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					Agenda Item 4 (iii)

WALSALL BOROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Friday, 12. January 2007 LAA Review and Refresh 1. 1.1 Purpose of the Report This paper updates the Executive Committee on the LAA Review and Refresh and seeks approval to formally submit Refresh proposals for Ministerial approval. Recommendations The Executive Committee are requested to: i) ii) ii) Note progress in reviewing the LAA, as set out in the Draft Walsall‟s Highlights Report from GOWM, attached at Appendix 1 Endorse the Enabling Measure submitted to Government Office by the WBSP Director (at Appendix 2), and Approve the final Refresh proposals (a working draft is attached at Appendix 3 - a final version will be tabled at the meeting).

2. 2.1

3. 3.1

Background and Progress At its last meeting, the Executive Committee received a paper on the LAA Review and Refresh outlining the process and overall timetable. The Executive Committee also approved a Review document to be submitted to Government Office setting out LAA progress in the first six months of 2006/07. This document formed the basis of a meeting held on 11. December 2006 between officers, Pillar Chairs and Leads from the WBSP and representatives from Government Office. Each Pillar presented a summary of the progress made in delivering its LAA outcomes. A RAG-rated self assessment of overall performance, progress and risk was included. Pillar Children and Young People Safer Stronger Communities Healthy Communities and Older People Economic Development and Enterprise Overall G G G R Progress G G G R Risk G A G A

3.2

3.3

Following the meeting Government Office have drafted a highlight report which is attached at Appendix 1 and will be sent to DCLG next week. It is understood that it will support our self-assessment of performance.

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4. 4.1

Enabling Measures Request As part of the Review / Refresh process, the WBSP Director has submitted a request to Government Office for an Enabling Measure to allow carry forward up to £1.5million of NRF funding from 2006/07 into 2008/09. A copy of the completed request template is attached as Appendix 2, setting out the detail of the request and the reasoning behind it. While a decision by DCLG is expected by mid-February 2007, and, if granted will provide the flexibility to follow our preferred strategic commissioning objectives, at this stage we must be prepared to adopt the contingency measures proposed in the report at Agenda Item 4 (ii), in order to maximise the use of external grant funding. Refresh Proposals The Review / Refresh process provides the opportunity to make changes to the LAA. Government guidance has made it clear that as we are at a relatively early stage in the LAA only a light touch is expected. The Refresh allows for the inclusion of new mandatory outcomes and indicators and make proposals for minor changes to existing outcomes and indicators as a result of issues arising in first six months of implementation. Appendix 3 is a working document which sets out the changes that are currently the subject of negotiations between Pillar Leads and their opposite numbers at Government Office. Negotiations will continue up to Thursday midday and a revised version of the Refresh template will be tabled at the meeting. Submission to Government Office will be made on 15. January 2007 and the proposals sent to DCLG for Ministerial approval.

4.2

4.3

5. 5.1

5.2

5.3

Tim Ferguson, WBSP Head of Programmes and Performance (01922) 654714 fergusont@walsall.gov.uk

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Appendix 1 GOVERNMENT OFFICE FOR THE WEST MIDLANDS – DRAFT HIGHLIGHT REPORT ON: WALSALL LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT 1 APRIL 2006 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2006 Overall progress Amber Walsall LAA is assessed as Amber because the following statements apply:  The most likely outcome at the end of the three year period of the LAA is that a minority of the mandatory outcomes and other outcomes of key importance to the local partnership will not be achieved. This is because there is concern that the worklessness outcome will not be achieved, and because it is too soon to say whether some other outcomes will be achieved.  If there are any significant gaps in any of the indicators, targets, trajectories or data relating to any mandatory outcomes and other outcomes of key importance to the local partnership, it is clear how and by when these will be filled or removed This is because GOWM is satisfied that Walsall has plans to fill outstanding gaps.  There are significant risks to the achievement of a minority of the mandatory outcomes and other outcomes of key importance to the local partnership and it remains unclear how one or more of these are being or will be addressed. This is because it is not clear to GOWM that the risks to the achievement of the worklessness outcome will be adequately addressed. Direction of Travel Amber Walsall LAA is assessed to be Amber because the following statement applies:  Amber - is addressing key weaknesses identified at the previous review (or sign off if this is the first review). but some of them remain

