The Quality Parish Council scheme was replaced in January 2015 with the Local Award Scheme, Chillerton and Gatcombe PC resolved not to take part in the Scheme at present.
Quality Status 2008/2012
After months of hard work behind the scenes, on 29 August 2008, our Chairman and Parish Clerk attended an interview with The Standards Panel, at County Hall.
As a result of this meeting, we can proudly announce that Gatcombe Parish Council has achieved Quality Council Status.
We are the smallest Parish on the Island so we feel this is quite an achievement! As a matter of interest, the Isle of Wight is a trailblazer for Quality Status Parishes, with currently 45% of Parishes being “Quality Status”, whereas the mainland is currently running at 5%.
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The Benefits of Quality Status are listed below.
The Benefits of Quality Status
Quality parish and town councils are not only in a position to show their local communities that they are performing above national minimum standards but they are in a better position to influence the decision making process and/or take on additional services and areas of responsibility, from their principal local authorities.
The benefits of this scheme affect three groups:
- the community
- the parish or town council itself
- the principal local authority
- local people will know that the council will be well led and is accountable, visible and representative
- more responsive services – the Quality council will be capable of solving local problems with greater authority and have real ownership and control over services and decisions that effects local lives
- real contact and discussions with their Quality council
- a local press point providing information on services
Benefits to the parish or town council itself:
- greater credibility in the eyes of the local community, voluntary and private sectors and principal local authorities
- greater civic pride
- more representative of the local community
- better ability to articulate the needs and wishes of the local community
- it will achieve more by working in partnership with other organisations
- able to demonstrate that it is effectively and properly managed which will install greater confidence in the community
- delivery of more local services – if the council wishes to
- greater involvement by the voluntary and community sector and principal local authorities, e.g. developing parish plans, market town health checks etc
- a better informed community
- a well trained clerk, through the Certificate in Local Council Administration (or University of Gloucestershire qualification in Local Policy)
- possible more powers and funding in the future
- Potential to develop parish councillors from community
Principal Authority benefits
- reassurance that the Quality council has been independently assessed and is therefore capable of working with the principal authority and can deliver services on their behalf or in partnership
- reliable evidence of the competence of the Quality council, through the four year re-assessment process
- proof that the Quality council is willing and able to be fully involved in local issues (this will be particularly valuable when implementing new initiatives)
- stronger partnership working, with the town or parish council bringing their local perspective and experience to the table. Quality councils should be more innovative and pro-active, and will want to share their ideas and experiences
- increased confidence that quality council is representative, competent, well managed and therefore capable of taking on and sustaining an enhanced role
Presentation of Quality Status Certificate
The certificate was presented to Gatcombe Parish Council members on October 3 2008 in the Council Chamber at County Hall.