Bucks in the running to be 'Council of the Year'

Bucks Free Press: Leader of the Council, Martin Tett Leader of the Council, Martin Tett

BUCKS County Council is in the running to be named the ‘Council of the year’ after being shortlisted for two national efficiency awards.

The awards, hosted by The Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise, honour the dedication and innovation of public service ‘teams’ in the country.

Leader of the Council, Martin Tett, said: “It's really impressive to receive two shortlistings from an organisation at the forefront of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of local government nationally."

The Council has been named alongside Oxford City Council and Norwich City Council in the top three ‘Council of the year’ authorities this year.

Bucks County Council’s work to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant in Buckinghamshire has also been shortlisted in the ‘Working Together’ category.

The council has been shortlisted against Cheshire West, Chester Council and Oxford City in this category.

Mr Tett said: “With the severe budget pressures, councils are taking tough decisions all the time. In Buckinghamshire we pride ourselves on being focused on our residents and delivering good quality, innovative services.”

19 local authorities have been shortlisted for this year’s iESE Improvement and Efficiency Awards.

Set up to support the sector in improving service delivery whilst reducing costs, the awards are now in their fifth year.

Cllr Paul Bettison, Chairman of The Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise, said: “As all of us in local government know, excelling in spite of severe financial pressure has now become a way of life.

“With our communities depending heavily on their much relied upon services, the teams of staff working behind the scenes to keep them going are often taken for granted by residents.”

He added: “Across the country, councils continue to excel in developing new ways of working and transforming local public service delivery. “As local governments first Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise, we are committed to supporting the sector in improving services, reducing costs and ensuring that knowledge is shared to strengthen sector-led improvement.”

The award ceremony where the winners of the categories will be announced is to be held in London on Tuesday, March 4.

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3:19pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BucksComment says...

Jesus Christ, what a statement on this country......
Jesus Christ, what a statement on this country...... BucksComment
  • Score: 12

3:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ArnyP_HW says...

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Pffffffff-aaaaaaaaaa aahahahahahahahahaha aaaaaaaa!!!!! ArnyP_HW
  • Score: 9

4:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

miccles says...

The other councils involved must be pretty dire to be up against BCC.
The other councils involved must be pretty dire to be up against BCC. miccles
  • Score: 12

5:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

thethe says...

Is it April 1st already?

Bucks is the most inefficient, outdated, backward thinking council I have ever had the privilege of paying my taxes to
Is it April 1st already? Bucks is the most inefficient, outdated, backward thinking council I have ever had the privilege of paying my taxes to thethe
  • Score: 18

5:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Minority Report says...

I pity the rest of the country if Bucks is one of the best, are you sure there hasn't been a big mistake because some parts of bucks are nearing 3rd world status. What a disgraceful shower.
I pity the rest of the country if Bucks is one of the best, are you sure there hasn't been a big mistake because some parts of bucks are nearing 3rd world status. What a disgraceful shower. Minority Report
  • Score: 14

5:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Plus ça change... says...

I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.
I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too. Plus ça change...
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Darren Hayday says...

MMmmm - prehaps they 'should' address the road conditions first rather than the top PR/Communications team. Plus we have the school transport cuts to soon come... FIX THE POT HOLES Cllr Tett - before beating your chest.
MMmmm - prehaps they 'should' address the road conditions first rather than the top PR/Communications team. Plus we have the school transport cuts to soon come... FIX THE POT HOLES Cllr Tett - before beating your chest. Darren Hayday
  • Score: -1

8:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Monty Cristo says...

I've been driving all around the Midlands and the South East recently. Our roads in Wycombe are the worst ANYWHERE. From where I'm standing the Council wins one award - that of wasting our money TEMPORARILY patching up our appalling roads, then returning to repeat it time and time again instead of fixing them PROPERLY in the first place. Given this, how this Council can win an award for EFFICIENCY of all things I just don't know. Simply Appalling. And taking the mickey. I'm furious.
I've been driving all around the Midlands and the South East recently. Our roads in Wycombe are the worst ANYWHERE. From where I'm standing the Council wins one award - that of wasting our money TEMPORARILY patching up our appalling roads, then returning to repeat it time and time again instead of fixing them PROPERLY in the first place. Given this, how this Council can win an award for EFFICIENCY of all things I just don't know. Simply Appalling. And taking the mickey. I'm furious. Monty Cristo
  • Score: 13

9:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

This is a joke, right? Come on, it has to be. BFP, own up. You're pulling our legs?
This is a joke, right? Come on, it has to be. BFP, own up. You're pulling our legs? Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 11

9:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

Plus ça change... wrote:
I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.
"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful".

