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RADICAL £1 BILLION REFORM OF GLASGOW’S PUBLIC SECTOR

March 07, 2006 9:56 AM

Public agencies across Glasgow will today announce a radical reform programme designed to improve frontline service delivery across the city.

Initial plans will see services worth more than £1 billion and some 6000 staff integrated under a formal structure to develop joint services.

The partnership's key priorities will be improving the city's economy; getting people off benefits and into work; tackling ill health; and improving community safety.

Early commitments include:

  • The establishment of Community health Partnerships
  • The establishment of a Community Safety Unit to help tackle anti-social behaviour;
  • The creation of a one-stop-shop for businesses for new and established business;
  • Jointly progressing the sale of public land to encourage development;
  • Children's services will be further enhanced by the appointment of single, key worker for those accessing cross-agency services.

Already partnership working is producing real benefits in areas such as addiction services and delivering for people will learning disabilities.The new arrangements will further strengthen such work.

A Pathfinder Board to oversee the plans will be established, involving Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Strathclyde Police, and Jobcentre Plus.

Future benefits and efficiencies, including the sharing of back-office functions, could see significant money diverted to frontline services.

Supporting this, Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, said:

"This takes true partnership working to the next level by radically changing the approach of the city's major players.

"We know from experience that working together like this can make a real difference to the health and well being of individuals and communities."

Cllr Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "It makes no sense to have public agencies dealing with the same issues working in isolation – these plans will make radical changes to how Glasgow's public sector operates.

"Whilst public bodies already work jointly on some projects, we must do more to deliver an integrated system that eradicates duplication and waste and brings real improvements to our citizens' economic and social health."

Cllr Purcell was backed by public agencies from across Glasgow, including Greater Glasgow Health Board, Strathclyde Police and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

Willie Haughey, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, said:

"Scottish Enterprise Glasgow are most enthusiastic about both community planning and modernising government.

"Anything that improves the delivery of services to the people who live and work in Glasgow must be welcomed with open arms."

Chief Superintendent John Pollock, Strathclyde Police Community Safety Department, added:

"This is a great opportunity for agencies with joint responsibility for improving services to our communities to develop a modern, sustainable model of joint working where staff can fully focus on the needs of individuals.

"This new partnership approach has great potential for creating synergies across a wide range of areas resulting in improved public services."

For further information contact James Doherty, Glasgow City Council on 0141 287 5752.

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