Home | All about HIOW | Members and Staff | Association meeting dates | Key documents | Links | Election Results | ResponsesOfficer Networks  | Other Useful Information |


Back to 2005 Meetings Index | Back to Agenda Page

Paper 4 -  23 September 2005 Meeting

HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

23 September 2005

LOCAL AREA AGREEMENTS

Report by the Director

________________________________________________________________________

RECOMMENDATION

That Members consider the developing outcomes from the proposed Local Area Agreements in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
________________________________________________________________________

1. Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight are preparing Local Area Agreements (LAAs). The purpose this item on the agenda is to facilitate a discussion on the content of LAAs at a very early stage of this new approach to integrating local public funding streams. Portsmouth and Southampton have more time to prepare their Local Area Agreements with a start date one year later.

2. The LAAs provide new opportunities:

for communities, through their local authorities and strategic partnerships, to take more control over different Government funding streams

for Local Strategic Partnerships to develop their role.

LAAs also provide serious challenges:

for partnerships to define an agreed set of outcomes with measurable targets and indicators

for partners, including all member authorities, to agree on outcomes and commit to them

for partners to resolve cross-border issues for example in South Hampshire and Blackwater Valley

for central government to introduce freedoms and flexibilities

for the Government Office to liaise with local partnerships and central government to achieve a workable agreement.

3. The LAAs at this stage are draft proposals out for consultation. They will be developed not only in the run-up to April 2006 when two LAAs come into effect, but also in future as they are renewed and potentially extended to become a major feature of community governance and local government finance.

4. Annex 1 shows the outcomes currently proposed in the Hampshire LAA. Annex 2 provides the Isle of Wight outcomes grouped into five blocks, the last of which is a list of cross- cutting (under-pinning) issues.

NICK GOULDER
Director

Date: 12 September 2005
Annexes: 2
Contact: Nick Goulder - 023 8068 8431, E-mail hiow@eastleigh.gov.uk

ANNEX 1

THE FIRST DRAFT HAMPSHIRE LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT

HEADLINE OUTCOMES FOR HAMPSHIRE

1

The safety and development of children and young people, and their families, within their local communities is ensured

2

Standards of achievement in education are improved

3.

Children and young people are encouraged and supported to achieve their potential.

4.

Life chances of Children Looked After are improved.

5.

Residents of Hampshire lead healthy lives with fewer inequalities, and are able to make healthy lifestyles choices

6.

The quality of life and independence for vulnerable, older people in Hampshire is improved

7.

There is strong participation in local decision making and service delivery

8.

There is fair access to affordable and safe housing, especially for vulnerable people and families

9.

Safety and health in the workplace is improved and there is increased employment for disadvantaged groups

10.

There are lower levels of violence crime, and anti-social behaviour.

11.

There are reduced levels of persistent re-offending, including by persistent young offenders and offenders on Drugs Intervention Programmes

12.

There is less harm caused by substance misuse to individuals, their families and the wider community.

13.

People feel safer

14.

Roads and journeys are safer

15.

The quality of local built environments and local heritage is maintained and improved

16.

Communities are strengthened with increased capacity and levels of volunteering

17.

Workforce needs, including skills are met

18.

Land is made available and used appropriately

19.

Business, enterprise and innovation is effectively supported

20.

Waste is reduced and there is more efficient use of natural resources

21.

There is improved accessibility to goods, people and places

22.

There is good access for all to a wide range of cultural, leisure and learning facilities with widespread take up.

23.

There is a reduced impact on climate change with effective planning for its effects

24.

The environment and habitats are effectively protected and managed

25.

Rural communities are effectively supported

CROSS-CUTTING PRIORITY AREAS FOR ACTION INITIAL LIST FOR HAMPSHIRE

A -

Address substance misuse (drugs and alcohol)

B -

Improve educational achievement

C -

Promote inclusive leisure and cultural opportunities and positive activity for young people

D -

Improve the co-ordination of transport and access to services across the County

E -

Delivering first class support for business and planning for workforce development needs across Hampshire

F -

Improve access to housing and accommodation

G -

Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

H -

Promote and Improve the safety, health and well being of all residents in Hampshire, with a particular focus on reducing smoking and obesity and promoting physical activity.

