Councils to share best practice information

WORCESTER City Council is going to use good ideas from town halls across the region after signing a new deal.

A new contract has been created to try to bring together local authorities across the West Midlands for the first time.

The deal will see the city council work with the councils in places including Birmingham, Wolverham-pton, Coventry and Sand-well, to swap good ideas and launching joint projects.

The closer working relationship will also be extended to politicians – something which hasn’t made much progress in recent years, due to the differing denominations of political leadership.

in Worcester, the city council was Conservative controlled for 13 successive years until May, unlike areas like the Black Country, where Labour has tended to dominate.

However, the West Mid-lands Sector Led Improve-ment Contract will be signed by 33 councils, and calls for a “collective responsibility” over improving standards across the region.

Each one will share data, see how their services measure up to their neighbours, and exchange useful ideas.

An annual ‘performance of the region’ report will also be published to publicise how the area’s councils are doing one year on.

It has been backed by the city council’s Labour leadership, who says it hopes Worcester can benefit from it.

Councillor Geoff Williams, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic prosperity, said: “One of the good things about this is that it’s an opportunity to share good practise.

“That can only be to the benefit of us all in the West Midlands.”

Council leader Adrian Gregson said: “There’s an emphasis on collective responsibility and improving the sector as a whole, not making political points to each other.

“I’m very keen to put our name towards that climate of openness and honesty.”

The deal will review every service to look at possible areas of poor performance as a region.

For example, if it highlights empty retail units as a West Midlands-wide problem, solutions will be considered on a shared basis.

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10:11pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Samboy says...

Perhaps they will all bury party ideology and work together to improve services at reasonable costs. Good idea if they can step out of their ivory towers.
Perhaps they will all bury party ideology and work together to improve services at reasonable costs. Good idea if they can step out of their ivory towers. Samboy

10:53pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Stuart 1 says...

It will amaze people this is new, and not the norm. Senior officers and politicians have been attending conferences, attending professional group meetings for years. As well as looking at best practice in the local area, they should be doing this across the country and looking at other countries as well. Personally I have always been impressed with the quality of local government personnel, it is just sometimes they are let down by the "management"!!!!
It will amaze people this is new, and not the norm. Senior officers and politicians have been attending conferences, attending professional group meetings for years. As well as looking at best practice in the local area, they should be doing this across the country and looking at other countries as well. Personally I have always been impressed with the quality of local government personnel, it is just sometimes they are let down by the "management"!!!! Stuart 1

12:32am Sun 15 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

What we really need is to scrap the different tiers of councils across Worcestershire, have Unitary Authority and by doing so save some of the huge saleries and very high attendance allowances paid to some Councillors.
What we really need is to scrap the different tiers of councils across Worcestershire, have Unitary Authority and by doing so save some of the huge saleries and very high attendance allowances paid to some Councillors. Jabbadad

9:02am Sun 15 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

If we have a Unitary for Worcestershire then there wouldn't be the need for sharing between the Districts within Worcestershire. They would just need to look at other Councils outside of the County.

With all these initiatives the first thing that springs to mind is "why weren't they doing it already?" None of this is particularly rocket science, just basic common sense.

If they've been bumbling along for the last 100 years or so in their own little bubbles ignoring what's going on in the wider world you do have to wonder about the competency of the whole set up of local councils.
If we have a Unitary for Worcestershire then there wouldn't be the need for sharing between the Districts within Worcestershire. They would just need to look at other Councils outside of the County. With all these initiatives the first thing that springs to mind is "why weren't they doing it already?" None of this is particularly rocket science, just basic common sense. If they've been bumbling along for the last 100 years or so in their own little bubbles ignoring what's going on in the wider world you do have to wonder about the competency of the whole set up of local councils. Hwicce

11:44am Sun 15 Dec 13

Stuart 1 says...

Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!!
Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!! Stuart 1

12:36pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Seenitall says...

Am I the only one in Worcestershire who believes that a unitary authority for Worcestershire is the way ahead.
Am I the only one in Worcestershire who believes that a unitary authority for Worcestershire is the way ahead. Seenitall

2:55pm Sun 15 Dec 13

skychip says...

No you are not. Too much duplication of services as it stands.
No you are not. Too much duplication of services as it stands. skychip

5:12pm Sun 15 Dec 13

copierman says...