The key weaknesses identified at sign off were that performance management was not yet fully in place and Target Action Plans were not yet completed. Performance Management Walsall has made significant progress on developing performance management and has assessed itself as Green against most of the characteristics of successful performance management. Walsall has identified three characteristics where it is currently Amber and where further work is needed:
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 Performance data is transparent and accessible to local Partners and to GO. Walsall has identified funding to engage the relevant software suppliers to action this.  Partners are gathering and using data at the appropriate spatial level and target group level. Walsall has identified the need for further work to ensure that reports draw out differences across the geographical area.  Targets are underpinned by trajectories so that progress can be judged at any specific time. Walsall is establishing trajectories as Target Action Plans are approved. In addition GOWM would like to see evidence that: o Performance is being consistently monitored against appropriate geographical or demographic areas – reflecting local issues. o There are consistent, regular, robust and frequent processes which identify locally when performance is succeeding or failing, with clear senior political involvement by leading elected members and information being used to manage performance rather than being considered to be part of a monitoring arrangement. o Local partners have developed their own local „ladder of intervention‟. o Local partners have reached agreement about how to deal with underperformance and the kinds of circumstances which would trigger action. o Strategies have been developed into operational plans within each organisation. o The monitoring of performance on outcomes is supported by review of progress against operational plans. These weaknesses need to be addressed by the time of the next review. Target Action Plans Walsall has made significant progress on completing Target Action Plans, but a number still remain to be agreed. This weakness needs to be addressed by the time of the next review. Risks to the achievement of mandatory outcomes

NRF Mandatory Worklessness Outcome: Within each NRF district, for those living in the wards identified by DWP as having the worst labour market position (as at February 2004), significantly improve their overall employment rate and reduce the difference between their employment rate and the overall employment rate for England Performance against all three of the indicators got worse last year and during the first half of this year, indicating a clear trend away from the targets. The risk is that the targets will not be met. Walsall report that this is primarily a data supply issue and that activity will address the outcome, but GOWM has yet to be convinced. The new mandatory indicators will be adopted at refresh, and whilst the targets are challenging the new indicators will focus attention on a smaller number of wards. Walsall are also part of DWP‟s City Strategy and this will provide additional intervention. However unemployment has been consistently rising across the West Midlands conurbation as a whole and against this backdrop it is not certain that the outcome will be achieved.

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Risks to the achievement of other outcomes of key importance to the local partnership None of the other outcomes in Walsall LAA have been identified as having a residual risk that they will not be achieved at the end of the three year period of the LAA. There are however a number of individual indicators where performance trends need to be turned around, noteably:       The achievement gap of Pakistani heritage pupils at level 4 in English and Maths compared to the whole Walsall cohort: a think tank has been established. Young People as victims of crime: action to be identified The gap in life expectancy between the most deprived wards and the rest of Walsall: action to be identified Delivery of the Expert Patient Programme: national issue Proportion of low birth weight babies: a scoping project is underway Numbers receiving job-related training: action to be identified

GOWM will look for these areas of weakness to have been addressed by the time of the next review. The impact of the LAA and strong performance Walsall reports and GOWM agrees that the LAA has brought about a number of positive improvements including:  Strengthened Partnership working o A wider range of Partners participating in developing actions o Strengthened partnership working between statutory partners eg involvement of the LA, PCT and NHS Trust in the Health Commissioning Process. o Greater use of evidence to justify activity and to assess its impact o Duplication identified and real savings made o Growing awareness of the benefits of working together to find more efficient, value for money solutions. o Increasing potential for enhancing the role of the Community and Voluntary Sector as a direct service provider.  Improved and more effective Partnership structures o Partnership re-structured into four Pillars o New roles defined for the LSP Board, Executive Committee and each Pillar. o Pillars are responsible for identifying actions and accountable for performance o The LSP Directorate has also been restructured  Focus on outcomes through Target Action Planning o A Target Action Planning is being completed for each LAA indicator o A Toolkit explains how to do this o Funding supports implementation of Action Plans  More effective performance management o Indicators, data definitions and collection processes have been agreed o Responsibility and accountability channels have been agreed o Performance management now taking place within Pillars
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One area of strong performance is improved access to mental health services. This has been achieved by locating staff closer to users, improved GP referral pathways, training hospital staff in assessment tools, and the local hospital accepting direct referrals. Missing information In the few instances where gaps remain it is clear how and by when they will be filled or removed and what action is being taken to address this.

