RSP Member - TRL Insight

TRL Insight provides consultancy services, analysis and advice to local government and its partners. Most of our work has involved providing research and analysis to national organisations, to help keep their member authorities informed and assist them in running services efficiently and effectively within available resources. For example, recent work has included the construction of spreadsheet tools to help the Local Government Association and its members in their analysis relating to the Fair Funding Review.

However, we can also work directly with individual councils and their partners, to help with financial planning and provide fresh insights into how to improve service delivery. This support can take many forms, including:

  • Data gathering and analysis and spreadsheet-based modelling of future funding, expenditure and outcomes;
  • Bespoke training for members and officers based on specific requirements;
  • Critical review of current practices, suggesting alternative approaches and highlighting relevant best practice;
  • Assistance in setting up roundtable events and other cross-sector meetings and opportunities to explore collaboration with other organisations.

Our work is grounded in the local government ethos and starts from the conviction that every council is different and serves communities with different needs, strengths and characteristics. We believe that governance and finance are both key to delivering sustainable services and value for money for citizens. Our deep knowledge of national funding systems and regulatory structures provides the context for us to help our clients turn their vision into a practical reality. Workable solutions can best be found by considering the varied and subtle needs of service users and, where possible, engaging them in the design.  This often involves working in partnership with other organisations, using structures supported by strong governance arrangements. We can provide critical challenge to such service transformation, pointing out where decision-making can be further devolved and community empowerment can be enhanced.

But for such service transformation to be put on a sustainable, long-term footing, it needs to be affordable. We start with the big picture of local government finance and how it affects our clients. We can help our clients to identify the strengths of their organisational culture and draw on these to find workable approaches to resourcing.


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