there are no proposals to simplify the electronic service indicator BVPI
157 in the best value consultation paper recently issued by the DTLR*.
authorities under its purview but proposes no change to the definition.
Socitm believes in its current form the indicator causes confusion and
unnecessary work for local councils, and has lobbied DTLR vigorously on
John Serle chair of SOCITM's Best Value Group (BVG) commented: 'The DTLR
are very well aware of the strength of feeling amongst our members and it
is very disappointing to find that at this stage they appear content to
leave things as they stand'.
Socitm has asked members to send their comments on BVPI 157 to the BVG by
November 23 when the group will be meeting to prepare a formal response to
DTLR before the 7 December deadline.
* See LGCnetfor the DTLR document.
- Socitm is an association of ICT professionals working in and for
local authorities and other public sector bodies. It is a leading
authority on the effective application of ICT in local government, and
provides information and advice through a growing programme of research,
publications, conferences, training, and consultancy.
- Socitm's Best Value Group (BVG) deals with issues arising from the
Best Value regime. It has developed Socitm's Key Performance Indicators
(KPIs) for ICT, and is responsible for keeping these under review. Earlier
this year, the BVSG Socitm has develop KPI 13 to assist authorities in
meeting the requirements of BVPI 157.