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					CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Agenda Item ~ for agreement Meeting date: 6th January 2009 REFRESHING CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE’S LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT (LAA) 2008-11

RECOMMENDATIONS:  LSP Board members are requested to agree the proposed list of indicators and targets in Appendix A, and recommend their inclusion in the refreshed LAA for Central Bedfordshire.  Where targets have not yet been agreed, LSP Board members are requested to authorise the appropriate Theme Lead to negotiate and agree targets with Central Government, in consultation with their Thematic Partnerships.  The LSP Board is requested to task Thematic Partnerships with evaluating the inclusion of any additional indicators in the refreshed LAA, as detailed in paragraphs 3.5 to 3.6.

1 PURPOSE 1.1 To inform Central Bedfordshire LSP Board members of the process and timetable to ‘review and refresh’ Central Bedfordshire’s LAA, ensuring it meets the needs of the area.

2 LAA REVIEW 2.1 The ‘review’ element is scheduled to be completed in early January 2009 and focuses on:  progress against LAA targets;  delivery planning;  risk assessment;  partnership arrangements; and  the involvement of citizens, communities, stakeholders and the third sector. 2.2 A copy of the latest draft report from GO-East on the review is attached as Appendix B, for information. 2.3 GO-East’s report only comments on the 23 indicators that have been agreed with Central Government, and records that nine are on track to meet or exceed the agreed targets, four are off track but are expected to improve and meet the targets over the period of the LAA, and two indicators are at risk due to the impact of the economic downturn. Of the remaining eight indicators, five do not yet have targets set, and it is too early to report progress on the other three. 2.4 The targets at risk are: NI 154 net additional homes; and NI 152 helping people off benefits and back into work. Separate meetings are scheduled to take place during January and February 2009 to review these targets as part of the refresh process.

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3 LAA REFRESH 3.1 The timetable agreed with GO-East is to complete the ‘refresh’ of Central Bedfordshire’s LAA by 2nd March 2009. 3.2 There are 32 indicators in the current LAA, with targets agreed for 22 of them. These have all been disaggregated for Central Bedfordshire (see Appendix A), with the exception of:  NI 40 the number of drug users in effective treatment; and  NI 117 the number of young people not in education, employment or training. 3.3 The National Treatment Agency has advised that NI 40 be retained as a county-wide target as there is insufficient confidence in the disaggregated data. GO-East has agreed that this can be done without the need to develop a Multi Area Agreement. 3.4 It is proposed that Theme Leads, in consultation with their Thematic Partnerships, agree targets for the outstanding 10 indicators; in addition to the arrangements already in place to review NI 154 and NI 152 (see paragraph 2.4). 3.5 A ‘light touch’ review of Central Bedfordshire’s evidence base has been carried out and discussed with GO-East through a programme of Theme Lead bi-lateral meetings during October to December. A list of the documents used to carry out this review is shown in Appendix C. Whilst this has confirmed each of the existing indicators, it has also highlighted a small number of other issues for further consideration by partners, these are:

3.5.1 Economy  Affordable homes - this is an important issue for local residents. Current performance is 11.9% across Central Bedfordshire against a target of 35%.  Level 3 qualifications - whilst performance is above the national (43.4%) and regional (46.45) averages in Mid Bedfordshire (47.5%), it is well below these in South Bedfordshire (40%).  Congestion in Dunstable – this is an important issue for residents and is highlighted in South Bedfordshire’s Sustainable Community Strategy, the Local Transport Plan and the Joint Committee Core Issues and Options Strategy. The centre of Dunstable (High Street North and South) is part of an Air Quality Management Area. 3.5.2 Health & Well-Being  Breastfeeding initiation – current performance is 58.8% against a national average of 69.2% and a regional average of 69.7%.  Diabetes in males – the figure for Central Bedfordshire is significantly higher than the national average.  Adult Social Care indicators – Central Bedfordshire Council will inherit the one star rating for adult social care and the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has stated that it would like partners to use the LAA to improve social care performance. 3.5.3 Stronger Communities  NI 4 people influencing decisions in their local area - GO-East would like the LSP to include NI 4 as part of the refresh, as this was a key aspect of the unitary proposal for Central Bedfordshire.
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A survey for South Bedfordshire carried out in 2006/07 showed that 50% of residents don't think people in the area treat one another with respect (this relates to NI 23 perceptions that people in the area treat one another with respect and dignity). As this is a question in the Place Survey, this should be considered along with other Survey responses.

3.5.4 Safer Communities  Anti Social Behaviour – this was recorded as the biggest crime issue for residents in both South Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire (60% and 48% respectively saying it affects their lives to some degree). Teenagers hanging around on the street is the single biggest factor of anti social behaviour, and this relates to NI 22 perceptions of parents taking responsibility for the behaviour of their children in the area. The next biggest factor is criminal damage related to rowdy, drunken behaviour. Criminal Damage accounts for 22.7% of all reported crimes in Central Bedfordshire. However, there is no national indicator that specifically addresses this issue. 3.6 It is proposed that Theme Leads consider each of these issues with their Thematic Partnerships and take action according to the outcome of their discussions. In considering any additional indicators partners should take into account: the partnership’s ability to make any significant progress during the remaining two years of the LAA; the need to maintain focus on the indicators and targets already agreed; and the desire to set ‘local’ targets wherever possible. Thematic Partnerships have been scheduled during January and February 2009 to facilitate this process.

4 TIMETABLE 4.1 The timetable determined by GO-East to meet the deadline set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) is set out in the table below: TIMING 16th Jan 09 16th Feb 09 By Feb 09 2
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ACTIVITY LAA review to be completed and reported to CLG Place Survey results received by Central Beds Refreshed LAA to be approved by Full Council ‘Legal’ draft LAA to be submitted to GO Submission of refreshed LAA by GO to CLG GO submits adopted LAA to Secretary of State

BY WHOM GO/ Central Beds Central Beds Central Beds Central Beds GO CLG

March 09

9th March 09 1 April 09
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5 CONCLUSION 5.1 Central Bedfordshire remains on track to complete the refresh process in line with GO-East’s timetable. 5.2 LSP Board members are requested to agree the recommendations set out at the beginning of this paper. Peter Fraser Partnership Manager 18th December 2008
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