|Corporate policy team||Best practice and Government requirements require demonstration of a robust corporate policy and planning process. Assessed through CPA and other inspection regimes||Long recognised we need to strengthen this area. Currently rely on 1FT officer supplemented by corporate volunteers from service departments when project demands. Capacity problems and potential restricted objectivity on strategic issues.|
|Information team||New legislation [e.g. FOI, data protection] + e-gov agenda [especially e-mails and web site] + need for data quality [e.g. in GIS and back office systems] all mean we should look at “Information” in a new co-ordinated light||Recent formal recognition that Information is an important asset, which drives the business of the Council. |
Coordinating our current activities will go some way but we also need to increase the resource in some areas – especially on improving quality of corporate databases and systems and the management of information.
|Community development and partnership team||We rely on partnerships and the voluntary sector to deliver our social and economic agendas [s2 of the 2000 Act]. |
However this area of activity is becoming more important to meet the Government agenda e.g.: “neighbourhood engagement”, “integration and cohesion”, “Respect”, SNEN 101, & LSP work.
|This continues to be done on an ad-hoc basis and relies on the exceptional skills of some staff.|
It maybe difficult to justify additional resources with all the other pressures, but setting up a new team of existing staff who work in these areas, with a broader brief, could lead to synergies and focused energy.
[s106 benefits may help with capital funding]
|Sustainable development||A central plank of Government policy. Only likely to increase in importance. Need to keep up with technological developments. So far done most of the “easy wins”…..||Need to go up a gear.|
Individual services now need to deliver. Concept not embedded. Need to develop a more relevant theme? E.g. most of this activity saves money either in the short term or longer term if adopt “whole life costing”.
A new set of skills and location for this will be required.