Archives for December 2nd, 2004

INSPECTION – HOW DOES IT PERFORM?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 2 December, 2004

In anticipation of the Audit Commission’s consultation on Comprehensive Performance Assessments for 2005 and Ofsted’s proposals for joint area reviews, the Local Government Association has published its own findings on the real impact and costs and benefits of inspection. Costs have grown from 250 million pounds in 1997 to around 550 million. Councils also estimate costs of £100million each year for simply meeting inspectors needs.The LGA is calling for action to be taken to half what is currently spent on inspecting local government and to create a more strategic inspection regime that will help deliver real improvement in local authorities. It argues that external inspections of local councils are too frequent and have costs which far outweigh their benefits. Research conducted by MORI on the impact of inspection revealed that most councils – even though they often dislike inspections – believe they can help them to improve. However, nine out of ten authorities also think they go through too many inspections, and two-thirds believe that the costs far outweigh the benefits.

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WALES TO REFORM REMAINING QUANGOS

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 December, 2004

Plans for reform of the remaining Quangos operating in Wales have been announced by the Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan. The proposals come after an in-depth review of the role and function of the bodies as part of wider public service reforms.In the summer Mr. Morgan announced that three of the largest Quangos – the Welsh Development Agency, Wales Tourist Board and ELWA- would be brought into government to improve both democratic accountability and the way services are delivered. The new announcement covers the reform programme for the remaining third of what he called ‘the Quango state.’

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COUNCIL TEAM WIN TOP AWARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 December, 2004

Staff of a local authority from the north west of England has been singled out for demonstrating the best of public sector management and for team working in 2004.The Food Safety Team from Wyre Borough Council has been voted winner of the Top Team 2004 competition, at a prestigious awards ceremony staged in Kensington Town Hall. The competition is run to recognise innovation and excellence in the public sector. The judges made the award to Wyre Borough Council for its work in teaching children about preventing food poisoning. The competition, now in its ninth year, is organised jointly by the Public Services Management Network in conjunction with the IDeA, Norman Broadbent business consultants, the GMB and Deloitte and Touche. It attracts nominations from all over the country.

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