So, what happens when services are done by other people? Do you stop communicating? Actually, no. You keep at it. But the role of the corporate comms team will change.
by Emma Rodgers
Across the country, local government is all under the same strain – to save money and improve services. Some of the action taken has seen traditional salami slicing and others have taken a more radical approach.
And as a result more councils are deciding to commission services, moving away from traditional provision for obvious reasons.
In Staffordshire, we’ve put in place a new way of working - one which is focussed on commissioning the right service in the right place at the right time.
So what are the implications for communications?
Everyone knows higher resident satisfaction directly links to feeling informed. Knowing what services are on offer, what the council is doing for me and making sure you’re giving me value for money are the reasons quoted when residents say what helps them to feel informed.