Archives for July 23rd, 2002

STAKEHOLDERS EMPOWERED IN MOVE TO DRIVE UP COUNCIL STANDARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2002

Stakeholders now have the opportunity to bring pressure on their local councils to narrow the gap between the best and the worst performers. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has launched a website that allows users to check the performance of their council on 97 aspects of services delivered locally. The data is divided into 10 headings including corporate health, education, social services and community safety. The data for each councils is compared to the average Best Value Performance Indicator or Audit Commission data.Stakeholders, whether they are interests groups or individuals, or the media, will be able to compile tables and graphics of how a council is performing. In addition to making a comparison with the average they will also be able to compile a statistical picture of how a councils is performing in relation to its neighbours or in relation to similar councils in similar settings in different parts of the country.

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RED TAPE WATCHDOG FINDS BUREAUCRACY ALIVE AND WELL

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2002

The Better Regulation Task Force, an independent group commissioned by the Cabinet Office has uncovered “a confusing organizational landscape fraught with over-complexity and multiple accountabilities.” In two reports the Task Force describes how they looked at the way central policy is delivered locally in relation to training and skills, higher education and economic development.The role of the Task Force is to advise the Government on regulation and its enforcement to ensure that it is no more onerous than it need be. Its members are drawn from the private and public sectors and they are unpaid. A team of officials from the Cabinet Office supports them.

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