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APPENDIX 2
ENABLING MEASURE REQUEST TEMPLATE

Title of Enabling Measure Request: Request to roll forward NRF LAA area: All LA Contact officer details: Walsall Name: Clive Wright Telephone: 01922 654707 Email: wrightclive@walsall.gov.uk Wolverhampton Name: Paul Booth Telephone: 01902 310805 Email: paul@wolverhamptonpartnership.org.uk GO Contact details: Walsall Name: Alistair Reekie Telephone: 0121 352 5311 Email: areekie.gowm@goregions.gsi.gov.uk Wolverhampton Name: Terry Cotton Telephone: 0121 352 1010 Email: tcotton.gowm@goregions.gsi.gov.uk Government Department contact submitted to: Name: Telephone: Email:

LAA Block EM request relates to (please delete as appropriate) Applies to all LAA outcome(s) request relates to: Applies to all Description in full of the Enabling Measure request: ISSUE Walsall and Wolverhampton LSPs robust programme management systems have meant that spend has always been within the allowable 5% carry forward. This request is based solely on the desire to improve services in deprived neighbourhoods and does not relate to a desire to mask any inefficiency in management practice. Both Walsall and Wolverhampton LSPs alerted the Government Office of the need to carry forward NRF at the beginning of the 2006/2007 financial year, due to adopting new management practices encouraged by government. We are seeking the freedom to carry forward up to £1.5m of the NRF programme value, in each authority, from the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 years, into 2008/2009. In the case of Walsall the request is to carry forward up to £1.5m from 2006/2007 into 2008/2009. In Wolverhampton the request is to carry forward £1m from the 2006/2007 and £0.5m from 2007/2008 (£1.5m total) into 2008/2009. The reason for this proposal is that in both authorities, we have adopted a strategic commissioning process for the allocation of NRF resources based upon key gaps in our provision. This approach entails a significant amount of staff development and cultural change within partner organisations in order to understand and utilise robust evaluation techniques, the development of floor target action planning, logic pathways and trajectory planning. All of these developments are being encouraged by either DCLG, GOWM or both. This approach will produce better value for money and more opportunity to mainstream best practice thus improving services. However, without a more flexible financial timescale there is a real danger that the NRF money will not be put to best effect and our efforts to further develop through its use a robust evaluation culture will be limited. What is the constraint to achieving this outcome that the Enabling Measure would overcome? How would it do this? What are the implications of not agreeing the request? PROPOSAL 7

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From April 2007 we want, in effect, to develop and manage a 3 year programme (2006/2009 financial years) with the associated certainty that such an arrangement would bring. This would coincide with the end of our LAAs and enhance our capacity to fully deliver targets. These freedoms and flexibilities would also help ensure the neighbourhood renewal agenda remains the prime focus for the LAA. IMPACT The proposal will enable us over the 3 year period of our LAAs to develop an effective commissioning process and floor target action planning process within Walsall and Wolverhampton that would focus upon strategic priorities arising from the LAA, involve a robust analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and a strong focus upon evaluation and the identification of best practice. It would also enhance the embedding of performance management systems recently put in place. If the request cannot be agreed what other options may be available to resolve the issue? NRF will likely be fully spent within the years to which it is allocated, but the impact of activity and likelihood of achieving LAA targets will be reduced. Newly identified and adopted best practice in efficient use of funding within our LAAs will also be reduced. Government Department response to the request:

Response provided by: Name: Telephone: Email:

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Appendix 3 2006 REFRESH TEMPLATE Local Area Agreement: WALSALL 1. Inclusion of new outcomes and indicators (including the mandatory elements) Targets 07/08 08/09

Mandatory outcomes (as per LAA guidance) CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE CYP1. Be Healthy

Mandatory Indicator(s)

Baseline

Percentage annual increase in the number of schools with an approved school travel plan required to achieve 100% coverage by March 2010. Possibly move to the „Be Healthy‟ outcome in C&YP and cross reference to SSC SAFER STRONGER COMMUNITIES SSC1. Reduce Crime Add indicator (to become 1.5) „number of alcohol related ASBs/ crime‟. Re-number 1.7 as 1.6 Amend 1.5 (and re-number as 1.7) to read „Percentage of PPOs who do not re-offend during the following 12 months

