Local Authority

Some of the ways we can be useful

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Technical

  • Understand what the law requires and how to comply
  • Avoid challenges and judicial review
  • Briefing and updates to senior managers and executive team
  • Develop equality analysis reports
  • Meet public sector duties
  • Preparation for equality audits
  • Critical friend assessment on plans for change and savings
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Key Elements

  • Working in a progressive way with your key staff
  • Develop pragmatic process and polices
  • Linking equality objectives to commissioning services
  • Work to diminish overspend and over supply
  • Stress test and critically assess plans for cuts to services
  • Training and briefing of key staff
  • Developing strong PID process minimising sub optimal performance
  • Identify consultation and engagement plans
  • Robust community consultation and consultation reports
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Targets

  • Redesigning services legally and safely
  • Identifying savings whilst maintain a person centred approach
  • Develop necessary documentation with in time lines
  • Robust processes that can stand legal scrutiny
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Strategies

  • Ensuring that equality analysis reports are accurate and meet legal requirements
  • Keeping a correct weighting and balance in consultation and engagement
  • How to effect change and develop evidence and criteria for change
  • How to identify and meet diverse needs in service delivery and contract specification
  • Develop a robust evidence base
  • Keeping on the right side of the law

Your task. Our task.

When providing services to the public, or are commissioning services it is essential that you can identify the needs of different service users. Failing to do this may mean waste in resources and either an under or over service provision, which is both costly and inefficient.
It’s vital when transformation is taking place due to financial changes that you understand:
• How your transformation relates to the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act & the European Convention of Human Rights and the treaty on the functioning of the European union (TFUE)
• How to demonstrate clear thinking and processes to prove you are meeting Public Sector Equality Duties
• How to develop robust consultation and engagement plans
• How to develop mitigating programmes to minimise the impact of cuts.
• Understanding and prioritising the need of service users and then developing service provision is vital in maximising value for money and satisfaction of service users.

It’s vital to understand the equality implications of service provision and building good intelligence based on consultation with service users, monitoring outcomes and general statistics all of which should be used in defining and delivering services.
We can work with you to identify priorities, service user need helping you to streamline and target your resources.

We can help you develop very realistic approaches in how to monitor and collect data, what the data is telling you and how this should influence your decisions around transformation.
We can help you to assess the impact of your plans and transformation programme, not only making sure that the process you use is pragmatic and not a piece of over burdensome bureaucracy, but also that it is precise and points to a clear route to developing service provision that meets need. Equality Legislation allows you to reduce services, however there are clear steps and processes that you need to travel to minimise ‘adverse impact’ but also protect your organisation from costly litigation.

Our team has a strong record of working with Local Authorities, and handling issues of Judicial Review, helping Local Authorities to manage changes and cuts to funding. If you would like a chat, please contact us where we can discuss your situation and help you through it.

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