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Alternative Delivery Models – Phase 2

Published: 10/07/2019

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the second phase of the Alternative Delivery Model (ADM) programme when it meets on Tuesday 16 July.

The Council has been working on an innovative programme of ADMs since 2014, designed to make significant annual revenue savings, whilst ensuring the protection of those services into the future. This initial programme has been completed successfully. The completed service transfers are:

  • Leisure and Library Service – Aura Leisure and Libraries Ltd
  • Catering and Facility Management Services – Newydd
  • Valuation, Estates, Highways, Engineering and Property
  • Social Services Day Services and Work Opportunities – HFT
  • The Corporate Asset Transfer (CAT) programme 

The Council is now ready to embark on a second phase of the programme which is ambitious and more expansive with a wide range of concepts for alternative service delivery models for existing services and new models for new service innovations.

The proposals for the second phase, all at various stages, are listed below:

  • Relocation of CCTV monitoring and control service to Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) to provide a joint CCTV service, managed by WCBC with Flintshire retaining responsibility for fibre costs, camera maintenance and replacement costs.  This was supported by Cabinet in June.
  • Theatr Clwyd - transferring the governance arrangement of the theatre into an independent trust model. This was supported by Cabinet in June and a final report will be brought back to Cabinet for a final decision no later than December 2019.
  • Micro Care (Community based domiciliary care services) Micro Care is as an innovative approach to develop locally based care support models through co-operatives or social enterprises, as a way of strengthening the wider provision of home care, which is experiencing workforce shortages in many areas of the county and across U.K.
  • Streetscene and Transportation Trading Services – the service is developing the concept of introducing an ‘Arm’s Length’, Independent Trading Company to deliver and develop commercial activities, within a defined area of the Streetscene service, in order to increase income levels.
  • Housing Revenue Account Trading Services – the service is developing a proposal to grow a trading arm of our Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) and actively promote our high quality gas servicing and electrical services as well as our emergency response service to our neighbouring registered social landlords and others to generate income.
  • Food Poverty Enterprise - the Council is concerned about the rise in food poverty and has been exploring, with its partners, options to develop a food preparation and distribution hub in Flintshire to address food poverty on a more sustainable and long term level.
  • Green Energy Company - a local authority owned green energy company could have a number of functions, including becoming a private sector energy supplier, developing renewable energy generation assets, providing energy advice in terms of company audits and statutory compliance requirements.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Assets, Councillor Billy Mullin, said:

“The huge success of phase one of our ADM programme speaks for itself.  With phase two, we are being more ambitious and leading-edge.  The establishment of these organisations will be a significant milestone, allowing Council services to survive and grow while generating much needed income for the Council in these challenging economic times.”

Chief Executive, Colin Everett, said:

“Flintshire is an innovative Council which leads the way amongst its peers. Our first phase of Alternative Delivery Models was successful. This second phase similarly aims to make a group of services more sustainable by changing the way in which they are set-up and run. 

This report will be presented at the Organisational Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 17 September 2019.

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