As existing

As existing

As existing

BH

BH

BH

Reduce Re-Offending (include following SSC1, but do not number)

Awaiting Gov‟t guidance As existing As existing

15

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Re-number 1.6 (number of young people as offenders) as 1.8 Cross reference from CYP 4.5 – number of children and young people re-offending within two years of a conviction ` Number of green flag awards green space and public satisfaction – BV119e (9.6) Percentage of abandoned vehicles removed within 24 hours from the point where the LA is legally entitled to remove the vehicle BV121b

As existing

As existing

KS/ KG

KS/ KG

KS/ KG

KS/ KG

KS/ KG

KS/ KG

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SSC10 Improve the quality of the local environment SSC13 Build Respect

Add indicator 10.2 – something about perceptions from LGUSS Percentage of people who feel informed about what is being done to tackle ASB Percentage of people who feel that parents take responsibility for the behaviour of their children

KS/ KG Info to be supplied by DCLG Info to be supplied by DCLG

KS/ KG +3%

KS/ KG ) +3%

+3%

+3%

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND OLDER PEOPLE HCOP1. Amend (Improved Replace 1.3., 1.3.1, 1.3.2 with indicators with „the gap in all-age, allhealth of the population) to the cause mortality between Walsall and England‟ wording of the mandatory outcome (Improve health and Males reduce health inequalities) Females Total Infant Mortality Rates in accordance LDF Amend the outcome under HCOP1 (currently „Mandatory NRF Outcome: Health‟) to „Reduce premature mortality rates and reduce inequalities in premature mortality rates between wards with a particular focus on reducing risk factors for heart disease, stroke and related diseases„ Ensure that all social housing is made decent by 2010 (to be included under HCOP2 – Improving quality of life and independence, replacing the 1.4, 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 all meet the requirements of the mandatory indicator related to SMRs from circulatory diseases in people aged under 75 Possibly retain 1.3.3 (the gap in life expectancy between the most deprived wards and the rest of Walsall) I Consider development of area based smoking and obesity targets

ReReRecalculate calculate calculate from life from life from life expectancy expectancy expectancy rates rates rates

As existing

As existing

As existing

As existing

As existing

As existing

MW

MW

MW

Percentage of social housing meeting the decent homes standard for all Walsall Housing Group RSLs in accordance with trajectories needed to meet 100% achievement by 2010 (add as indicator 2.7.1 and renumber existing indicator 2.7, which relates to private sector accommodation occupied by vulnerable households, as 2.7.2)

(05/06) 57%

MW

MW

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existing wording) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENTERPRISE Significantly improve the Retain existing indicator 1.2 on the grounds it identifies deprived overall employment rate in the wards from the IMD which remain a priority within the Borough. wards with the worst labour Amend wording to read: the gap between the average market position and reduce the unemployment rate in Borough‟s most deprived wards (list wards) difference with the employment rate for England (to replace Add the new mandatory indicators: existing wording „NRF Mandatory 1.3 The overall benefits claimant rate in (the wards with the worst Outcome: Worklessness‟) labour market position identified by DWP at February 2004): 1.3.1 Blakenall 1.3.2 St Matthews 1.4 The difference between the overall benefits claimant rate in England and (the wards with the worst labour market position identified by DWP at February 2004) Blakenall St Matthews

As existing

As existing

As existing

1.4.1 1.4.2 AR

Note: b‟line figs relate to 2005 – imp‟t to 2008 is Need equiv based on a England 2004 b‟line figure to calculate gap May 2005 30.3 31.4 29.2

Other new outcomes (including Other new indicators those agreed in relation to any automatically pooled funding) None

2. Negotiated modifications to the existing outcomes framework and targets This section is to be used to record any amendments to the existing outcomes framework including any deletions Outcome Proposal Indicator(s) Proposal Targets Existing Existing Proposal Proposal 07/08 08/09 07/08 08/09
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Existing

Existing

Baseline

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C&YP2 Staying Safe

2.2 % of under 16s who have been looked after for 2.5 or more years, living in the same placement for at least 2 years or placed for adoption

SSC1 Reduce crime and harm caused by illegal drugs…..

SSC5 Empower locals to have a greater say….

