Archives for June 29th, 2006

MANAGER’S GUIDE TO PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

The guide from the Audit Commission and the Improvement and Development Agency summarises the key messages from the Performance Management, Measurement and Information project. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the subject and promote its effective use among council managers. It describes an effective performance management system and the culture needed to make it work. It outlines improvements achieved in many councils and how performance management can accelerate that improvement.The guide includes setting a vision and priorities, planning for success for corporate and service plans, targeting improvement and the performance measurement framework. It highlights a range of tools, guidance and case studies developed through the Performance Management project.

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NEW STANDARDS FOR BUILDING CONTROL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

New measures have been announced to increase compliance with building standards and improve the way that local authorities and approved building control bodies carry out their building regulations work. The new system of Performance Indicators and updated Performance Standards has been developed by the Building Control Performance Standards Advisory Group.The new measures are designed as a framework to help improve the quality of the services councils and other regulators offer and they will also measure authorities’ performance on compliance, staff development and customer service. The Government is planning to review Building Regulations because it wants to ensure they do not impose a disproportionate burden for builders while at the same time ensuring buildings meet energy efficiency, health and safety and accessibility standards.

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KELLY SAYS WHITE PAPER WILL BREATHE LIFE INTO DECISION MAKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

Ruth Kelly has promised that measures in the forthcoming White Paper on Local Government will build on the success of work that has been done to break down barriers between the public and government institutions. She underlined the Government’s commitment to empowering local people to shape local policies and said the sharing of power between central and local government and communities was essential.The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was speaking at the launch of the first annual review of the action plan, “Together We Can”. She praised schemes working to give residents more control over their communities and promised to build on this approach. “I am excited about the forthcoming White Paper and I want to see more people being able to have their say in the decisions that have such a profound effect on what matters to them and their communities. It will breathe life into our democratic decision making,” she said.

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