In addition to the free peer challenge offer, we also offer more specific peer challenges for local authorities and often their relevant partners. We offer peer challenges focused on driving improvement and improving efficiency in specific areas.

Again, these will focus on a high-level challenge and bring to bear highly-experienced peers in the relevant services areas. Each challenge will focus on issues identified in discussion with the local authority and its partners where this is relevant.

Peer based finance offer

Our new finance offer relies on making use of expertise in the sector, both member and officer peers. It includes a new financial health check; a new budget challenge; and new tools to allow councils to assess their own financial position and consider opportunities and threats to their financial strategy.

Read the new peer-based finance offer (PDF)

Specific peer challenges

Health and wellbeing peer challenge

The LGA has been delivering a number of care and health improvement support under the sector-led improvement banner for a number of years working closely with stakeholders. As the health and care system has become more joined up and the policy landscape is changing its time to consolidate our offer, including what is provided as a peer challenge.

Safeguarding adults and adult social care peer challenges

The LGA offers a number of adults peer challenges that cover the existing and emerging aspects of adult social care business in response to the changing needs of councils. We offer Adult Safeguarding and Adult Social Care Peer Challenges as well as challenges focused on more specialised areas which are: Commissioning for Better Outcomes, Use of Resources and Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA/DoLS).

Financial review

The Financial Review looks at how councils are setting the strategy, making the decisions required and implementing the changes that will give them the best chance of balancing the books in the medium and long term.

LGA Corporate Peer Challenge report

The report of the LGA's Corporate Peer Challenge, held in January 2015, has now been published.

Safeguarding children and children in care: peer reviews and diagnostics

The Safeguarding Children Peer Review is free. The programme is part of a sector-led approach in which local government takes responsibility for its own improvement.

Fire peer challenge

Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) can now commission another Fire Peer Challenge, to be undertaken at a time of their own choosing. The challenge is delivered at no direct cost to the receiving FRA.

Regulatory services peer challenge

This peer challenge has evolved into a flexible model that aims to help councils examine whether their services can meet the challenges of the future. Our approach ensures that councils can determine both the focus and depth of the review depending on local priorities and resource.

Planning peer challenge

A Planning peer challenge offers you a flexible look at your service and provides the basis for substantive improvement without adding to your budget pressures.

Housing peer challenge

A Housing peer challenge offers councils an independent review of their housing service, providing the basis for substantive service improvement.

Equality peer challenge awards

The Equality peer challenge awards provide formal accreditation at the 'Achieving' and 'Excellent' levels of the three local government sector equality frameworks.