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Paper 6 -  25 January 2002 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

25 January 2002

COMMUNITY STRATEGY FOR HAMPSHIRE - COUNTY LEVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Report by the Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council and the Policy Manager

SUMMARY

This paper seeks approval to the appointment of two representatives from the HIOW Association to participate in a meeting to be convened by Hampshire County Council for 12 March 2002 to consider the development of a county level partnership to deliver a county community strategy in due course.

BACKGROUND

1. The Association considered arrangements for community planning and local strategic partnerships (LSPs) in March last year. Members agreed a framework for developing community strategies across the unitary and two/three tier areas of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A flexible approach was adopted, with all authorities operating on an equal footing.

2. Since March last year, meetings between Hampshire County Council and the 11 Hampshire District Councils have taken place to develop multi-agency district level LSPs which will produce and deliver the district level community strategies.

3. It is proposed to establish a County level LSP, involving agencies with a county level remit to consider County level community strategy issues.

POTENTIAL ROLE OF COUNTY-LEVEL LSP

4. A County level LSP would enable a strategic perspective to be developed, also, it could enable access to funds for County-level initiatives where these may require the existence of an LSP. It will provide a strategic overview to the development of the economic, environmental and social well-being of Hampshire which would complement the key issues identified locally and add value through high level focus on County level ‘common’ matters. It would also engage organisations that may not have the capacity to be represented locally eg the probation service.

MEMBERSHIP OF A COUNTY LEVEL LSP5. Invitations will be sent to organisations and partners whose geographical remit or field of operation and/or interest is across Hampshire or wider, as well as representatives of the Hampshire community. In some instances partner organisations have asked to sit at the county level arrangement as they are not in a position to resource attendance at 12 LSPs. Delegates to the meeting on 12th March will be given the opportunity to recommend other potential members to ensure that it is as wide as possible.

6. The emergent County-level LSP should have some District Council LSP representation and two nominees are sought.

STRUCTURE

7. The structure of the LSP will be determined by the emergent partnership in due course, following a period of public consultation.

PETER ROBERTSON
Chief Executive,  Hampshire County Council

NICK GOULDER
Policy Manager

Date: 14 January 2002
Annex: 0
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

Last update: 16/01/2002
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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