Somerset must improve services under Best Value

16 Mar 00
Bath and North East Somerset's social services department must improve its children's services if it is to meet the challenges of Best Value, according to a joint report from the Audit Commission and the Social Services Inspectorate.

17 March 2000

The review found that the authority also needed to strengthen its management systems to ensure a consistent service and develop clear commissioning strategies.

The department was also found to lack clear lines of accountability for children's services. But the joint review team reported progress within the authority, with moves to develop a performance framework and redirect resources towards priorities.

The council spent £26m on social services in 1998/99, although it spent less than the average on people with physical disabilities, children and families.


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