Joint venture a big success
Published 7 Jan 2013 17:30 0 Comments
CLACKMANNANSHIRE Council has reiterated its commitment to delivering education and social services jointly with Stirling Council.
Councillors were updated recently on the progress that has been made in the past year in shared education and social services and of the proposed future development of the shared approach.
The principle of integration of the services was agreed by Clackmannanshire Council, who instructed officers to bring forward for approval three year strategic delivery plans which will set out any proposals for deeper integration.
Council Leader Gary Womersley said, "Since 2010, when this council agreed to manage services jointly, significant progress has been made in embedding shared management of the two services.
"Overall there has been general satisfaction with the progress in developing the two shared services and everyone has expressed a strong commitment to continuing with them and a keenness to realised potential future benefits.
"Shared services were felt to have made considerable progress - though it was acknowledged there is still much to be addressed, such as health and care integration."
Among the main successes reported to council were the improved outcomes for service users, efficiency savings, the sharing of skills, knowledge and experience to develop capacity and positive working relationships.
Councillor Womersley added, "This arrangement is unique in Scotland and it is no small achievement that the services have reached the stage they are at."
"Now that the initial phase of this has largely been completed, both councils need to consider the future direction and nature of the shared approach."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 07 Jan 13
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