Given that there is a commitment to engage Members at their local level in the shaping and commissioning of KCC services, and that many of our services require cooperation with district councils, will the Leader inform the Council of the recent active steps he has taken to engage district council leaders in constructive conversation about developing closer working between the County and District Councils?
It is indeed important that we have close and constructive dialogue and relationships between the County and the District, Borough, and City Councils, and this has growing significance as we commission more of our services. The joint working recently on the commissioned district-based Youth Services and the roll out of the Troubled Families agenda would be good examples of the Districts and County working together. There are many other examples such as:
The Kent Leaders Group and the Joint Chief Executives Group are well established and meet regularly.
The Conservative administration is currently investigating the possibility of setting up regular briefings for all County Council Members on a double district basis to ensure Members have a comprehensive picture of KCC service provision in their division and the opportunity to discuss local issues with the responsible officer. It is the intention to invite the District Council Leaders and Chief Executives to these briefings, as well as continuing to support local boards at district level, such as Joint Transportation Boards, Children's Operational Groups, Youth Advisory Groups, and Community Safety Partnerships.