The headline....is that a OXYMORON ?
The headline....is that a OXYMORON ? copierman

6:18pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Most of the knee jerk reactions come from the politicians who after all are mainly amatuers, and National or Local, just well paid mouth pieces for their parties policies.
I frequently see the looks of despair from those whose professional job it is to attend to the running of this County when being directed by a political jobsworth.
The professionals know that these huge cuts in services are going to have dire effects on genuine service users, but the councillors are following PARTY policies, and seem oblivious to the problems that are looming for our most vulnerable people. Services are not just being cut They are BEING STOPPED, and our Vulnerable and Older People are being ABANDONED.
Soon in 2014 Supporting People funding allowances are being STOPPED / TAKEN AWAY, by the current government, and THOUSANDS yes THOUSANDS of vulnerable people in this City and County could be left to fend for themselves unless unpaid VOLUNTEERS come forward.
And before any Knee Jerk reactions happen we are talking possibly well over a £million pounds. And this funding is not for Jollies / TVs / Holidays / or other luxuries, this is for those in Sheltered Housing who need a visit / help from a warden, since if they were not safe in Sheltered Housing they would be in Care Homes at £500 to £900 per week or even Hospital at £3,000 per week. And the costs for the Floating wardens, who due to cuts by the previous New Labour government, are operating a much reduced service depending on the residents needs are around £20 per week.
The CUTS / STOPPING ALTOGETHER in Supporting People funding are at the behest of Tory Minister Eric Pickles , and he certainly looks as if he knows hardship and obviously comes from the same place "Planet Ignoramous" as Iain Duncan Smith, who has already wasted several hundred £Millions on his flawed welfare reform.
So I care not for those who criticise me in these columns since come 2014 there may well be FINANCIAL EUTHANASIA for vulnerable and older people. There may not be the LIVERPOOL PATHWAY, It might be replaced by THE CO-ALITION PATHWAY? We have a catastrophy for our vulnerable and older people looming and the message has to get out there.
Most of the knee jerk reactions come from the politicians who after all are mainly amatuers, and National or Local, just well paid mouth pieces for their parties policies. I frequently see the looks of despair from those whose professional job it is to attend to the running of this County when being directed by a political jobsworth. The professionals know that these huge cuts in services are going to have dire effects on genuine service users, but the councillors are following PARTY policies, and seem oblivious to the problems that are looming for our most vulnerable people. Services are not just being cut They are BEING STOPPED, and our Vulnerable and Older People are being ABANDONED. Soon in 2014 Supporting People funding allowances are being STOPPED / TAKEN AWAY, by the current government, and THOUSANDS yes THOUSANDS of vulnerable people in this City and County could be left to fend for themselves unless unpaid VOLUNTEERS come forward. And before any Knee Jerk reactions happen we are talking possibly well over a £million pounds. And this funding is not for Jollies / TVs / Holidays / or other luxuries, this is for those in Sheltered Housing who need a visit / help from a warden, since if they were not safe in Sheltered Housing they would be in Care Homes at £500 to £900 per week or even Hospital at £3,000 per week. And the costs for the Floating wardens, who due to cuts by the previous New Labour government, are operating a much reduced service depending on the residents needs are around £20 per week. The CUTS / STOPPING ALTOGETHER in Supporting People funding are at the behest of Tory Minister Eric Pickles , and he certainly looks as if he knows hardship and obviously comes from the same place "Planet Ignoramous" as Iain Duncan Smith, who has already wasted several hundred £Millions on his flawed welfare reform. So I care not for those who criticise me in these columns since come 2014 there may well be FINANCIAL EUTHANASIA for vulnerable and older people. There may not be the LIVERPOOL PATHWAY, It might be replaced by THE CO-ALITION PATHWAY? We have a catastrophy for our vulnerable and older people looming and the message has to get out there. Jabbadad

8:43pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Stuart 1 says...

Jabba, we now sit on the opposite sides of the political fence which is a shame as your heart is in the right place, but I don't see one word in the above I disagree with. I do though blame the Blair / Brown Labour Government for the mess we are now in ( I can provide chapter and verse!!). We need to learn and deliver services smarter and more efficiently - it is possible - but some times we need to say "sod the politics"!! this is about people and the communities in which we live.
Jabba, we now sit on the opposite sides of the political fence which is a shame as your heart is in the right place, but I don't see one word in the above I disagree with. I do though blame the Blair / Brown Labour Government for the mess we are now in ( I can provide chapter and verse!!). We need to learn and deliver services smarter and more efficiently - it is possible - but some times we need to say "sod the politics"!! this is about people and the communities in which we live. Stuart 1

