A leading council chief executive has been appointed a trouble-shooter to help local councils pull back from the brink of failure.Ted Cantle, who has been chief executive of Nottingham City Council for ten years is to become associate director of the Improvement and Development Agency’s (IDeA) performance support unit from April 2001.
This newly created capability will focus exclusively upon those councils facing the most serious problems – those perceived to be ‘failing’ or losing confidence in their capacity to meet performance targets as seen by their local communities, government or inspectorates.
The new unit will call not just upon staff from within the IDeA, but it will broker accredited peer support from existing local government members and managers, as well as a working with private sector service suppliers. An element of the service will be free – absorbed as part of the IDeA’s core service to local government. Longer-term assistance will involve charges.
The objective of the move is to show Government that councils can help themselves to re-build where there is failure.