Council asked to agree amendments to Service management teams
12th December 2013
Detailed proposals to realign The Highland Council’s Service management teams into 5 directorates will be presented for approval to the full council meeting on Thursday (19 December).
At its last meeting on 24 October, the Council agreed to reduce the number of Services from seven to five, delivering savings of £350,000 per year. Since that time, Directors have been consulting with Senior Managers and staff representatives on the deployment and responsibilities of posts at Service management team level.
As a result of the feedback from consultation, it is now proposed to amend the titles of two Directorates. It is proposed to amend the title of the Directorate previously described as “Director of Children, Education and Adult Services” to “Director of Care and Learning”. It is proposed to amend the title of the Directorate previously described as “Director of Capital and Development” to “Director of Development and Infrastructure”.
With the appointment of Michelle Morris to the role of Depute Chief Executive this additional role is now added to the post of Director of Corporate Development.
The 5 Directorates incorporating the amended titles are as follows:-
· Care and Learning
· Corporate Development
· Development and Infrastructure
· Community Services
In a report to Council, Chief Executive Steve Barron says the changes will be implemented in two phases. The first phase is the creation of 2 new Services - Development & Infrastructure and Community Services and the refocusing of the 2 existing Services – Finance and Corporate Development.
He states: “Work has started on this already and, if agreed by Council, full implementation can proceed in January at a pace which signals intent while minimising disruption and limiting the risk of any temporary impact on performance. The aim would be to achieve full implementation of this phase by 31st March 2014.
“The second phase would see the formation of the Care and Learning Service. This already has a momentum but the scope and risks associated with the changes are such that this will take longer to deliver. The existing Directors of these Services agree that it would be appropriate to plan for full implementation no later than 30th September 2014. The current Directors will work together as a team during this time with one of the current Directors becoming Director Designate of Care and Learning in April 2014.
“In both phases it will be important to proceed at a pace which delivers early benefits while reflecting the sensitivities and consultation agendas associated with such significant change. Budget changes would be largely in place for the start of the next financial year 2014/15.”
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The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of Â£482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under Â£2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an Â£80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a Â£200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another Â£80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
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A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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