Ax­ing red tape will save time

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - 24 -

GOVERN­MENT plans to cut red tape by ax­ing per­for­mance re­views have been wel­comed by Peter­bor­ough coun­cil­lors.

Mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s strong and sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ties scru­tiny com­mit­tee were told the abo­li­tion of com­pre­hen­sive area as­sess­ment scheme could save thou­sands of hours of of­fi­cer time.

Cllr Stephen Gold­spink said: “Per­for­mance re­views have rarely in­creased per­for­mance.”

Cllr John Peach said: “The bu­reau­cracy sur­round­ing these tar­gets have taken up no end of of­fice time. What we need to in­ves­ti­gate is how many hours of of­fice time will be saved - it will be hun­dreds if not thou­sands of hours. Ob­vi­ously it is a job that will no longer be done.”

Cllr Mar­ion Todd stressed job cuts were not some­thing the com­mit­tee agreed with.

The coun­cil’s Cor­po­rate Man­age­ment Team is still con­sid­er­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate method of con­tin­u­ing to man­age per­for­mance re­port­ing.

Of­fi­cers will update the Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee in the fu­ture.

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