Local Business Case for Joint Governance of Police and Fire and Rescue Services in Staffordshire
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into effect on 3 April 2017 and contains, among other things, a statutory duty for emergency services to collaborate and the opportunity for Police and Crime Commissioners to make a local case for taking on responsibility for the governance of their Fire and Rescue Services. The Act is intended to accelerate the scale and pace of formal collaboration between emergency services, including sharing services as well as joint working. The Act offers three options for future governance:
A Representation Model: which enables the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to have representation on their local Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) with voting rights, where the local FRA agrees.
A Governance Model: where the Police and Crime Commissioner takes on the functions of the FRA.
A Single Employer Model: where a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) takes on the responsibilities of their local FRA, further enabling him or her to create a single employer for police and fire personnel.
Where a PCC proposes to adopt either the Governance or Single Employer models, a local business case must be produced and consulted on before being submitted to the Home Office for approval.
Building on the previous 12-months of research and analysis that had been undertaken in-house, Prederi carried out an independent assessment of the governance options and their impact on the statutory tests of public safety and economy, efficiency and effectiveness. The conclusion was that, of all the options, the ‘Governance Model’ offered the best balance of improvements to public safety, significant savings compared to the status quo and achievability without disruption and that it would be in the interests of public safety and value for money in Staffordshire.
Prederi consulted widely with police, fire and OPCC stakeholders, including senior management, back office staff, staff associations and unions. The HMT Green Book compliant business case included the standard 5 cases (strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management cases), plus an additional public safety case. The options appraisal undertaken followed the guidance of the Association of Police and Crime Chief Executives (APAC2E).
The business case was reviewed by senior police, fire and OPCC staff, and is currently undergoing public consultation.
The local business case is currently going through public consultation, the results of which will be available at the start of September 2017. Following consultation, the PCC will decide whether any alterations to the business case are required, and the case will then go to the Home Office for approval.
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