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Review started into community involvement in service delivery

West Lancashire Borough councillors are looking into ways community groups can become more closely involved in delivery of the authority’s services.

The Council’s Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee has recently agreed, as part of its work programme for 2017/18, to undertake a review entitled ‘Community Involvement in Service Delivery’.

This decision was taken after committee members asked the public to submit topic suggestions for consideration for inclusion in their work programme for 2017/18. Through its work the committee will bring forward appropriate recommendations to Cabinet and Council which can influence future decisions on policy and important decisions the Council may make.

The Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted ideas. Unfortunately, not all of the suggestions submitted could be taken forward. However, the merits of each idea were considered very carefully and it was recommended the Committee should look at how community groups may be able to get involved in service delivery in their locality.

The project is expected to take some 10 months to complete.

Councillor Hennessy, Chairman of the Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “The topic chosen is very relevant as Councils try to find new and more efficient ways of delivering their services.  Here in West Lancashire, we know through our Parish Councils and voluntary bodies how very resourceful community groups are. We already have many examples of community groups taking on community centres, playing fields and meeting room.

“The Committee will look at opportunities to enable more community-led activities and management of local services to take place and at the end of the process, it is hoped, come up with some recommendations to assist community groups to take up those opportunities.”

For more information about the work of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/scrutiny.

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