Magazine article Public Finance

Local Service Boards Are Wales' Response to Beecham

Magazine article Public Finance

Local Service Boards Are Wales' Response to Beecham

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The Welsh Assembly Government is to create a series of local service boards in an attempt to manage the way public services are delivered more effectively.

The proposals, published on November 21, provide for around 22 boards - to match the number of councils - made up of council leaders, NHS managers, police, voluntary bodies and WAG officials.

The Assembly government's plan, Making the connections: delivering beyond boundaries, is its response to a report published in July by former Local Government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham, which heavily criticised public services in Wales.

Beecham said they were too complicated, and suffered from organisations 'looking after their own patch' rather than collaborating to improve delivery.

Presenting the proposals, Public Services Minister Sue Essex said the Beecham report had shown the need for long-term radical change.

'We will insist that services for people are more joined up and that the Assembly works more closely with the important service delivery organisations, like local councils. …

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