- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Assembly Speeches
Mike Hedges – Will the Minister make a statement on lessons learnt by the public sector following invest-to-save schemes? OAQ(4)0573(FIN)
Identifying the lessons learnt from invest-to-save projects, disseminating these lessons and increasing the take-up of best practice are key objectives for the fund.
Thank you, Minister, for that answer. As you know, there have been very few invest-to-save bids based upon previous bids by similar organisations. Whilst the Government, as you said, promotes the use of invest-to-save and produces documentation highlighting the successes, can I ask for a more proactive approach, such as writing to similar organisations, asking them why they do not feel using invest-to-save in an area that has proved successful with similar organisations is not appropriate?
This is the way we need to take invest-to-save forward, and I have definitely sought to ensure that we are taking this approach, where there can be lessons learned from one part of the sector by a another part of the sector. One example has been, for example, in the energy efficiency grants that we’ve made available, in the invest-to-save funds we’ve made available. Why is one university or one hospital is able to do it, or even one health board, and not all the rest in terms of the sector? So, I’ve now written to all chief executives and heads of finance of local authorities, all vice-principals of further and higher education, all chief fire officers and chief constables to again inform them of the latest round, but also to draw attention to what they can achieve in terms of other parts of the sector that had been successful in invest-to-save.