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Central directorates quarterly service report - operational priorities

7.001 Promote the borough as a business location

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comment:

The 2018 to 2019 iteration of the business brochure is now completed and was circulated to partners and added to the website.

Copies of the brochure in addition to a welcome letter are being sent to newly incorporated businesses in the borough.

A further 2 business events took place in the past months:

  • one was held by the ESDP on 23 May at South hill park under the title 'A talk and walk in the park' and was very successful with over 30 attendees and very good feedback - another event by the ESDP is likely to go ahead in autumn
  • the second event was an event planned by the Lexicon and supported by the council. The event aimed to inform local businesses about the Lexicon offer to them - another successful event with over 30 attendees and very good feedback

7.002 Benchmark income/charges

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

7.003 Planning and transport service costs

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

7.005 Infrastructure improvements

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comment:

Infrastructure improvements continue with the dualling of Downshire Way as a key project in the borough over the last quarter. Development of an Infrastructure Delivery Plan to sit alongside the council's new Local Plan is also progressing well.

7.006 Public transport safety

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comment:

Data shows a continued downward trend in collisions and casualties. Police accident records continue to be analysed and road safety schemes developed where trends can be identified and intervention is considered likely to provide benefit.

7.007 Road safety

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comment:

Regular liaison continues and Bracknell Forest remains a partner within the 'Safer Roads Berkshire' joint arrangement between Unitary Authorities and service providers. Casualty numbers within Bracknell Forest continue on a downward trend.

7.008 Integration of diverse communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comment:

2017 Residents' Survey result:  96% of people believed that people from different backgrounds get on well in the borough.

The Civilian Military Partnership continues to make good progress in implementing its action plan. Hate crime levels are monitored by the Community Cohesion partnership and remain low with no increase in hate crime despite a recent upward trend nationally following recent terrorist attacks and ongoing Brexit negotiations.

7.009 Hate crime

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comment:

Work continues to promote hate crime reporting and regular updates are received from Thames Valley Police at the Community Cohesion and Engagement Partnership meetings.

7.010 Faith and Belief Forum

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comment:

Supported the Faith and Belief Forum's AGM and Interfaith week events. The forum continues to be represented on the Community Cohesion and Engagement Partnership and further support will be offered as and when required.

7.011 Access Advisory Panel

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comment:

Council continue to support and attend Access meetings. The Terms of Reference will be looked at and work done to revitalise the group and open it up to a wider number of people.

7.013 Equality monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2019

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comment:

Systems are in place to make sure that reports are produced in line with expected timescales.

7.014 e-learning opportunities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 65%

Status: Green

Comment:

E-learning opportunities are being supplemented by smart hours and smart hour plus sessions. These are intensive sessions for key development areas such as recruitment.

7.015 Annual workforce monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 70%

Status: Green

Comment:

Work is progressing well and the report is on target to go to December Employment Committee.

7.016 Workforce information

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comment:

A number of communications have gone out to staff regarding updating the personal information in readiness for Brexit. 

Periodic reminders ill follow but the majority of staff have now completed this.

7.017 Recruitment and retention

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comment:

The new recruitment and branding scheme has now been in place for over 3 months and most areas are embedding well within the authority. We are currently undertaking a short review to see if there are any improvements that we could implement.

7.018 Statement of accounts

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 May 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Amber

Comment:

Still awaiting sign off of the RBWM Pension Fund audit. Bracknell Forest's accounts cannot be signed off until this has been completed.

7.019 Budget monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comment:

All budget monitoring reports completed on time.

7.020 Financial advice for Downshire Homes Limited

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comment:

Operational arrangements for Downshire Homes Limited being reviewed to make sure there is an appropriate split of responsibilities between Downshire Homes Limited and the council.

7.021 Self-service budget monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Amber

Comment:

Structures within Agresso are being review and updated to facilitate different reporting views for budget holders and senior managers. Reports to be developed and tested in October and November.

7.022 Centralising budgets

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comment:

Budgets originally identified have been centralised and savings made. Identification of other opportunities ongoing.

7.024 Business rates pilot scheme

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90% 

Status: Green

Comment:

Arrangements agreed and in place across the Berkshire unitaries and working well.

7.057 Engagement and communications plans

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comment:

All transformation projects have a communication and engagement plan. Programme managers meet regularly with their communications lead to review communication and engagement requirements.

7.058 Town centre communications strategy

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 60%

Status: Green

Comment:

Work is continuing to progress the communications in partnership with the Lexicon. A town centre events and marketing coordinator has been appointed and will start in November. Announcements of The Deck and Princess Square have been made. Work on the JV communications continues.