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RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN REGULATORY SERVICES

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The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services, along with colleagues at the LGA, Employers Organisation...
The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services, along with colleagues at the LGA, Employers Organisation, IDeA, the Trading Standards Institute and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have launched a new initiative to address the very real recruitment and retention crisis that exists in local authority regulatory

services.

The 'raising the profile partnership' aims to increase the awareness of key

stakeholders and decision makers of the important role that local authority

public protection regulatory services play in contributing to the social,

economic and environmental well-being of local communities.

Local authorities are currently facing major problems recruiting

environmental health and trading standards staff. The 'raising the profile

partnership' is attempting to address this problem and promote regulatory

services as an essential part of the community, providing protection and

support to all citizens to improve their health and quality of life. An

important part of the strategy will be to tackle head on the problems of

recruitment and retention that exist

LACORS in conjunction with the other partnership bodies and through a series

of campaign actions, will address this recruitment crisis by raising the

profile of the essential work done by regulatory services within the

community and local authorities. The partnership will lobby for external

funding and develop advice and guidance to help councillors when

scrutinising regulatory services. It will also look to identify, share and

promote good practice and request and encourage every local authority in

England and Wales to make a public commitment to actively address the

recruitment and retention problems in those services.

Derek Allen, executive director of LACORS said: 'This is a very important

initiative which will help raise the profile of regulatory services and

illustrate how they serve to protect and support the public but with the

overriding aim of getting more people interested in a career in public

protection.'

Susie Kemp, chairman of LGA's Public Protection Executive said: 'I'm

delighted to launch this partnership which brings together the LGA, the

local government central bodies and professional institutes, to work

together to raise the profile of regulatory services and help reduce

recruitment and retention problems within this sector'.

LACORS conducted a recruitment and retention Connection session at the LGA

conference yesterday which helped raise awareness of this issue amongst

local government councillors and chief executives.

Notes

1. LACORS (the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services),

a local government central body, seeks to make a major contribution to

the development of high quality consistent and coordinated local authority

regulatory services across the UK

2. Further information is available by requesting the leaflet 'Raising

the profile of all our regulatory services - getting a slice of the

action' from Adam Whisker on020 7840 7235

3. The raising the profile partnership consists of LACORS, the Local

Government Association (LGA), the Welsh Local Government Association

(WLGA), the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), the Employers'

Organisation (EO), the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) and the Chartered

Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

4. 43% of local authorities are expressing difficulties in recruiting

environmental health officers (2002 Employers' Organisation recruitment

and retention survey)

5. The partnership will be undertaking regional events and conferences

and aims to keep people informed through regular updates in the

LGA's public protection bulletin. You can subscribe to this through

www.lga.gov.uk

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