CEX update – planning our long term future

A lot of work is being done nationally to develop the long term future of councils, and locally of Argyll and Bute Council specifically.

Councils, as I’m sure you know, face fairly significant and on-going challenges in the years ahead. Given the key role we play in people’s lives however, our communities will go on needing their council services whatever the challenges are.

Developing a sustainable future for local government is therefore a priority.

Nationally various initiatives are being discussed and agreed. In brief, they look at different ways of financing councils and of opportunities in public sector agencies working more together on an area basis, rather than as individual organisations. You can find more detail in the report I put to Council last year – please see item 6 on the agenda, Public Sector Reform.

Locally, Argyll and Bute also has its own unique challenges to address, not least growing our population.

The Executive Leadership Team (me, and our two Executive Directors) are therefore progressing action that needs to be taken for Argyll and Bute Council’s sustainable future.

As part of that we are looking at how we can create capacity to develop and put into action the right long term strategies and policies for the council.

This includes looking at the potential benefits of creating a central policy/strategy team, and at whether the current structure for managing services is still the best one, or if it is time to change how some services fit with others.

No decisions have been made yet. We will be discussing this with Heads of Service and third tier managers at the next Senior Leadership Forum on 19 April, with a view to proposals going to the June meeting of full Council.

I will of course update you again and if you have any questions, you are welcome as always to contact me at workingtogether@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Recognising the difference you make

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the recognition you deserve, for the efforts you go to and the difference you make. AB Recognition is our new approach to that.

Employees and members of the public will be invited to nominate individuals or council teams for recognition. You can read more about it on the staff website. The nomination forms will be available from 15 April and I’ll be mentioning it to you again. But please do start having a think about who you feel deserves recognition.

I hope you have a relaxing Easter break, and for everyone working over the holiday, I hope you get a chance to wind down when your time off comes.

Pippa

Pippa Milne

Chief Executive

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