Example of positive changes the Government is making to Public Services (which will help families)
17 August 2011 Leave a comment
For anyone in the Party it is important to know what this Government is doing which can be considered to be good so we can at least explain it to people who will have missed it. Unfortunately much of what is done well will be missed. So this is an example that shows how this Government’s changes will help families; a very topical issue at present but has not had any air time from Government politicians.
Following the car crash that was the Ed Balls Government Department (see here for why it was such a car crash) this Government is looking closely at Child Protection amongst many other things and Prof Munro, who is very well respected, has some positive things to say about the recent changes which are worth highlighting:
the Government has already started to relax some of the rules and bureaucratic reporting requirements relating to the performance framework and ICT. In relation to performance, the Government has already revoked the designations of Local Area Agreement (LAA) targets meaning that local areas no longer have to report on their performance to central Government and are free to drop or amend them if they so wish. It has also been announced that the National Indicator Set of performance measures will be replaced with a single comprehensive list of data required by central Government, giving local areas far more freedom over the management of their own performance. This provides local authorities with the flexibility to move away from previously prescribed specifications in order to adapt their systems to suit local needs…
[the previous] government funding streams and funding restrictions have prevented local areas from redesigning services, have created unnecessary duplication and have prevented services from focusing on family needs. This has led the Coalition Government to introduce community budgets to enable local areas to overcome this complexity by allowing services to pool resources and share the savings. It is recognised that local areas may need to invest in service redesign before being able to realise savings in future years. This approach fits well with that taken by this review, of creating space for innovation, working collaboratively across services to create a joined up approach dedicated to tackling family problems and investing in service redesign to meet the specific needs of children, young people and families. From April 2011 there are 16 community budget areas piloting this approach and the review team has been working with a number of them on flexibilities relating to assessment and timescales.
For anyone who has worked in the public sector will know how infuriating it was to have to be treated like children under New Labour’s technocratic management system which has resulted in a complete failure, in that it has changed the purpose of the services. So these changes will result in better services without the need for massive reform.