Our performance

Shaping Hampshire in 2016/17

In Hampshire, we are proud of our strong record of delivering excellent services that provide value for money.

Over the last few years we have risen to the challenge of national spending cuts with an ambitious programme of savings and modernisation, while protecting frontline services and reducing the impact on those in most need.

Here are some examples of how Hampshire County Council has delivered on its priorities in 2016/17.

Health and Wellbeing

Improving health and wellbeing for all

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  • Over 98% of parents who applied for a Year 7 place at a Hampshire secondary school from September 2017 were offered a school of their choice - with over 93% getting a place at their preferred first choice school. This high level of performance is consistent with previous years.

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  • Hampshire students continue to outperform the national average in their GCSEs. Under the new Attainment 8 system, Hampshire students achieved a score of 51.1 - performing above the national average of 49.9. This means that the average grade attained by Hampshire students was the equivalent of a grade C, whereas the national average was a grade D.

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  • 59% of pupils in Hampshire reached the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2, higher than the national average of 53%.

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  • The rate of admissions of people aged 65 (per 100,000 population) into new permanent residential and nursing care reduced from 617 in March 2016 to 565 in 2016/17, as older people were supported to maintain their independence and stay in their own homes for longer, improving their quality of life.

Economy

Promoting economic prosperity and protecting the environment

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  • The County Council became the lead partner in delivering a new service to support young people who are not in education, employment or training. Solent Traineeships, Engagement and Participation (STEP) - includes a new offer of Enhanced Traineeships providing young people with work experience placements, and support with Mathematics and English, as a stepping stone into full apprenticeships.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Since 2010 the level of CO2 emissions produced through local authority activity has reduced in Hampshire by 35.8% to 86,684 tonnes, which is on track to meet the County Council’s target of a 40% reduction by 2025. The CO2 reduction between 2015 and 2016 alone was 12.4%.

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  • Hampshire's five country parks have been recognised with Green Flag awards. The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, identifies and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

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  • The County Council's 2016 surface dressing programme was successfully completed early, prolonging the life of over 165 miles of roads across Hampshire. The £7 million investment was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. Extending the life of Hampshire’s roads allows more money to be focused on sites requiring extensive treatment or full resurfacing.

Community

Working with communities to enhance local services

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  • The County Council's commitment to the Armed Forces as a local authority and employer was recognised with a Gold Award within the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme. The County Council was one of the first local authorities to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and establish a strategic Civilian Military Partnership to ensure those who serve, or have served, in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly.

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  • 11 of the County Council's biggest libraries joined a national scheme offering a set of 35 expert-endorsed books to help young people with mental health issues. Reading Well for young people provides 13-18 year olds with high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues.

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  • The County Council successfully secured c. £250,000 from Arts Council England to fund a new scheme supporting around 770 disadvantaged people and their families are to benefit from a tablet computer lending service, intended to help tackle social isolation and improve digital literacy. The tablets are pre-loaded with relevant online library services and useful applications linked to themes such as health and wellbeing, money management, and information about local communities and services.

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  • Five athletes who won medals at Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic games were supported through the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS), winning a total of eight medals - six golds, one silver and one bronze. The County Council-funded scheme is co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and includes: grants for competition and travel costs; fast track physiotherapy and sport science support; and training in public speaking. The 2017 cohort of the Hampshire Talented Athletes Scheme includes 181 sportsmen and women from across the county.

Efficiency

Delivering high quality, cost effective public services

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  • The County Council was awarded £420,000 funding from the Cabinet Office as part of the One Public Estate programme. The funding is intended to develop projects and initiatives that will increase efficiency through joint working with other local authority organisations.

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  • The County Council put in place three new contractual frameworks for civil engineering, highways and transportation and infrastructure works. The Generation 3 Frameworks, which can be used by local authorities from Devon to Kent and north to Oxfordshire, offer significant savings on procurement costs and better value for taxpayers’ money. The frameworks have been in place for a year with positive feedback from users. To date, authorities have procured 120 projects through the frameworks at a value of £50m.

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  • As part of its award winning web content strategy, the County Council has redesigned 4,000 web pages and reduced the total number of pages by 57% - making it easier for residents to find the information they need online. In addition, since launching its new online service platform in February 2017, almost 7,000 resident online accounts have been opened – a first step towards providing a single, online portal for residents to interact with County Council services.

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  • £4.3m in savings were generated this year by County Supplies, with prices over 40% cheaper compared with six key providers (based on a sample basket of items).