Between 2007 and 2008 The Hounslow Performance Improvement Programme (PiP) has squeezed a massive £53m from management, administration and support costs for use on improving local services.
In 2006 the new administration set out our stall - zero Council Tax rises with measurable improvements in service quality. We have managed to freeze the Council Tax for the first 2 years of our administration
but we were clear that a radical overhaul of the Council was needed to release resources for service improvement and to keep the Council Tax down for the next 2 years, all against the backdrop of an appalling
settlement from central government.
In 2006 we commissioned work that told us that we needed to:
- Reduce the size of the workforce
- Improve management and leadership skills to overcome "passive management"
- Improve training
- Reduce unnecessary layers of management and supervision
- Reduce duplication of activity