Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Independent Governance Review post-Grenfell
The client and background
Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, it was recognised that the council had to change the way it worked. It commissioned CfGS to undertake research, engage with residents, officers, members and stakeholders; observe and assess the current scrutiny and governance arrangements and provide recommendations as to how it could improve its governance.
What we did and the impact
CfGS worked with The Democratic Society (Demsoc), who specialise in public engagement, to undertake field work, speaking to residents, members and officers and observe council meetings get a full picture of how the authority was working.
Our final report set out the findings of this research, explained the methodology and data collected and made a number of important recommendations for the council including:
- Adopting 12 principles of good governance, developed from the conversations we had with residents, councillors, officers and partners;
- Hold a Borough wide conversation to decide the strategic direction and governance arrangements for the council;
- Establish a citizens’ assembly;
- Create a ‘listening committee’ for councillors to hear directly from residents;
- Establish a commission to, involving residents and partners, to determine the future direction of council governance;
- Take practical steps to engage with local government full practice;
- Use the Annual Government Statement as the basis for an ongoing, wider conversation about how governance can be improved.
The recommendations were accepted in full, CfGS has continued to provide support on aspects of the implementation.
The report and the appendices can be accessed here.