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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 26/11/2007
Performance Management Scrutiny: Retention of Indicators for the New Performance Management Framework



APPENDIX E
Waverley Borough Council

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
26TH NOVEMBER 2007


Title:
Performance management SCRUTINY: RETENTION OF INDICATORS FOR THE NEW PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

Following the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Government has announced 198 new performance indicators for local public services. These indicators will replace BVPIs and all other national performance indicators, and will come into effect from April 2008. In addition to familiarising itself with the new indicators and their likely impacts, Waverley Borough Council will need to reach a decision on which existing indicators will be retained / modified as local indicators under the new framework.

Environmental implications:

There are no direct environmental implications attached to this report.

Social / community implications:

There are no direct social / community implications attached to this report.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct e-Government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There is generally a cost associated with the collection of performance indicators. CMT have recently recognised the importance of collecting unit-cost indicators, which address Value for Money considerations

Introduction

1. Following the Comprehensive Spending Review launch in October 2007, the Government launched a list of 198 new National Indicators, on which local public services will be required to report from April 2008 onwards. These indicators will replace Best Value Performance Indicators and all other national performance indicators. They will also form the bedrock for assessments under the new Comprehensive Area Assessment regime. 2. The 198 indicators published are in headline detail only at this stage. Consultation is promised in the period leading up to February 2008, with final detail due to be announced within a short timeframe.

3. There is little doubt that the indicators have been selected with the Local Area Agreement agenda as the prime driver. They therefore mean a significant reduction in the number of indicators relating directly to the Borough Council’s services.

4. A further aspect of the new Indicator Set is the introduction of a large number of survey-based indicators. Whilst final details are awaited, Waverley’s current contractors for the General Households survey, QCL Market Research, advise that bi-annual general surveys are anticipated under the new regime.

Overview & Scrutiny Performance Review

5. Waverley’s Members, and specifically those who constitute the Council’s three O&S Performance Sub-Committees have articulated a desire to give thorough consideration to retention of indicators, and development of new business critical indicators at a local level.

6. Where possible within the Council’s new indicator set, retention of measures that map closely existing BVPI definitions may offer the opportunity for ongoing benchmarking. The authority may wish to consider formally joining a subscription benchmarking service to compensate for the comparative data that will be lost when BVPIs are abolished.

7. Waverley’s Corporate Management Team (CMT) has reviewed officer recommendations on our existing performance data set. The CMT observations in respect of the indicators for which Environment and Leisure O&S is responsible are attached at Annexe 1.

Recommendation

Members are asked to note the contents of Annexe 1, and to delegate the process of working with officers to agree a local indicator retention schedule to its PI Sub-Committee.
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Background Papers (CEx)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Christopher Ash Telephone: 01483 523148
E-mail: cash@waverley.gov.uk




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