An innovative scheme that hopes to cut red tape and improve services in councils is being piloted in Solihull.
The initiative will focus on the spending that goes into children and carer services, with close scrutiny on how that money is spent.
The Government chose Solihull with Coventry and Warwickshire as one of the 13 test regions where the ‘ambitious health check of public money’ will take place.
Called ‘Total Place’, the programme will calculate every penny and every pound that is being spent by Solihull Council, identifying waste, duplication and where there are problems getting money to the front line.
But the scheme will also give Solihull, and its councillors, much more power in choosing what areas they want money to be spent.
“Now more than ever taxpayers need to see that each pound of their money is working as hard as they did to earn it in the first place and is meeting their needs,” said Communities Secretary, John Denham, who is in charge of the programme
Solihull Council will be told to concentrate on ‘improving the outcome and experience of children and carers in relation to education’.