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					IMPROVEMENT EAST UPDATE : 05 December 2008

In this issue:

Pre-Budget Report: Bichard to head Efficiency Review
CAA trial sites evaluation – final report
Long Term Evaluation of Local Area Agreements and Local Strategic Partnerships
LGC 2009 Awards Shortlist
Transformational Government – request for good practice examples.
Putting People First – Member Briefings
Modern Councillor Survey
Modern Councillor – November Newsletter
Learning Pool – November Newsletter

Events and Learning


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Pre-Budget Report: Bichard to head Efficiency Review

Sir Michael Bichard, former chief executive of Brent LBC, will oversee local
government‟s contribution to a new round of efficiency savings outlined in the pre-
Budget report.

Chancellor Alistair Darling‟s PBR states that Mr Bichard, executive director of the
Institute for Government, will „lead the local incentives and empowerment work
strand‟ of the five-pronged Operational Efficiency Programme to identify future
savings.

Mr Bichard will draw on the experiences of frontline staff to identify extra savings
across all local public services. These will be in addition to local government‟s
current requirements under the Treasury‟s plan to find £30bn of public sector savings
by 2010/11

Other elements of the OEP, including programmes to identify extra public sector
procurement savings and asset sales, will also heap new efficiency requirements on
to councils. But Mr Bichard‟s project is likely to impact most heavily on town halls.

The Treasury has identified a total of £5bn in extra savings under the OEP, but has
not specified the exact savings required from each of the five work strands. Mr
Bichard has been asked to identify potential local targets in time for the 2009 Budget.
He met Treasury officials on 25 November to discuss his precise remit.

The LGA, meanwhile, called on ministers to focus new efficiency demands on other
parts of the public sector. Local authorities exceeded their £21.5bn annual target
under the Gershon review by almost £5bn and believe there is now less „waste‟
across the sector.
A post-PBR briefing sent to councils states: „The LGA will argue vigorously with the
Government that councils, as the most efficient part of the public sector, are already
contributing their fair share to savings and the new targets should be weighted
towards other parts of the public sector.‟
http://www.localgov.co.uk

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CAA trial sites evaluation – final report

The ten CAA trials are now finishing. The LGA and IDeA have worked with the
councils involved to evaluate the trials and draw out lessons from them. Based on
their experience, this report makes a number of recommendations for developing
CAA further, which the LGA will be taking up with the inspectorates.

The trial councils were keen to pass on their experience to other councils, so the
report contains several key messages about how councils can best get ready for
CAA. http://www.idea.gov.uk

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Long Term Evaluation of Local Area Agreements and Local Strategic
Partnerships

CLG have published a series of papers around the long term evaluation of LAAs and
LSPs as follows:

Developing a theory for change

Case Studies Issues First Report

Report of the first round of stakeholder interviews

Research Findings 2 : Interviews with stakeholders

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Transformational Government – request for good practice examples.

The RIEPs have been given an opportunity to feed into this year's Transformational
Government Annual Report. The report pulls together examples of good practice
from across all areas of government and CLG is keen to include examples from the
regions. If you feel you have a good example of the use of Transformation
Government which you would be willing to share, please contact David Ellis David
Ellis

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LGC 2009 Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to the following councils for being shortlisted for the LGC 2009
awards:

Council of the Year Award: Fenland DC
Most Improved Council of the Year Award: Castle Point BC
Childrens Services Award: Luton BC
Community Involvement Award: Essex CC
Efficiency & Modernisation Award: Cambridgeshire CC
Finance Award: Peterborough City C
Health & Wellbeing Award: Suffolk CC
Innovation Award: Dacorum BC
Local Leadership Award: Essex CC
Management Team Award: Cambridgeshire CC and Peterborough City

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Putting People First – Member Briefings

The briefing attached to this email has been produced by the Putting People First
partnership, with particular input from IDeA, LGA, and SCIE. It is aimed at Members
with Social Care responsibilities.

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Modern Councillor Survey

Learning Pool have issued two surveys one to Councillors and one to Member
Support Officers asking for feedback on the use and helpfulness of Modern
Councillor. We would urge all Members and Officers who have received this survey
to complete it as it will help Improvement East to assess whether we should be
funding this resource in the future.

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Modern Councillor – November Newsletter

The November Newsletter from Modern Councillor is now available at:
http://www.moderncouncillor.com/

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Learning Pool – November Newsletter

Read Learning Pool‟s latest Newsletter at: http://learningpool.wordpress

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Events and Learning



Free online course on understanding of sustainable communities

Inspire East Practice Seminars:
Energy Services Companies (ESCO's) and the Growth Agenda
Carbon Reduction Workshop

C A sites: optimising performance & best practice

Transformational Planning – Dissemination of Findings – December 2008

Better Waste Services- Free RIEP/Defra Roadshow

Sustainable Transport Agenda

Mietool Training

In the eye of the storm: councils at the heart of tackling climate change

Delivering Excellent Services To The Public Throughout The Economic Downturn

Procurement 09

Construction Project Management 2009: How To Deliver Successful Projects

Efficiency & Improvement 2009

Mobile Government
Free online course on understanding of sustainable communities

In a Nutshell brings together built environment professionals, community workers
and volunteers to develop their knowledge about creating and managing sustainable
communities.

