Archives for October 2010

Scrutiny, Social Media & Us

I’ve been asked to speak at conference next week about our experience with social media (blogging, twittering etc). I’ve given  conference presentations before but this one is a first – it’s being held online. The conference is called Local by Social and its being held on the Communities of Practice website.   This online conference will bring together […]

How Can We Make Swansea Safer?

Today the Partnership Overview & Scrutiny Committee met to have a look at a draft of the Safer Swansea Strategy. As you might know, the Safer Swansea Strategy sets out how the police, council and many other partners will work together to reduce crime and anti social behaviour and improve community safety.  The body that brings all […]

How Effective Scrutiny Made a Difference for Vulnerable Children

Tuesday was a really important day for Swansea Child and Family Servcies as the Welsh Assembly Government decided to withdraw its Intervention Board after inspectors identified real improvements. First and foremost this is good news for vulnerable children and a story about the hard work of many dedicated people in social services in Swansea but there is also a story here about how […]

Overview & Scrutiny Board to monitor Social Inclusion Strategy Action Plan

Yesterday the Health Social Care & Well Being Overview & Scrutiny Board met to discuss the performance of the Social Inclusion Unit.  You can see the report in the agenda papers here. Councillors on the Board had previously voiced their concerns about reduced staffing levels within the Unit and its ability to deliver the advice […]

What is the Best Way to Deliver Shared Services?

If you haven’t heard of shared services before it is a phrase you might come across more and more if you have anything to do with providing public services. Essentially it means different organisations sharing different parts of their business to achieve savings.  So, for example, all public service providers need legal and finance functions and, […]

What Do You Think About Literacy in Swansea Schools?

The Children, Young People and Learning Overview & Scrutiny Board are undertaking a major piece of work on literacy in Swansea schools.  The issue of literacy is obviously a vital one not just for individuals but for the economy more widely.  Improving the literacy levels of all pupils remains a local priority; raising standards in reading and writing […]