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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 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.

The next iteration will be started in early 2020.

Ongoing projects and business support is being promoted via our Comms team (for example, BID initiative, Growth Hub etc.). A new iteration of the 2015 business surveys will start in spring 2020 with a spring ESDP event planned to launch the results.

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 associated with development and identified in the Infrastructure Delivery Plan are being implement through development schemes and the council's capital Programme.

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 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 are currently being 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: Complete

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comment:

This work is now business as usual.

7.015 Annual workforce monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comment:

The Annual Workforce Report was produced and went to Employment committee in December 2019. This will now be published on the council website in line with our responsibilities.

7.016 Workforce information

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

7.017 Recruitment and retention

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comment:

The new branding scheme continues to embed itself with the authority. Guidance has been produced for managers on best practice on when and how to advertise to make things simpler for managers going forward.

7.018 Statement of accounts

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 May 2020

Percentage complete: 95%

Status: Amber

Comment:

The council's work on the accounts is complete. We are awaiting sign off from the external auditor who in turn are reliant on a certification from the Berkshire pension fund's auditors.

7.019 Budget monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 85%

Status: Green

Comment:

Monitoring arrangements are highlighting a potential overspend which is being acted on.

7.020 Financial advice for Downshire Homes Limited

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comment:

Day to day arrangements are working effectively. We are seeking specialist advice around options for the future of the company.

7.021 Self-service budget monitoring

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 December 2019

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Amber

Comment:

Engagement with other authorities has identified a suitable tool within Agresso which is being pursued and piloted.

7.022 Centralising budgets

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comment:

Initial opportunities have been identified and implemented. Further options will be kept under continuous review.

7.024 Business rates pilot scheme

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90% 

Status: Green

Comment:

Arrangements working well. Final task will be to close down the pool at the end of the current year when the pilot ceases.

7.057 Engagement and communications plans

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comment:

Project 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 continues jointly with BRP and The Lexicon colleagues to progress good news stories and provide updates. The council's new events and marketing coordinator is now in post and developing an events plan for 2020 to encourage more people to come in to the town, specifically on days when there is traditionally lower footfall.