The free online course consists of five facilitated workshops and will run in
December 2008, January, February and March 2009. More information at:
http://www.ascskills.org.uk/node/372


Inspire East Practice Seminars:

Energy Services Companies (ESCO's) and the Growth Agenda
Friday 5th December:
09.30 - 12.45, The Beckett Chapel, Peterborough

This half day seminar will help you understand the key issues in establishing and
running an Energy Services Company. It will provide an overview of ESCOs and
how they relate to the growth agenda including a summary of the available
technologies. For more information on this seminar please follow the link to ESCOs


Carbon Reduction Workshop
Tuesday 9th December:
09.30-16.00, GO-East Offices, Cambridge

This workshop will focus on developing a Carbon Reduction Leadership Action Plan.
The Action Plan is designed to support RCE Cities and their sub regional partners to
develop their community leadership role around reducing carbon emissions. The
workshop will focus on three key areas where the Cities could initially concentrate
their efforts, these are: Business, the Existing Housing Stock and Transport. Please
follow the link for more information on the CRed event. CRed Event



C A sites: optimising performance & best practice
Online event with Resource Futures (Eric Bridgwater & Paul Roberts)
Monday 15th December 11:00 - 12:00

Join the Waste Information Network (www.WIN.org.uk) for the next interactive, on-
line, live WROMS event. You can join in from your desk click here to find out how.


Transformational Planning – Dissemination of Findings – December 2008
Enhancing Local Authority Planning services through use of good practice Business
Process Improvement (BPI)
Free Workshops:
Birmingham 9th December Orange Studios
Newcastle 17th December Centre for Life
London 18th December Kensington Town Hall

All workshops are free to attend, morning sessions with lunch provided.

Business Process Improvement led projects typically involve understanding how
services are currently delivered - particularly in respect of customer service,
performance and costs - and designing an improved process that removes non-value
adding activity, reduces cost and improves customer focus. BPI is an effective tool
for the public sector, delivering efficiencies in a customer-focused manner.

The Transformational Planning Project (t-Planning) has analysed the findings of four
pathfinder authorities and created a practical guide detailing how they have
redesigned their planning applications processes to increase customer service,
make efficiency savings and improve their use of technology.

Following on from the awareness raising events held earlier this year, you now have
an opportunity to hear about their work in more detail, the tools and techniques
which have been successful, how they overcame barriers and, most importantly, how
they're changing and what benefits they expect to deliver.

Register for this event at: http://www.govevents.co.uk/t-planning/

For more information on these events or the T-Planning project please contact the
project office: Stephen Jones, Ticon UK Ltd e: t-planning@ticon.uk.com
w: www.ticon.uk.com t: 020 7836 1999

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Child Poverty Conference

Thursday 22nd January 2009
Central London
More information


Better Waste Services- Free RIEP/Defra Roadshow
29 January 2009 12.00 – 4.30, Cambridge Guildhall

The National Improvement & Efficiency Strategy challenges us to do more with less.
How can the local government waste and environment sector respond? Find out
what your council can do to save money while continuing to deliver your ambitious
service objectives – and how Defra, WIN, the RIEPs and national support agencies
WRAP, Encams and BREW can help. More information at: http://www.win.org.uk

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Sustainable Transport Agenda
Thursday 29th January 2009 in London

The Government is committed to enabling greater sustainable transport options.
These include a commitment to facilitate the roll-out of charging infrastructure
through the planning system and collaborating with other countries to develop
international standards and consider how best to encourage the right consumer
market to promote electric and other low carbon vehicles.

This timely forum will offer delegates the opportunity to explore the main issues in
developing a transport system that not only provides increased capacity and
supports continued economic growth in Britain, but also allows stakeholders to
achieve environmental objectives.

Book Today: http://insidegovernment.msgfocus.com/c/12xLMIiIkB6X1B7m.

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In the eye of the storm: councils at the heart of tackling climate change
LGA/EST conference and exhibition 2009:
21 January 2009 09:00 - 22 January 2009 - 15:40
Venue: Lowry Hotel, Manchester
More information.


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Delivering Excellent Services To The Public Throughout The Economic
Downturn
Monday 26 January, 2009
Royal Commonwealth Society, London
More information


Procurement 09
Wednesday 11th February 2009
QEII Conference Centre, London

More information at: http://www.govnet.co.uk/


 Construction Project Management 2009: How To Deliver Successful Projects
19th February 2009 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

More information
Mietool Training
March 09

Improvement East are offering free training on “Mietool” as part of their Menu of
Support to local authorities in the East of England.

Mietool (Measurement of Improvement and Efficiency Tool) is a major new resource
for local authorities. It is designed:

   To help authorities to measure the efficiency impacts of projects and to provide
    the information that the new Efficiency PI will require
   To help with the planning and evaluation of all improvement projects.

The January session is now full but if you, or a colleague, would be interested in
attending a session in March next year, please contact Cindy Burgess




Efficiency & Improvement 2009
LGC Event - 12 March 2009
London


Continuing to improve services and generating cashable savings while under
increasing budget constraints seems like an impossible task. You need to design
and implement a strategy that will put your organisation at the forefront of the drive to
deliver ever better services and value for money to your community.

Share ideas and discover innovations in driving efficiencies across the public sector.
Learn what other public sector services have done to plan for, implement and roll-out
efficiencies in their organisations and communities. More information at:
http://www.emapconferences.co.uk


Mobile Government
24 March 2009
QEII Conference Centre, London
More information at: http://www.govnet.co.uk



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Interchange Opportunities

Interchange is a scheme for the East of England and is run for the benefit of the
Local Government family, which currently comprises 54 Local Authorities, 6 Fire and
Rescue Authorities, EERA, Go-East and EEDA. Interchange is the exchange of
personnel and good practice between organisations. Interchange can only be used
by organisations within the family and their employees. By registering you gain
access to search the current opportunities available and be alerted to new
opportunities as they arise. If there is nothing that currently meets your requirements,
please contact your Interchange Manager who will be able to make a request on
your behalf. Register at: https://interchange.eera.gov.uk/




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