Kent and Medway
“The Kent Commitment”, a statement of intent from Kent’s Local Government Leaders states:
We want Kent to have the best local government in the UK. We believe that we can build upon the current two-tier arrangements to help to achieve this. We are therefore not submitting any bids for unitary or pathfinder status.
This programme of work aims to facilitate this vision.
What did we set out to achieve?
- An excellent customer experience for all the people of Kent who use local government, with fair, simple and equitable access to services and improved satisfaction rates
- Greater engagement of local communities so that communities are more involved in shaping their local quality of life through decision-making at the lowest possible level
- More clout in shaping the economic growth and regeneration of each part of the county, by effectively combining the decisions and resources held by national and regional bodies with those of the County Council and District Councils
- An ambitious programme of cost reduction, so that cost savings are driven out of the opportunities for 13 councils to work together in Kent through sharing best practice, best providers and common infrastructure
- A combined set of outstanding capabilities, so that the councils nurture between them the internal talent and external suppliers who can deliver the ambitions which the councils have for the people of Kent
What have we achieved so far?
- KCC and LA’s with multiple public service partners are leading the way with a front line seamless service through the Pan Kent Programme of Gateway, the ultimate one stop shop that incorporates the Tell Us Once initiative, and the ambition to succeed in multichannel service delivery to Kent residents. Eight Gateways have opened and 16 are planned by 2016.
- The Margate task force is concentrating on the needs of the community and regeneration in one of the countries most deprived wards.
- Three clusters within Kent have formed specifically to look at the potential for cost reduction, savings and shared services.
- The Workforce Development Programme being lead by Medway has launched a public sector website i-share for training and development courses, social media networking and will be collating a combined workforce development plan for Kent and Medway
How can your council get involved?
For more information, please email Mark.email@example.com.
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