Government scraps target – Met Police sets up new committee

You might have thought that scrapping central government targets would result in local bodies being able to cut at least some of their own monitoring and reporting setups. But in an Alice in Wonderland style twist, Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to scrap the “confidence target” for the police has been followed by the Met Police setting up a new “Confidence and Satisfaction Board”.

In June Theresa May announced that the police would be judged on cutting crime, ending both the set of performance targets bundled up as the Policing Pledge and also ending the judging of police by whether or not they have increased public confidence in their work.

Metropolitan Police logoHowever, as the Met’s latest Quarterly Management Report for the Metropolitan Police Authority reveals, work in London “is ongoing to develop methods of gauging public confidence and satisfaction, alongside and complementing the BCS [British Crime Survey] measures … A Confidence and Satisfaction Board has been set up, meeting monthly, with the purpose of increasing the confidence and satisfaction of Londoners using a co-ordinated MPS approach” and “The MPS will return to the MPA with its proposals on a police specific confidence measure”.

So down one central target, up one committee – and new local targets look to be on their way.

At least the ending of the Policing Pledge targets has resulted in the recommendation that “performance against the 2010/11 KPI relating to “the number of Policing Pledge promises met” is no longer reported”. Phew.

The tenacity of local reporting set-ups in the face of central government targets being axed is not unique to the police by any means. I’ve spoken to several Liberal Democrat councillors who have mentioned how the ending of various local government targets is not resulting in their councils cutting back on the local monitoring or reporting. Instead it is resulting in those teams coming up with lots of new reasons why the same amount of effort still needs to be put in. The Met have taken this one impressive bureaucratic step further, however, by deciding that the right response to a target being axed is to create a new committee.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in London and News.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMatthew Harris 17th Sep - 10:22pm
    @Nom de Plume German racist pseudo-scientists in the 19th century spoke of German Jews as racially inferior "Semites", and they - the anti-Jewish racists -...
  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 17th Sep - 9:10pm
    The Guardian News version on You Tube is better because it includes cutaways to see the audience's reactions.
  • User AvatarGeoff Reid 17th Sep - 9:07pm
    Paul Barker is surely accurate with his figures. But I am am probably not the only by-election nerd who is genuinely shocked by real votes...
  • User AvatarCassie 17th Sep - 8:41pm
    Peter: the only way we will get to enact Revoke is if we win a General Election. If 'The People' all want to leave, they...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 17th Sep - 8:37pm
    Yes, the Lib Dem brand does exactly what it says on the tin! Going for revocation period is a brave move. Some might argue that...
  • User AvatarRoss McLean 17th Sep - 8:21pm
    Peter - you don't need to wonder wistfully what Paddy would've thought. In August 2018 he said on twitter, "The argument against a People's Vote...
Thu 10th Oct 2019