I -

To empower local people to have a greater voice and influence over local decision making and the delivery of services

J -

Establishing a Hampshire Observatory

K -

Possible additional priority action related to Environmental Quality to be developed

ANNEX 2

ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT - PROPOSED OUTCOMES

Children & Young People

1. The priority is to ensure that the Every Child Matters agenda and the DfES Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners is successfully delivered on the Island. Other key drivers for change include the Youth Green Paper and the National Service Framework. In overall terms we aim to ensure that children & young people are healthy, safe, able to enjoy and achieve, able to make a positive contribution and able to attain economic well-being.

Specific outcomes proposed are as follows :

C To transform the teaching and learning experience and ensure that all children & young people, particularly those aged 14-19 years, are able to reach their maximum potential with regard to education and training achievements

C To engage with hard-to-reach learners and their families and ensure that those children and young people most at risk of not fulfilling their potential due to social, economic, domestic or personal health circumstances are fully supported to do so

C To improve participation and engagement by all children and young people in youth, cultural and community activities

Healthier Communities

2. The priority is to ensure that the "Choosing Health" public health agenda and proposals outlined in the Green Paper "Independence, Well-being and Choice" is successfully delivered for all people on the Isle of Wight and increased integration of health and social care service provision is achieved.

Specific outcomes proposed are as follows :

C To improve health for all members of our community thereby increasing healthy life expectancy, reducing inequalities and encouraging people to exercise personal responsibility in their lifestyle choices

C To actively promote independence for older people by supporting them in living safe and fulfilling lives within their own homes

C To promote the vision of "better care closer to home" and engage wit hall stakeholders to deliver this

C To ensure that the delivery of health and care services is person-centred, flexible, of high quality and cost-effective

C To ensure that all residents are able to access appropriate and affordable housing

Stronger and Safer Communities

3. The priority is to ensure that the "Confident Communities in a Secure Britain" agenda, the National Drug Strategy, the local Crime, Drugs & Disorder Strategy and the Alcohol Strategy are successfully delivered for the Island community.

Specific outcomes proposed are as follows :

C To reduce crime, the harm caused by alcohol and illegal drugs and to reassure the public, reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour (mandatory)

C To empower local people to have a greater voice & influence over local decision-making and the delivery of services (mandatory)

C To improve the quality of life for people in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and ensure service providers are more responsive to neighbourhood needs and improve their delivery (mandatory where targeted neighbourhood funding is included)

C To have cleaner, greener and safer public spaces (mandatory where liveability funding & targeted neighbourhood funding is included)

C To increase domestic fire safety and to reduce arson (mandatory where Home Fire Risk Check or other specific fire funding is included)

C To maintain the status of the Island as a safe place to work, live, play and travel

Economic Development & Enterprise

4. The priority is to ensure that the conditions are created to build a sustainable and prosperous economic base on the Island.

Specific outcomes proposed are as follows :

C To broaden the economic base of the Island, promote innovation and technology transfer, increase growth and productivity and, in particular, support growth and investment in tourism, composites and marine-based activities

C To improve the level of skills and qualifications in the workforce particularly in key sectors (technology skills, construction, hospitality, retail, care services and engineering) and for key groups in the community (families and young people, adult learners and employers).

C To maintain low levels of unemployment, reduce benefit dependency and raise average earnings

Under-pinning Issues

5. In addition to tackling theme specific issues, the LAA also aims to directly address a number of cross-cutting matters which are central to promoting the development of an inclusive Island community.

Specific outcomes proposed are as follows :

C To promote the development of diverse, inclusive, sustainable and active Island communities where everyone is empowered, valued and respected

C To ensure that services are accessible to all and that the Island has the necessary transport and supporting infrastructure in place to achieve its ambitions

C To protect and enhance the natural environment and the enjoyment of it by residents and visitors alike

C To develop the role of the not-for-profit sector in supporting community engagement and service delivery

C To develop common systems for the appropriate sharing of service needs data and client information in order to provide more responsive service delivery

Last update: 14/09/2005
Author: Nick Goulder, Director

Web Space  provided by Hampshire County Council

TOP OF PAGE