On 8th March 2012, the council adopted its strategic priorities (in order of importance) on 8 March 2012
4. Public Service
The priorities were developed during a series of member workshops and consideration was given to the balance of and approach to service delivery of the council’s range of mandatory and discretionary services. Consensus was reached upon future approaches to service delivery with councillors indicating that:
- The council is prepared for services to be delivered by parish and town councils, social enterprises and the private sector.
- We will develop a commissioning process and timescale to make decisions on service devolution.
- We will take into account the impact on cost when making decisions to devolve services but this will be balanced alongside other considerations.
- The council will set and monitor service standards where services are being devolved and performance against standards will determine whether a service continues to be devolved.
In May 2012, following an extensive development programme for councillors and officers, the cabinet approved 4 pilot projects to test the draft commissioning framework. These include a mix of statutory and discretionary services and new and existing activities. The projects include:
- Growth Investment Fund
- Palace Theatre
- Food Safety
Each project has a member commissioning group which is chaired by a cabinet portfolio holder. The group is supported by a director and senior manager who do not have operational responsibility for the service being commissioned.
The commissioning programme is supported by a corporate policy and commissioning team with technical support from other functions such as human resources, finance, estates, legal and ICT.
For further information about our approach to commissioning please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Policy and Commissioning on 01636 655231.