Improvement Programme

Following the publication of a Statutory Inspection Report in 2017, the Fire Authority approved a Best Value Action Plan at an extraordinary meeting held on 27 July 2017.  

The inspection considered the Fire Authority’s compliance with its Best Value duty under Section 3 of the Local Government Act 1999 which required the Fire Authority to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

A major Improvement Programme was subsequently established to address the 62 recommendations within the Action Plan.  

Improvement team structure chart

A governance architecture was introduced comprising of three internal improvement boards to oversee the programme and scrutinise progress made.  An external scrutiny panel was also introduced to ensure the Authority’s functions are making the necessary improvements.

A small team was established in October 2017 dedicated to programme management and delivery of the Action Plan.

Progress to date

Following approval by Avon Fire Authority on 25 September 2019, our Improvement Programme has now closed with all 62 recommendations signed off as complete.

Summary dashboard showing all 62 'Recommendations’ as complete

Summary dashboard showing all 62 'Recommendations’ as complete


An illustrative summary of our achievements, between September 2017 and September 2019, will be published soon. Our programme closure report is available now, along with a summary of how each recommendation was addressed.