Peterborough Improvement Plan

Our journey to improvement

Following a review of our governance and finances by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in summer 2021, a number of recommendations were made to enable us to reach a sustainable financial footing as quickly as possible.

Our Members signed off an Improvement Plan in December 2021 which sets out how we will move towards a stable financial footing, while still providing the quality statutory and day-to-day services that residents need.

Members also appointed the Peterborough Independent Improvement and Assurance Panel. The panel provides:

  • External advice, challenge and expertise to us in driving forward the development and delivery of the plan
  • Feedback and assurance to Full Council and the Secretary of State on the progress being made

The panel reports back on our progress every six months. 

In the latest report from the Improvement Panel (published in December 2022), it describes our progress as 'significant'.

Improvement Plan

This comprehensive action plan sets out the steps we will take to reach a stable financial position while still delivering quality vital services for residents.

It follows three important themes:

Financial sustainability

The recovery and improvement of Peterborough relies on us setting a balanced budget for 2022/23. This will mean taking bold decisions to turn off spending in areas that are no longer core or that we can’t afford as we constantly challenge ourselves on how we spend every penny.

Service reviews

We need to urgent review our key services including contracts and assets. The reviews will generate options and recommendations for doing things differently.

Governance and culture

We will refresh our Corporate Strategy and key policies so our spending plans line up with the outcomes we need to achieve.

Sustainable Future City Council Strategy

Full Council approved the Sustainable Future City Council Strategy and City Priorities in October 2022.