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FAILURE TO INCLUDE PROPOSALS TO SIMPLIFY BVPI 157 IN BEST VALUE CONSULTATION PAPER DISAPPOINTS

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The Society of IT Management (Socitm) has expressed disappointment that ...
The Society of IT Management (Socitm) has expressed disappointment that

there are no proposals to simplify the electronic service indicator BVPI

157 in the best value consultation paper recently issued by the DTLR*.

The consultation document extends the scope of the indicator to bring fire

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

this issue.

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.

Notes

- 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.

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