Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) is the brand name of the West Midlands Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP).
The West Midlands RIEP was set up in April 2008 following the publication of the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy (NIES) by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG).
The IEWM Programme has continued to operate independently of the national RIEP Programme since April 2011 when all national activity and associated funding ceased.
IEWM is a sector-led organisation that supports local authorities and their wider public sector partners in their drive to increase efficiency and improve local public services.
Our role is to work on behalf of the sector to help stimulate and influence new thinking and innovation; to support and enable sector collaboration, to mobilise sector-led improvement activities and to promote and encourage engagement in new ways of working.
We help bring the sector together to collaborate and find solutions in all major areas including transformation, commissioning, procurement, adult social care and children's services.
Since April 2008 we have supported the delivery of over £214m savings across all local authorities in the West Midlands and are well on track to achieve our target of £350m by March 2015.
You can access our Summary Business Plan and Summary Communications Strategy for 2012-14 here.
Underpinning IEWM's success is strong governance and engagement from within the sector with wide representation from across the West Midlands.
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