asked Her Majesty's Government:
What key performance indicators and targets they have set for the Public Guardianship Office executive agency for 2003–04. [HL4794]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin)
I have today set the following key performance indicators and targets for the Public Guardianship Office for 2003–04:
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 1: To INCREASE THE SATISFACTION OF ITS CUSTOMERS IN THE DELIVERY OF ITS SERVICES.110WA
To achieve a customer satisfaction rating of at least 50 per cent for both professional and lay receivers, as measured by its annual customer survey.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 2: To INCREASE THE PROPORTION OF EFFECTIVE VISITS BY THE LORD CHANCELLOR'S VISITORS.
To maintain a minimum of 6,000 visits per year to include all Receivership Division clients. To visit all new receivership clients where the chief executive of the PGO has been appointed receiver of last resort.
To achieve 75 per cent effective visits ever the year.
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 3: To INCREASE THE
PERCENTAGE OF ACCOUNTS COLLECTED ON TIME AND REVIEWED ON TIME, AND TO USE THIS PROCESS TO REVIEW THE CASE MANAGEMENT REGIME TO ENSURE THAT IT IS MEETING THE NEEDS OF EACH CUSTOMER AND CLIENT.
To collect 60 per cent of accounts within two calendar months of the accounting end date, 80 per cent within four calendar months of the accounting end date, and 100 per cent within six calendar months of the accounting end date, referring cases to the Court of Protection where necessary or taking other steps to ensure proper accounts are produced on behalf of clients (applies to protection clients only: i.e. those clients who have an external receiver).
To complete the review of 100 per cent of accounts received or to have requested further information within four weeks (20 working days) of receipt (to apply to both receivership and protection clients).
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 4: To DELIVER AN IMPROVED SERVICE TO CLIENTS:
To respond to 95 per cent of letters, faxes and e-mails within 15 working days of receipt.
For 95 percent of requests for release of funds, the PGO will give directions to the Court Funds Office (CFO) or dispatch direction to an external receiver within 10 working days of receipt.
To dispatch court orders and directions to applicants, receivers or their representatives in 95 per cent of cases within 25 working days of their being made.
For 95 per cent of complete applications for final directions, the PGO will give directions within 25 working days, to transfer all of clients' assets to personal representatives.
To register and return 95 per cent of correctly lodged EPAs, where there are no objections within five working days of the end of the statutory waiting period.111WA
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 5: To DEMONSTRATE IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY BY MEETING THREE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE TARGETS:
To remain within budget.
To achieve a fee income of –13.1 million.
To achieve a unit cost per case of not more than –535.