Group bulletin: 23 November 2022

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local government association - independent group

Group bulletin

23 November 2022


Dear Councillors,

As you know, Councillor Mike Haines is standing down as National Lead Peer to the LGA Independent Group once his term of office ends as a Councillor. He will then be enjoying a well-earned retirement from local politics! The LGA Independent Group thank him for all his hard work, service and dedication over the years, for helping to improve the standards and performance of local Government. The Independent Group Office is therefore welcoming applications for a suitable replacement to fill the role of National Lead Peer for the LGA Independent Group.

The LGA’s mission is to support, promote and improve local government. The LGA’s Peer Programme is a critical part of the Association’s work on sector-led improvement and innovation. It falls into 4 categories:

  • Peer challenge (each local authority is entitled to one free corporate peer challenge every three years)
  • Mentoring
  • Bespoke work with council political groups and top teams
  • Internal LGA activity - for example supporting the Leadership Academy.

Along with the LGA Improvement and Innovation Board, Lead Member Peers lead our improvement work from a political perspective, working closely with their respective Group Office.

National Lead Member Peers - Accountabilities

  • To ensure that the LGA’s improvement programme reflects political priorities.
  • To work closely with the relevant LGA Group Leader, Group Office, Regional Peers and Principal Adviser to ensure effective management, deployment and development of the peer pool and of individual member peers.
  • To work with the Regional Lead Peers to gather intelligence and understand the political and other issues affecting the performance of individual councils.
  • To develop and maintain networks and channels of communication with council leaders, council group leaders and local government bodies.
  • To identify innovation and best practice that can be shared across the sector.
  • To work with the relevant Group Improvement and Innovation mechanism and Principal Advisers to ensure that intelligence and best practice from councils drives improvement across local government.
  • To work direct with those councils perceived to be most at risk in conjunction with the relevant Principal Adviser.
  • To contribute to the development of the LGA's improvement products and services and to help promote them to local authorities.
  • To encourage councils in membership to undertake a peer challenge. 

Travel and expenses

  • The roles will require attendance at meetings in London and travel across the country.
  • Reasonable travel and subsistence costs incurred by the Lead Peers in the discharge of their duties will be paid by the LGA.


  • £334 per day (for a pre-agreed number of days allocated by the LGA in advance)
  • Expected time commitment: Variable

If this is something you would be interested in doing, then we encourage you to click on the link below and fill out the National Lead Peer Application Form.

To be eligible for the role, you have to be an LGA Member Peer already; and we are happy to accept applications from existing regional peers and also those who are not currently regional lead peers. However, we advise that as National Lead Peer, you cannot hold another paid position on an LGA Board e.g. being a member or leader of an LGA policy board. If this is the case, then you will need to step down in order to fulfil your role as National Lead Peer.   

National Lead Peer Application Form

Not an LGA Member Peer already? If you are curious about what the role of an LGA Member Peer does or are thinking about applying for the role of an LGA Member Peer, please email us at the LGA Independent Group Office: for more information and/or an application form.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 9th December 2022 (Interviews taking place in January 2023)