Policy and improvement

Bury Council's Vision, Purpose and Values 2015-2020

The Council's Vision, Purpose and Values document set outs the strategic direction for the Council, looking towards 2020.

The plan outlines the vision for the Council - to lead, shape and maintain a prosperous, sustainable, Bury that is fit for the future

It acknowledges that we need to change the way we work given the relentless financial pressures that the Council is facing. The Plan indicates that the Council will have to reduce the services that we provide, focusing on what we have to do and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.

There are six priorities to help provide the focus for our work:

  1. Drive forward through effective marketing and information, proactive engagement with the people of Bury to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing.
  2. Continue to develop business friendly policies to attract inward investment and new jobs so that Bury retains its position as a premier destination for retail, leisure, tourism and culture
  3. Ensure new and affordable housing is developed to support growth in the Bury and Greater Manchester economy.
  4. Build on the culture of efficiency and effectiveness through new, progressive and integrated partnership working models to drive forward the Council's and City Region Public Service growth and reform agenda
  5. Ensure staff have the right skills to embrace significant organisational change, through embedding a culture of ownership, empowerment and decision making at all levels of the organisation
  6. Work toward reducing reliance on government funding by developing new models of delivery that are affordable, add value and based on need

Poverty strategy

The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires local authorities to produce child poverty strategies and to work with local partners to reduce and prevent child poverty in the area. In Bury, we feel that in order to achieve this we must look at poverty across all of our communities.

The main features of the strategy are:

  • Details of the background of the strategy, needs assessment and consultation process.
  • Details of projects that have been provided by Team Bury partnership organisations to be monitored for progress.
  • Robust targets in place to enable progress to be measured and to maintain the focus on the outcomes that affect Bury's residents. The baselines and targets will be available following the completion of the year-end performance report in June 2013.

Data quality policy

Timely and accurate information is the basis for effective decision making and managing performance at all levels of the organisation. To this end, we have a data quality policy to promote an appropriate and consistent approach to the collection, calculation and application of data across the council.