Best Value inspections to take more `risky` approach

    Best Value will take a more risk-based approach to inspection,
    junior local government minister Alan Whitehead said in response to
    criticism that the various inspectorates haven taken a “one size
    fits all” approach during the first year of the regime,
    writes Jonathan Pearce.

    “It is a criticism that has some salience in some areas,”
    Whitehead admitted at a Local Government Association

    But he said he hoped work by the Best Value Inspectorate Forum
    for England would help target inspection on services where the
    risks involved were the greatest, as well as develop common
    inspection methodologies for the different inspectorates.

    He added the government was “looking to reduce” the number of
    reviews and plans councils had to undergo, he added, and the
    department of health was working on “rationalising” the social care
    inspection programme.

    Meanwhile, the LGA and the BVI Forum launched a joint statement
    on better inspection at the conference, with the aim of setting out
    a “shared view … on the principles that should guide the
    future development of best value inspection” in England.

    Whitehead told Community Care there needed to be a
    reduction in the number of inspections and performance indicators,
    but warned against any “regressive” Best Value analysis of the
    regime itself.

    “The next step is to ensure that the process of self-review
    within the inspectorates is properly structured, so that it is
    enhancing the Best Value regime … and at the same time
    working within the theme,” said Whitehead. “It is about making sure
    service delivery is a creative process, rather than bashing people
    on the head so they do it.”







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