Book News: November 9th, 2000

Joint Review of Social ServicesThe review highlights key messages for councils which reviewers believe should be adopted if the improvement in social services is to continue. It urges building on existing partnerships to increase the amount of joint working and developing robust activity data to help in a better understanding of performance as well as to better manage workloads. The review revealed a weakness across councils in moving from planning to implementation. There is concern about the speed with which internal Best Value reviews are implemented. The Review team found that whilst all councils have good intentions to make changes and improve services, what differentiates them is their ability to put ideas into practice.

Promising Prospects – Learning the Lessons from Joint Reviews 1999/2000

(ISBN 1-86240-247-7) is available from Audit Commission Publications on 0800 502030, priced 20 pounds.