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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

COULD PETERBOROUGH SWAP BI-BOROUGH FOR TRI-BOROUGH WORKING?




https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/tri-borough%20proposals.pdf

As we rarely get any form of straight talking and clear thinking out of the current Peterborough City Council Cabinet (did you know for example the electricity generated over the next 30 years by the new publicly funded Viridor plant will vest with the secretive council owned  Blue Sky (Peterborough) Limited ( you try getting its report and accounts ) ?

An interesting document (dated 2011) relating to tri-borough working has emerged from our good friends in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  (Hattip to the Dame). 

By highlighting it here, hopefully the document will be picked up by councillors, and all those intending to run for Council in May. It will also help to aid their own thinking, on what is happening to our City.  Are we getting value for money? Answers on a postcard to the Mayor, please.

If the new plan is put into operation, by RBK&C, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster City Council  it will prove that Peterborough City Council can reduce the headcount, cuts costs by 50% and keep the existing number of councillors, rather than increasing it.

One glaring set of figures leaps out and shows how little it costs to run the Corporate Services department (Part time proprietor and PCC chief executive Gillian Beasley.

This is just one of the proposals:



Design Principles in the development of integrated services
 
• The assumption is that all services will be integrated – unless there are strong arguments to

the contrary. Excluded services: housing; policy and communications; development control;

elections; licensing; committee services.

Each Borough will retain sovereignty over policy-making but there is an assumption that

unless there are considered reasons to set unique expectations boroughs ought to

standardise specifications because these ought to deliver better prices. Elected Members will

make these choices, on the basis of costed options.

• Boroughs will take the opportunity to radically redesign services, drawing on each

authority’s strengths.

• A clearly defined commissioning structure will enable all three councils to clearly specify

what they want to pay for.

• Accountability: A new senior structure based around “lead commissioners“ who would be

fully accountable to each borough for the delivery of specified outcomes / services.

Departments should outline proposals for a 50% cut in managerial posts and 50% reduction

in overheads and advise around any associated risks.

• There is a willingness to encourage employee-led business transfers to new providers,

subject either to a business plan showing a substantial saving to the commissioning councils

and/or market testing.



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