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Blueprint 2020 – shaping the future of the force

bpLeicestershire Police has unveiled Blueprint 2020 – a five year programme which will decide how to make significant savings and take the force into a new era of policing.

The force is facing unprecedented financial challenge.

The government has indicated that public sector organisations need to expect cuts of between 25% and 40%. For Leicestershire Police, this means further savings of between £17m and £28m.

The exact figure will not be known until the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on 25 November. This is on top of savings of £36.1 million which the force made between 2010 and 2015.

Blueprint 2020 has been set up to look at how our future savings can be made and how the force will look, feel and operate in the coming years. Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said;

“Leicestershire Police has a strong tradition of innovation and good performance. Crime is low, it is currently 26% lower than it was five years ago. We want to continue to perform well and give a good service but that has to be done with a much smaller budget and that does mean that things will have to change. We will have to become smaller, more efficient and smarter in how we operate if the force is to be more cost effective.

“As with any significant transformational programme there will inevitably be some difficult decisions to be made, but change is not necessarily bad. This is also about doing things differently and improving the way we do things to offer a different service that is still responsive to the needs of local communities.

“We know how important neighbourhood policing is to people in our communities and we are determined to keep officers at the heart of their communities by sharing buildings with other organisations.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister: Exploring “agile working”

“We are exploring ‘agile working’ – how our staff can be based in a range of buildings but still have access to police systems. This might mean that we close those police buildings which are too big and expensive to run. We are also looking to develop our online presence to increase the ways in which people can contact the police. We have to operate in a modern way and be accessible in a way that people expect today.

“No decisions have yet been made. We will continue to talk with the Police and Crime Commissioner; our staff; the trade unions and staff associations; our partners and our communities to gather their thoughts, ideas and suggestions as that will help influence and shape our decision making.”

The Blueprint 2020 team is looking at a wide range of ways to save money including the equipment we use, the vehicles we drive and the buildings we are based in. However, with 83% of our budget spent on salaries the force will inevitably need to operate with fewer officers and staff.

The team is also looking at how the force can take advantage of technology which can be used by the public, such as encouraging victims and witnesses to report and track crime on line and contact officers through online services.

Sir Clive Loader
Sir Clive Loader

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader said

“While I fully support the aims and ambitions of this programme, it’s the Chief Constable’s responsibility to design a force that will deliver my Police and Crime Plan notwithstanding the challenges posed by the budgetary situation.
“I am pleased to have been involved throughout the programme’s development and I feel certain that the force will inform and involve our partners throughout the future development and implementation phases.”

Five key themes

‘Blueprint’ has five key themes;

  • Investing in people – getting the right people with the right skills, developing the right culture and defining the shape and size of the force for the future.
  • Enabling the workforce – building a strong foundation for change. This work stream will look at agile working, police buildings, fleet and IT.
  • Understanding demand – helping us understand and reduce our demand, provide alternative ways to interact with the force, enable victims and witnesses to use technology to ‘self-serve’ by giving them a choice on how to report and track crime.
  • Partnerships and collaboration – working with partners to reduce demand in key areas, delivering more coherent shared services and better use shared data.
  • Services, functions and processes – redesigning how we work to be faster, more informed, more efficient and use technology to reduce costs.

For the latest updates on Blueprint 2020 please see the leics. police website at www.leics.police.uk

Council Grants available for Community Groups in Blaby District

communityactionpartnershipA new round of funding is available for community groups in Blaby District wanting to expand or develop their activities.

If your group is based in Blaby district, and benefits people in the district, you may be eligible to apply for a Blaby District Council community grant. Community Action Partnership administers the grants programme on behalf of the District Council
Funding is now available for groups to apply for grants. The different funding streams are as follows.

1) Capital Grants up to £5,000 for larger projects but must be match-funded by at least 50% of the total project cost.

2) Revenue grants up to £500 for projects or small capital purchases that benefit the community

3) Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000 for projects that meet the staying healthy key priorities

The grant programme aims to support a wide range of community groups. Groups that have received a grant within the last two years are not eligible to apply and priority will be given to groups that have not applied previously, and that focus on the District Council’s key objectives of Children & Young People, The Environment, Safety, Strength & Health of the community and Valued Public Services within the community.

Applications for the community grants are accepted quarterly and the next deadline is
Friday 30th May 2014, 12 noon.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact the Community Support Organiser at Community Action on 0116 2727669 or email jenny@communityap.org.uk

You can also learn more by attending a grants drop-in at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote on Tuesday 13th May between 7:00 and 8:30pm. No appointment necessary.

