Shaping our Future to become more efficient and effective

Thursday, 3 September, 2020

Havant Borough Council is looking to become more efficient and effective by building on its close partnership with East Hampshire District Council.

The councils are discussing a number of radical new ways to work, including having one, flexible workforce.

The objective is to create two financially and environmentally sustainable councils that greatly enhance the lives of residents and local businesses.

Called Shaping Our Future, the proposals were agreed by Havant Borough Council’s Cabinet on 2 September and will be discussed by East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet on 10 September. The recommendations in this paper will have to be approved by both Full Councils before they are initiated.

The direct costs and loss of income resulting from coronavirus, the resulting economic downturn and the uncertainty around Brexit have added to the challenges of running local authorities.

These proposals are being considered as a way of delivering the kind of agility and financial sustainability that could not be achieved through piecemeal service improvements.

If approved the plans would bring about many benefits, including:

  • more efficient and effective services for our residents and local businesses, with less bureaucracy.
  • community engagement and collaboration with partners in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
  • a ‘digital first’ approach to our services, making them accessible and convenient to our residents.
  • getting the best financial, environmental and social value in all our dealings.
  • one workforce that is ‘brilliant at the basics’, flexible, agile and resilient.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Leader of HBC, said: “The Shaping Our Futures transformation programme sets out one way we can make Havant Borough Council stronger and more resilient than ever.

“There is still a lot of work to be done of course but the goal is to become a streamlined, agile and financially sustainable council by October 2022.

“Havant Borough Council and EHDC have had a shared chief executive and management team for many years and it makes sense to build on that successful foundation in the future.

“Ultimately this move would give us two politically-independent councils powered by one unified workforce.

“All councils face many competing pressures, from reductions in Government funding to the recovery from coronavirus, and it is clear we cannot stand still and allow these issues to overtake us.

“Havant Borough Council has always been an innovative and forward-thinking organisation and these proposals will help us keep ahead of the game and continue to provide the excellent standard of public service our residents demand and deserve.”