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Paper 3 - 24 July 1998 Meeting 

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

24 July 1998

THE ASSOCIATION'S PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND WORK PROGRAMME

Report by the Policy Officer

RECOMMENDATION

That the performance indicators be noted and the work programme approved. BACKGROUND

1. At the AGM, members commented on the importance of setting timescales and of measuring performance. The Chief Executives' Group manages the work programme to implement the Action Plan approved by members. This report shows the analysis of performance for last year, and the work programme for the forthcoming year. The latter will be revised continually as circumstances change.

PERFORMANCE OVER 1997/98

2.Performance has been described in the annual report, approved at the AGM. The annual report is being published in the form of a newsletter for the Association. The original Action Plan work programme is shown in Annex 1. The analysis of performance, normally reviewed by the Chief Executives' Group, is shown in Annex 2.

WORK PROGRAMME FOR 1998/99

3. The work programme reflects the fact that the Association has decided to focus down on five main issues:-

1. Regional issues - helping HIOW authorities develop their response to the regional agenda and ensuring that HIOW's voice is heard in the South East Region.

2. Sustainable development and integrated transport - working together to get the best deal for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the South East.

3. Improving democracy/modernising local government - responding to the consultations and improving local governance. Preparing for change, including such issues as community planning, once the White Paper is available later in 1998.

4. In particular, developing 'Best Value', Community Safety, Health and Social Exclusion as key issues for member authorities.

5. Other areas already broached (e.g. Welfare to Work) will be kept under review.

4.The work programme being developed for 1998/99 is shown in Annex 3. This will be continually updated. Performance will be managed by the Chief Executives' Group, and will be reported to members at the end of the year.

NICK GOULDER
Policy Officer

COPIES OF ANNEXES 1 AND 3 AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

ANNEX 2

HIOW PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT - REPORT ON YEAR 1

1.

Six County Petal

Confederation proposals drawn up/promulgated/now agreed by all six county areas. Single LGA electoral college agreed. Officers' Group established.

2.

Observers at HIOW

Observers regularly attend from the voluntary sector and neighbouring associations. APTCs now full members.

3.

ILG Steering Group

Mutual arrangements developed in the agreed areas of work.

4.

Community Safety

HIOW arrangements developed with Police and other parties at member and officer level to implement new legislation.

5.

Affordable Housing

Lobbying continued/minor concessions agreed by Government

6.

Welfare to Work

Presentation and Awareness-raising. Joint work led by member authorities.

7.

Structure Plan

HIOW has not "added value", but has received "progress" reports.

8.

Integrated Transport

To be developed from September 1998.

9.

External Bodies

Reports back arranged and full report made to HIOW in May 1998.

10.

Citizenship Education

Resources pack developed and published.

11.

Response on Nolan

"Ethics" sub group of the CX group has produced responses for the Association to all consultations and has produced framework protocols for member/officer relations, whistleblowing and handling planning matters.

12.

SERF Development

HIOW members and chief executives, assisted by the Policy Officer, have made significant inputs to SERF ensuring that the interests of HIOW authorities are recognised. The Policy Officer has also supported the SERF secretariat.

13.

SERPLAN/Regional Strategy

The SERPLAN CO-ORDINATION GROUP has been established as a forum for all members and officers involved in the SERPLAN arrangements from Hants and IoW to get together and co-ordinate their input to SERPLAN for the first time ever. This group, like almost all the HIOW arrangements below member level, includes Southampton City Council. The Group has worked with the Hants and IoW Planning Officers Group to co-ordinate as far as possible the local responses to the SERPLAN consultation on the regional strategy.

14.

Purchasing Officers' Report

Awaited.

15.

Best Value Network

An information exchange has been established under the leadership of Test Valley Borough Council. Response to Government drafted and approve. LGIU and Audit Commission participate. Three pilots - Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport actively participate.

16.

RDA

The RDA is being established and HIOW has supported the LGA and SERF in putting across the local government point of view.

17.

SERIL

To develop alongside RDA.

18.

HCN

The Hampshire Community Network (HCN) site has been established linking all the public sector websites in Hampshire.

19.

Other Integration Initiatives

The Information Points network has expanded. The Policy and Performance Review Group is reviewing the various initiatives.

20.

Telecoms Group/Virtual Tel. Exchange

HCN now points to an integrated public sector telephone and E-mail directory. An integrated telecoms system is being developed.

21

HEP Report

Expected Autumn 1998.

22.

LA21

Dealt with at HIOW AGM. Joint response to Government consultation approved by HIOW.

23.

Annual Review/Newsletter

Completed/to be published in September 1998.

24.

European Funds Review

Now being done for SE region by SERF.

25.

European Partners

Review of published sources now available on HCN.

26.

Social Exclusion

Government consultation awaited.

27.

Health

Major presentation to HIOW undertaken at the meeting at Basingstoke and Deane. New JCCs set up.

28.

Review of LG Finance

Response approved by HIOW.

29.

Electoral College

Merger of South Central and South East now assured for 1999.

30.

Develop effective links with Officer Groups

Succeeded. The Policy Officer has attended officer groups who have contributed substantially to the Association's work.

Last update: 13/09/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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