10:44pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

stuart 1 I agree about trying to forget the politics, but sadly they are behind most if not all things. And if you were around when New Labour were in power my postings were the same towards them when they forgot their Duty Of Care towards our Vulnerable & Elderly.
While we are still able, it is our Duty to fight for those who are too week to defend themselves. So disagreeing just from a political side is no excuse, and the huge problems facing Thousands of vulnerable and older people are looming. And just think that if it's several thousands in Worcestershire, What numbers are we taking about across the UK.
And it's no figment of imagination when statistics prove about the 27,000+ winter deaths from cold related ilnesses.
And like you I also gather details Chapter & Verse.
As to the part / Blame on New Labour for the whole Global Crash, I have used my reasonable wide spread contacts to see if any of the slick City Traders and Bankers who by acting in a cavalier fashion with unsafe dealings / speculations, could be responsible for the crash were Labour voters and we are struggling to find any.
stuart 1 I agree about trying to forget the politics, but sadly they are behind most if not all things. And if you were around when New Labour were in power my postings were the same towards them when they forgot their Duty Of Care towards our Vulnerable & Elderly. While we are still able, it is our Duty to fight for those who are too week to defend themselves. So disagreeing just from a political side is no excuse, and the huge problems facing Thousands of vulnerable and older people are looming. And just think that if it's several thousands in Worcestershire, What numbers are we taking about across the UK. And it's no figment of imagination when statistics prove about the 27,000+ winter deaths from cold related ilnesses. And like you I also gather details Chapter & Verse. As to the part / Blame on New Labour for the whole Global Crash, I have used my reasonable wide spread contacts to see if any of the slick City Traders and Bankers who by acting in a cavalier fashion with unsafe dealings / speculations, could be responsible for the crash were Labour voters and we are struggling to find any. Jabbadad

12:14am Mon 16 Dec 13

i-cycle says...

Stuart 1 wrote:
Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!!
Refreshing to hear such positive and constructive suggestions as to how to improve public services locally.

No doubt silenced by the chorus of critics who say only the private sector can deliver decent public services (thanks SERCO, G4S, N-Power, BT, etc!), all politicians are corrupt, overpaid (or both) and all Council workers are lazy, incompetent and inefficient.

Meanwhile back in the real world…...
[quote][p][bold]Stuart 1[/bold] wrote: Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!![/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear such positive and constructive suggestions as to how to improve public services locally. No doubt silenced by the chorus of critics who say only the private sector can deliver decent public services (thanks SERCO, G4S, N-Power, BT, etc!), all politicians are corrupt, overpaid (or both) and all Council workers are lazy, incompetent and inefficient. Meanwhile back in the real world…... i-cycle

9:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Stuart 1 says...

i-cycle wrote:
Stuart 1 wrote:
Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!!
Refreshing to hear such positive and constructive suggestions as to how to improve public services locally.

No doubt silenced by the chorus of critics who say only the private sector can deliver decent public services (thanks SERCO, G4S, N-Power, BT, etc!), all politicians are corrupt, overpaid (or both) and all Council workers are lazy, incompetent and inefficient.

Meanwhile back in the real world…...
Sadly i-cycle I do understand the challenges. I believe the County Council is getting things about right, but the districts and City are too parochial and insular in their attitude and approach. Saving their own jobs and survival is their major thought. Attitudes need to change - the Local Authority needs to be the owner of the strategy, direction and governance and we can't afford to carry on as we do now. If they were private companies they would have gone bust by now!!! Don't knock the likes of Serco etc, they actually do an good job and often act as a lightening rod for many difficult decisions that need to be made. Any way as you say off to the real world!!
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stuart 1[/bold] wrote: Worcestershire should be a unitary authority, we need to work closely and integrate all public services and the new initiative with the NHS in this county is a positive step forward, it is the first of 14 similar pilots. Greater collaboration is enabled through effective use of IT which enables the safe and accurate sharing of information. Reduced operating costs will help investment in better services. It is vitally important we maintain and enhance services and reports that bus services will be reduced in country areas is very worrying as highlighted in the article about Upton on Severn. Local representation is also vitally important and our Councillors and public servants must be clear in their own minds about the end result, tweeking at the edges is not the answer. Knee jerk reactions cause greater problems in the long run. I would like to think that those in "management" know this already, but i am not always convinced !!![/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear such positive and constructive suggestions as to how to improve public services locally. No doubt silenced by the chorus of critics who say only the private sector can deliver decent public services (thanks SERCO, G4S, N-Power, BT, etc!), all politicians are corrupt, overpaid (or both) and all Council workers are lazy, incompetent and inefficient. Meanwhile back in the real world…...[/p][/quote]Sadly i-cycle I do understand the challenges. I believe the County Council is getting things about right, but the districts and City are too parochial and insular in their attitude and approach. Saving their own jobs and survival is their major thought. Attitudes need to change - the Local Authority needs to be the owner of the strategy, direction and governance and we can't afford to carry on as we do now. If they were private companies they would have gone bust by now!!! Don't knock the likes of Serco etc, they actually do an good job and often act as a lightening rod for many difficult decisions that need to be made. Any way as you say off to the real world!! Stuart 1

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