Council IT directors slam "bogus" performance criteria

Local authority IT directors are furious that the Government may be rushing through new Best Value Performance Indicators without...

Local authority IT directors are furious that the Government may be rushing through new Best Value Performance Indicators without proper consultation.

Last week the local government minister, Nick Raynsford, launched a new consultation for streamlined Best Value Performance Indicators, following months of lobbying by the Society of IT Management (Socitm).

The local authority IT group had called for change to the Indicators after persistent complaints from members, who found them cumbersome and confusing.

John Serle, chairman of the Socitm Best Value group, said the new proposals were no better and told CW360.com: "We are very unhappy about the prospect of being stuck with the current mixture of bogus science and mathematical calculation.

"There has been no streamlining," he said. "We have lobbied throughout the summer for change but we have just been ignored. IT managers in local government cannot make sense of the indicators. They are difficult to use and do not aid Government objectives. "

Serle said he was astonished that Socitm had not been notified about the launch of the consultation and was irritated that publication of the proposals was a month late, which limited the time available for Socitm to respond.

"These proposals were meant to be published for consultation in early October," said Serle. "The Government will want them implemented quickly and we are left with less time to respond to them."

Local authorities and other interested parties have until 7 December to respond to the proposals, which can be found at www.local-regions.dtlr.gov.uk/bestvalue/bvindex.htm

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