If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so.
Responsive? No.
Polite? Hardly.
Helpful? Don't make me laugh!
[quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.[/p][/quote]"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful". If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so. Responsive? No. Polite? Hardly. Helpful? Don't make me laugh! Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 8

10:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

Plus ça change... says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
Plus ça change... wrote:
I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.
"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful".

If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so.
Responsive? No.
Polite? Hardly.
Helpful? Don't make me laugh!
I can only say what my personal experience has been..... 'Pothole...!'.......
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[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.[/p][/quote]"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful". If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so. Responsive? No. Polite? Hardly. Helpful? Don't make me laugh![/p][/quote]I can only say what my personal experience has been..... 'Pothole...!'....... ...'Pothole...!'.... ......'Pothole...!'. .........'Pothole... !'..........'Pothole ...!'..........'Poth ole...!'..........'P othole...!'......... .'Pothole...!'...... ....'Pothole...!'... .......'Pothole...!' ..........'Pothole.. .!'..........'Pothol e...!'.......... Plus ça change...
  • Score: 9

11:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

Darren Hayday says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
Plus ça change... wrote:
I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.
"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful".

If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so.
Responsive? No.
Polite? Hardly.
Helpful? Don't make me laugh!
Bill 'Plus ça change' is Cllr Trevor Snath a Libdem WDC Cllr... :o)
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.[/p][/quote]"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful". If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so. Responsive? No. Polite? Hardly. Helpful? Don't make me laugh![/p][/quote]Bill 'Plus ça change' is Cllr Trevor Snath a Libdem WDC Cllr... :o) Darren Hayday
  • Score: -10

2:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

My advance apology for quoting; Rewards for failure !!!!!! As I have pointed it out in of many of my comments, the BCC councillors keep rewarding themselves with these utterly non-sense, self serving recognitions whilst the the local people face the consequences of their ill-judgements and back-handed deals with contractors and private service providers.
Once again these useless, shameless and pathetic people are rewarding themselves for all the failed pledges, failed projects and failed road improvement plans. How can "Martin Tit" sleep at night knowing he keeps getting paid for not doing anything - literally !!! what a waste of human life you display with your inactions to improve the lives of taxpayers, despite increasing the rates year on year , only to put that money in your own dirty pockets... You should be ashamed with your pitiful existence !!!
My advance apology for quoting; Rewards for failure !!!!!! As I have pointed it out in of many of my comments, the BCC councillors keep rewarding themselves with these utterly non-sense, self serving recognitions whilst the the local people face the consequences of their ill-judgements and back-handed deals with contractors and private service providers. Once again these useless, shameless and pathetic people are rewarding themselves for all the failed pledges, failed projects and failed road improvement plans. How can "Martin Tit" sleep at night knowing he keeps getting paid for not doing anything - literally !!! what a waste of human life you display with your inactions to improve the lives of taxpayers, despite increasing the rates year on year , only to put that money in your own dirty pockets... You should be ashamed with your pitiful existence !!! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 8

3:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

M40 says...

It would be a RIGHT result if we were the voters.

Phone the council and you get someone who's only talent is "taking the easy road" or in layman's terms is to do sod all.

It's amazing how many there are working harder avoiding work than doing it in the first place.
It would be a RIGHT result if we were the voters. Phone the council and you get someone who's only talent is "taking the easy road" or in layman's terms is to do sod all. It's amazing how many there are working harder avoiding work than doing it in the first place. M40
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

s6blr says...

Guess the BFP got the headline wrong:

"Bucks in the running to be named Most **** Council in the Country"
Guess the BFP got the headline wrong: "Bucks in the running to be named Most **** Council in the Country" s6blr
  • Score: 8

8:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

s6blr says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
This is a joke, right? Come on, it has to be. BFP, own up. You're pulling our legs?
It's not a joke, it's the missing words game, so follow along at home and provide your favourite words.

