How could change improve services?

Changes to a unitary structure may offer significant benefits, including:

Health, Care and Housing

  • create one countywide anti-social behaviour team, pooling funding, removing duplication and simplifying governance
  • improve care packages for people at home - by working with the NHS to prevent hospital admissions and get people home from hospital quicker
  • simplify social care by providing one single point of contact and easier access to support
  • create one housing plan to support care leavers, children with a special educational need or disability and vulnerable families
  • speed up the creation of integrated services - offering support with housing, adaptations and assistive technology - by removing barriers
  • improve public health by bringing together alcohol licensing and substance misuse treatment, and all leisure services, sport and physical activity

Culture and Leisure

  • develop one, over-arching approach to culture, leisure and learning, which is joined up with public health
  • simplify routes into volunteering and maximise funding for adult learning

Highways

  • merge management of all vehicle fleets and depots
  • join up services such as fly tipping and street sweeping with minor highway maintenance, grass cutting, forestry and drain cleaning
  • manage on-street and off-street parking as one, joined up service

Waste

  • create one waste collection, disposal and recycling service, reducing confusion and the cost of contracts

Economic Growth

  • create one Local Plan – setting out how land is used and what is built where - making strategic planning and delivery easier
  • provide one voice when working with the Government, Midlands Engine, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and other partners on economic growth issues

Trading Standards

  • bring together Trading Standards and Environmental Health

Property

  • make better use of the properties owned and run by eight councils

Revenues and Benefits

  • one service dealing with benefits and collecting Council Tax, with links to social care