Developing a ‘can do’ culture is everybody’s business

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The councils Cabinet on the 15 October discussed the finding and recommendations that came out of the inquiry into the councils Corporate Culture in Swansea. Cabinet responded to each recommendation contained in the report and agreed to all 19.  They will now draw up an action plan for taking them forward over the coming months.

This topic was chosen for scrutiny because, as a Council our corporate culture underpins everything we do, from how we engage with our citizens and provide services to how we treat our staff and how we grow and develop as an organisation.

The Panel found that there is no one overarching culture within the Council, rather a number of shared cultures that operate within the Council to bind us together as one organisation.   The challenges faced by cuts to Council budgets and the implications of public sector re-organisation pose a serious threat to that notion of a shared culture.  Therefore as Councillors, management and staff we have a shared responsibility to respond to these challenges by developing a “can do culture” that ensures the citizens of Swansea continue to receive the best Council service possible.

If you would like further information on this inquiry or about scrutiny more generally you can find on our web pages at www.swansea.gov.uk/scrutiny

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