Delete this indicator from this outcome. It is duplicated (as a stretch target) in the „making a positive contribution‟ outcome (indicator 4.1) 1.3 Total number of Revise baseline 6948 business related and targets in (LAA crimes accordance with approved) changes to WM Police recording 2096 definitions (revised) 5.3 Amount of public Delete indicator sector funding pending accessed by voluntary establishment of and community baseline or organisations development of alternative indicator to be re-introduced at next refresh 5.5 % residents who think that for their local area community activities have got better or remained the same Delete indicator. This is no longer collected by the LGUSS and was based on the response to a long list of community activities; it would not be possible to replicate this data

6253

5906

1886

1782

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SSC12 Reduce Arson and accidental fires

SSC13 Build Respect in Communities

12.1.2 Number of deliberate primary fires (excluding deliberate primary fires in vehicles)* 13.1 Percentage of adult residents who report that their local area is a place where people can get on well together 13.2 Number of people who become victims of ASB

collection exercise at the local level. Number of arson fires in buildings other than dwellings*

As existing Note: a Home Office approval letter received for this change

Percentage of people who feel that people in their area treat them with respect and consideration Revise baseline and targets in accordance with changes to WM Police recording definitions 13.3 % of residents 13.3 % of residents that think the that think the following following are a are a problem in their problem in their area: area:  Noisy neighbours or loud parties  Vandalism graffiti and other deliberate damage to property/ vehicles  People using/ dealing drugs  Noisy neighbours  Vandalism graffiti and other deliberate damage to property  Drugs use and dealing

Amend baseline and targets following release of data from LGUSS

1200 (LAA approved) 25539 (revised) (2003/04 BV General Survey) 22% 66%

10080

9000

21453

19154

20% 64%

19% 63%

34%

33%

32%

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 People being drunk or rowdy in public places  Rubbish and litter lying around  Abandoned or burnt out cars

 Drunk or rowdy neighbours Check Rubbish or litter lying around  Abandoned or burnt out cars /vehicles  Teenagers hanging around on the streets Delete indicator or reduce targets – need to justify which MW

52% 60% 33%

50% 58% 30%

49% 57% 29%

TBC

TBC

TBC

HCOP1 Improved health of the population

1.7 Expert Patient Programme 1.7.1 Number of patients / clients completing a programme 1.7.2 Number of Tutors 1.7.3 Access in deprived Wards 2.3.1 2.3.2 2.4.1 2.4.2 3.2 The gap between Walsall‟s mean annual earnings and those of the West Midlands as a whole.

(04/05) 13

816 Not yet set by SHA

??

??

4

86

??

??

6 Change in the way data is collected and its implications Delete the indicator from this outcome. It is felt that increased earnings will result from the success of other

580

??

??

EDE2

EDE3 Increase Economic Growth

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outcomes within the Pillar; and no organisation has been found to coordinate action. EDE4 To support the sustainable growth, and reduce the unnecessary failure of locally owned businesses 4.1 Amount of public and private sector procurement contracts secured by new or existing borough based companies 4.1.1 Numbers of organisations securing their first public sector procurement “contract” through the activities of the Social Economy Centre 4.1.2 % of [an organisation‟s] procurement which is locally sourced within Walsall AK 0 N/A N/A Number Number

3. Proposed pooled funding This section is to be used to record proposals for all pooled funding in 2007/08 Funding Stream(s) Previously pooled Y/N Amount £ 07/08 Capital Amount £07/08 Revenue 5,697,560 581,000 150,000 288,634 25,000
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Automatically pooled funding 1. Neighbourhood Renewal Funding 2. Neighbourhood Element 3. Cleaner, Safer, Greener 4. Building Safer Communities 5. Anti Social Behaviour

N Y Y Y Y

980,000 106,655

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6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Drug Partnership Support Grant Waste Performance and Efficiency Children‟s Services Grant Key Stage 3 – Secondary Behaviour / Attendance Key Stage 3 – Secondary Central Co-Ordination Neighbourhood Support Fund Positive Activities for Young People Primary Strategy Central Co-Ordination School Travel Advisers Schools Improvement Programme

Y N N N N N N N N N

TBC 527,204 1,197,829 68,300 210,300 185,906 318,351 186,681 34,000 117,150

Other pooled funding through LAA 1. Children‟s Fund 2. Teenage Pregnancy 3. Basic Command Unit Funds

Y Y N

947,592 TBC TBC

TBC – To be confirmed NOTE: Not all funding streams have been confirmed for next financial year

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