Idiotic
Ineffective
Immaterial
Moronic
Most out of touch
Most delusional
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: This is a joke, right? Come on, it has to be. BFP, own up. You're pulling our legs?[/p][/quote]It's not a joke, it's the missing words game, so follow along at home and provide your favourite words. Idiotic Ineffective Immaterial Moronic Most out of touch Most delusional s6blr
  • Score: 5

7:53am Thu 27 Feb 14

demoness the second says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Bill Taxpayer wrote:
Plus ça change... wrote:
I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.
"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful".

If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so.
Responsive? No.
Polite? Hardly.
Helpful? Don't make me laugh!
Bill 'Plus ça change' is Cllr Trevor Snath a Libdem WDC Cllr... :o)
I have always found Plus Ce Change to be a very entertaining and pragmatic poster.
Whether he is Clr Snaith or not is neither here nor there - it is none of your business and certainly not your place to "out" him.
Everyone is entitled to anonymity. Shame on you Mr Hayday for being so spiteful and petty,
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plus ça change...[/bold] wrote: I'll try and be fair.... Quite a lot of stuff gets done without great fuss. On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful. They do listen. However, I just hope the 'tie-breaker' won't be our Soviet-grade potholes. My satnav can't detect potholes yet and, each local trip, my front seat passenger is averaging about 20 to 30 very loud 'potholes!' that I'm sure people driving in the opposite direction can hear too.[/p][/quote]"On those rare occasions I have had to contact the Council, individuals have been very responsive, polite and helpful". If you have ever contacted the council's transport department re your kid's school transport, you wouldn't think so. Responsive? No. Polite? Hardly. Helpful? Don't make me laugh![/p][/quote]Bill 'Plus ça change' is Cllr Trevor Snath a Libdem WDC Cllr... :o)[/p][/quote]I have always found Plus Ce Change to be a very entertaining and pragmatic poster. Whether he is Clr Snaith or not is neither here nor there - it is none of your business and certainly not your place to "out" him. Everyone is entitled to anonymity. Shame on you Mr Hayday for being so spiteful and petty, demoness the second
  • Score: 6

11:51am Thu 27 Feb 14

Plus ça change... says...

Haha..... I have never met any councillors and I don't want to.... Respectfully...!

I'm an occasional moaner and a voter but I don't moan all the time.

What is easy to observe is that we don't seem to have the resources of days gone by which means harsh choices have to made and I suppose this won't please all of us. For sure if I were flood-damaged I would want and demand some sort of prioritisation over lots of other activities....

Rather than looking to some external body for affirmation, our councillors should be getting out on foot, by car, talking to people in the streets, etc and ensuring our affirmation, if they deserve it, and not just at election times.

Aspiring to be 'Council of the Year' is more than acceptable but it should be in OUR judgement, noone else's.

As someone posted, gettings kids to school is not always easy either. Sometimes no sensible public transport options are available but you take the job on yourself and you get criticised for doing it. How dare your car fill a space on the road in front of some worker (just like us...) who prioritises him/herself in front of you for some reason when we are all paying the same for the privilege! On occasions it's a great challenge for families and I think councils and schools and others appear to prefer to ignore the ongoing need.

For a traditionally resourceful nation that lots of people around the world still look to for ideas, we often don't come up with solutions to problems that we face on a daily basis. And they are probably always the same ones.
Haha..... I have never met any councillors and I don't want to.... Respectfully...! I'm an occasional moaner and a voter but I don't moan all the time. What is easy to observe is that we don't seem to have the resources of days gone by which means harsh choices have to made and I suppose this won't please all of us. For sure if I were flood-damaged I would want and demand some sort of prioritisation over lots of other activities.... Rather than looking to some external body for affirmation, our councillors should be getting out on foot, by car, talking to people in the streets, etc and ensuring our affirmation, if they deserve it, and not just at election times. Aspiring to be 'Council of the Year' is more than acceptable but it should be in OUR judgement, noone else's. As someone posted, gettings kids to school is not always easy either. Sometimes no sensible public transport options are available but you take the job on yourself and you get criticised for doing it. How dare your car fill a space on the road in front of some worker (just like us...) who prioritises him/herself in front of you for some reason when we are all paying the same for the privilege! On occasions it's a great challenge for families and I think councils and schools and others appear to prefer to ignore the ongoing need. For a traditionally resourceful nation that lots of people around the world still look to for ideas, we often don't come up with solutions to problems that we face on a daily basis. And they are probably always the same ones. Plus ça change...
  • Score: 6

10:40pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Minority Report says...

