidence at the start of his independent review into the operation, culture and structure of corporate governance at Birmingham City Council. He also announced the names of an advisory panel, comprised of senior politicians and local government chief executives who will support him.

The review, which is to be completed by the end of the year, will also make a series of recommendations on the council’s economic and service delivery capabilities. Among the lines of inquiry already discussed with the council leader, Sir Albert Bore and its Chief Executive Mark Rogers are:

  • structure and size of Birmingham City Council
  • clarity of strategic leadership and direction
  • managerial capacity to deliver the council’s priorities
  • role of the council in representing the community
  • financial planning and sustainability in the medium and long term
  • performance management and accountability
  • the council’s approach to partnership

Over the next 4 months, Sir Bob Kerslake will be talking to officials and politicians in the council, and key organisations in local government, including, the Local Government Association, Members of Parliament and other relevant parties. The final report will also take into account the findings of the recent reviews by Ian Kershaw, Peter Clark, Julian Le Grand and Lord Warner. It will also take into account the experiences and successes of other councils, drawing on the expertise of the panel members.

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