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Meeting of the Executive held on 11/10/2005
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators: Review of
WAVERLEY’S PERFORMANCE FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2005/06



Summary & Purpose
This report gives details of Waverley’s performance during the first three months of 2005/06 in respect of its best value and local performance indicators. Similar reports have already been presented to the Environment & Leisure, Community and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committees regarding those indicators that they had particularly requested to monitor on a regular basis within their remits. A summary of the comments made by Members of each of these committees is included in this report.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive


APPENDIX R
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE - 11TH OCTOBER 2005


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Title:
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators: Review of
WAVERLEY’S PERFORMANCE FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2005/06
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

This report gives details of Waverley’s performance during the first three months of 2005/06 in respect of its best value and local performance indicators. Similar reports have already been presented to the Environment & Leisure, Community and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committees regarding those indicators that they had particularly requested to monitor on a regular basis within their remits. A summary of the comments made by Members of each of these committees is included in this report.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

The regular monitoring and reporting of Waverley’s performance in delivering its services has positive implications for most, if not all, the quality of life issues set out above.

E-Government implications:

Comprehensive information on Waverley’s performance for the year 2004/05 has been provided in the Corporate Plan that was published on the Council’s website on 30th June 2005.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report.
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Background

1. Each year the Council is required to publish its performance during the previous year and its targets for the current year and the subsequent two years. The Council’s Corporate Plan was published on 30th June 2005 and incorporates this information. Targets for 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 were approved by the Executive at its meeting on 7th December 2004

Waverley’s review of performance during the first three months of 2005/06

2. The table attached as Annexe 1 sets out for the consideration of the Executive the following information:-

A description of all the Council’s Best Value Indicators (BVPIs) and Local Performance Indicators (LOPIs). The “all districts” Upper/Top Quartile (UQ) figures for 2004/05. The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for 2004/05. The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for the first three months of the current financial year 2005/06 and the target for 2005/06.

Officers’ comments on Waverley’s performance during the first three months of 2005/06

3. Members are asked to note the comments at Annexe 2 in relation to Waverley’s performance for the first three months of the current financial year:

Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee comments

4. At its meeting on 13th September, the Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee made a number of observations about the way indicators were measured and felt that use of a 12 month rolling average would be helpful. There was also some discussion about the inclusion of an indicator on monitoring the cleanliness of public toilets. Members heard that no national PI existed to measure this but that a local indicator might be explored as part of the Council’s cleaning contract.

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee comments

5. On 19th September 2005, the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee received clarification from officers about a number of the Best Value and Local Performance Indicators within its remit. 6. The Committee wished to make a proposal to the Executive that a Sub-Committee of four members be established to look at the performance indicators in greater detail to understand them better. It was proposed that the Sub-Committee should consist of two Liberal Democrats, still to be nominated, and two Conservative members, namely Mr R J Gates and Mr M W Band.

Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee comments

7. At its meeting on Monday 26th September 2005, the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed that the incidences of anti-social behaviour in reference to the new licensing regime should be monitored. It was agreed that this should be passed to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee for its views. The Committee also requested that the views of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee be relayed back to the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Recommendation It is recommended that the Executive notes the information presented in this report, seeks any further explanation of performance that it might require and to respond as appropriate to the observations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees. _________________________________________________________________________
Background Papers (DoH/DoF/CEX)

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

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Paul Frame Telephone: 01483 523148

Email: pframe@waverley.gov.uk






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Annexe 2

Officers’ comments on Waverley’s performance during the first three months of 2005/06

Housing Benefit/Council Tax Benefit

BVPI 78(a)
Performance against this indicator shows a significant improvement over last year. However at 29 days the target is a stretching one, which exceeds the Government’s guidelines which indicate that 36 days is the performance that would be expected of an “excellent” authority. Waverley has achieved this standard of 36 days so far this year and it will be appropriate to revisit the target in November of this year.

BVPI 78(b)
The definition for this indicator (Average time for processing a change in circumstances (days)) was changed in 2004/05. The current target was based on the previous definition and it is proposed to revisit this target in November of this year.

Environmental Services

BVPI 82a
Recycling rates are below target, however, the Council has approved the implementation of a revised recycling scheme, to commence in 2006. This will start to improve recycling performance, as rounds are brought into the scheme, during 2006/07.

BVPI 84
This figure (102.09 kg per household) represents a significant decrease on the 111.2 kg of waste collected per household in the first quarter of 2004/05 – indicating that the waste reduction strategy started in September 2004 has had some success.

Planning

BVPI 109 a, b, & c
These indicators show that Development Control has made significant improvements in the speed with which planning applications are decided. The performance for the 12 months to 30th June 2005 indicates that the service has met, or exceeded, each of the Government’s targets in this area





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