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Suffolk's "enabling authority" plans on hold

Last September we reported on radical plans by Conservative-run Suffolk County Council to become an "enabling authority." There would be a substantial programme of outsourcing to private firms and social enterprises.

But the BBC reports that these plans "are back on the drawing board." At least part of the problem is that the person in charge of implementing the programme Andrea Hill, the Council's £218,000 a year Chief Executive has been suspended following allegations from a whistleblower.

The new Conservative Council leader, Cllr Mark Bee, says:

"As we explored the New Strategic Direction, and tried to implement it, we saw the difficulties. We tried to do things too quickly. You have to try to help people take on services at a pace that is more realistic."

I rather suspect the substance of the changes will proceed - with or without Mrs Hill implementing them. The substantial savings will still be required and these changes offer a way to achieve them while enhancing rather than cutting services.


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