Improvement Programme

Following the publication of a Statutory Inspection Report in 2017, the Fire Authority approved a Best Value Action Plan at an extraordinary meeting held on 27 July 2017.  

The inspection considered the Fire Authority’s compliance with its Best Value duty under Section 3 of the Local Government Act 1999 which required the Fire Authority to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

A major Improvement Programme was subsequently established to address the 62 recommendations within the Action Plan.  

Improvement team structure chart

A governance architecture was introduced comprising of three internal improvement boards to oversee the programme and scrutinise progress made.  An external scrutiny panel was also introduced to ensure the Authority’s functions are making the necessary improvements.

A small team was established in October 2017 dedicated to programme management and delivery of the Action Plan.

Progress to date

The Improvement Programme has been continuing at pace and in the first six months, we have already completed a third of the work packages (the individual actions being undertaken that contribute towards the completion of each recommendation).  

The charts below show progress to date at Recommendation and Work Package level.

Summary dashboard showing progress made to date by percentage against the 62 'Recommendations’.  There are currently 15 complete, 41 in progress, 1 awaiting scrutiny and 5 not started.

Summary dashboard showing progress by percentage made to date against 113 'Work Packages' (action points).  There are currently 53 complete, 43 in progress, 2 awaiting scrutiny and 17 not started.