Redesign Fundamentally Changing The Way The Council Does Things
10th May 2018
The work of the Redesign Board has been considered by Council today.
The Redesign Board is fundamentally changing the way the council does things. We are continuing with a programme of reviews which focus on providing the best possible service in the most efficient way.
In recent months we have carried out a substantial piece of work looking at ways to save money and become more energy efficient and arrangements have been put in place to provide staff with access to car clubs through a pilot at selected sites from May as an alternative to using their own cars for work journeys. Additionally we are progressing with a Solar Energy Project which when completed will produce substantial income for the Council.
The music tuition service transferred to High Life Highland on 1 April, following a recommendation by the Redesign Board this should substantially improve the provision of music tuition throughout the Highlands.
Recruitment of a new solicitor post and a para-legal apprenticeship will be underway this month. These new posts will reduce the need for external consultancy in particular areas of advice.
Chair of Redesign Board, Convener Bill Lobban said: "These projects are proof that a Redesign approach is an excellent way of transforming the Highland Council. Being open-minded and innovative stands us in very good stead to help manage the huge financial challenges we increasingly face. Our future success is fundamentally a result of staff involvement, leadership, and cross-party working."
Ongoing reviews include Preventative Childrens' Services, Car Parking and Building Trade Services, as well as looking at how communities can be involved further in redesign.
Information on Redesign workshops and Board meetings is available on the website https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20003/committee_information/696/redesign_of_the_highland_council_board/2
On Thursday 16th August 2018 councillors on the Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee will discuss the update from Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership which is reproduced below. 3.
The Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee of Highland Council will meet on Thursday 16th August 2018. Item 23 on the agenda is "Parking Services".
The Highland Council is delighted to be working with the University of Dundee and the University of the Highlands and Islands to support Highland-based people who are interested in a career move to gain both their PGDE and complete their induction year within 18 months. Following an earlier event in June, Highland Council and the University of Dundee and University of the Highlands and Islands are hosting a second information evening on Tuesday 14 August 2018 from 5:30pm - 7pm at the University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness College, Inverness Campus IV2 5NA.
The Highland Licensing Board is now consulting on a proposed draft of its next Statement of Policy under the Gambling Act 2005 which, when finalised after consultation responses have been considered and any consequent amendments made, will become its policy statement for the period 2019-2022. The Highland Licensing Board is required to publish, every three years, a statement of the principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Gambling Act 2005.
Young people across the Highlands are receiving their SQA exam results by text, e-mail or post today (7th August 2018). Schools across The Highland Council area offered candidates the full range of national qualifications from National 2 right through to Advanced Higher.
Works are to begin on an additional £1.5M worth of repair schemes on Highland Council roads this summer. Cllr Alister Mackinnon, Highland Council's Budget Leader said: "At the Council's meeting in March, Members agreed a revised 5 year Capital Plan and agreed to prioritise roads maintenance if there was any underspend in the Council's capital programme for 2018/19.
Highland Council is issuing a reminder to owners of private water supplies and landlords of tenants on private water supplies that it is their responsibility to arrange for the provision of water to their properties. As a result of the prolonged recent dry weather Highland Council's, Environmental Health Team is receiving a few calls from individuals on private water supplies that are drying up.
The Highland Licensing Board has begun consultation on its next Statement of Licensing Policy for the period November 2018 to November 2023. The aim of the Policy Statement is to promote consistency in decision-making on all types of liquor licence applications and to give applicants advance notice of the Board's likely approach to determining licence applications.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce the recent appointment of 5 Head and 10 Acting Head Teachers across the region's schools. All the new teachers will be in their posts by the new term in August 2018.
The Highland Council has approved the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive to replace Steve Barron when he retires in the autumn. Applicants are invited to apply for this important top position to lead one of the largest local authorities in Europe, by the 31 July.
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