Reshaping Review and Emerging Priorities
- Meeting of Customers, Performance, Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee, Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 1.30 pm (Item 35.)
To consider the report of the Chief Executive
The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance submitted a report (CE/10/18) to update Members on the outcomes from the two workshops that were held in order to review reshaping to date, to outline the process for determining the key things to focus on moving forwards (emerging priorities) and to gather initial views from scrutiny on what these areas might be.
The Lead Member presented the report and together with the Chief Executive, responded to questions accordingly. A debate ensued and the following points were highlighted:
· Acknowledgement that the review of the Senior Management structure had already saved over £2m.
· Importance of ensuring that the new Management structure was successful in delivering priorities.
· Feedback sought on emerging priorities.
· Suggestion that in future, consideration be given to the impact of savings across the whole of the organisation rather than just an individual service.
· Importance of acknowledging that partnership working in the future was key in terms of gathering information and that the Council were not in a position to work alone.
· Confirmation that further detail of the priorities would be presented to Scrutiny early in the New Year.
· Clarification sought regarding the deliverability of the Council Plan, and the importance of ensuring that the relevant resources were there to deliver the priorities within it.
· Recognition that budget/financial resources needed to be considered, but it wasn’t the only factor.
· Request that rural areas be given the same level of priority as the town centre.
· Uncertainty expressed regarding the impact of Brexit.
· Acknowledgement that out of county placements were a high cost to the Authority, but it was noted that work was being done to ensure the provision was at a more localised level. It was suggested the views of the PSB be sought on this issue in order to achieve a regional solution.
· It was acknowledged that the amount of new child and social care cases could never be estimated.
· Confirmation that a recruitment process was underway to appoint a new Chief Officer to review and deliver the environment service.
· Suggestion by some that the PFI was having a negative impact on the Environment Department budget and that some services were being cut in order to meet the overspend.
· Importance of focussing on secondary school education in terms of performance improvement and financial sustainment.
· Suggestion that focus should be on making the Town Centre more viable as this would link to transport and the night time economy.
· Importance of supporting other institutions within the Town to deliver on certain things e.g. the football club would be holding an international football match in Wrexham.
· Recognition that the impact of the weather on the winter maintenance budget was difficult to estimate.
· Suggestion that demand management should be a focus when setting priorities.
(i) That the report be noted.
(ii) That the emerging priorities will be discussed by Members in further workshops from January 2019 onwards, using evidence based data, and reflecting upon the Council Plan and wellbeing objectives.