Details of the grants programmes can be found on Community Action’s website: www.communityactionpartnership.org.uk

Make a difference …and become a councillor

Blaby Council OfficeBlaby District Council is hosting two open sessions to provide information on becoming a councillor as part of Local Democracy Week.

The district councillor and parish councillor events will inform the public on what’s involved in standing for office along with help and advice, and some current councillors will be on hand to share their own experiences.

The district councillor event is taking place on Monday October 14 at 5.30 – 7pm at the council offices in Narborough.

The parish councillor event is taking place on Wednesday October 16 at 5.30 – 6.45pm at the parish hall in Leicester Forest East.

These events are open to anyone over 18 who lives or works within the Blaby district area.

Local Democracy Week, running from Monday 14 – Friday 18 October, will also provide the opportunity for residents to ask questions and make their voices heard about local issues that matter to them.

Community session at Enderby

On Tuesday October 15 the public can take part in a Scrutiny in the Community session at Enderby Leisure Centre, where they’ll get the chance to put questions to the lead councillor and senior managers who deliver environmental services.

Towards the end of the week the BB19 bus will be out and about in the community asking residents for their views on priorities for improvement in the area, with officers and councillors onboard ready to listen.

Cllr Clements: Come along and see what we do

Thursday October 17 the bus will be at Fosse Park from 11.30 – 2.15pm, followed by Blaby Town Centre, John’s Court Car Park from 2.45 – 4.30pm. On Friday 18 it will be at the Pavilion in Huncote from 10.30 – 2pm.

Councillor David Clements (right), portfolio holder for corporate services, performance and leisure, said:

“Local Democracy Week is a Europe-wide event, led locally by district councillors and Blaby District Council.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the public to find out more about what we do, talk to us about their views and concerns, and most importantly find out how to get involved.”

For more information on Local Democracy Week and the events taking place visit www.blaby.gov.uk/make-a-difference , email democratic@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7640

Calling for your community champions

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The search is on to find and honour neighbourhood superstars in the Blaby district.

The Council’s tenth annual Outstanding Achievement Awards are fast approaching and friends, families and workmates are being asked to put forward individuals or groups who they think deserve recognition for making a difference in their community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following categories:

  • Outstanding achievement by a young person
  • Selfless services to a voluntary body or the community which is of a social or environmental nature
  • Sporting achievement
  • Community or voluntary group that improves the quality of life for residents in the district
  • Individual or group that makes the district a safer place to live

Council leader Ernie White said:

“I am delighted we have been able to host the awards for ten consecutive years and shine the spotlight on those who have enhanced the quality of people’s lives within the district.

“There are so many people doing wonderful things and it is important we recognise their achievements. I’m looking forward to seeing which local heroes we can uncover this time round.”

Last year Daisy Platts won the award for sporting achievement after becoming a Go Gold talent athlete for a second year in a row, and qualifying for the British Gas National Championships in the 12 year age group when still only 11 years old.

Local publication Braunstone Life won the community group award for providing residents with valuable information and neighbourhood news for over 25 years.

The 2013 awards have received generous sponsorship from Grove Park Commercial Centre, Fosse Shopping Park, Ford & Slater, Leicester Marriott, Bardon Aggregates, Leicester Chamber of Commerce and Westleigh Developments ltd.

Finalists will be invited to a presentation dinner on 10th October 2013 where cash prizes and awards will be presented to the winners and runners up.

Since 2004 more than 50 individuals and groups from across Blaby have been recognised for making a difference in their communities.

Submit your nomination online at www.blaby.gov.uk/awards or request a form by contacting the communications team atpublic.relations@blaby.gov.uk or 0116 272 7648.

The deadline for entries is August 10.

Cash for your Community!

goldLeicestershire County Council has made available £320,000 per year for local communities to invest in local improvement of their choice. The funding is available through the 25 Community Forums.

This Community Forum Budget is not a regular grant fund, because local residents are involved in all aspects of the process and they will be making the decision which projects should receive a share of the funds.

Community groups can put forward project ideas for which they are seeking funding. All those project proposals are then made available on the forum’s website so residents can view and comment on them. The community groups and other local residents then come together for a Decision Night to discuss the projects and vote for their favourites.

All proposals will benefit from advice by a panel of experts, including advice on further sources of funding.

Don’t miss out! Dates for your diaries:
Submit a Project Proposal: 8th May
View and Comment:9th May – 5th June
Register your interest to attend: 9th May – 29th May
Decision Night: 5th June

Information about how to apply, view and comment on projects and register your interest to attend your local Decision night is available on www.leicestershireforums.org. You can also call 0116 305 7034 for more information.