About the Council
Worcester is steeped in history, from its founding as a Roman Fort through to it being the site of the final battle of the Civil War in 1651. Today, our 101,000 citizens have a strong and proud association with the City. Whilst we will always respect our heritage, our focus is also on looking forward, ensuring that we search for every opportunity and pull every lever possible to build further on what we have.
Recognising the long history of finely balanced politics within our City, we have recently returned to a Committee structure of governance and our City Plan, formulate a shared vision of a future Worcester with five overlapping and interconnected themes, which will together shape the Worcester we want to see by 2021. Key elements for this role are sustainable growth, attracting good employers, supporting existing businesses and ensuring everyone has the chance to get the opportunities, training and jobs that they need. We want to work in partnership to increase the proportion of high value employment and support entrepreneurship throughout the city. We want people to recognise the beauty of our city and work with us to protect and improve its environment for the benefit of current and future generations, demanding sustainable and sympathetic growth which is in tune with the environment.
We have a track record of finding new and diverse ways to deliver services, driven by the need for efficiency and economy of scale, often working in partnership with neighbouring councils. At the heart of this is the South Worcestershire Development Plan, however, our Regulatory Services have been part of a countywide service since 2010; we are part of a joint South Worcestershire partnership with Civica for Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services and our leisure services are delivered through a ‘not-for-profit’ Trust.
We have to be ambitious, creative, bold, innovative and resilient in order not just to survive, but to thrive through the current fundamental reforms impacting on local government. We understand the financial challenges facing the sector and through our Medium Term Financial Plan and associated Efficiency Plan (2016-2020) have clear and robust plans in place to ensure our sustainability.
In that context, old ways of working and structures divided by clear boundaries are no longer fit for purpose and whilst professional expertise remains valuable, our organisational development programme is shaped around a fluid, adaptable and highly skilled workforce where job descriptions are replaced by broadly defined role profiles and our focus is on outcomes, not process. We have a new and young vibrant Leadership team based around themed portfolios of Resources, Place and Commissioning & Delivery. We have described ourselves as an enabling council, but we do not subscribe to an external definition of what that means, but rather we will define that ourselves in a Worcester context, working with our community and any partners who can support us to enable our ambitions for a prosperous future.