HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
WASTE MANAGEMENT CABINET PANEL 5
TUESDAY 7 OCTOBER 2008 AT 2.00 P.M.
ANALYSIS OF BEST VALUE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (BVPI) RESULTS
Report of the Director of Environment
Author: Peter Stanley, Performance Improvement Manager Tel: 01992 555306
Executive Members: David Lloyd (Performance and Resources), Derrick Ashley
(Planning, External Relations and Waste)
1. Purpose of the report
1.1 In 2007 the then Performance and Resources Panel determined that service
panels should consider the performance of those BVPIs within their remit.
These are attached as an Appendix.
2.1 The Policy and Resources Cabinet Panel (18 September 2008) looked at the
BVPI results for 2007/08 as a whole and there has again been encouraging
improvement across the range of BVPIs.
Of interest for this Cabinet Panel: comparing the 2007/08 results with those
from 2006/07, 91% improved. Comparing the 2007/08 performance with the
targets set, 64% exceeded targets set for 2007/08.
Members’ attention has been drawn to an item which indicates a decline in
performance of over 5%.
3.1 Year on Year results as judged through BVPIs show good improvement.
4.1 That the report be noted and items of concern referred to the Policy and
Resources Cabinet Panel.
5.1 Legislation requires that the results (out-turn) for the previous financial year and
targets for the current and subsequent two years for BVPIs are published by all
authorities by the end of June each year. Hertfordshire County Council has
done this through the website www.hertsdirect/corporateplan for 2007/08 results.
5.2 The BVPIs are the indicators which the Government has defined and chosen for
local authorities in order to monitor and compare their performance on an annual
basis. This is the data we are statutorily obliged to publish by 30th June. It is
finalised and published following a rigorous and challenging verification process
undertaken by internal audit in conjunction with services and the Performance
Improvement Manager. The Government then publishes final data and
comparative information for local authorities, usually around December.
(Though un-audited data is being collated by PwC for benchmarking).
5.3 The BVPIs are categorised by the Government into ‘service’ areas. To aid
consistency with previous years and to assist the audit process, the information
published on the website follows this categorisation.
5.4 Members are reminded that from 2008/09 the National Indicator Set (NIS) – also
referred to as ‘the 198’, will replace BVPIs and other national indicators as the
only indicators the Government will use for performance management of
6 2007/08 BVPI results
6.1 Internal audit undertook a rigorous process, including sample checking, to
determine the out-turn results for 2007/08 with services. As 2007/08 was the
last year that BVPIs must be reported, future BVPI targets have not been
7 Analysis of 2007/08 results
7.1 Tables outlining the performance across the BVPIs can be found in the
7.2 Appendices 1 and 2 show summaries for this cabinet panel.
7.2.1 In the context of the two indicators, 82a and 82b, it is worth noting that
performance against the percentage-based targets is more relevant than it is
against the tonnage-based targets. The reason for this is that the percentage
targets are the primary targets while the tonnage targets are calculated on the
basis of an estimated total tonnage of waste. It is therefore possible to achieve
the percentage targets but fail on the tonnage targets.
7.3 Comparing the 2007/08 BVPI results with those from 2006/07, 91% improved
from 2006/07 levels.
7.4 Comparing the 2007/08 performance of the BVPIs with the targets set, 64%
exceeded targets set for 2007/08.
7.5 Members may be interested in the indicator which has shown a drop in
performance of more than 5%, which cannot be explained by methodological
differences. It is important to consider the result alongside the comments on
performance and the notes provided in Appendix 3.
7.5.1 It is worth noting that the outcome against BVPI 87 cost of waste disposal per
tonne target is much better than it appears because the Landfill Tax was
increased by £8 a tonne, not £3 a tonne as was expected at the time of setting
7.6 All appendices follow this report. Appendix 3 provides details for all the BVPIs.
The data and information in these appendices has been taken from that
published on the website, with the addition of symbols to indicate performance.
2007/08 performance compared to 2006/07:
(by up to 5%)
2007/08 performance compared to 2007/08 targets:
missed by up
to 5% over 5%
7.7 Calculation of variances:
The BVPI set comprises very different indicators, measured as percentages,
numbers, tonnages, ratios, standards for example. Some indicators are based
on very small numbers, others very large ones.
An approach to measuring variance which can be consistently applied to all
indicators has been adopted.
To simplify the analysis of the data, the calculations are undertaken so that a
positive variance always indicates good performance i.e. an improvement from
the previous year or exceeding target and a negative variance always indicates
poorer performance, ie. a decrease from the previous year or below target.
Where it is good for results to be higher (than target or previous year) e.g.
(Result - Target) / Target = variance
Where it is good for results to be lower (than target or previous year) e.g.
Numbers of Fires
(Target - Result) / Target = variance