A public report which aims to help Torbay Council meet future needs and on-going challenges is expected to be released in the new year.

It follows a mayoral invitation to the Local Government Association (LGA) to carry out a Corporate Peer Review of the council’s services.

The peer challenge, which took place took place between Monday 30 November and Thursday 3 December, involved a team of eight officials from across the country with a wealth of local government experience.

The main objective of the peer review was to examine the council’s financial planning and viability. The peer team also looked at the council’s leadership, governance and capacity to deliver. As part of this process discussions were held with a range of council officers, members and stakeholders.

Torbay's Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver: "The council has great ambitions , but we face significant financial challenges due to reduced levels of funding and increasing pressures on services. We continue to explore new and innovative ways to deliver services and maximise value for money so we can retain the services which matter the most to our residents.

"However, this is becoming more and more difficult and that is why I invited the LGA to help us review how we approach Torbay’s financial challenge. 

"I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to this review. I will ensure that we examine the independent findings which will highlight what we are doing well and how we can make improvements."

A final public report is expected to be completed and presented to Full Council for consideration in February 2016.

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