Councillors in South Gloucestershire are set to consider measures proposed by the Labour group to create a culture of challenge at the council following a committee vote today to refer it to all 70 councillors for decision.
Labour Councillor Gareth Manson proposed a series of measures in response to specific criticism in the recent Inadequate Ofsted inspection report, which stated that:
“challenge to officers has not been effective enough to identify and address concerns successfully”.
At a meeting this morning to consider the Council’s formal response to the inspection report, Councillor Manson proposed creating a corporate culture where elected members are regarded as key partners, where members challenge officers appropriately and where criticism is accepted. The committee felt that these measures should be addressed by the full Council of 70 members, and voted for them to be considered there.
Councillor Manson comments:
“The Ofsted report findings tell me that councillors need to be more robust in challenging and pushing for information and that officials need to be more receptive to appropriate criticism. Too often our council tries to minimise its failings and we need to create a more open, less defensive culture here.
I am heartened that councillors of all parties agreed to refer this to full Council for consideration and I trust that they will be as supportive there as they were in committee this morning”.