Jo Negrini admits centralised Council fails to meet local need

Croydon’s Chief Executive is admitting to the Scrutiny & Overview Committee on 10 September thatLocal government services are often complicated, fragmented, overly centralised and frequently fail to meet local needs.’

Croydon’s Scrutiny & Oversight Committee meets on 10 September. It only has six members and no external members bringing independent expertise.

It will start with a Question time with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Councillor Simon Hall. It will consider a up-date report from Chief Executive Jo Negrini on  ote the financial and national context, system redesign, with services focused on prevention, collaboration and locality based working, improvements made with Croydon Children’s Services, work undertaken to engage staff in the development of a new Workforce Strategy and plans to undertake an external equalities assessment through the Local Government Association.

Negrini admits that ‘the previous approach with ‘one size fits all’ services is not sustainable. Local government services are often complicated, fragmented, overly centralised and frequently fail to meet local needs.’ (Para. 5.1)

‘This approach recognises that with a population as diverse as Croydon’s, services need to adjust and respond to the different needs across the borough. The aim is that the Council delivers place-based, integrated services that help residents to find the information and support they need within their local community and which are tailored to local need. (Para 5.4)

At the moment there are some pilot schemes testing out a new more devolved approach.

Comment: This looks like tokenism but there are growing number of examples of officers ignoring local residents and their organisations in Norbury despite the non-pilot Regeneration Steering Group. What is really need is multi-discpilinary teams of officers for each district accountable to the local devolved committees/groups, supported by slimmed down central department teams.

Future work programme

29 October: Update on Developing a Strategy Framework for Croydon; Review of the Growth Zone

10 December: Question Time: Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport & Leisure; Fairfield Halls

14 January: Question Time: Leader of the Council; Budget 2020/21

25 February: Question Time: Cabinet Member for Safer Croydon & Communities; Safer Croydon Partnership Review;  Review of the implementation of the Public Health Approach to Violence Reduction

7 April: Question Time: Cabinet Member for Economy & Jobs;  Strategy for Job Creation & the promotion of the Economy in the Borough

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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