Interestingly the articl I read before this one was about how residents in Hughenden have SH i1t in their gardens and have to pump it away. What is going on, where is this award winning utopia called BCC. Cos it's not on my SH 1t covered pot holed road.
Interestingly the articl I read before this one was about how residents in Hughenden have SH i1t in their gardens and have to pump it away. What is going on, where is this award winning utopia called BCC. Cos it's not on my SH 1t covered pot holed road. Minority Report
  • Score: 4

7:30pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Dickitdo says...

How can this possibly be happening , Look at what is happening on the main roads in High Wycombe . Restricting the use of the main A40 near to Pann Mill . Road narrowing to facilitate a Pedestrian Crossing thus creating another bottleneck . Plan to build road from Suffield Rd. to Oxford Rd . This road to wiggle its way amongst pedestrians through a pedestrianised precinct ! The narrowing of the road at the bottom of Plomer Hill from three lanes to two . The partial closure of Abbey Way Flyover .The closure of Lily's Walk . How on this Earth could they be possibly considered , it is completely beyond belief !
How can this possibly be happening , Look at what is happening on the main roads in High Wycombe . Restricting the use of the main A40 near to Pann Mill . Road narrowing to facilitate a Pedestrian Crossing thus creating another bottleneck . Plan to build road from Suffield Rd. to Oxford Rd . This road to wiggle its way amongst pedestrians through a pedestrianised precinct ! The narrowing of the road at the bottom of Plomer Hill from three lanes to two . The partial closure of Abbey Way Flyover .The closure of Lily's Walk . How on this Earth could they be possibly considered , it is completely beyond belief ! Dickitdo
  • Score: 17

10:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

lee 41 says...

Yeah....right!!!!! So efficient that it no longer serves the public.
They don't know how to be helpful, they don't know how to be decent to people who need help . They are unfit for purpose.
An award for efficiency is not to be proud of if in striving to that end the very people you are supposed to be serving are suffering more. They're lives blighted by self serving managers and chief execs looking after each other's backs at ALL costs. I have heard it said that this BCC is the most corrupt you'll ever have the misfortune to deal with.
Yeah....right!!!!! So efficient that it no longer serves the public. They don't know how to be helpful, they don't know how to be decent to people who need help . They are unfit for purpose. An award for efficiency is not to be proud of if in striving to that end the very people you are supposed to be serving are suffering more. They're lives blighted by self serving managers and chief execs looking after each other's backs at ALL costs. I have heard it said that this BCC is the most corrupt you'll ever have the misfortune to deal with. lee 41
  • Score: 7

6:17pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

About as much use as Tetts On A Bull the whole lot of them !.
About as much use as Tetts On A Bull the whole lot of them !. Dickitdo
  • Score: 9

12:49pm Sun 2 Mar 14

s6blr says...

Welcome to the most sh it council in the UK!

(With apologies to Chumbawumba)

25 miles ago I left the nation's capital
And spend time in motorway misery
Then I crossed the border, into Buckinghamshire and thought to myself
I must have gone into another country
This county is a mess, council services are remiss
And the politicians and the liars, are all over the press
Saying how we've never had it better so shut up you lot

You might as well be driving on the MOON.
Welcome to the most sh it council in the UK! (With apologies to Chumbawumba) 25 miles ago I left the nation's capital And spend time in motorway misery Then I crossed the border, into Buckinghamshire and thought to myself I must have gone into another country This county is a mess, council services are remiss And the politicians and the liars, are all over the press Saying how we've never had it better so shut up you lot You might as well be driving on the MOON. s6blr
  • Score: 4

1:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

The little bald fellow Appleyard who is the Cabinet Member for Education while running the governors of a failing school and maintains silence about the system even when directly questioned makes me laugh.

He's the Deputy Leader of BCC now I believe - next in line from Mr Sinister Smile above.

The Buckinghamshire electorate, whose mandate they claim, is in a political version of an abusive relationship with its county councillors.
The little bald fellow Appleyard who is the Cabinet Member for Education while running the governors of a failing school and maintains silence about the system even when directly questioned makes me laugh. He's the Deputy Leader of BCC now I believe - next in line from Mr Sinister Smile above. The Buckinghamshire electorate, whose mandate they claim, is in a political version of an abusive relationship with its county councillors. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

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