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Proving Services - a new framework for waste delivery

4 November 2020

Proving Services is looking for waste authorities interested in piloting a new framework for future service delivery options.

Over the last year, Proving has interviewed a number of waste authorities at county, unitary and district level finding that developing a useful benchmarking tool for two-tier or large authorities/waste partnerships is going to be difficult to achieve at a low cost. In part, this is because there is so much individual context (e.g. scale and diversity of collection authorities, partners and financing, disposal policy, length of contract etc.) that many of the factors and scores would need an accompanying narrative and explanation. A Value for Money assessment has been successfully completed in a trial setting with the intention that it can be used for forward planning and future service delivery options, so Proving are looking for more waste authorities to take part in a piloting programme.

Proving will continue to explore how useful benchmarking can be developed in this sector. The initial focus will be on small unitary councils and waste partnerships. However, we would be pleased to work with any authority wishing to develop their performance monitoring and benchmarking capability. Over the last year, Proving has successfully developed a framework and toolkit for the evaluation of future service delivery options. This has been deployed extensively within the highways sector but the challenges and issues identified also apply to the waste sector.

Proving are seeking waste authorities who may wish to pilot this approach. Please contact Karen Farquharson in the first instance ([email protected]).