Category Archives: Q&A

Answering your questions Part 2

Q4) Given your background in children’s services, what are your plans for the People directorate, especially children’s services?

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Q5) Will there now be a real focus on monitoring expectations with the remaining organizational capacity and resources?

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Q6) How will the needs and voices of local communities be taken into consideration in the service reviews when most people do not get involved in any formal consultation?

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Answering your questions Part 1

Q1) Prevention services continue to be cut. Is there evidence that these services work and will the service reviews really pick this up?

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Q2) Current voluntary redundancy plans and plans to reduce Grade 7 staff are likely to produce unsustainable expectations, to the extent that nobody will take on their remaining roles. Is this really not understood at the highest level?

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Q3) What are you going to do differently to make things happen?

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I’ll post more questions and answers tomorrow.

Answering your questions Part 3

Q7) Why are frontline services getting bigger budget saving targets than the corporate centre?

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Q8a) One big problem with priorities is that every service fits into these priorities somehow. Are members prepared to change priorities so some service areas are excluded?

Q8b) We have lost a lot of talented senior staff, posts have been deleted and there is nowhere for talented staff to be promoted to. What can we do to retain staff and create promotion opportunities?

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Q9) The financial challenge means that we have to deliver savings in shorter time frames but our internal processes are far from lean. This sometimes means managers aren’t trusted or empowered to deliver. How can we implement things better?

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